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2004 Governor's Volunteer Award Recipients

Innovation Adult Award

Wallace Bryan Jr.
Hopkinsville/Christian County

It takes a special kind of spirit, a special kind of passion, to sell your safe, comfortable home and move to a high-crime, decaying neighborhood just to send a message. But that’s just what former Hopkinsville Mayor Wallace Bryan, Jr. did. When conventional efforts failed to reclaim the streets in an area of town described as unsafe and hopeless, he tried a more unconventional method. By becoming a resident of that neighborhood, his spirit and passion to improve lives sparked a neighborhood revolution that resulted in a community where hope has been restored and residents are now proud to call home.

Innovation Adult Award

Mary Frances Miller
Versailles/Woodford County

Also earning the Innovation Adult award, Mary Frances Miller deserves the nickname "The Mail Carrier." Neither rain, nor sleet, nor heat, nor dark of night keeps this vivacious lady from her appointed rounds. She grocery shops, shuttles seniors to various appointments and volunteers at the senior center and the Woodford Adult Day Program. She also volunteers at her church as an usher, a member of the choir and a Vacation Bible School worker.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Ronald Joseph Billings
Louisville/Jefferson County

The award, presented posthumously, was accepted by Billing's widow, Ruth.

  A childhood polio survivor, the late Ronald Billings had a successful career and traveled extensively long before there were laws making access a right for the disabled. Driven by his belief that a community is a stronger and better place to live and work when all citizens have full access, he dedicated his later years to volunteerism and community service and worked to make sure the rights of the disabled were included in Kentucky’s Civil Rights Act.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Faye LaVerne Brumley
Lawrenceburg/Anderson County

For a half-century, Faye Brumley has been a consummate volunteer in her community. She was a key figure in efforts to bring community education to Lawrenceburg and provided leadership and advocacy in the creation of the Apple Corps Volunteer program and the local Community of Promise. She has also served her church, various clubs, boards, the PTA and many non-profit organizations. Her volunteer hours number in the thousands. And she’s nowhere near done yet.


Last Updated 9/11/2008