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Leadership LaRue Class 2016-2017



The new class of Leadership LaRue is underway with a great start. This month the class enjoyed a kick-off luncheon and a team building day at Elizabethtown Community  & Technical College. The class will meet monthly on the second Thursday of the month. Follow their journey this year on the Chamber’s Facebook page as we share pictures and videos from their experiences.

The Leadership LaRue Class includes:

Michelle Brown – Karbec, LLC

Jimmy Curle – LaRue County Public Library Board

Tammy Davidson – Sunrise Manor

Adam Estes – Elizabethtown Community & Technical College

Dana Garrett – United Way of Central Kentucky

Michele Mattingly – Lincoln National Bank

Lindsey Peace – Magnolia Bank

Ginger Perry – Farm Credit Mid-America

Doug Ponder – LaRue County Herald News

Debbie Rucker – City of Hodgenville

Kendra Slayton – Hardin Memorial Hospital

Jessica Stowers – Fort Knox Federal Credit Union

Charlotte Tucker – LaRue County Board of Education

Marcy Ward – LaRue County Cooperative Extension

Scott Williams – First Baptist Church Hodgenville



Pictured front row left: Adam Estes, Jessica Stowers, Lindsey Peace, Dana Garrett, Doug Ponder, Scott Williams, Ginger Perry and Jimmy Curle

Back row from left: Michelle Brown, Michele Mattingly, Charlotte Tucker, Marcy Ward, Kendra Slayton and Debbie Rucker. Not pictured is Tammy Davidson


Opportunities to Serve – Board of Directors

Chamber Members:
The LaRue County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is soliciting nominations for board members to fill positions of board members whose terms are expiring this year.

Self-nominations or nominations of other active members are encouraged.  A short biography of each nominee is required.

The Board of Directors will vote on the nominees to determine the newly-elected board members.  The newly-elected board members will assume office July 1, 2015. Board positions have four-year renewable terms.

Nominations can be mailed or e-mailed to [email protected].  Nominations must be received by Tuesday, March 24, 2015.

Thank you for your continued support of The LaRue County Chamber of Commerce.

Leadership LaRue Applications Available

Building Leaders with Leadership LaRue

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It’s almost time for the Leadership LaRue County Class of 2014-2015 to begin.

Established in 2005, Leadership LaRue County provides educational experiences for present and future leaders to develop knowledge and foster appreciation of our community and to encourage civic involvement.

The program begins in September and is followed by monthly day sessions through May.  Topics include: local history, tourism, education, economic development, health and human services, state and local government, agriculture, entrepreneurship and so much more!

 See the attached application.

Leadership LaRue 2014-2015 Application Form

Leadership Applications should be returned to the office by August 22nd.
For more details, contact the Chamber via email [email protected] or 270-358-3411.

Don’t Forget – RSVP for November Luncheon

LaRue County Chamber of Commerce


LaRue County Chamber of Commerce November Luncheon


Wednesday November 20, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST
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Campbellsville University’s Brockman Center
813 Old Elizabethtown Road
Hodgenville, KY 42748
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Chamber & Community

Nov. 14-16 – Festival of Trees

Dec. 7 – Light Up CreekFront
Dec. 12 – Leadership Class Day
Dec. 18 – December Luncheon 



Sustaining Sponsors 




LaRue Ins 


Mag Bank 




Please plan to join us for our November Membership Luncheon on Wednesday, November 20th!

Please note our location change to the CU’s Brockman Center for this month’s luncheon.


Our speaker this month is Chuck Crain, Instructor/Chair of Management Programs with the Schools of Business and Economics with Campbellsville University.  Chuck will be speaking on “Cost Effective Promotion for Your Small Business.”

Luncheon Sponsor: Campbellsville University

Catered by: Papa John’s
Papa Johns

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I can’t make it

Please RSVP for the luncheon no later than noon on Tuesday, November 19th.  Hope to see you there!




