First Lady Jane Beshear's Communications Office
First Lady honors Kentucky’s exemplary volunteers

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, June 09, 2010  
Contact Information:  Elizabeth Roach

2009 service recognized

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Eighteen groups and individuals from across the state were honored today for their volunteer contributions at a ceremony held at the Governor’s Mansion in Frankfort.

First Lady Jane Beshear, Janie Miller, secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) and WKYT-TV news anchor Amber Philpott presented the 2009 Governor’s Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service at the ceremony. The Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service (KCCVS) coordinates the annual awards program.

“We recognize you not only for the work you’ve done, but also for the inspiration you’ve provided to many others,” said Mrs. Beshear. “Our Commonwealth is much better off because of your leadership and dedication.”

“Volunteers are driven by a deep compassion to make a difference,” said Sec. Miller. “When they see a need, they are the first to ask, ‘What can I do?’ The volunteers we honor today have made a great impact with their actions and their character. We thank them for their exemplary service.”

The Governor’s Office launched the volunteer awards program in 1975. Since 1995, KCCVS has administered the program.

A panel of independent judges with experience in volunteerism and/or service chose award recipients in 13 categories. Three additional achievement awards were also presented to honor groups for their participation during the state’s Make A Difference Day food drive last October. Two special awards were presented for outstanding support during the Build-A-Bed project this spring. Charles Stiles of Richmond received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Below is a complete list of award winners and their nominators:

2009 Governor’s Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service

  • Challenge Award
    Jimmy Tincher, Carlisle (Nicholas County)
    Nominated by Paula Hunter
  • Corporate Award
    Community Trust Bank/Inc., Ashland Market, Ashland (Boyd County)
    Nominated by Kristy Gross
  • Faith-Based Group Award
    First Baptist Church, Bowling Green (Warren County)
    Nominated by Rebecca Painter, Ph.D.
  • Group Volunteer Service Award
    “Amigos” Volunteer Group, Lexington (Fayette County)
    Nominated by Rob Turner
  • Kentucky Ambassador Award
    Travis Housley, Henderson (Henderson County)
    Nominated by Jeff Winfrey
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
    Charles Stiles, Richmond (Madison County)
    Nominated by Robert McCool
  • National Service Group Award
    Audubon Area RSVP, Owensboro (Daviess County)
    Nominated by Robin Mattingly
  • National Service Individual Award
    Ashley Gutshall, Lexington (Fayette County)
    Nominated by Karen Anderson
  • Nonprofit Organization Award
    Lexington Fair Housing Council, Lexington (Fayette County)
    Nominated by Tony Baize
  • Senior Volunteer Service Award
    Elmer Simurdak, Martin (Floyd County)
    Nominated by Joyce Mitchell
  • Volunteer Coordinator Award
    Joan Morris, Lexington (Fayette County)
    Nominated by JoAnne Burch Burris
  • Volunteer Service Award
    Peter C. Newberry, Berry (Harrison County)
    Nominated by Kimberly S. Rorick, Patty Adams, Jo Ann Jones and Diana Karod
  • Youth Volunteer Service Award
    Rebecca Wente, Grayson (Carter County)
    Nominated by Bill Burch

Special Awards

  • Make A Difference Day Traveling Award (Department for Community Based Services Region)
    The Lakes Service Region
  • Make A Difference Day Traveling Award (AmeriCorps Program)
    SERV Corps, Richmond (Madison County)
  • Make A Difference Day Traveling Award (State Agency)
    Cabinet for Economic Development, Frankfort (Franklin County)
  • Build-A-Bed Project Support Award
    City of Frankfort, Kentucky
  • Build-A-Bed Project Support Award
    Headquarters, The Kentucky National Guard: Boone Center