Governor's Service Awards
The Kentucky Governor's Service Awards program offers a rare glimpse into the lives and achievements of Kentuckians who serve without expectation of compensation, recognition or commendation.
The Governor's Office launched the program in 1975. Since 1995, the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service has managed the awards program. It’s been our distinct privilege over the years to recognize a few of the thousands whose volunteer service contributes immeasurably to a better Kentucky.
For the last few years, the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service (KCCVS) has been encouraged to move the Governor's Service Awards ceremony to take place during the legislative session. This shift will impact the 2017 awards program and shorten the timeline for the traditional nomination process. Therefore, this summer, instead of the annual Governor's Service Awards, the KCCVS will hold a special recognition ceremony for supporters of service and volunteerism. This is a chance to recognize more groups and individuals whose service is making a difference in the Commonwealth.
In the fall of 2017, nomination forms will be released for the 2018 Governor's Service Awards. The new timeline will be used for the awards programs in future years. For more information, please contact Emily Clark.
- July-August 2017: Special Governor's Service Awards ceremony
- October 2017: Nomination forms for 2018 Governor's Service Awards released
- November 2017: Deadline for 2018 nominations
- December 2017: Judging process, notification to winning nominators
- January 2018: Notification for all nominees, ceremony planning
- February 2018: 2018 Governor's Service Awards ceremony
||21st Annual Governor's Service Awards
Gov. Bevin, Lt. Gov. Hampton Honor Exemplary Volunteers
Governor’s Service Awards presented at State Capitol ceremony
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jean West, (502) 564-6786, ext. 3465 or
Anya Armes Weber, ext. 3104
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 12, 2016) – Gov. Matt Bevin, Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton and Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Sec. Vickie Yates Brown Glisson today presented the Governor’s Service Awards at a ceremony in the State Capitol. They were joined by Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps and leads volunteer and service initiatives for the nation.
Sgt. Tony Hendrichs has helped veterans reacclimate to the workforce. Partnership Housing, Inc. has built and repaired homes for low-income families. John Duplessis has been actively involved in constructing all but one of the houses built by Hardin County Habitat for Humanity in the last 21 years. And 18-year-old Nick Carpenter, diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at age 5, has advocated for himself and others like him through educational and legislative activities.
They are among the 21 individuals and groups honored today for their volunteer and service contributions at the Governor’s Service Awards ceremony in Frankfort. From Cadiz to Ashland, they have transformed their communities. This year’s award recipients have helped meet the state’s critical needs like feeding the hungry, tutoring and mentoring at-risk students and assisting vulnerable community members during public health emergencies.
Read the full press release.
Photos available on Facebook and Flickr. Video available on Governor Matt Bevin's Facebook page.
2016 Award Recipients
2016 Governor's Service Awards ceremony program
John DuPlessis, Lifetime Achievement Award, Elizabethtown. Nominated by Rep. Tim Moore
Tina Crase, Lifetime Achievement Award (Posthumous), Verona. Nominated by Katelyn Crase
Michael J. Buckman, Volunteer Service Award, Prospect.
Nominated by Kate Brackett
Shelley Elswick, Volunteer Service Award, Lexington.
Nominated by Amanda Fallin
Dr. Mike Conver, Senior Volunteer Service Award, Cadiz.
Nominated by Brenda Southwick
John and Emilie Ward, Senior Volunteer Service Award, Shepherdsville.
Nominated by Donna English
Tony Hendrichs, Veteran Volunteer Service Award, Lexington. Nominated by Tim Turner
Anthony “Nick” Carpenter, Youth Volunteer Service Award, Berea.
Nominated by Virginia Bland
Lydia Claire O'Nan, Youth Volunteer Service Award, Ashland. Nominated by Bernard O'Nan
AmeriCorps REACH Corps, National Service Program Award, Louisville.
Nominated by Jacob Eads
Anthony Criswell, National Service Alumni Award, Morehead. Nominated by Marilyn Smith
Leah Cann and Lori Shea Fuson, National Service AmeriCorps Member Award, Crittenden and Williamsburg.
Nominated by Summer Gortney and Megan Morris
Mary “Jessie” Hettinger, National Service Senior Corps Member Award, Owensboro.
Nominated by Vickie Poteat
Big Rivers Electric Corporation, Business Service Award, Henderson.
