Chapter: Wilderness Trace

Our chapter is located in central Kentucky's Wilderness Trace counties of Boyle, Mercer, Garrard and Lincoln (Wilderness Trace is a historic name for this part of Kentucky).

We're concerned with sustainable energy issues – promoting local solar projects and addressing problems from the neighboring coal-burning power plant and slurry pond; Fairness – ensuring people can live in our community free from legal discrimination; affordable housing – making sure the people in these areas have good places to live; and economic justice in general – helping people have a voice and way to speak out.

We welcome all who want to be part of our growing group. Our monthly meetings are a great space to engage with other members and learn what we are currently working on.

 

Recent Activities

Building power and having fun in Wilderness Trace

Since becoming an official chapter last September, the Wilderness Trace chapter (representing Boyle, Mercer, Garrard, and Lincoln counties) has been hard at work contributing to KFTC’s statewide issue campaigns and making their presence known in the community.

Vice Presidential Debate, Centre College 2012

Wilderness Trace made quite a splash last fall by registering 58 new voters at Bluegrass Community and Technical College in just two days and playing an active role in the Speaker's Park at the Vice Presidential Debate at Centre College. Several members spoke, including Daniel Morgan, Lee Ann Paynter, and Preston Miles, sharing their personal stories, while other members staffed a KFTC information table.

After the election, members kept momentum going with their first chapter fundraising event in December with the No Greater Task: Art and Activism poster show at V the Market in Danville, where they recruited several new members and raised more than $900 for the organization, making it one of the most successful poster show events across the state.

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Join KFTC at the Vice Presidential Debate in Danville: Thursday, October 11

The new Wildnerness Trace chapter of KFTC invites you to join them at the Vice Presidential Debate Festival in Danville on Thursday, October 11, 2012.

KFTC members will be speaking on the issues we work on that are important to the national debate--either because they're being addressed or have been ignored and need to be heard.

If you come to join us for the day, please wear your KFTC t-shirt if you have one, or any bright green shirt. We want to stand out in the crowd!

4:30 pm -- KFTC Speakers at the Speakers' Park Introduction to KFTC and local organizing -- Wilderness Trace Chapter members Economic Justice: Tax and Budget Issues -- Dana Beasley Brown Voting Rights -- Tayna Fogle Coal & Energy -- Carl Shoupe

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Wilderness Trace chapter voter registration efforts

IMG_6965Our newest chapter based in Boyle County hit the ground running just one day after becoming a chapter by holding a voter registration training and planning  three days of registration next week at BCTC in Danville. 

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. during each class change period, members will register students to vote. 

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Wilderness Trace: Happy to be KFTC's newest chapter!

A group of us have been meeting in the Danville  area for almost a year now to discuss environmental and other local issues. Although we considered ourselves to be affiliated with KFTC we had not taken the step of applying to KFTC for status as an actual active chapter until Monday night, September 3.

We are proud to announce that we are now officially a bona fide KFTC chapter (the "Wilderness Trace Chapter") with members in Boyle, Garrard, Lincoln and Mercer counties. 

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Boyle County members celebrate KFTC's 30 years, make future plans

IMG_0614Earlier this month, 19 KFTC members and friends came together to celebrate KFTC's 30th year of action for justice with a film showing, brainstorming session and birthday cake. Members of all ages had a part of the fun and fellowship.

The evening started with a viewing of KFTC's new film I Was There: The First 30 Years of KFTC. Member J.P. Brantley said the movie was "like a revival meeting." Folks enjoyed pointing out each other in footage from I Love Mountains days and reflecting on the work and the stories of leaders from throughout the decades.

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Chapter Feature:

KFTC member Nick Lacy took this photo of fellow member Lee Ann Paynter at a hearing on Fairness in Danville in early 2014. 

Lee Ann Paynter speaks in support of Fairness in Danville

Regular Meetings:

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Inter-County Energy Community Room
1009 Hustonville Road
Danville, KY
Monthly chapter meeting

Our regular chapter meeting is on the first Monday of the month and starts at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome.

Chapter Organizer:

Sasha Zaring
859-358-9713

Upcoming Events:

April 3

Wilderness Trace Chapter Meeting

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Join us on the 1st Monday of every month for the Wilderness Trace KFTC chapter meeting.