Paducah Native Among State’s Volunteers Honored by Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton

 In Announcement

Paducah, Ky. (May 31, 2018) – Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton and Executive Cabinet Secretary Scott Brinkman honored 15 individuals and four groups from across Kentucky for their volunteer and service contributions at the 23rd annual Governor’s Service Awards in Frankfort at the Capitol Rotunda on May 30, 2018.  The annual awards are coordinated by Serve Kentucky.

The National Service Award recognizes an individual member of a national service program, who has demonstrated service beyond standard expectations of the designated program, an extraordinary example of the National Service spirit.

One of our own, Paducah native, Lonnie Turner, was selected to receive the National Service Award for his dedication to serving the Paducah community through the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. Lonnie has been volunteering with the Senior Corps RSVP for five years and has made a positive impact at the Paducah Senior Center and the community.

“These winners are truly the definition of ‘servant leadership,’” Lt. Gov. Hampton said. “Every day, they rise to the challenge of improving our Commonwealth, and Kentucky is much richer for the service of these volunteers. After learning about each honoree’s contributions to Kentucky, it’s impossible not to be inspired by their gifts to others. Showing our thanks today is just a small way to recognize the impact of their service. They are leading by example and encouraging others to fulfill great service.”

Secretary Brinkman noted that the award winners make a significant impact in their communities.

“From serving veterans to mentoring at-risk youth and helping adults coping with substance abuse, these volunteers are meeting needs at the local level,” Secretary Brinkman said. “They show that every one of us has the talent and time to do something good. For their wide-reaching contributions, they are Commonwealth’s shining stars.”

Serve Kentucky Executive Director Joe Bringardner said the Governor’s Office launched the volunteer awards program in 1975. Since 1995, Serve Kentucky has administered the program.

“Kentucky is rich with talented volunteers — those who dedicate themselves to helping others. This group represents the finest of that group. We are in awe of their worthy efforts to do whatever it takes to help our families, friends and neighbors.”

For more information about the Paducah RSVP Program, please call 270-442-8993, email:, or visit our website:

A list of honorees and their hometowns follows.

2018 Governor’s Service Award Recipients

Youth Volunteer Service Award

  • Madison Roy – Louisville, Jefferson County
  • Will Broomhead – Villa Hills, Kenton County


Volunteer Service Award

  • Alex Elswick – Lexington, Fayette County
  • Bryan Fallon – Louisville, Jefferson County
  • Callie Richeson – Murray, Calloway County
  • Regina Watkins – Shepherdsville, Bullitt County


Senior Volunteer Service Award

  • Charles Gary Stewart – Burlington, Boone County


Veteran Volunteer Service Award

  • Paul Temmermand – Lexington, Fayette County


National Service Award

  • Lonnie Turner – Paducah, McCracken County
  • Kaycee Gibson – Bowling Green, Warren County


National Service Alumni Award

  • Benji Hammons – London, Laurel County


Group Service Award

  • GleanKY – Lexington, Fayette County
  • CASA of Lexington – Lexington, Fayette County
  • Lindsey Wilson College Bonner Scholars Program – Columbia, Adair County


Business Service Award

  • Gearheart Communications – Harold, Floyd County


Lifetime Achievement Award – Active

  • Robert McCool – Richmond, Madison County
  • Lea Fischbach – Louisville, Jefferson County


Lifetime Achievement Award – Posthumous

  • Julian Bond – Frankfort, Franklin County
  • Troy Bowling – Lexington, Fayette County
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