Countians of the Year
Fritz honored by
Chamber of Commerce
BUCKNER, Ky. (June 2003) For years, Bobbie and
Barry Stoess have been giving to members of their community. On May
15, the community gave back, naming the couple the 2003 Oldham Countians
of the Year, presented by the Oldham County Chamber of Commerce.
and Barry Stoess
The couple heard the surprise announcement during the
chambers quarterly dinner, held at the John W. Black Community
Center, where nearly 200 people attended and later congratulated them.
The ceremony featured a videotape about the Stoesses and their many
accomplishments and volunteer contributions, ranging from schools to
the Boy Scouts. Jon and Mary Beth Westbrook announced the winners after
reading a litany of successes the couple has had since arriving in Oldham
County in 1977, the year they married after having met and dated while
attending Eastern Kentucky University.
Retired Oldham County Circuit Judge Dennis Fritz also
was honored, receiving the chambers sixth Lifetime Service Award.
Since retiring in 2001, he has been involved in numerous
humanitarian activities, including trips to help poor families in Honduras.
His volunteer efforts for local food banks and non-profit institutions
is well known. He has helped the homeless, jail inmates and in other
This was the first time the chamber committee of past winners had selected
a double winner for Oldham Countian of the Year. Bobbie and Barry said
they were told in advance the other had won, but neither knew they both
would be winners. Barry, a native of Crestwood who works for Oldham
County Stone-The Rogers Group, said, We have been blessed to live
in this community. A lot of things Ive been involved with was
because Bobbie volunteered me, he joked.
of the Year
Milton C. Stoess
1965 Alton Ross
1966 Joe Tom Clifton
1967 Clyde Taylor
1968 Hiram Taylor
1969 Charles F. Lambert
1970 Richard Radcliffe
1971 Clayton Stoess, Sr.
1972 J. T. Walsh, M.D.
1973 Richard Beard
1974 James A. Hall
1975 Jim Chambers
1976 George F. Williamson
1977 Arvel McMahan
1978 Wendell Moore
1979 Robert Arvin
1980 Dennis Fritz
1981 Vivian Reinhardt
1982 Howard Mahan
1983 Edward G. Houchin
1984 A. L. Meacham
1985 Bruce Hamilton
1986 Gene Armstrong
1987 Dennis Deibel
1988 Jim Hannah
1989 Harold Smith
1990 Lee Clore
1991 Dianne Earing
1992 Robert A. Reid
1993 Eddy Barber
1994 Charles Dee Kelley
1995 Steve Shultz
1996 Bill Howard
1997 Jim Zimmerman
1998 Joan Bryant
1999 Jon Westbrook
2000 W. Blake Haselton
2001 Kevin Eldridge
2002 Mary Broecker
2003 Bobbie & Barry Stoess
1992 Raymond Wilborn
1995 Martha Davis
1996 Milton C. Stoess, Sr.
1999 Jean Taylor
2003 Dennis Fritz
Bobbie, a Lexington, Ky., native and a former Oldham County
Teacher of the Year who has worked for 24 years at Crestwood Elementary,
said, We just love what we do, and it gives us a thrill to help
Also at the dinner, Ed Hovan of Bear Financial Services was introduced
as the new board chairman, replacing outgoing Jon Bednarski. Other new
board members include Ray Barrow, Bill Howard, Peggy Coyle, Howard Ferriell,
Charlie Hagan and Lee Hamilton.
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