Krista Levee

LaRue County Chamber of Commerce

[email protected]


Join us for lunch! – Wednesday, Sept 18


LaRue County Chamber of Commerce September Luncheon


Wednesday September 18, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT
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Lincoln Museum Community Room
60 Lincoln Square
Hodgenville, KY 42748
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Chamber & Community Events

Sept. 25  – Board of Directors Mtg
Sept. 27  – Ribbon Cutting for
Tino’s Barber Shop
Oct.   1    – Ambassador Mtg
Oct.   5-6 – Lincoln Days
Oct.   16  – October Luncheon
Oct.   17  – Leadership Class Day
Oct.   30  – Board of Directors Mtg
Oct.   31  – Trick or Treat on the
Nov.   5   –  Ambassador Mtg
Nov. 14-16 – Festival of Trees



Sustaining Sponsors


Mag Bank

LaRue Ins

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Please plan to join us next Wednesday, September 18th for our next membership luncheon. 

Our speakers this month will be Mr. Kirk Chadwick, Chairman of the Board for the United Way of Central Kentucky, and Mr. Darin Williams, LaRue County advocate and winner of the Nelson Kelley Volunteer of the Year Award.

About our Speakers:

Mr. Kirk Chadwich has been the General Manager for Fischbach USA since 2000.  Fischbach is the world’s largest supplier of plastic packaging to the sealants and adhesives industry.  Previously, Kirk worked for Dow Corning in various locations throughout the world.  Kirk has been on the United Way of Central Kentucky board four years and is currently serving as the board chairman.  He and his wife Brenda live in Elizabethtown where they are busy raising their five children. 

Mr. Darin Williams is the son of Bob and Rita Williams.  He and his wife Vicky have a 13 year-old daughter, Mallory, who is active in all sports and school activities in LaRue County. He is a graduate of LaRue County High School and the University of Kentucky.  He has coached Little League sports in LaRue County for 15 years, board member of Parks and Recreation, Chairman of Hardin County Crime Stoppers for 4 years, Host of Hardin County Crime Stoppers Stoppers talk show for HCETV for 4 years, United Way Leadership Giving Chair of 2012, participates in many girls booster clubs from middle school to high school, and member of First Baptist Church.  His work history includes Crucible Magnets for years, 17 years at Dow Corning, and currently he is the Operations Manager at Fischbach USA as he continues to run R.E. Williams, Inc. located in the LaRue County Industrial Park as a part time business.









Please RSVP for the luncheon no later than Tuesday, September 17th at noon.  Hope to see you there!



Krista Levee

LaRue County Chamber of Commerce

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Annual Awards Dinner – Thursday, May 9th

LaRue County Chamber of Commerce


LaRue County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner


Thursday May 9, 2013 from 5:15 PM to 8:00 PM EDT 




First Baptist Church
730 Tonieville Road
Hodgenville, KY  42748


Sustaining Sponsors:
LNB logo

LaRue County Schools FKFCU
LaRue Ins logo Mag Bank


Catered by:
Paula’s Hot Biscuit

Dear Chamber Member:


Make sure you have your reservations in for The Annual Dinner of the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce for Thursday, May 9th.  This year’s theme is Commerce, Community, Education…A Pep Rally For Us All. The location for this year’s Annual Dinner will be at First Baptist Church on 730 Tonieville Road in Hodgenville. 


The evening will begin with social time at 5:15pm including the silent auction with dinner at 6:00pm.  Our guest speaker will be LaRue County native, Dr. Britt Brockman!  We will be recognizing our outstanding business and community leaders during this annual awards ceremony.  




Guest Speaker: Dr. Britt Brockman 


Please email [email protected] or call 270-358-3411, with your reservation before noon on Tuesday, May 7. 


Meet Board of Director Pam Stephens

Pam Stephens is your 2012-2013 President for the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce. Pam was born and raised in LaRue County. After graduating from LaRue County High School, Pam attended Elizabethtown Community College (presently known as Elizabethtown Community & Technical College). She then graduated from American Institute of Banking and she has been with Lincoln National Bank for over 26 years, 11 years of that time she has been an Assistant Vice President and Loan Officer.

