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CJE Ann Melton, 2009 Business/Professional Woman of the Year

2009 C-AC Chamber Awards Banquet

Introduction given by Sheila Blair, April 21, 2009
Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY

Thank everyone for coming tonight to help us recognize & give thanks to the people being honored tonight, for all they do to make this such a wonderful place to call home.

Thanks to Donna Stotts for asking me to speak tonight about the recipient of this years Business & Professional Woman of the Year.

This lady started her career the day after her high school graduation. She worked as a deputy clerk in the County Clerks office from 1976 until she was elected County Clerk in 1998. After serving as County Clerk for eight years, she was elected Adair County Judge Executive.

Being the only female to have been elected to two different County offices, and the only female to hold the office of the County Judge Executive, she has not only conquered this great feat as a major accomplishment for herself, but as a role model for all females.

She has made many changes in the way our county operates. By implementing her ideas as to how the county should be managed, working closely with our magistrates, and our state officials, she has been a significant part in making the countys current financial situation much better than many other counties in the state.

Considering the current economic situation we are enduring, this is something we should be very grateful for & very proud of.

Now on a more personal level. Since I started working in the clerks office in 1986, I have depended on her many times. From learning the duties in the clerks when I first began work, until today, when I still frequently rely on her for help & advice, she has never let me down.

She and I have many things in common. Our love for the people in this great county, being in a position where we are able to help people whenever possible, and spending over half our lives serving the people of Adair County, is something which has been an honor for both of us.Thru the years weve shared many laughs & many tears together, on a personal level, as well as professional.

I remember my first day as clerk. I arrived at work that morning, and even though I had worked there for 20 years it hit me. This office was now my responsibility. I broke down in tears, I was scared to death. After calling my husband, for moral support she was the next person I spoke with. As usual, in her sweet & calming way, she assured me I would do fine & everything would be airight & if I needed anything at all she was just a phone call away.

She is not only someone that I have always been able to depend on, but someone that Adair County has always and will continue to be able to depend on.

It is now my pleasure, to introduce one of my best friends & someone who calls me her sister, this years recipient of the Business & Professional Woman of the Year award. Ann Melton

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