Beshear to headline chamber of commerce event

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By Molly Haines

Kentucky’s top official, Gov. Steve Beshear, will take the stage at the 11th annual Owen County Chamber of Commerce dinner Monday.

The meeting will be held at the Owen County Extension Office.

Owen County Chamber of Commerce President Pam Chappell said there is not a routine procedure to how a speaker is chosen each year, but suggestions are taken from chamber members.

“It’s usually just an invited guest,” Chappell said. “We take suggestions from members. If they’ve heard a speaker they think would be appropriate and available we’ll look at it.”

Chappell said it wasn’t hard to get Beshear to attend.

“It was harder getting it to work for his schedule and ours,” Chappell said.

Beshear was elected governor in November of 2007. Prior to that, he served as a state representative in the Kentucky General Assembly, as attorney general, and as lieutenant governor.

He is a native of Dawson Springs and received a bachelor’s degree and a law degree from the University of Kentucky, where he was president of the student body.

Beshear also served as an intelligence analyst in the U.S. Army Reserve.

He participates in many civic activities, with organizations such as CommerceLexington Inc., the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, God’s Pantry, Food Bank, Bluegrass Tomorrow, the Kentucky World Trade Center, and the UK College of Law Visiting Committee.

“We’re very honored to have him (Beshear) to speak this year,” Chappell said.

During this year’s dinner, awards will be given out to business person of the year, business of the year and retired teacher of the year.

Names are submitted for the awards and a committee meets to choose the winners.

Chappell said the current Leadership Owen County will receive their plaques during the dinner for completion of the two-year program.

Chappell said about 100 people are expected to attend. 

The dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m.