Madisonville Lions Club Announces 2013 Man, Woman of the Year

The Madisonville Lions Club is proud to announce the winners of the 2013 Man and Woman of the Year awards, an honor presented since 1945 to recognize local citizens for their civic contributions to the community.
The Man of the Year is Joe Blue of Madisonville. Mr. Blue served as Hopkins County Jailer since 2005. In this role he has brought positive recognition to our community and has positively impacted many lives. He currently serves as Vice President of the Kentucky Jailers’ Association and was named Kentucky Jailer of the Year in 2012. He is a member of the Fraternal Order of the Police, the American Jail Association, American Corrections Association, and the National Sheriff’s Association. Representing Hopkins County, Jailer Blue participated in a focus group in Washington, D.C., to discuss local concerns and issues related to jail programs in Kentucky. Locally, Jailer Blue has implemented many programs at the jail that benefit the whole community, most notably a garden project and apple orchard venture that provide food for the jail while educating inmates. Joe has fostered an atmosphere of service that encourages inmates to participate in community service projects and has implemented programs within the jail that educate and train inmates and prepare them for their return to the community.
Joe is a member of Olive Branch Baptist Church.
 The Woman of the Year is Tricia Noel of Madisonville. As Executive Director of the Hopkins County Tourist and Convention Commission, Ms. Noel has been an active advocate for the Hopkins County community for many years. She is a past-president of the Madisonville Women’s Club and director of the Home Tour fundraiser. Tricia has served on the Madisonville-Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She is a long-time member of the First Baptist Church and a member of the choir and hand bells group. She is active of both the Return to Bethlehem and the Activities Committees. She is currently Chairman of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Board of Directors. Tricia is a committed supporter of the local Madisonville Miners baseball team, formerly the Tradewater Pirates. Having served as a host family, the Noels spend countless hours ensuring the success of programs such as the summer baseball league that bring people into our community and help bring our community together.
This year’s ceremony to recognize past recipients and to present the awards to our current Man and Woman of the Year will be held at Baptist Health Tower on March 10 at 6:30 P.M..  Please contact Chris Findley at 270-505-5466 or to make reservations for the ceremony and dinner. The cost is $15.00 per person; reservations will be accepted through March 4.


Kevin O'Connor
1:00 - 3:00pm