Friday, December 11, 2015

Southern Kentucky Order of Colonels gives lifetime achievement award to Karin Holzfurtner-Lewis (Karin Wagers)

Wagers in 1996
Col. Jordan Palmer, secretary-general of the Southern Kentucky Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels today confirmed Karin Holzfurtner-Lewis (previously Karin Wagers) would receive the Order's first "Lifetime Achievement Award." Born on the 14th day of March in 1953, Karin Barbara Holzfurtner married U.S. soldier Fred Wagers in Manchester, Kentucky when he was stationed in West Germany. Ms. Wagers began working for Winn-Dixie being a cashier, stock crew, office cashier, assistant head cashier, customer service manager (blue vest, or top level management), deli-bakery manager, and assistant location manager (blue vest, or top level management) at Winn-Dixie # 1685 in Hazard, KY.

Winn-Dixie # 1685 in Hazard, Kentucky was the foremost and sometimes second in terms in sales. Ms. Wagers always kept her department within guidelines for sales per man-hour, payroll, gross profit, and passed health department tests with flying colors.

Ms. Wagers defied the limits placed on Women in the 1980's and the 1990's. No woman had held the position of assistant location manager, and in every position, Ms. Wagers was paid less than men at other Winn-Dixie stores in identical positions. Winn-Dixie would later settle a class-action lawsuit with Women for failing to promote them and paying them less than their male counterparts.
Wagers in 2000

Ms. Wagers began a second career in 1994 in hospitality working for Holiday Inn Express as a guest service agent, night auditor, executive assistant to the general manager, and client service manager before being moved to sales manager, groups and meetings, for Liberty Investment Services performing the occupation at the Best Western Regency, Holiday Inn Express, and Baymont Suites. With her attention to detail, Ms. Wagers excelled in her position and helped the Holiday Inn Express win the "Rising Star Award" from Intercontinental Hotels Group (previously Bass Hotels & Resorts).

Ms. Wagers continued her hospitality career as general manager of a Holiday Inn Express in Georgetown, Kentucky and in Winchester, Kentucky. Ms. Wagers would later be promoted to regional manager, quality assurance manager, regional director of operations, all the way to vice president of operations (and special assistant to the chief executive officer) and finally to executive vice president and chief operating officer of Merus Hotels Group and Neal Management.

Mr. and Mrs. Al Lewis
"Throughout her career, Ms. Wagers worked as hard, and most of the time, harder than a man, yet she wasn't paid the same as a man; he was often passed over for jobs because of her gender in the 1980's. Nevertheless, she carried on her exceptional performance and work ethic, thereby advancing what Woman can and cannot do. Karin Barbara Wagers pushed the limits managers and supervisors placed on her gender, and by example, gave rise to feminism across the Commonwealth," stated Secretary-General Jordan Palmer.

In 2015 she married Al Lewis, becoming Karin Holzfurtner-Lewis after a long courtship which started in Columbus, Ohio when she was supervising the opening of another Holiday Inn Express & Suites.

ABOUT: The Southern Kentucky Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels includes 23 counties of the Commonwealth, including: Bell, Breathitt, Clay, Estill, Floyd, Garrard, Harlan, Jackson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Madison, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Powell, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Whitley, and Wolfe.

Friday, March 20, 2015

2014 Good Works Program Grants – made possible by contributions from Kentucky Colonels

Secretary-General Jordan Palmer reminds Kentucky citizens to remember the Honorable Order with donations and to review the Honorable Order's grants (partial listing):

"Those who can, have an obligation to do so," stated Colonel Palmer. We are proud to assist in fundraising efforts and to assist the Commonwealth and her citizens. "Every citizen of the Commonwealth is my brother or sister, and we must help those in need; basic human dignity demands this of us.

In the latest report, over $2 Million was donated to organizations to enrich or better the lives of the citizens of the Commonwealth. 

Related - How to address an active Kentucky Colonel:

"In the Commonwealth of Kentucky, commissioned Kentucky Colonels are considered members of the Governor's Staff and his honorary aides-de-camp, and as such are entitled to the style of 'Honorable' as indicated on their commission certificates. The commission and letters patent granted by the Governor and Secretary of State bestowing the title of Colonel refers to the honoree as 'Honorable (First Name and Last Name)'. In-person, the individual is referred to as Colonel (Last Name)."

