While he didnt have much to say after accepting his award for Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year, you could read the surprise all over Bill Kelly Sr.s face.
Kelly thought he was at the Cynthiana Country Club last Friday in honor of food pantry volunteers Margaret Watson and Marilyn Wash.
Instead, when presenter Charlie Tribble mentioned the words grist mill, Kelly turned to wife Sue with a they-got-me expression on his face.
Known for the grist mills he and son Billy grind corn meal with and for the festival they host every year dedicated to the antique machines, Kellys award was for how he uses his talents for the community.
This years 11th Museum Grist Mill Day will take place on May 24, said one nomination letter. Annual donations from this special day have been a vital part of the museums success and outreach.
Mr. Kelly is a dedicated person - dedicated to his family and to his community - always striving to help out, to do his best, the nomination continued.
Kelly and his family also make donations to the local ministerial food pantry every year, including several 20-pound turkeys for the pantrys holiday baskets.
We are blessed to have citizens such as Mr. Kelly to help us, another nomination read. We are so thankful for his generosity.
Snappy Tomato Pizza owner Mike Gayhart also accepted his award, Businessperson of the Year, with quiet humility.
Gayhart was nominated for the large amount of charitable and fund raising work he accomplished through his restaurant.
On a yearly basis, a nomination read, Gayhart donates 30 percent off pizza for schools in the community and 14 churches to re-sell by the slice. He donates 2,500 free pizza certificates for all elementary schools plus $300 per month to those schools for pizza fund raiser nights.
He also sponsors Harrison County High School and Deming High School project graduation nights, local t-ball teams and HCHS baseball.
Gayhart donates to Community Action. He employs 17 Cynthiana residents and is a member of the Cynthiana Elks Lodge to which he also makes donations.
Mike would never boast about how much he gives, the nomination read. In economic times when charitable donations are at a premium, Mike is a true believer in serving the youth of our community. He is a giver.
The Farmer of the Year honor was bestowed on Ricci Roland.
The nomination said Rolands total farming operation consists of approximately 500 acres, including 60 acres of tobacco, 70 acres of alfalfa hay and 30 acres of grass hay.
His hay operations are square and round bales for self use and re-sale to local producers.
Roland has been a long-time Limousin cattle breeder as well.
He currently serves on the county FSA committee and helped set up and served on the Phase I committee. Roland has also worked with the UK cooperative extension agency on the testing and development of disease resistant varieties of tobacco.
He has not only survived his chosen profession, but actually expanded his operation, said the nomination. Even with such a large farming operation, if a neighbor is in trouble or needs help, Ricci will find time to help in any way possible.
Loving, giving and compassionate were the words used to describe Volunteer of the Year Jenny McKemie in the letter nominating her.
McKemie is well-known for her efforts with the local humane society and animal shelter, and the nomination reflected that.
She has given endless time and effort taking wonderful care of and finding good homes for the many cats and dogs at the animal shelter, it read. She truly has the well being of all the animals in her heart.
Perhaps lesser known, the nomination also listed how McKemie tends to the needs of the elderly and goes on many medical mission trips.
In fact, McKemie couldnt attend the banquet because she was out of the country on one such trip.
It is truly people like her who make our community and our world a better place, the nomination said.
Long-time Harrison County Middle School principal and current director of pupil personnel Lloyd Ogden was honored as Educator of the Year.
His nomination and the introduction by HCMS teachers Patsy Graham and Laura Gregg often referred to Ogdens work ethic as something to be admired.
He entered the building before 7 a.m. and often left at 9 p.m., the nomination said.
In his acceptance, Ogden joked that scenario hasnt changed much.
In his new job as DPP, he works in the administration with superintendent Dr. Roy Woodward. Woodward, he said, has tried several times to beat him to work.
But he never has, Ogden laughed, with Woodward sitting in front of him.
In his 38 years as principal, Ogden only took one sick day.
Citing numerous free spots the station has donated, chamber director Pat Grenier announced that WCYN-AM Radio was the Chamber Member of the Year.
Station general manager Chris Winkle said while he was accepting the award, it belonged to the whole staff.
Special presentations were also handed out Friday.
Watson and Wash were in fact honored as was Kelly, though just for a different award.
They received the Community Dedication Award. Watson accepted the award for both of them because Wash was home sick that evening.
Woodward received the Appreciation of Service Award in recognition of his career as superintendent. He is retiring at the end of the school year.
Incoming president Don Wynn gave the Presidential Award to outgoing president Carol Higdon as well.