Chapter: Shelby County

The Saddlebred Horse Capital of the World is the home of KFTC's newest chapter – the Shelby County KFTC group became an official chapter in October 2012. The Shelby County Horse Fair each June represents just one slice of the extensive agricultural diversity that exists cheek-by-jowl with rapid residential and commercial development.

Shelby Countians seeking to make positive change in our community have been working since 2012 to reform the Shelby Energy Rural Electic Cooperative, and have started work on other issues of economic and social justice, including putting an end to wage theft, discrimination and animal cruelty.

We welcome everyone interested in improving economic and social justice in Shelby County. Please join us is building a more modern, just, equal and strong Shelby County.

Recent Activities

Successful and fun Shelby County KFTC Pie Auction & Chapter Annual Meeting

Our fourth annual Pie Auction raised almost $1,000 for the Shelby Chapter. Sixteen pies, cakes and other edible goodies plus a hand-made summer garden wreath brought $810 plus another $155 in donations.  Two dozen members plus guests filled the Talon Winery Tasting Room, where samples of wines were also available. $965 made this our most successful pie auction yet.  The Talon Winery venue is a special draw, being a lovely building with country views yet conveniently located. Champion Fundraising Coordinator Ann Ellerkamp praised the Talon Winery staff for their help.

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Legislators asked to consider safety of pipelines

Two legislative committee hearings in July focused on pipeline safety in Kentucky.

On July 16, KFTC member Bob Pekny joined Rep. David Floyd to talk about the Pipeline Safety Bill that was introduced in the 2015 legislative session.

“Kentucky is crisscrossed with pipelines of various sorts, most of them related to energy” Rep. Floyd told the Interim Joint Committee on Economic Development and Tourism. “We believe an increase in precautions would be wise.”

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Shelby County KFTC Year of Community-Building

Members from the Shelby Co. KFTC chapter will be kicking off their ‘Year of Community Building” this April. Just in time for Spring and Earth Day, the first event will be a film screening and discussion of Annie Leonard’s short film “The Story of Stuff”, a film “about the way we make, use and throw away all the Stuff in our lives.” 

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Shelby Co. chapter, NAACP settle down to soul food and celebrate Black History Month

Shelby County chapter members enjoyed a night of soul food and fellowship this past Friday. The spread ran the gamut: cornbread, corn chowder, breaded and fried catfish, fried chicken, barbecue ribs, coleslaw, beans, kale, peach cobbler, you name it! It was as down-home as you could get. The Shelby County chapter of the NAACP provided the tasty provisions while the KFTC chapter provided the entertainment. It came in the form of a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable presentation by local historian Diane Perrin Coon. 

Ms. Coon gave a talk entitled "Slavery, Anti-Slavery and the Underground Railroad in Shelby County." The talk was well-received, highlighting demographic trends as well as personal stories from history. Ms. Coon, a gifted storyteller, laid bare Shelby County’s complicities in the institution of slavery as well as its hand in the abolition of that institution. 

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KentuckyElection.org has been updated for the November 4 election!

KFTC's voter guide website has been updated with new information about candidate stances, voting locations, key links and other information to help you cast an informed vote in the election on Tuesday, November 4. We've surveyed candidates running for the U.S. Senate and House, state legislative races, and local races in Louisville, Lexington, Danville, Berea, Richmond, Georgetown, Newport, Florence, Covington, Bowling Green and more!

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Regular Meetings:

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Stratton Center
215 Washington Street
Shelbyville, KY 40065
Monthly chapter meeting

We meet at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday every month. All are welcome.

Chapter Organizer:

Carissa Lenfert
502-208-1696

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Upcoming Events:

August 18

Shelby County KFTC Chapter Meeting

215 W Washington St.
Shelbyville, KY 40065

Join us for our monthly Shelby County KFTC chapter meeting.

August 26

KFTC Annual Membership Meeting

Carrollton, KY