Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham attended the Freemason’s annual meeting of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky on Sunday, October the 14th. Grand Master of Kentucky, Terry Bowman, presented him with the Joseph R. Conway award.
“He honors Freemasonry by his presence on the Kentucky Supreme Court, as well as, his love for the people of Kentucky,” said Bowman, “Justice Bill Cunningham is well deserving of the Joseph R. Conway Award”. The award is the highest honor the Grand Lodge of Kentucky bestows.
This award is distributed based upon a member’s contribution to the Fraternity, his community, church, and values taught by Freemasonry. Justice Cunningham is being recognized for his development of the program “Masonry Matters”. This effort is a fundraising campaign by local lodges to raise money for indigent children in the local schools. The donations to the school principal helps to pay for needed clothing, and incidental fees such as those regularly required for field trips, band instrument rentals, ball games, and other such expenses.
Justice Bill Cunningham states “I am grateful to be a part of such a wonderful organization and honored that they have presented me with this award.” Justice Cunningham has been a Freemason for 36 years. He is currently a member of Parkersville Lodge 484 in Lamasco.
Justice Cunningham was elected to the Kentucky Supreme Court in November of 2006. His district consists of twenty-four counties in western Kentucky. In addition to his judicial career, Justice Cunningham has authored several regional history books including “On Bended Knees: The Night Rider Story”.