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2009 Chamber Awards of the Year presented Tuesday night

Top individuals of the year awards go to Marshall Loy, Judge Ann Melton, Julie Brockman, Jeff Willis, Billy Rowe, Stephen Baker, and IMO Pump
Photos, additional postings on individual awards, later Wednesday, April 22, 2009.
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By Ed Waggener

A packed Roberta Cranmer Dining Center was the site of the Annual Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce Banquet, tonight, Tuesday, April 21, 2009, with President Donna Stotts presiding.

The principal speaker for the evening was the honorable Justice Daniel J. Venters, Kentucky Supreme Court Third Supreme Court District, who was introduced by District Judge Mike Loy of Columbia, KY.


Special presentations were made by Mayor Pat Bell of the City of Columbia, and Ann Melton, Adair County Judge Executive.

An moving invocation through song, "Hear Our Praises," was given by Amy Thompson, who said, afterward, that the decision to go with "Hear Our Praises" was a close one, between it and "The Lord's Prayer," but opted for the Australian hillsong over the more familiar alternative.

Greetings on behalf of Lindsey Wilson College was given by Dr. Dean Adams, Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management.

Awards were presented by Ron Heath incoming President of the Columbia, Adair County Chamber of Commerce.

The winners were as follows:
  • Business/Professional Man of the Year, Marshall Loy, with introduction by Richard L. Walker.

  • Business/Professional Woman of the Year, Ann Melton, with introduction by Adair County Court Clerk Sheila Blair

  • Educator of the Year, Julie Brockman, with introduction by Adair County School Superintendent Darrell Treece

  • Employee of the Year, Jeff Willis, With introduction by LWC Vice President Dean Adams

  • Agriculturist of the Year, Billy Rowe, with introduction by Maury Cox, Shelbyville, KY

  • Volunteer of the Year of the Year, Stephen Baker, with introduction by Peggy Lawson

  • Industry of the Year, IMO Pump, with introduction by Sue Stivers

  • The winners were chosen from the following nominees:Outstanding Agriculturist:

    Calvin Aaron, Charles Barnes, Tim Baker, John Ballou, Charles Barnes, Chad Brown, J R Brown, David Burris, Mitchell Burton, Randall Burton, Anthony Day, Mark Dykes, Kirby Hancock, Mike Hatcher, Mike Meyer, Billy Rowe, Fred Rowe, Nick Roy, Chris Watts, Billy Willis, Bruce Willis.

    Outstanding Employee

    Brittany Bell, Kelli Bonifer, Steven Breeding, Teresa Bright, Barbara Broome, Rhonda Cox, Roger Drake, Jill Grant, Cindy Harris, Vicki hatcher, Sonia Helm, Beth Holmes, Susan Lewis, Jim Lieb, Katchet Manners, Roger Meadows, Cincy Meyer, Tammy Morrison, Mary Beth Phelps, Rita Reynolds, Donnie Rowe, Hilda Satterfield, Ann Smith, Nancy Taylor, Jeff Willis, Mindy Yarberry, Hannah Young.

    Outstanding Volunteer

    Barbara Armitage, Steven Baker, Angela Dean, Lloyd French, Charles Grimsley, Arlinda Kessler, Mary Knight, Peggy lawson, Doyle Lloyd, Dennis Loy, Rhonda Loy, David Martin, Lynda McKinley, June Parson, Cindy Ploss, Cynthia Rowe, Sena Schaefer, Jennifer Smith, Margaret Sparks, Greg Thomas, Judy Vance, Ellen Zornes.

    Outstanding Industry

    Branscum Construction, At the Front, Duo-County, Garrison Construction, Chester Taylor, Hot Prints, Gaddie Shamrock, BABCO, Majestic Yachts, H & H Contractors, Hi-Temp Graphics, Rowe Farms, McCammish Mfg., IMO Pump, Wal-MartOutstanding Business/Professional Man

    Danny Bragg, David Butler, Mike Curry, Rollin Curtis, David Eubank, Chuck Giles, Charles Grimsley, Jim Hadley, Robert Hamlett, Mike Harris, Terry Harvey, Patrick Huff, Ronnie Janes, Stephen Keen, Dewayn Loy, Marshall Loy, Doug McCammish, Steve McKinney, Roger Meadows, Bobby Moore, Darrell Overstreet, Stacy Popplewell, Doug Pyles, Joe Pyles, John Rarey, Ernie Rogers, Tony Rose, Jay Rowlett, Nick Roy, Chester Taylor, Richard Walker, Chris Wilson, Ron Wise, J.D. Zornes

    Outstanding Business/Professional Woman

    Juli Bailey, Kelli Bonifer, Kaye Bowman, Donna Bryant, Shelia Bryant, Barbara Bryant-Hancck, Sharon Burton, Debbie Cowan, Angel Dostal, Sheila Hare, Amanda Keltner, Michele Lewis, Susan Lewis, Lisa Loy, Rhonda Loy, Ann Melton, Bonnie Rodgers, Sandra Rowltt, Betty Smith, Jill Smith, Monica Rodgers-Shuffett, Mindy Smith, Donna Stotts, Brenda Williams, and Stacy Wilson

    Outstanding Educator

    Tim Allen, Alissa Barnes, Paula Bault, Duane Bonifer, Julie Brockman, Sarah Burton, Brent Campbell, Cheryl Corbin, Debbie Cowan, Krystal Cundiff, Phyllis Churry, Mark Fudge, Kim Goodin, Wesley Green, Kirby Hancock, JoAnn Held, Lee Ann Jessie, Patty Jones, Jennifer Kemp, Brenda Mann, Susan Mnton, Laura murrell, Chad Parnell, John Peck, Greg Phelps, Billy Pickett, Jane Reed, Brett Reliford, Judy Reliford, Keri Willis, Sheila Willis, Troy Young, Ellen Zornes.Door prizes drawing conducted by Arlinda Kessler and Patricia Harper.

