Many accomplishments celebrated at Shelby chapter annual meeting

Music, food and new faces highlighted the second annual chapter meeting of Shelby County KFTC Chapter on June 19. More than 30 members and friends attended, including at least 10 who are new to chapter meetings.

Almost half of the chapter’s 67 members were present to review the organization’s platform and to celebrate work accomplished over the past year, as well as to discuss work to come. The scene was energetic and welcoming at the unassuming Stratton Community Center in Shelbyville, where a delicious spread was bracketed by homemade pies. The pies fueled much conversation and inspiration for the group’s upcoming pie auction in September.

Local singer/songwriter Susi Wood entertained and inspired the group with songs of protest and progress and passion.

Throughout the evening members shared and celebrated the many accomplishments of its members over the past year. Members applauded efforts made to oppose the now-on-hold Bluegrass Pipeline. Other accomplishments celebrated were the several forays into establishing a Fairness Ordinance in Shelbyville, the lobbying efforts of members who fought for voting rights, the efforts of members in direct education of the public on the Affordable Care Act, and the group’s successful fundraising efforts.

The group has decided to plan to have a repeat of last November’s Chili Night fundraiser which was a great success. Other upcoming fundraising events for the chapter include the pie auction in September and a trivia night in February.

Future efforts for the chapter will be focused on continuing to push for Fairness, educating the public on fracking and the Bluegrass Pipeline situation, continuing to lobby for voting rights and building membership.