Friday, September 5, 2014

Secretary-General Jordan Palmer issues awards and request commissions for Joshua Koch, Wade McNabb, and Richard Crawford.

Secretary-General Jordan Palmer today formalized the nominations for Kentucky Colonel Commissions for K. Joshua Koch, Wade A. McNabb, and Richard Crawford, the highest honor bestowed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky by the Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Commonwealth.

All candidates submitted to the Kentucky Governor also received a Certificate of Service from the Southern Kentucky Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels from Secretary-General Jordan Palmer and Adjutant Brandon Combs.

The Southern Kentucky Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels always lists the reasons people receive a special certificate of service as well as nominees to be commissioned by the Governor.

K. Joshua Koch, 33 years of age and born in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, served in the Kentucky Army National Guard (KYARNG) and the U. S. Marine Corps. During his term of service, Mr. Koch deployed to Africa in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Mr. Koch has also served the Commonwealth of Kentucky when the governor declared emergencies by executive order. As a sergeant in the KYARNG, Mr. Koch was a computer networking specialist and Kentucky JISCC Team volunteer, being activated by the Commonwealth during Kentucky's crippling 2009 ice storm and serving in other states on request of their Governor’s during Hurricane Gustav and the flooding in Vincennes, Indiana. Mr. Koch's civic duties include serving as Vice President of Policy and Public Relations and Special Advisor to the President of the Kentucky Equality Federation, an organization that acts as an advocate for hate crime victims, victims of violence, victims of school bullying, and fights for civil rights and equality throughout the Commonwealth.

Wade A. McNabb, 36 years of age has been a lifelong citizen of Kentucky and has served the Commonwealth and her citizens for 17 years in public safety in various police, fire, and emergency medical services departments. Mr. McNabb has received training at the Kentucky Justice Cabinet's Department of Criminal Justice Training. Mr. McNabb has also served the Commonwealth's youth by serving as a volunteer sports coach in baseball, basketball, and soccer. Mr. McNabb is continuing his public service by running for Constable in Fayette County.

Richard Crawford, 35 years of age has been a lifelong citizen of Kentucky and served as Mr. Palmer's personal security officer as well as the Director of Security in the private sector. Mr. Crawford is also an instructor for emergency medical technicians and other emergency personnel as a Certified First Responder Instructor, and a CPR Instructor. Mr. Crawford is a Certified Firefighter with the Commonwealth of Kentucky and is an active Certified Emergency Medical Technician (certified by the state and federal governments) in addition to being a Certified Emergency First Responder. Recently, Mr. Crawford was certified by the Commonwealth of Kentucky as a Certified Active School Shooter Medic (in the event of a school or other mass casualty shooting, they protect, aid, and evacuate live and injured citizens).

Active members of the Honorable Order who live in Kentucky may purchase the Honorable Order's license plates through their local County Court Clerks. All that is required is to show a current year Honorable Order Membership card. The card must also be presented at each renewal date. Purchasing a license plate helps fund the Honorable Order's charities.

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The Honorable Order:
Kentucky Colonels are unwavering in devotion to faith, family, fellowman and country. Passionate about being compassionate. Proud, yet humble. Leaders who are not ashamed to follow. Gentle but strong in will and commitment. The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, as a Brotherhood, reaches out to care for our children, support those in need and preserve our rich heritage.  

Pledge to the Flag of the Commonwealth:
I pledge allegiance to the Kentucky flag, and to the Sovereign State for which it stands, one Commonwealth, blessed with diversity, natural wealth, beauty, and grace from on High.

Addressing Kentucky Colonels:
* In the Commonwealth of Kentucky, commissioned Kentucky Colonels are considered members of the Governor's Staff and his honorary aides-de-camp, and as such are entitled to the style of 'Honorable' or 'The Honorable' as indicated on their commission certificates. If a Kentucky Governor grants you a commission, you are entitled to be addressed as The Honorable (First Name) (Last Name) at public events or in writing and simply as Colonel (Last Name) in person.

Sources: Commonwealth of Kentucky, The Protocol School of Washington, and Honor & Respect: the Official Guide to Names, Titles, and Forms of Address.

* The Protocol School of Washington® is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Honor & Respect is dedicated to Dorothea Johnson, Founder of The Protocol School of Washington®