LC TOURISM UPDATES UPCOMING EVENTS…
By Susan Salyer
The Lawrence County Tourism Commission had a Regular Scheduled Monthly Meeting on Monday, October 16, 2023 at 5:30PM at the Fred M Vinson Museum, 315 E. Madison Street, Downtown 2nd Floor, Louisa, Kentucky.
LC Tourism Chairman Wes Kingsmore was in attendance along with Treasurer Brenda Hardwick, Secretary Susie Chambers, and members Debbie Hill, Chris Jobe, Christy Moore and Chris Jobe.
Special Guests Frank and Pat Kincaid discussed the Veterans and County Christmas events this Fall. These events have been celebrated in the Louisa Community Building over the last eleven years. LC Tourism made a donation for an undisclosed amount.
Chairman Wes Kingsmore introduced Crystal Smith, R, and Jessica Webb (shown above) to LC Tourism as volunteers. These 2 ladies will be involved with all the activities of the Tourism Commission in the future. Motion by Brenda Hardwick 2nd by Susie Chambers.
The LC Tourism Commission tabled the Budget discussion. A meeting will be held on Monday October 30, 2023 at the Fred M. Vinson Museum at 5:30PM. The budget has to be finished by December 2023. Motion to table discussion of budget by Chris Jobe 2nd by Debbie Hill.
A Motion was made to pay $100 for the Harvest Tour Banners by Susie Chambers 2nd by Debbie Hill.
The LC Tourism discussed the resignation of Keith Chaffin and have nominated Elaine Mabry and Thomas Bradley to be LC Tourism Members. These two names will be sent to the LC Fiscal Court Judge Phillip Carter, and he will pick the next LC Tourism Member and will announce the person chosen at the LC Fiscal Court Meeting. This Motion was made by Brenda Hardwick 2nd by Susie Chambers.
1. Opening Prayer
2. Call to Order
3. Special Guests – Frank and Pat Kincaid (Veterans and County Christmas)
4. Budget Discussion – Tabled until October 30, 2023 at a Special Meeting.
5. Approval of September 2023 Minutes – Motion by Chris Jobe 2nd by Brenda Hardwick.
6. Approval of September 2023 Financial Report – Motion by Susie Chambers 2nd by Debbie Hill.
7. Grant Updates- Discussion by the Tourism Commission.
8. Turkey Trot- 5K Run, t-shirts will be ordered.
9. Storybook Trail/Hiking – Hike day will be on Friday November 17, 2023. On Saturday November 18, 2023 there will be guided hikes, bonfire and music. There will also be a Botanist and a Survivalist speaking.
10. Camper Appreciation – Bonfire, s’mores and hotdogs.
11. Harvest Gala Update – There are no details about the Harvest Gala Dinner at this time.
12. Public Comments – None
13. Adjourn – Motion by Debbie Hill 2nd by Chris Jobe.
The next LC Tourism Monthly Meeting will be on Monday November 20, 2023 at 5:30PM at the Fred M. Vinson Museum, 315 E. Madison Street, Downtown 2nd Floor, Louisa, Kentucky.
LAST MONTH’S MINUTES…
Lawrence County Tourism Minutes, September 18, 2023
Prepared by: Susie Chambers, Secretary
The Lawrence County Tourism Commission met on Monday, September 18, 2023 at the Fred Vinson Tourism Office at 5:30 pm. Members in attendance were Chairman Wes Kingsmore, Brenda Hardwick, Debbie Hill, Christy Moore, Chris Jobe and Susie Chambers. Others attending were Tamyra New and Susan Salyer. The meeting was called to order by Wes Kingsmore and Chris Jobe gave the opening prayer.
There were no items to be discussed under old business and we proceeded to approve the minutes and financial reports for August. With a motion by Chris and a second-by Brenda we approved the August minutes. All in favor. Susie made a motion to approve the Áugust financial report with a second by Debbie.
New business- 1. The Americana Fest is September 20-22 in Nashville. Ky is being highlighted this year and Wes will attend to represent Lawrence County. With a motion by Susie and a second by Debbie our tourism committee voted to pay for Wes’ hotel rom for two nights. 2. Since we have two years to fulfill the Paula Ny grant, we will plan the event for the spring of 2024. 3. We had around 30 participants in the Septemberfest 5K Walk/Run. 4. Wes will check on purchasing t-shirts for the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot. 5. Gary Cantrell, Vince Doty, Chris Jobe and a crew from the county went out to mark the locations for the Story Book Trail. The trail is one mile round trip so it should be very family friendly. We will have a soft grand opening and then the trail will be opened for everyone on Friday, November 17th, Nat’l Take a Hike Day. We will try to hike the trail as a group on Saturday, November 18th. 6. We are going to check on items for giveaways for Campers Appreciation. 7. Christy will ask the art class at LCHS to paint the rocks for our Rocktoberfest. We have 12 rocks donated by Ralph Wellman. They will be placed in locations all over our county and when found they can be redeemed for $50.00 in cash. We have various community members donate the $’s for this event. Another great way to get our residents out enjoying our beautiful county! 8. The tourism commission voted to buy a table for the Harvest Moon Gala at a cost of $400.00. Susie made the motion and Christy the second. All in favor. 9. The Heritage Harvest Tour is scheduled for September 30th. We have four locations in Lawrence and four in Boyd participating. The Lawrence County Extension board donated $500.00 to help promote this event. 10. We have scheduled a budget meeting for Monday, October 9th at 5:30 pm at our tourism office.
With no further business to come before the board, Chris made a motion to adjourn with a second by Brenda.
Our next regular monthly meeting will be on Monday, October 16th at 5:30 pm at our tourism office.