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Carrollton’s Grobmyer receives
Community Service Award

Chamber recognizes her
work at its Annual Banquet

CARROLLTON, Ky. (December 2013) – Nancy Jo Grobmyer says her biggest accomplishment in life has been serving the community of Carrollton in various ways throughout her long life. Her achievements have won her many accolades and well-deserved recognition from her peers.
In late October, Grobmyer received the 2013 Raymond Ray Community Service Award, presented by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. The award, and several other business awards, were presented at the Chamber’s Annual Banquet, held Oct. 17 at the Gen. Butler State Resort Park Conference Center.
The banquet is an opportunity to recognize businesses and individuals, such as Grobmyer, who have made an impact on the community. The four award categories and the winners were the Beautification Award, which went to Maguana’s Unique Gifts; the Community Impact Award, presented to North American Stainless; the Raymond Ray Community Service Award-Nancy Jo Grobmyer; and Friends of Chamber Award-Chet Mitchell, Dennis Goff.

Nancy Jo Brobmyer

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Flanked by her daughter, Mary Ellis Coombs (left) and Chamber President Mary Beth Gosser (right), Nancy Jo Grobmyer accepts the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce’s  Raymond Ray Community Service Award on Oct. 17 at Gen. Butler State Resort Park Conference Center.

“I did not feel that I deserved the award,” said Grobmyer. “I thought there were other people who worked so hard for the city-they should have gotten it.”
But Grobmyer did receive the award and was “So honored to get it,” she said. She believes it is important to give back to the community in which one lives.
One of her biggest roles as a public servant was her position on the city council for 17 years. Grobmyer said she served from Jan. 1974 to Dec. 2010. “It was work, but it was an accomplishment,” she said.
Grobmyer has been an inspiration to many, including current Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson. “I’ve known her as long as I’ve been in public life,” he said. “I went to school with some of her kids.”
“Her dedication to not only Carroll County, but to the City of Carrollton is immeasurable,” said Tomlinson. “She’s been a very dedicated public servant. A lot of communities have people like that, but sometimes they don’t get the credit they deserve. She definitely deserves this award.”
The good, sound advice she gives makes it a pleasure to have someone like that working for the public, he said. “She’s the kind of person who will take the time to sit down and have a good conversation with you. She’s very valuable and dedicated to the community and has the community in her heart.”
While on the city council, she served under several mayors:  Harry Burgee, Charlie Webster, Bill Welty, Ann Detherage and Dwight Louden. The last project she worked on before leaving the city council was the Riverwalk Project.
“It is a joy and a pleasure to live in this community and serve it, and make friends,” said Grobmyer, who just turned 86 on Nov. 26. She still serves on the Urban Forestry Board and the board for the Main Street Program.
Grobmyer is organist for St. John’s Catholic Church, where she plays organ almost everyday. She is a member of the Carrollton Women’s Club and the Ghent Women’s Club.
She has been giving lessons in piano and vocals in her home for almost 60 years. “I still have a few students,” said Grobmyer, a native of Ghent, Ky. She married Bob Grobmyer of Carrollton.
“I started singing when I was five. I took piano from Mr. Russell Dufour of Ghent. He said, ‘Why don’t you learn to sing, too?’” So she did, and performed her first song on the stage of Ghent School, she recalled with a laugh.
Another of her passions in life has been her involvement in the Port William Historical Society. One of their major projects she has been involved with was the restoration and opening of the historic Masterson House. She is also a member of the DAR.
Grobmyer thinks it is terribly important to give back to the community. “I love this whole community so much.”

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