Written by Susan Douglas, LKY '15 From August 19 – 21, the 2015 Leadership Kentucky classmates met in Owensboro. We had a great start as LKY alumna Marcia Carpenter opened her home and, with the help of her father, Bill Kuegel (also a Leadership Kentucky alum), hosted our class for dinner. The evening was a great start to our visit to this vibrant and clean city! Our host hotel, Hampton Inn on the river, was a beautiful backdrop for our agribusiness session. Day two, we spent the morning at Owensboro Grain discussing agriculture and its impact on the economy of Kentucky and especially Daviess County. Clint Hardy, Daviess County extension agent shared that within the 300,000 acres of farm land in Daviess County, 67,000 acres are corn, 75,000 acres of soybeans, 16,000 acres of wheat, 18,000 acres of hay and 2,500 acres of tobacco are produced annually. Impressive! Located on the Ohio River, Owensboro is an attractive city for business with transportation access by road, railroad and river. Thursday afternoon our class visited a working farm. At Kamuf Brothers Farm, watermelons were being harvested, sorted and prepared to be delivered to grocers. We also left with a treat receiving a watermelon to take home. Along with the farm tour, we also visited the Owensboro Riverport Authority and gained a greater understanding of the importance of the Ohio River and transportation for Owensboro. Of course, you cannot take a trip to Owensboro without some hometown barbecue. At Reid’s Orchard, we were treated to live music, great food and camaraderie. We were honored to have so many local LKY alums come to share dinner with us. Day three was all about business development supporting the Owensboro economy. [...]
As Leadership Kentucky heads to Owensboro in August, we spotlight Martha Clark. Mrs. Clark is a retired CPA and, along with fellow Leadership Kentucky alumni Marianne Smith Edge, is the Co-founder and Founding President of IMPACT 100 Owensboro. She is also the administrator of the John B. and Brownie Young Memorial Scholarship Fund. Her strong leadership qualities and passion for her community make her an outstanding alumni of Leadership Kentucky. Mrs. Clark is dedicated to giving back and passionate about doing what she can to improve her community. One notable accomplishment was the founding of IMPACT 100 Owensboro, which will soon celebrate its 10th anniversary. IMPACT 100 Owensboro is a community of women that seeks to transform lives in the Greater Owensboro area through high-impact and lifelong giving. IMPACT 100 Owensboro has distributed nearly $2 million to such organizations as Girls Inc., Boulware Mission Inc., Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Dental Clinic, and many more. Mrs. Clark points to her participation in Leadership Kentucky, as a member of the 2005 Class, as a defining experience for her. “I learned so much at Leadership Kentucky. Not just about the state, but the relationships I made and the sharing of ideas among the participants was very fulfilling. Leadership Kentucky opens a participant’s eyes to statewide goings on and was such a rewarding and educational experience,” she said recently. Mrs. Clark is an exemplary alumni of Leadership Kentucky and we applaud her dedication to the betterment of her community.
Leadership Kentucky, one of the oldest and most prestigious statewide leadership development programs in the United States, will be holding its August leadership session in Owensboro from August 19-21. The focus of the sessions will be economic development and agribusiness. Leadership Kentucky, created in 1984 as a non-profit educational organization, brings together a selected group of people that possess a broad variety of leadership abilities, career accomplishments, and volunteer activities to gain insight into complex issues facing the state. This year's class includes 51 participants from across the state representing a variety of public and private sectors. The class includes Owensboro resident Woody Maglinger, III, Communications Director for the Green River Area Development District. Since 1984, nearly 60 Owensboro residents have participated in Leadership Kentucky. The Owensboro Session Chairs will be local residents and Leadership Kentucky Alumni Amy Jackson, President of the Owensboro Region at First Security Bank, and Kyle Aud, Vice President of Independence Bank. The Leadership Kentucky program is made up of seven two-day sessions, held in various locations in the state, where participants are educated about the Commonwealth of Kentucky and its challenges. They have the opportunity to meet and talk with Kentucky’s current leaders and explore the state’s challenges and resources. Applications for the 2016 class will be available online at www.leadershipky.org by December 15, 2015. An individual may self-nominate, or may be nominated by alumnus of Leadership Kentucky, board members of Leadership Kentucky, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, civic organizations, or corporations.