    Door prizes were won by Lloyd French, Cheryl Corbin, Cassie Melton, Greg Dykes, Steve Branscum, Bob Burt, Maury Cox, Stacy Wilson, Gale Rogers, Mike Harris, Frankie Burton, Kelli Bonifer, Jenny Blair, Jenny Heath, and Kirby Hancock.

    Officers of the Chamber of Commerce for 2009 are President Donna Stotts, President-elect Ron Heath, Vice President Stephen Keen, Secretary Amy Thompson, Treasurer Mindy Smith. The Board of Directors are Charles Barnes, Brady Button, Dan Franklin, Benton Fudge, Sheila Hare, Patricia Harper, Ron Heath, Stephen Keen, Arlinda Kessler, Doug McCammish, Roger Meadows, Mindy Smith, Donna Stotts, Amy Thompson, Darrell Treece.

    Sue Stivers is Executive Director.


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Sheila Blair, after introduction speech at Chamber 2009



2009-04-22 - Cranmer Dining Center, 430 Helen Flatt Drive, Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener.
Adair County Court Sheila Blair introduced the Outstanding Business/Professonal Woman of the Year, Ann Melton, at the 2009 Columbia-Adair County Chamber Banquet, Tuesday, April 21, 2009.

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Steven Baker: 2009 Columbia-Adair Co. Volunteer of the Year



2009-04-22 - Cranmer Dining Center, 430 Helen Flatt Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener.
AS STEVEN BAKER received the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce Award as the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year from Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce President Donna Stotts, Peggy Lawson couldn't hold back tears of pride. Lawsn, his mentor, detailed his rise from asking her for the chance to help Adair County to his current position as head of the Relay for Life, Proudly watching the presentation, far left, is Mayor Pat Bell, proud of another City of Columbia employee's contribution; next is Adair County CJE Ann Melton, who earlier in the evening was named the C-AC Business/Professional Woman of the Year; then District Judge Mike Loy, and, at right, Amy Thompson, who gave the evening's invocation in song.

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Julie Brockman: 2009 C-AC Outstanding Educator of the Year



2009-04-22 - Cranmer Dining Center, 430 Helen Flatt Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener.
BORN TO TEACH KINDERGARTEN Julie Brockman, center, was named the Outstanding Ecucator of the Year 2009 at the Annual Chamber Awards banquet at Lindsey Wilson College, last night. At left, Superintendent Darrell Treece, praised the courageous, dedicated young Adair Countian in his introductory remarks, and related the very beautiful story of how Ms. Brockman had started as a teaching assistant at Col. Wm Casey Elementary, and found that her life's vocation was meant to be as a teacher of kindergarten students. He told how she had overcome cancer, and how much she has done to direct the youngest Adair County students' lives in the right direction. At right, Chamber President Donna Stotts.

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Jeff Willis, 2009 Columbia-Adair Co. Outstanding Employee



2009-04-22 - Cranmer Dining Center, 430 Helen Flatt Drive, Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener.
JEFF WILLIS, the Lindsey Wilson Vice President who has always accepted challenges, and met them, is the 2009 Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Employee of the Year. Vice President Willis was introduced by fellow LWC Vice President Dean Adams, left who enumerated the many occasions when the administration of Lindsey Wilson has called on the young leader to handle an increasing number of responsibilities, with a refrain, "He said, 'Yes,' I can do that." Willis, he said, is responsible for overseeing over $4 Million a year in college income, including the food service, book store, and now, Mulligan's and The Pines at Lindsey Wilson Golf Course. At right is current C-AC Chamber presidnet Donna Stotts, and behind her is President-Elect Ron Heath.

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Billy Rowe, 2009 C-AC Outstanding Agriculturist of the Year



2009-04-22 - Cranmer Dining Center, 430 Helen Flatt Drive, Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener.
BILLY ROWE, co-owner of Rowe Farms, Columbia, KY, was named the 2009 Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Agriculturist of the Year. With him above, are Maury Cox, Shelbyville, KY, who gave remarks about Rowe's contribution to farming, particularly dairy farming, in Adair County and beyond. At right is C-AC Chamber President Donna Stotts. At far left is Adair County CJE Ann Melton, and on the right of Maury Cox, Supreme Court Justice Daniel J. Venters, who was the banquet's principal speaker.

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Marshall Loy, 2009 Business Professional Man of the Year



2009-04-27 - Roberta C. Cranmer Dining Center, 430 Helen Flatt Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo By Ed Waggener.
MARSHALL LOY, the 2009, Columbia-Adair County Outstanding Business Professional Man of the Year stood with C-AC Chamber President Donna Stotts as his close friend and business associate Richard Lee Walker completed his remarks about the stalwart civic, business, and legal professional leader, who Walker lauded for his quiet strength, his ability to get things done. At the speakers table are, from left, Mayor Patrick R. Bell, CJE Ann Melton, District Judge Mike Loy, Justice Dan Venters III, (Walker), Amy Thompson, LWC Vice President, and, standing, incoming C-AC Chamber President Ron Heath.

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