Chamber President Steven Barr, The Cecilian Bank welcomed distinguished guests for the evening.
- State Representative Jeff Greer,
- Judge Executive Gerry Lynn and wife Nancye,
- Fort Knox Garrison Commander Colonel Steve Aiton and wife Becky,
- Cadet Command Sergeant Major Kenneth Kraus
- Garrison Command Sergeant Major Bobby Wooldridge and Wife Dianne
- Mayor Blake Profitt and wife Cindy, Vine Grove
- Mayor William Ash, West Point
- Tony Brown Chevrolet and Fort Knox Federal Credit Union and the Cattleman’s Association for their support
Hager Farms, in Flaherty Kentucky, was the location for the chamber’s 2016 Community Partnership Dinner. The annual event in September is shared with the Hardin County Chamber and Fort Knox Public Affairs. Meade County Chamber Director Carole Logsdon selects a location that defines the beauty and values of Meade County. The farm of George and Georgia Hager located at the corner of Highway 60 and Joe Prather (313) was this year’s location. Greg Hager, and brother JJ, cohosted with the Chamber at the equipment barn atop the hill.
Semi grain trucks, tractors, combines and hoppers were the backdrops for the evening’s speakers. Colonel Steve Aiton, Garrison Commander at Fort Knox, Brad Richardson, President of Hardin County Chamber, Blake Proffitt, Vine Grove Mayor, and Logsdon spoke about area events and local news. Greg Hager talked about current day farming trends, and how machinery makes it possible to handle thousands of acres with less than a handful of people. The group was entertained by Wes Dyer of the Wild West Square Dance Club.
“The dinner has a long history between the 3 organizations, stated Logsdon. Its purpose is to bring our chamber members and our leaders together across the boundaries that define our region, to strengthen the bonds of friendship. In the busy lives of business and civic leaders it hard to have the opportunity to just gather for fun. This dinner event is for fun and to showcase our community. The Fort Knox partnership dinner is in June, and Hardin Chamber does theirs in October in Vine Grove.” It used to be called the Community Relations Dinner but in 2013 General Smith renamed it Community Partnership; we all thought it fit and it has been a growing partnership ever since. One hundred thirty five chamber members and their spouses, Army command staff, and friends enjoyed the warm and beautiful night in Meade County.”
Past locations for the Meade County dinner have been Brandenburg Riverfront Park, Sue Cummings’ beautiful farm in Ekron, Brandenburg Telephone’s Corporate Offices, and the Meade County Fairgrounds.
Tony Brown’s Chevrolet’s Barrett Howard took over as Master of Ceremonies. Kathy Simmons at the Home Plate Restaurant catered a wonderful meal of beef tenderloin and fresh vegetables.
Special tanks to the Ambassadors and Young Leaders who helped insure the event was successful and special thanks to board member Pauline Bramer, who insured that every detail was carried out making this Community Partnership Dinner one of our biggest successes.