Nominated by Megan Mortis
Independence Bank, Business Service Award, Owensboro. Nominated by Mary R. Steely
Partners for Education at Berea College, Nonprofit Service Award, Berea.
Nominated by Sandi Curd
Partnership Housing, Inc., Nonprofit Service Award, Booneville, Nominated by Cassie Hudson
Generation Joshua Club, Paducah Chapter, Group Service Award, Paducah.
Nominated by Eve Silverstein
Maria Hardy, Debbie Miller, Kristy Bolen, Cassie Mace, Henry Sturgill, Ron Enders and Brian Elswick (Health Departments in Boyd, Greenup and Lawrence Counties), Group Service Award, Little Sandy District.
Nominated by John M. Hunt
A Place To Sleep, Faith-Based Group Service Award, Shelbyville. Nominated by Jackie Duvall
Farmington Church of Christ, Faith-based Group Award, Farmington. Nominated by Jennifer Morris
||Award Categories and Criteria
Volunteer Service Award
Classifications: Youth, Adult, Senior, Veteran
Recognizes individuals who have met a community need in an innovative and/or effective manner. Nominees may have made an impact through changed lives and/or community conditions as a result of service efforts. Nominees should demonstrate an ethic of service, compassion and/or and a nature to inspire others to serve.
Business Service Award
Classifications: Small, Mid-size, Large, Entrepreneur/Partnership, Enterprise/Corporation
Recognizes businesses that have made an impact through innovation, volunteer hours, number of volunteers, monetary support, etc. It may recognize ongoing community involvement and/ or the historical record of supporting volunteerism through policies and practices.
Group Service Award
Classifications: Nonprofit, Faith-based, General
Recognizes nonprofits, faith-based and/or general groups that demonstrate significant volunteer outreach and efforts to positively impact their community. It may recognize successful collaborations and/or management of an exceptional volunteer program.
National Service Award
Classifications: Individual, Program, Alumni
Recognizes an individual member and/or group of members of a national service program (AmeriCorps State/National; AmeriCorps VISTA, NCCC; or Senior Corps FGP, SCP, RSVP) who have demonstrated service beyond standard expectations of the designated program, an extraordinary example of the National Service spirit. It may recognize an alumni whose commitment to embody service beyond their service term continues to bring about positive community change.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Classifications: Active, Posthumous
Recognizes a lifelong commitment to volunteerism and community service at a variety of levels, resulting in a substantial and/or sustained impact. It may recognize outstanding service of an individual who has enhanced the delivery of social services in Kentucky. Nominees should demonstrate a minimum of 15 years of serving and engaging others in service.
2016 GSA Narrative Scoring Criteria
Past Governor's Service Award Winners
Call for Nominations press release (PDF)
2016 GSA Nomination Form (PDF)
2016 GSA Nomination Form (online)
Questions about the awards program should be directed to Shannon Ramsey, 502-564-7420, x3841 or 859-474-2617.
||Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients
- 2015-16: John DuPlessis and Tina Crase
- 2014-15: Virginia Braswell
- 2013-14: Ginny Ramsey
- 2012-13: Dr. Paula Maionchi
- 2011-12: George B. Merrifield Jr. and Jeanette Elder
- 2010-11: Bill Burch
- 2009-10: Charles Stiles
- 2008-09: Dr. Merrill A. Winchester
- 2007-08: Robley H. Rex and Garnett Fairchild
||20th Annual Awards
Press Release: Lt. Gov. Honors Exemplary Volunteers; Service from 2014 recognized during ceremony at Governor’s Mansion (July 29, 2015)
- John Salyers, Kentucky Ambassador Award
- Melissa Phelps, Challenge Award
- The Fuller Center, Faith-Based Group Award
- Lesley Nord, First Lady's Award
- Rotary Club of Cadiz, Group Volunteer Service Award
- Virginia Braswell, Lifetime Achievement Award
- Kentucky College Coaches, National Service Group Award
- Wanda Hipps, National Service Individual Award
- Housing Opportunities of Northern Kentucky (HONK), Nonprofit Organization Award
- Adrian D. Wallace, Veteran Volunteer Service Award
- Susan Guess, Volunteer Service Award
- Catherine Mitchell, Volunteer Coordinator Award
- Hailey Simpson, Youth Volunteer Service Award
- Hannah Irvine, Youth Volunteer Service Award
Photos, News and Media
Ceremony photos on the KCCVS Facebook page.
