Barbara Finney was recently recognized as a recipient of the Governor’s Volunteer Star Award at a reception held at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs.
Joining in the celebration were Franklin County Mayor David Alexander, his wife, Cile, and Mary Beth Henley, Franklin County GVSA coordinator.
Henley said, “Barbara was described as having the volunteer spirit! Her love and affinity for Franklin County is evident in her unending service to the community.”
The mission of Volunteer Tennessee is to encourage volunteerism and community service.
In 2005, Finney helped reorganize the Franklin County Fair after more than 40 years of dormancy.
Thirteen years later, she still serves as chairman of the fair board and can be seen all around the fairgrounds, especially working the gate because she loves to talk to people.
Finney has served as a county commissioner for 21 years and was selected as the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year in 2005. She was named an outstanding ambassador for the Chamber of Commerce in 2006 and 2008 because of her volunteerism.
Finney serves on the Franklin County Solid Waste Board, Community Resource Development Board and is active with the Re-Entry program.
She volunteers with summer programs at her church and most recently, when a tornado hit Franklin County, she worked every day for more than a week serving meals and helping friends and neighbors deal with the destruction.
For more information on the Governor’s Volunteer Awards program, go to the website at www.volunteertennessee.net.