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October 2017 Bluegrass Beat Print

President's Connection

Happy October KBC, 

Thank you to everyone who attended the MPI KBC Battle of the Bluegrass last month!  We had a great turn out at both Membership Mixer events in Louisville and Lexington... and we have a winner....

So Louisville, you've got the trophy and more importantly the bragging rights until the next member mixer.  The final scores were: Louisville 16 total attendees (8 members) VS. Lexington 10 total attendees (4 members).


On a different note, with the beginning of Fall, we’ve seen a number of natural disasters in our country.  Hurricanes and fires have devastated our states and Puerto Rico.  This month we are highlighting the hurricane relief efforts across the nation and ask each of our members to help out.  There is one group that stands out in the disaster assistance programs.. it is Team Rubicon.  Team Rubicon pairs the skills and experiences that veterans learned in the military (emergency medicine, risk mitigation, leadership, small unit tactics) with first-responders and disaster relief professionals.  Rubicon teams are sent across the United States and the world, helping communities recover from natural disasters or humanitarian crises.  Team Rubicon was started by two marines, Jake Wood and William McNulty, in 2010 after a 7.0 earthquake hit Port-Au-Prince, Haiti.  From that one effort, the organization has grown to be a world-wide network of service.  They are a veteran-led, disaster relief organization and one worthy of donations.  Unlike other disaster relief organizations, money donated goes directly to the affected area.  Click here to donate. 

At our monthly meeting in Lexington (October 19), we are highlighting Team Rubicon and asking each attendee to give a donation.  If you aren’t able to attend the monthly meeting, please consider donating via link above.  Any donation will be greatly appreciated!  

Going forward … I hope that each and every one of you have a great Fall.  Take time to stop and appreciate all the blessings that have come your way.  Tell your family your love them.  Appreciate your friends.  Be thankful and pay it forward! 


Joan Minton
2017 - 2018 President    
MPI Kentucky Bluegrass Chapter 

****Don't forget, our chapter photographer, Chris Joyce, and his business associate, Stan Carton, have captured a lot of great shots from our events this year. Click Here and use access code kbcmpi to see pictures of your friends! 

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Calendar of Events


October 19, 2017
11:00 AM to 1:45 PM
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Hilton Suites Lexington Green
245 Lexington Green Circle
Lexington, KY 40503

Don't miss this Lunch and Learn Event: Bullets, Bad Guys, Fire & Brimstone: A Look at Risk in a Changing World presented by Michael Owen.  REGISTER HERE!


November 16, 2017
11:00 AM to 1:45 PM
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Hotel Covington
638 Madison Avenue
Covington, KY 41011

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