Oldham Countian of Year

Chamber honors Franklin
for service, volunteerism

He joins an impressive list of past winners

By Don Ward

BUCKNER, Ky. (June 2005) – Each year, when the Oldham County Chamber of Commerce announces its most prestigious award, the Oldham Countian of the Year, several family members quietly sneak into the back of the room as the winner is announced. The surprised winner stands and turns around to see not only his chamber peers, but family and friends lining the wall to celebrate the moment.

Lambert Franklin

Photo by Don Ward

Lambert Franklin (pictured with wife Terri)
owns Oldham County Online
and resides in Crestwood, Ky.

On May 19, when this year’s winner, Lambert Franklin, stood to accept his award, he faced an entire room of “family and friends from all over Oldham County.”
Since real family members for he and his wife, Terri, live elsewhere, the couple said they have been adopted by neighbors and business associates throughout the county upon moving to Crestwood a decade ago.
“We have no family here except our church family, and it’s huge,” said Franklin, 53, the owner of Oldham County Online who was honored by a crowd of 90 people at the John W. Black Community Center. “It’s nice to be in a place where, even though we have no family, we have wonderful people who we can call on any time we need help.”
Franklin, who was praised for his generous spirit and devotion to family, community and God, joins an impressive list of previous honorees, many of whom were present that night.
In addition to starting his home-based Internet-based business in 1997 with his wife, Terri, Franklin is active in many nonprofit and community organizations, and especially the Crestwood Baptist Church, where he serves as a deacon and Sunday School teacher. In recent years, he has taken on leadership roles with the La Grange Rotary Club, the local chapter of the American Red Cross, the chamber, the school PTA and several youth sports organizations. He also has given his time and talent to such nonprofit groups as Apple Patch Community, YMCA, Oldham County Repair Affair and the Oldham County Challengers.
Franklin recently organized a new group within the chamber called the Christian Business Networking Group, which began in May and meets twice a month.
Franklin seems to have his hands in many facets of life throughout Oldham County, both as a businessman and community volunteer. It was his service to others that won him most of the praise from others, who presented their comments via a video produced by Will and Laura Crawford of Atticus Productions.
Chamber president Joe Schoenbaechler praised Franklin for his many contributions in just 10 years he has lived in the county. “It just goes to show you that you don’t have to live here all your life to make a difference.” Schoenbaechler later recalled a woman who had come to the chamber seeking business advice and saying that she had been referred by Franklin. “I was not surprised to hear that because whatever you do in Oldham County, you eventually get to Lambert Franklin because he’s everywhere.”
Last year’s winner, Fran Scott, announced Franklin as the 2005 recipient. He concluded his remarks by saying Franklin had an unusual “innate spirit and personal ethic to do something every single day to improve the human condition.” Scott also described Franklin as athletic, spiritual, eccentric, spontaneous and romantic.
Terri Franklin, who met her future husband while he was on a business trip in Lakewood, Colo., said of her husband, “His strength is his passion for life, and for God.” She later said, “Lambert measures his success every day based on how many people he’s helped.”
His friend, Don Adler, called Franklin a person who gets involved. “He’s a Christian role model.”

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