Biography and directives/proclamation of MWPHGM Kelvin J Davis, 33°

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Kelvin J. Davis was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio as the fifth of eight children (five brothers – two of which are Master Masons and two sisters) to the late PM John R. Davis, Sr. -  33rd Degree Master Mason (Elisha Lodge No.106) and Doris Davis (Elisha Chapter No.89). He is a graduate of Walnut Hills High School (Cincinnati, OH).  He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering (BSMET). He later received his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the Indiana Wesleyan University.

On June 29, 1985 he married Karen A. Ridley, a graduate of the University of Cincinnati (BSEET, MALER), and they have two children, Kelvin Jr., a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and Kenneth - a graduate of Robert Morris University, (PA).


Kelvin comes from a family who participated in the Pythagorans Youth organization. All of his brothers were members of Prince Hall Chapter Order of Pythagorans, three of which, including himself were Master Counselors of Prince Hall Chapter. Two of his brothers, James and Ronald achieved the highest ranking position of the State of Ohio – Most Valiant Grand Master Counselor. In 1977–1978 Kelvin held the office of Most Valiant Grand Master Counselor – of the Most Venerable Grand Chapter Order of Pythagorans for the State of Ohio. 

Kelvin’s sons were Pythagorans as well; Kelvin Jr, Deputy Grand Counselor and Kenneth, the Most Valiant Grand Master Counselor Order of Pythagorans – State of Ohio for the period of 2010 - 2011. 


Kelvin is employed with Duke Energy Corporation formerly known as Cincinnati Gas and Electric Company and Cinergy, as an Engineer working in the Continuous Improvement Department. Kelvin’s career with Duke spans more than 34 years. Throughout his career he has managed several employees and several major projects. 

Kelvin is a member of the New Jerusalem Baptist Church, under the pastoral leadership of Rev. Damon Lynch, Jr., where he serves as a member of the Deacon Board. He currently sits on the Board of Trustees for the Minorities in Math and Science, Engineering (M2SE).  


Kelvin was raised as a Master Mason on December 5, 1986 with the Elisha Lodge No.106. He served as Worshipful Master in1995 and was voted Worshipful Master & Wardens Class President of the First Masonic District. In 1996 he was again elected as Worshipful Master with Elisha Lodge No.106, this was the first time since 1952 that a Worshipful Master repeated himself (not due to the size of membership).


He is a member of the following houses of Masonry - Prince White Chapter No.1 – Royal Arch Masons; John P. Stine Council No.12 - Royal and Select Masters; Sinai Temple No. 59 of the Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles Mystic Shrine; King Solomon Consistory No.20 Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Free Masonry. In May 2006, at Detroit, Michigan, he was elevated to the honorary 33rd and last degree of Freemasonry, as a member of the Courtney P. Houston, Jr. Class of the United Supreme Council, A. A. S. R. Northern Jurisdiction, U. S. A., P. H. A.


He has served as the RW Deputy Grand Lecturer (DGL) District No.1 under the leadership of Most Worshipful Past Grand Master (MWPGM) E. Duane Pettiford (1997 – 1999) receiving RWDGL of the Year; RWDGL District No.1 under the leadership of MWPGM Embie R. Bostic (1999-2001); RW Grand Lecturer under the leadership of MWPGM Sidney D. Broadnax, Jr. (2001-2003). 


He was elected RW Grand Lodge Development Fund  (GLDF) Trustee with MWPGM Gregory S. Snead (2003 -2005); elected RW GLDF Trustee with MWPGM (Joe L. Smith – Rev. James H. Wills, Sr.) (2005-2007); elected RW GLDF Trustee Chairman with MWPGM Rev. James H. Willis Sr. (2007-2009);  elected RW Trustee-At-Large with MWPGM Robert L. Jones (2009-2011); elected RW Grand Junior Warden with MWPGM Johnny O. Pitts, Sr. (2011-2013); elected RW Grand Senior Warden with MWPGM Darryl R. Smith (2013-2015) and elected RW Deputy Grand Master with MWPGM Carl A. Williams (2015-2017).


He is the first ever, Pythagoran, to become the Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Ohio.

MWGM Directives and proclamations

Directives 17-1 thru 17-7 - DKJD 2017 (pdf)

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Newly Made MM Material - EKJD 2017-1 (pdf)

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Masonic Education Requirement - 700 Series -EKJD 2017-22017-2 (pdf)

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Lodge Reclamation Requirement - EKJD 2017-3 (pdf)

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Lodge Principle Officer requirement - EKJD 2017-4 (pdf)

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OES Open Enrollment - Feb 1, 2018 through July 31, 2018 - EKJD 2018-1 (pdf)

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Members-at-Large - EKJD 2018-2 (pdf)

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OES Open Enrollment - Jan 1, 2019 through Jun 30, 2019 - EKJD 2018-6 (pdf)

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St John The Evangelist Day - PKJD 2017-1 (pdf)

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Grand Lodge Workshop - March 10th, 2018 - PKJD 2018-1 (pdf)

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169th Annual Communication August 4 - 7, 2018 - PKJD 2018-2 (pdf)

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Saint John The Baptist Day - Observed Sunday June 24,2018 - PKJD 2018-3 (pdf)

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2019 Grand Lodge Workshop - PKJD 2019-1 (pdf)

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St John The Baptist Day June 23, 2019 - PKJD 2019-2 (pdf)

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170th Annual Communication August 3 - 6, 2019 - PKJD 2019-3 (pdf)

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2019 Prince Hall Americanism Day - PKJD 2019-4 (pdf)

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