Kena Hillbillys History
The Kena Hillbilly Unit was formed in 1980 with a membership of seven. It is still one of the youngest and most active units in the Temple with a current membership of 61. In their short history the Hillbillys have furnished two Potentates to the Temple with a third Hillbilly currently in line. Hillbilly Potentates were, Ill. Donald G. Moore, 1995 and Ill. Jerry G. Oliver, 1997.
The Hillbilly unit is a Parade unit and rides in one of their truly “Antique” vehicles. Old “Cuss”, a 1928 Chevy truck is a crowd pleaser and has won many awards for parade participation over the years. Another milestone for the unit was the formation of the “C” Flat Band. The “C” Flat Band participates with the unit in parades and is a crowd favorite. They also help with many unit and Clan events and have helped raise funds for the Philadelphia Hospital and the Temple Transportation Fund.
The Kena Hillbilly’s are known for their friendly hospitality and down home atmosphere. The Hillbilly Ladies are an intrical and important part of the unit and participate in meeting and all events. They are Gold Book contributors to the Shrine Hospitals and have several craft projects to raise funds for our “Children”.
The units main fund raiser is a country and western dance that is not only a lot of fun, but, is one of the most popular Temple events. In good times and bad, the Hillbilly unit has continued to grow. We know what it means to have fun, we know what the true meaning of being a Shriner is all about, and we know what it means to be Masons. For those reasons we continue to attract new members looking for a family unit and looking to Have Fun!