Gov. and Mrs. Beshear's About Kentucky commentary on the awards program.
Article by Rep. Mike Denham: Volunteers and nonprofit organizations should be recognized for service
||19th Annual Awards
Gov. Steve Beshear honored 14 groups and individuals from across the state for their volunteer and service contributions at a ceremony in Frankfort on July 22, 2014.
Gov. Beshear and Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Deputy Secretary Eric Friedlander presented the Governor’s Service Awards at the Governor’s Mansion.
Gov. Beshear said the event was a chance to honor the state’s leaders and innovators – volunteers and national service members – and the example they set for others.
“It’s been said that a lot of people doing a little bit can make a big difference,” he said. “You have shown that one person doing a lot, can cause a wave of change.”
- Bonnie Clark, National Service Award
- Mark C. Dobbs, Volunteer Coordinator Award
- Jason Schubert, Kentucky Ambassador Award
- Lynda Frazier, First Lady's Award
- Jody Keeley, Challenge Award
- Breaking Bread, Faith-Based Group Award
- Humana Government Business, Corporate Award
- Union County Garden Coalition, Group Volunteer Service Award
- Bardstown At Home, Nonprofit Organization Award
- Sgt. Jerry Hall Jr., Veteran Volunteer Service Award
- Shelia Carroll, Senior Volunteer Service Award
- Gary Jones, Volunteer Service Award
- Nathaniel Jarboe, Youth Volunteer Service Award
- Ginny Ramsey, Lifetime Achievement Award
Photos, News and Media
Ceremony photos on Facebook
ALL event photos on Flickr (To download, click on the desired photo, then the arrow to download photo and then choose the size.)
Event Program (Winner Narratives)
CHFS Press release July 22, 2014
KyForward.com article July 23, 2014
||18th Annual Awards
Fourteen groups and individuals from across the state were honored for their volunteer and service contributions at a ceremony in Frankfort on Tuesday, June 25, 2013.
Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson and CHFS Sec. Audrey Tayse Haynes, presented the Governor’s Service Awards for at the Governor’s Mansion. The awards honored for service completed in 2012.
- Dr. Paula Maionchi, Lifetime Achievement Award, Richmond/Madison County
- Benjamin Brown Otten, Challenge Award, Louisville/Jefferson County
- PNC Bank, Corporate Award, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky
- HOTEL INC Homeless Outreach Program, Faith-Based Group Award, Bowling Green/Warren County
- Alicia McClurg and Kim Standafer, Group Volunteer Service Award, West Liberty/Morgan County
- Carolyn R. Belmar, National Service Award, Louisville/Jefferson County
- The Kentucky Center Arts in Healing program, Nonprofit Organization Award, Louisville/Jefferson County
- James Terrell, Senior Volunteer Service Award, Cadiz/Trigg County
- Marian V. Gosling, Volunteer Coordinator Award, Louisville/Jefferson County
- Laura Jo “Jodie” Baker, Volunteer Service Award, Lexington/Fayette County
- Morgan Guess, Youth Volunteer Service Award, Paducah/McCracken County
- Mary Ruth Hawkins, First Lady's Award, Shepherdsville/Bullitt County
- MSUCorps, AmeriCorps Program award*
- Southern Bluegrass Service Region, DCBS Region award*
*Special traveling award for Make A Difference Day.
Photos, News and Media
Awards Ceremony and Reception Video, 6-25-13
Ceremony Photos, KCCVS Facebook page 6-25-13
Ceremony Program, online version 6-25-13
Gena Bigler: Kentucky is lucky to have many good people standing up and saying ‘why not’, KyForward.com 6-26-13
Governor’s Service Awards given to 14 in Frankfort ceremony, KyForward.com 6-26-13
HOTEL INC Wins Kentucky Governor’s Service Award For Service To Homeless, PRWeb.com 6-25-13
Lt. Gov. Abramson Honors Exemplary Volunteers; Service from 2012 Recognized, CHFS Newsroom 6-25-13
For information about past award programs and/or winners, contact Shannon Ramsey.