KREIA History

 

The Real Story…

Last month, Dr. Noble Roberts, the first president of KREIA, founder, was honored by KREIA as the 2011 Recipient of the very prestigious “Ed Melton Award.”

Hank Schildknecht does an amazing job every year ensuring this annual KREIA tradition continues in a very well guarded secret ritual of organizing all the past recipients and hosting this Secret Society meeting. Every “Ed Melton Award” recipient is very dedicated to maintaining the integrity and has never taking their task lightly.

I remember going to my first KREIA meeting at the old Marriott/Holiday Inn in Clarksville next to the Derby Dinner Playhouse. Before every meeting, Ed Melton dressed in a sport coat with his unique mustache would carry in a velvet bag of some sort and an easel.

Ed Melton would carefully remove the contents – the KREIA Logo (above) and place it on an easel for all to see as they arrived for the meeting. Ed would make his adjustments to make sure it was in plain view for all to see.

Back then, my wife and I had a graphics arts person design a logo for our real estate company. Their first design was awesome and we both loved it. But then I realized it was very similar to the KREIA logo and cancelled the design to avoid any accusations of copying the logo.

A few years ago, a management company was brought in to make KREIA more efficient and focus on member benefits. During this transition back then, for some unknown reason, the original KREIA logo was abandoned. This disgruntled several KREIA members and I was curious why they were upset. All I knew is what I saw with Ed.

Years ago, KREIA had a contest for members to submit designs for a KREIA Logo. This was an pretty exciting contest as several designs were submitted and voted on.