The LaRue County Extension Council presented Leadership awards at its annual banquet last week.
Patsy Thomas and South Fork Homemakers were the recipients of the 2011 Bobby McDowell Award of Excellence in recognition of their leadership and community service in the county.
Thomas has been an active member of the Lincoln Days Celebration, Inc., serving as president, vice president, craft chairperson and elementary art and quilt show coordinator.
She volunteers with the LaRue County Reads program at a local elementary school where her grandson attends. She has worked for several years at an educational booth at the annual 4-H Reality Store for eighth-graders.
For more than 20 years, she has helped out the LaRue County girl’s high school and middle school basketball teams by traveling to all their games and serving as record keeper for the teams.
Thomas is current county vice-president for the Extension Homemakers Association and has served as president. She has served on the County Extension Council and the Extension District Board.
She is a member of Buffalo Baptist Church where she has taught middle and high school Sunday school classes.
The South Fork Extension Homemakers club has been a community group for many decades. They have about 20 club members and support many community activities throughout the year. They send greeting cards to St. Jude Ranch, sponsor and judge the Lincoln Days elementary art contest, host a lunch and activities for Sunrise Manor residents and provide telephone cards to overseas military personnel.
Recent donations include $600 given to Mission Food Pantry at Magnolia; $300 for relief boxes for military personnel; and $150 for 4-H Camp scholarship.