Pam states that her favorite part of Hodgenville and LaRue County is the people.  She loves meeting new people, developing relationships and the spirit of the “hometown” community.  She also loves the potential for this community to grow and prosper.

Pam has been involved with the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce for many years. Pam will begin her time as President beginning July 1, 2012.   She currently sits on our Membership Committee, Annual Meeting Committee and the Golf Scramble Committee. Her favorite part of the Chamber is the opportunity to improve local commerce and the local economy. She wants to continue projecting awareness that Hodgenville and LaRue County are wonderful communities to live in and to prosper in as a resident.

2012 Annual Meeting – The Allure of Living in LaRue County…

Last Thursday, May 10th, over 100 chamber and community members came together to celebrate the accomplishments of the Chamber of Commerce and the community during the 2011-2012 year. We had 10 table sponsors participate in our table decoration contest and this made the night even more festive. The night started with a silent auction. Silent auction items were donated by: Dr. Tom Davenport, Magnolia Bank, Paula’s Hot Biscuit, My Gal Boutique, Melanie Wells Photography, MAM Candy, LaRue County Schools, Lynn Claycomb, Lee’s Garden Center, Hosparus, Hometown Pizza, South Central Rural Telephone Cooperation, Brooks Fence, Allen’s Heating & Cooling, LaRue County Herald News, Nina Cundiff, US Bancorp Investments and The Sweet Shoppe.  A new addition to our silent auction this year was being able to bid on some of the centerpieces. The local florists, gift shops and table sponsors that donated centerpieces to our silent auction were: Almost Home, Nancy’s Gifts & Flowers, Heavenly Harvest, Upton’s Florist and Garden Center, Geneva’s Florist, Lawson’s Florist, Hinton’s Orchard & Farm, LaRue County Schools, Lincoln National Bank and LaRue County Herald News.

Dinner was catered by Paula’s Hot Biscuit and it was just as good as ever! During dinner, everyone had the opportunity to have their picture taken by Melanie Wells Photography. To view these pictures, visit

During our annual meeting, we had the privilege to hear from State Representative Michael Meredith, Judge Executive Tommy Turner and Mayor Terry Cruse.  Hearing these elected officials speak about LaRue County was a very important time as we learned a great amount of information on what is going on in Hodgenville and LaRue County. Kim Huston, author of Small Town Sexy was our guest speaker for the evening. She spoke on why being from a small community is so wonderful and the things that we need in place to continue to be a great place to live. We really enjoyed hearing her speak. If you would like to buy a copy of her book, we have a few copies in the Chamber office at a discount price of $15.00.

A part of our annual meeting is Leadership LaRue County graduation. The 2011-2012 class was the largest class we have had to graduate since the program started. This year’s graduates were Deidre Brooks, Lincoln National Bank; Patti Donahue, Elizabethtown Community & Technical College; Marsha Duncan, LaRue County Schools; Adam Gordon, Magnolia Bank; Jeremy Hinton, Kentucky Farm Bureau; Nedra Jurcak, Community Member; Diana Leathers, LaRue County Health Department; Faith Miller, LaRue County Community Action; Allison Shepherd, LaRue County Herald News; Beth Turner, Dow Corning and Clint Williams, LG &E. This class chose to make a promotional video about LaRue County. If you would like to view a copy of the video, please stop by the Chamber office.

The night concluded with our 2012 Annual Awards. We were happy to award the Outstanding Citizen Award to Joanna Hinton, the Outstanding Business/Professional Person Award to Dr. Glenn Catlett, the Spirit Award to LaRue County Emergency Services and the President’s Award was given in honor of the late Roger Truitt. These award recipients have made and continue to make a true difference in our community and it was great to recognize them.

We would like to thank everyone that had a part in making the 2012 Annual Meeting such a success. Claude and Deb Ramey and everyone that helped from First Baptist Church, Melanie Wells Photography for donating her time and work on the pictures, Paula Varney and her staff for doing such an excellent job with the catering, all of the annual meeting committee members and chamber board members that helped, Joey Gearon for helping clean up after the dinner, everyone that donated and bid on items for the silent auction and everyone that attended and made the evening so wonderful!