Author: Dawn Brockman

Local Government and Firearms Regulation

What Role, If Any, Should Local Governments Have in Firearms Regulation ?

Recently, there have been numerous media reports of shooting incidents that have raised a renewed interest in the subject of gun regulation.  A panel will discuss diverse view points on the issue of local government regulation of firearms.  The panelists are:

Kentucky State Senator Reginald L. Thomas
Sen. Thomas represents the 13th District of Fayette County recently pre-filed  a bill for the 2017 of the Kentucky Legislature allowing local governments to regulate firearms and ammunition to reduce gun violence, except when state or federal law preempts local governance.  This bill was filed in response to 3 recent fatal  shootings that have occurred in this area.
Michael  Owen, Owner, Meridian Ordnance, LLC
Mr. Owen founded Meridian Ordnance LLC in 2011 after several years of experience in the firearms industry, with the U.S. Dept. of Defense and the U.S. Army. Meridian Ordnance LLC is a small, veteran owned business specializing in gunsmithing, refinishing and retail firearm & accessory sales.
McAllister Bryant, Gun Violence Archive 
Gun Violence Archive (GVA) is a not for profit corporation formed in 2013 to provide free online public access to accurate information about gun-related violence in the United States. GVA will collect and check for accuracy, comprehensive information about gun-related violence in the U.S. and then post and disseminate it online.  GVA is not, by design an advocacy group. The mission of GVA is to document incidents of gun violence and gun crime nationally to provide independent, verified data to those who need to use it in their research, advocacy or writing.

This program is expected to generate a lively discussion on a timely topic.
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Hilary J. Boone Center
University of Kentucky
7:15 Coffee and Networking
7:30 Breakfast and Program
Free to Members / Guest Fee $20
Please RSVP by noon on Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Behind the Scenes of Keeneland’s Breeding Stock Sale

Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale is unmatched in global stature and establishes the market for the Thoroughbred breeding industry.

Each November, Keeneland offers a premier selection of stakes-winning fillies and stakes-producing mares in foal to the world’s leading sires, and weanlings by today’s most fashionable stallions.

The Keeneland November Sale is your best opportunity to discover top caliber bloodstock at the world’s largest and most influential breeding stock sale.

Come see for yourself, as Bob Elliston, Keeneland’s Vice President of Racing and Sales, takes us behind the scenes. The morning will feature Breakfast and an abbreviated program followed by a behind the scenes tour of the sales. So bring your appetite and wear your walking shoes.

Guests are invited to stay for the day’s sales which will begin at approximately 10am. There is no dress code for the sales and food is available throughout the day at the Limestone Cafe and The Track Kitchen.

Thursday, November 17, 2016
Keeneland – The Kentucky Room
7:00 Coffee and Networking
7:15 Breakfast and Program
8:00 – 8:30 Behind the Scenes Tour of the Sales

Free to Members / Guest Fee $20

Please RSVP by noon on Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Everything Old is New Again – Historic Downtown Courthouse

Work on the $30 million overhaul of the old Fayette County courthouse on Main Street began this summer and is now well underway. Learn the history of this project, what is now taking shape and the city’s role in managing and maintaining this iconic structure in the center of our city.

Our guest panel at the Lexington Forum breakfast:

Foster Ockerman
Foster Ockerman is Lexington native, seventh generation Kentuckian, a local historian, author and practicing attorney. He has represented or served on the boards of numerous nonprofits and foundations including the Courthouse Square Foundation, Inc. and is a founding trustee of the Lexington History Museum, Inc., as well as its current president. Mr. Ockerman has been a leading force in campaigning for saving the old courthouse from decay and potential demolition.

Holly Wiedemann
Holly Wiedemann serves as President and Founder of AU Associates, and partner with Barry Alberts of City Visions as the Developer Agents on behalf of Historic Courthouse, LLLP (the City/Ownership Entity). Ms. Wiedemann is well-suited to manage the re-purposing of the historic courthouse structure. Among over $120 million in AU projects across Kentucky and West Virginia are more than 500 units of mixed income housing and 150,000 square feet of commercial space created in existing structures such as former school buildings.

Jenifer Wuorenmaa
Jenifer is a Senior Administrative Officer in the Office of the Chief Administrator. She assists with the municipal budget, public policy and administrative policy. Jenifer is managing portions of the old courthouse project.

Thursday, September 1, 2016
Hilary J. Boone Center
University of Kentucky Campus
7:15 Coffee and Networking
7:30 Breakfast and Program

Free to Members / Guest Fee $20
Please RSVP using the link below by noon on Tuesday, August 30, 2016


Free parking is available in the lot behind the Hilary J. Boone Center.

State of the Programs: Mitch Barnhart on UK Athletics

Although historically considered by some only a “basketball” school, through the leadership and investment of Mitch Barnhart and his 15 by 15 by 15 Plan, this myth has been thoroughly debunked. This ambitious blueprint which began in 2008 set forth the vision that Kentucky would rank in the nation’s top 15 athletic programs and win 15 conference or national championships by 2015, all the while also setting a goal of a 3.0 composite GPA for all student-athletes and an even greater commitment to community service. It is no surprise as all of his goals were exceeded by 2015, that last May he was named the Division I Athletic Director of the Year.

The University of Kentucky and the community of Lexington have certainly been the benefactors of Mitch Barnhart’s tenure as Athletic Director. Please join us as he provides an update on the state of athletics at the University of Kentucky.

Thursday, August 4, 2016
Hilary J. Boone Center
University of Kentucky Campus
7:15 Coffee and Networking
7:30 Breakfast and Program

Free to Members / Guest Fee $20

Please RSVP by noon on Tuesday, August 2, 2016


Free parking is available in the lot behind the Hilary J. Boone Center.

**The views and opinions expressed by our guest speaker(s) are their own and do not reflect a policy or position of the Lexington Forum.

Monica Bounds – Elected to 2016-2019 Forum Board

Monica Bounds

Monica Bounds
Relationship Manager
Fifth Third Bank

Monica M. Bounds is a Relationship Manager for Fifth Third Bank (Kentucky). With more than 10 years of banking experience, she currently manages a portfolio of business clients within the Middle Market department. Monica offers value to her clients with a strong commitment to service and by taking a team approach to their unique banking needs. She has been a Fifth Third team member since 2003. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Business Administration from Georgetown College and a Masters of Business Administration from Eastern Kentucky University. Monica serves as an Ambassador for Commerce Lexington and is the Treasurer for the Magna Charta Dames Society.



Ann Hammond – Elected to 2016-2019 Board of Directors

Ann HammondAnn Hammond
Executive Director
Lexington Public Library

Before attending library school, Ann’s various careers included being an officer in the U.S. Navy, a stay-at-home mom, an agronomy researcher, and a forensic DNA scientist. After earning her Master’s degree in Library Science from the Catholic University of America, Ann worked in medical and academic libraries before discovering the joys and challenges of public libraries. She held leadership positions in libraries in San Diego and Alameda Counties in California before moving to the great state of Kentucky in 2010 to become Executive Director of the Lexington Public Library. Ann and her staff of 246 operate six physical libraries, robust outreach efforts, and an ever-expanding digital presence in support of LPL’s mission to “connect people, inspire ideas, and transform lives.”


LinkedIn: AnnHammond