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Chamber celebrates 2012

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 SHEPHERDSVILLE — Reaching for things that some may deem impossible might summarize the life of Tori Murden McClure.

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The current president of Spalding University challenged members of the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce to continue to reach for goals many may feel are too lofty.

Murden was the keynote speaker at the annual chamber dinner.

She recalled her days of trying to cross the Atlantic Ocean and how she finally succeeded in her quest.

Murden married Mac McClure, the long-time director of Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, after her successful solo quest across the ocean.

She served on the board of Smith College and would later be part of the search committee for school president.

Ironically, Murden would become a candidate for the vacancy but she didn’t want to leave Louisville.

Eventually, she would become president of Spalding University but she said her adventurous spirit has not stopped.

The annual meeting also led to a change of leadership of the Chamber. Lou Ann Moore would relinquish her presidency and Tammy Ott would take the gavel.

Moore, echoing the challenge made by Murden, said much had been done but more was left to be accomplished.

“We still have so much to do,” said Moore.

She said making the county strategic plan a reality was a top priority. She said there must be continued work to bring the county and its cities together to set common goals.

Moore said the Chamber would continue to champion that effort and would always encourage a common vision to make progress and move forward.

“We must work together to make things happen,” said Moore.

Ott said that the goal of making the community a better place to live and work remains.

She said the strategic plan must move forward.

Several awards were presented.

Bob Fouts, who recently resigned as director of the county’s economic development authority, was presented with the Distinguished Service Award.

Mark Stout, a member of the EDA, said that Fouts did more for the county than anyone would know. The development of more jobs has been very important and the growth has also helped the chamber increase its membership over the past nine years.

“One man doesn’t do it,” said Fouts. “We have a great future ahead of us.”

Carol Antle of L&N Federal Credit Union was presented the Ambassador Award by Montrell Bross.

The award is given to the chamber’s outstanding ambassador in helping businesses to succeed.

Ross said Antle has been active in the Women’s Council, as an ambassador and as a consistent attendee at ribbon cuttings.

Stacy Bernard of PNC Bank was presented with the Barbara Cahoe Memorial Award.

This annual award is presented to the chamber member who best displays the work of Cahoe in promoting the organization in the community.

The Citizenship Award was presented to Linda Rayhill for her work to help others in the community.

Her activities include work in the chamber’s Women’s Council, a board member of the Bullitt County CASA and a member of Little Flock Baptist Church.

Presenter Tom Kelly said Rayhill had a “passion to help.”

The learn more about the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce, call 543-6727.