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City Salutes Compassion at Unity Breakfast

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At this morning’s Unity Breakfast, Mayor Carter Hendricks and the Hopkinsville Human Relations Commission led the community in a call to action to continue seeking out opportunities to demonstrate compassion toward our neighbors.  They also commended the efforts of several individuals who have been serving the areas for a number of years.

Bonnie LynchAmong this year’s honorees was Bonnie Lynch, whose volunteer and community service was celebrated with the 2016 Hal & Bettye Thurmond Award.  Lynch is a dedicated and well-known public servant with a reputation for outstanding character and promoting the improvement of race relations in Hopkinsville and Christian CountyHer decades of service exemplify the tradition set out by the Thurmonds that Hal & Bettye Thurmond who would admire her work, problem-solving abilities, and personal sacrifices made to improve human relations in our community.

Over the past four decades, Lynch has tirelessly served the community as a former Christian County School Board member, former Board Chairman of the Hopkinsville Electric System, mentor with the Hopkinsville Buddy program, board member at the Freeman Chapel CME church, former president of the League of Women Voters (Hopkinsville chapter), former president of the Focus 21st Century Leadership program, board member of the Pennyroyal Center, and former president of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (Hopkinsville chapter.) Having retired after thirty years as a middle school teacher, she now serves as the Director of the Imagination Library at the Christian County Public Library.

Also recognized during the breakfast program with the Unity Award were the Indian Physicians for Alliance Community Service (IPACS) for their outstanding contributions to the community. 

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With giving spanning two mayoral terms, IPACS-supported programs have bolstered the neediest in our communities while also rewarding teachers and equipping nursing students with valuable scholarships.  From public servants to crisis relief, IPACS’ reach has been warm and far reaching.

November 2016 will mark the fifth round of IPACS’ sizeable contributions. All told the Alliance is poised to donate over $200,000 to some nineteen local agencies, programs, and organizations.  IPACS member physicians and their families have also rolled up their sleeves to volunteer and assist these noble causes.

Alliance members include: Dr. Geeta Chavda, Dr. Sanjay Chavda, Dr. Veer Chirravuri, Dr. Kishore Desai, Dr. Ratilal Gajera, Dr. Manoj Majmudar, Dr. Deepak Patel, Dr. Ramesh Patel, Dr. Pankaj Shah, Dr. Parth Shah, Dr. Prakash Shah, Dr. Paresh Sheth, and Dr. Rao Velaga.

Special Thanks

This year’s Unity Breakfast planning committee was chaired by Rev. Alice Nichols under the direction of Bernard Standard, HRC Director.  Christian County Judge/Executive Steve Tribble was on hand to help present this year’s Unity Proclamation.  Keynote speaker and 2014 Hal & Bettye Thurmond Award winner Rev. Tom Bell also delivered a timely message on the importance of putting “Compassion into Action.”

Award Background

Initiated in 2007, the Unity Award is designed to identify community members who contribute to the spirit of unity and collaboration essential to promoting fairness and equality among all citizens of Hopkinsville and Christian County.  Award recipients follow.

2016

Indian Physicians Alliance for Community Service (IPACS)

 

2011

Jim Wisby

2015

Rev. Dr. M.O. and Renee Fort

 

2010

Dr. Vernell Larkin

2014

Challenge House Movement

 

2009

Wally Bryan

2013

Isabel Soberal

 

2008

Matthew Harris

2012

Graham and Rita Harvey

 

2007

Inner City Advisory Committee

The Hal & Bettye Thurmond Award is named for Thurmond and his wife, whose work to integrate housing, lunch counters, and public schools and to improve race relations in Christian County in the 1950s and ‘60s earned them posthumous induction into the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame in the fall of 2006.  Owner of Blue Lake Block Co. and president of the local Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Thurmond demonstrated his commitment to the civil rights movement by helping to establish the Hopkinsville Human Relations Commission, for which Bettye became executive director.  Award recipients follow.

2016

Bonnie Lynch

 

1994

Howard Myers

2015

Angie Major

 

1993

Linda Pearson

2014

Tom Bell

 

1992

Russell Weatherwax

2013

Kurt & Susan Anderson

 

1991

Norman Freeman

2012

Rev. Buddy Slaughter

 

1990

Tom C. Steiner

2011

Nikki Radford

 

1989

Fannie Louise Maddux

2010

Elaine Love

 

1988

J. T. Lynch

2009

Jesse Quarles

 

1987

Mary Francis Loving

2008

Charles Turner

 

1986

Roger W. Holloway

2007

Suzy Schlegel

 

1985

J. Raymond Lord

2006

Mary Smith

 

1984

Norma Berens

2005

Wally Bryan

 

1982

Eugene Pool

2004

Marby Schlegel

 

1981

Rev. A.R. Lasley

2003

Penny Chewning

 

1980

Frank J. Thomas

2002

Wynn & Linda Radford

 

1979

Carolyn Self

2001

Wendell Lynch

 

1978

Joseph V. Rose

2000

Garnett Smith

 

1977

K.O. Cayce, Sr.

1999

Marlin & Rochelle Anderson

 

1976

Mamye B. White

1998

Diane Croney-Turner

 

1975

Francis Eugene Whitney

1997

Jim & Joyce Adams

 

1974

Mrs. John Blane, Sr.

1996

Barbara Waggoner

 

1973

Mary Virginia Parrish

1995

Elizabeth Spencer

 

 

 

For additional information, please contact the Mayor’s Office at (270) 890-0200 or the Hopkinsville Human Relations Commission at (270) 887-4010.