Countian of Year
for service, volunteerism
joins an impressive list of past winners
BUCKNER, Ky. (June 2005) Each year, when the
Oldham County Chamber of Commerce announces its most prestigious award,
the Oldham Countian of the Year, several family members quietly sneak
into the back of the room as the winner is announced. The surprised
winner stands and turns around to see not only his chamber peers, but
family and friends lining the wall to celebrate the moment.
by Don Ward
Franklin (pictured with wife Terri)
owns Oldham County Online
and resides in Crestwood, Ky.
On May 19, when this years winner, Lambert Franklin,
stood to accept his award, he faced an entire room of family and
friends from all over Oldham County.
Since real family members for he and his wife, Terri, live elsewhere,
the couple said they have been adopted by neighbors and business associates
throughout the county upon moving to Crestwood a decade ago.
We have no family here except our church family, and its
huge, said Franklin, 53, the owner of Oldham County Online who
was honored by a crowd of 90 people at the John W. Black Community Center.
Its nice to be in a place where, even though we have no
family, we have wonderful people who we can call on any time we need
Franklin, who was praised for his generous spirit and devotion to family,
community and God, joins an impressive list of previous honorees, many
of whom were present that night.
In addition to starting his home-based Internet-based business in 1997
with his wife, Terri, Franklin is active in many nonprofit and community
organizations, and especially the Crestwood Baptist Church, where he
serves as a deacon and Sunday School teacher. In recent years, he has
taken on leadership roles with the La Grange Rotary Club, the local
chapter of the American Red Cross, the chamber, the school PTA and several
youth sports organizations. He also has given his time and talent to
such nonprofit groups as Apple Patch Community, YMCA, Oldham County
Repair Affair and the Oldham County Challengers.
Franklin recently organized a new group within the chamber called the
Christian Business Networking Group, which began in May and meets twice
Franklin seems to have his hands in many facets of life throughout Oldham
County, both as a businessman and community volunteer. It was his service
to others that won him most of the praise from others, who presented
their comments via a video produced by Will and Laura Crawford of Atticus
Chamber president Joe Schoenbaechler praised Franklin for his many contributions
in just 10 years he has lived in the county. It just goes to show
you that you dont have to live here all your life to make a difference.
Schoenbaechler later recalled a woman who had come to the chamber seeking
business advice and saying that she had been referred by Franklin. I
was not surprised to hear that because whatever you do in Oldham County,
you eventually get to Lambert Franklin because hes everywhere.
Last years winner, Fran Scott, announced Franklin as the 2005
recipient. He concluded his remarks by saying Franklin had an unusual
innate spirit and personal ethic to do something every single
day to improve the human condition. Scott also described Franklin
as athletic, spiritual, eccentric, spontaneous and romantic.
Terri Franklin, who met her future husband while he was on a business
trip in Lakewood, Colo., said of her husband, His strength is
his passion for life, and for God. She later said, Lambert
measures his success every day based on how many people hes helped.
His friend, Don Adler, called Franklin a person who gets involved. Hes
a Christian role model.
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