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Somerset’s Bobby Clue is PRIDE Volunteer of the Month

Bobby Clue accepted the PRIDE Volunteer of the Month Award from PRIDE’s Tammie Wilson.

Bobby Clue accepted the PRIDE Volunteer of the Month Award from PRIDE’s Tammie Wilson.

Bobby Clue, Executive Director of the Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce, has been honored for his leadership in recruiting volunteers for the annual PRIDE Clean Sweep of US 27.Clue received the PRIDE Volunteer of the Month Award during the volunteer appreciation luncheon at the fifth annual Clean Sweep, which was held April 16 and drew 942 volunteers.

Every April since 2009, the Clean Sweep has mobilized volunteers to pick up litter along US 27 through Somerset and Burnside. They are treated to a free lunch, door prizes and T-shirts. The Clean Sweep sponsors are the Somerset-Pulaski Chamber of Commerce, The Center for Rural Development, the Somerset-Pulaski County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and PRIDE.

“Bobby masterfully organizes the 50 or so volunteer groups that register for the Clean Sweep, making sure everyone is assigned to clean an appropriate stretch of road,” said PRIDE’s Tammie Wilson, who presented a plaque to Clue. “He also recruits the businesses that are so vital to the success of this cleanup.”

“We appreciate Bobby for devoting his time and influence to the Clean Sweep,” Wilson added. “This is the largest volunteer event during the annual PRIDE Spring Cleanup Month across 42 counties of southern and eastern Kentucky. It has become a local tradition that is rewarding for volunteers and makes a visible difference along our major roadway.”

“The first year Bobby headed up the Clean Sweep in 2012, the results were phenomenal,” said Tiffany Bourne, Community Development Director for the Pulaski County Government, who nominated Clue for the PRIDE award. “He broke the record for the number of volunteers with 862 participants.”

“Bobby goes out of his way and above his job description to enhance community events with his enthusiasm and ability to engage others,” Bourne added.

The PRIDE Volunteer of the Month program recognizes hard work and dedication to the PRIDE initiative, which promotes environmental education and cleanup efforts in a 42-county region. With corporate sponsorship from TECO Coal, WYMT-TV airs commercials about each PRIDE Volunteer of the Month.

“Volunteers are the backbone of PRIDE,” said Congressman Hal Rogers, who co-founded PRIDE. “We wouldn’t be where we are without our volunteers. More than 380,000 volunteers have helped with PRIDE cleanup and education projects. We want to thank TECO Coal for helping PRIDE give these generous people the recognition they deserve.”

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