The Harrison County Democratic Woman’s Club held its Jefferson-Jackson Dinner with a tribute to John M. Keith Jr. on Monday, Sept. 12 at the Cynthiana Country Club.
The Master of Ceremonies was Judge Charles William Kuster Jr. Other speakers were L. Andrew Keith, Dr. J. Ashley Keith, K. Bruce Florence, Doug Hampton and the Honorable Douglas Miller.
Michelle Barnett, president, welcomed everyone. She recognized Sue McKee as asked her to lead the Pledge of Allegiance, the Democratic Creed, and prayer. Matt Kendall sang the National Anthem and My Old Kentucky Home. He was accompanied by Iva Ewalt at the piano.
Everyone attending was asked to sign on a picture of Keith that had been prepared as a gift to him.
Keith’s sons praised their father as a public servant, a lawyer, prosecutor, elected official and a politician.
K. Bruce Florence commended Keith as a teacher on the college level. She also applauded his efforts in supporting, celebrating and encouraging the growth of the college from its beginning on Oddville Avenue.
Doug Hampton pointed out that Keith had won every award the Lion’s Club gives and stated that he had held every office in the club. He praised Keith for his honor, integrity and wisdom and thanked him for his service stating he is a giant of a man.
Doug Miller recalled many humorous experiences he had shared with Keith across the years. He was proud that Keith and his two sons achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.
At this ‘Toast’ no one had more fun than the honoree. Keith accepted the ‘bitter with the sweet’ and beamed with joy the whole evening. At the close of the celebration, Keith jokingly responded to the ‘Toast’ by saying, “I would like to thank the friends I used to have for this ‘Toast.’
The next event of the Harrison County Democratic Woman’s Club was a Pig Roast on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at the Elks club.