Bourbon Bash 19 was a Blast!

Wow! It is a week out from the KY Bourbon Bash and that is all that I can say.  If you are a KY Senator and have not been to this event, you are missing a great time. Yes we work hard, but it is a great time with people that you may only see this time of year! (Kind sounds like Christmas!) This year we broke many records (not that we have kept many)!  The most people in attendance with 150, in the past I think 128 was the most attendees.  There was the most first timers 40 total, (with the exception possibly the first Bash).  (Looking for those numbers if I find them I’ll share them with you.)  The first Bash I was still on my honeymoon, so I do not know how many were there we did not make it.  Everyone seemed to have a great time!  Even though it was hot and there were many things to get accomplished the event was a great success. We had 30 KY Senators participate in the event with three newbies Jay Lasley #52921, Pat Settles #37500, and Mike Cecil #25614.

So if you have never been, please think about attending next year which is July 31-1 with Thursday, July 30th being an additional cost and my 15th wedding anniversary.  We get to see Senators from all over the US and sometimes from Canada.  This year we had 18 states represented.  It was great to host National President Lawrence Pittman #53932 and his wife Karol Fr #55, National Administrative V. P. Ariel Jones # 65423, National Treasurer Mike Andrews # 58312, National Secretary Susan Hatcher #58143, Region III VP John Cotter #41500, Region V Will Chester#63037, and Region VI Dave Delaney #41203.  Thank you for your support of this event.

So as we work on closing the books on this year I want to thank all who made this weekend possible: starting with Jim Dulin who has learned that it is great to have others help with the preparation and serving of the food, and there is a great team that helps with that with the leadership of Wendy Klinge and Sarah Chester. Jim and Janie Daugherty thank you so much for the glasses which we gave away for the 15th Bourbon Bash! We would be remiss in not thanking those from IN that help; Sherry and Doyle Jones, David Hussung, Johnny Caldwell, Jerry Lutman and music provided by Mike Andrews’ daughter Elise.  Plus we have great help from Amanda Turner and Carl Purk from OH. And thanks to Sherry and Monty Schroeder from IL. So when they say it takes a village it does and we greatly appreciate all the help that we receive and all the support from across the Region and more.  Plus we had wine tasting lead by Nina Perko Badeen from MI.  This event would not happen without the outstanding support of John and Kathy Kelley. There are many more that help that I have not mentioned, please know that we greatly appreciate your support.  So a million thank you’s for your attendance and help in making this event a success.

As Jaycees we always gave back to the community….As Senators we do the same….This year $1016.00 cash (including gift cards), food, towels, bleach, bandannas, toys and other items were collected for the Nelson County Human Society.  They were very appreciative of this great donation.  Thank you for your support!  This also broke last year’s donation.  So let’s keep making it happen!

Rolling down the river,
Cyndi Thornburg Schnell, 61668
President 19-20