People: Chandra Godbey

November 03, 2003|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

Chandra Godbey is a volunteer. She either sits on a board of directors or serves on committees that plan special events in Casey County. She also is a wife and mother and holds down a full-time job. And she's just started taking piano lessons.

Being involved in the community comes from her skills in program development with Family Home Health Agency in Liberty. Her position takes her to visits with doctors and information booths at fairs and festivals in communities in the five counties where she works.

Godbey has a hectic schedule working with Family Home Health in Boyle, Casey, Garrard, Mercer and Lincoln counties.

"I live by my calendar," said Godbey. "If I lost it, I would be lost as to what to do."

She just completed the Casey County leadership class, sponsored the Liberty/Casey County Chamber of Commerce. By doing this, she learned more about her home county and has decided to get involved in a smoking prevention program with students at the high school.


Godbey is currently busy with the Riverfront Christmas Festival scheduled Dec. 5-6 by the Chamber of Commerce. Carriage rides, a parade on Dec. 5, and arts and crafts both days at Gate Way Park community center are scheduled.

The Chamber of Commerce probably takes more time for Godbey than other volunteer jobs. She attends ribbon cuttings and monthly meetings and works with the annual banquet plans.

"It's a year-round job," she said.

As director of special events for the Casey County Agricultural and Education Fair, Godbey has begun plans for the 2004 fair. She sets up all special events and plans some new ones next year.

A bulling riding competition (no horses or calf roping), demolition derby and outdoor singing competition are some new events in the making.

"I look forward to the fair next year," she said. It will be held in the new agriculture arena. "We can have more carnival rides and more events in the new facility."

She plans the first gospel singing contest with winners going on to compete at the Kentucky State Fair.

Godbey serves on the boards of the Chamber of Commerce, county fair, Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency, Relay for Life, Lake Cumberland Head Start and county extension service.

The 33-year-old Godbey also is a new bride. She married to Dexter Godbey in September, and they are busy remodeling a house in the Bethelridge community where they live with her 5-year-old daughter, Shelby Cook, and his 17-year-old son, Adam Godbey.

A graduate of Somerset Community College with an associate degree in office administration, Godbey has been with Family Home Health since 1991.

She is busy with establishing a Family Home Health office in Lincoln County and getting involved in community events there. The new office on Main Street, Stanford, will hold open house from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 12.

Since her marriage, she also travels with her husband, who plays a mandolin with the New Dawn gospel singing group.

"We go somewhere about every weekend and sing at nursing homes during the week."

When she is not busy with volunteer work, she enjoys riding horses and four-wheeling.

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