LEXINGTON — Jennifer Roberts was named the 2019 Citizen of the Year at the Georgetown/Scott County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet Friday.
“I am very surprised to win this. It is an honor and tribute to the longevity of my family in the community,” she said. “I’m the third generation to serve and love Georgetown, Kentucky. My grandfather came here in 1945 and started Mallard Pencil Company.”
Well-wishers flocked around Roberts afterwards congratulating her.
“My family has been part of the business community for 75 years,” Roberts said. “We were part of starting the business community of Georgetown. I had a business for six or eight years in the 80s.”
And she and her family have been involved in countless other ways.
Kim Marshall nominated Roberts and talked about how she has mentored various people and volunteered for many community groups.
“She has been an excellent mentor for so many people in our community. She has spent her lifetime volunteering and giving her time to help others. She has inspired men, women, small and large business owners and children to be the best they can be,” Marshall said.
Roberts has had the advantage of helping inspire people through her 30-year banking career, she said.
“I have had the opportunity to coach lots of young business people and help coach them and bring them along and make business plans,” Roberts said.
Marshall also highlighted Roberts’ volunteer spirit.
“She has given so many hours to volunteer for so many organizations in our community, such as Scott County Woman’s Club, Scott County Homebuilders, Scott County Renaissance and has redecorated a room in Elizabeth’s Village. She spends a lot of time giving back to the community. She spent numerous years as coordinator for the Georgetown Rotary Horse Show which not only raised funds for our community but mentored many of our youth,” Marshall said. “I would say she is caring, compassionate and has the spirit to help anyone who needs help.”
Volunteering comes second nature for Roberts, and she is proud to call Georgetown home for her and her family for 75 years, having served as Chamber president in the 1990s.
“Volunteering in the community and spirit of community is the lifeblood of the community,” she said. “The first time I stood here was when I was Chamber president in the 1990s and I had to give a speech to a crowd about this size and my knees were (shaking). I practiced my speech for hours on my riding mower and had every word right. Many years have passed since then, and I’ve been proud to call Georgetown my home forever.
“So 75 years of work and three generations later I love Georgetown like no other. It’s been my privilege to be part of it and wouldn’t take anything else.”
Steven McClain can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.