BPW Fall Ball

Lammlein to be honored
with ‘Woman of Achievement’ award

Staff Report

(November 2005) – Dorothy Lammlein has been named the 2005 Business Professional Women-Oldham County Woman of Achievement, according to Beverly McCombs, president of BPW-Oldham County, which sponsors the annual award recognizing outstanding women in the community. The award will be officially presented to Lammlein at the chapter’s eighth annual Fall Ball on Nov. 19 at the Seelbach Hilton Hotel in Louisville.

Dorothy Lammlein

Dorothy Lammlein

“We are delighted that Dottie was chosen this year,” McCombs said. “She is such an incredible asset to our community and such a wonderful role model for women in business. She has worked with so many women, teaching them the skills necessary to open and run their own successful businesses.”
Lammlein is the office administrator and manager of WJL Design in La Grange. The architectural firm is owned by her husband, Bill, but for many years, Dorothy owned her own successful businesses, including Occasions, a floral and wedding design service company, and La Grange Dance Studio. As the long-time owner and principal instructor of La Grange Dance Studio, “Miss Dottie” made certain that the doors to her studio were open to every student, providing scholarships for those in need.
Trained in dance, Lammlein began her career with Kentucky Opera, then taught ballet, tap and jazz at Courtney Weber School of Dance in Louisville. She also danced with the Louisville Ballet before opening her own studio in Oldham County.
Despite a busy work schedule and an active commitment to mentoring young business owners, Lammlein has made it her life’s work to give back to her community, primarily in capturing and sharing the history of Oldham County. She is a former member of the board of directors of the Oldham County Historical Society and was recently honored, with her husband, by the Society as the 2005 Champions of History for their work with the History Center. She is the principal author and editor of “History and Families of Oldham County, Kentucky: The First Century.” She is now working on the family history of Theodore Klein of Yew Dell Gardens.
Her role in volunteerism is not new. To many in the La Grange area, Lammlein has always represented the person who helps get things done. Among other accomplishments, she was a founding member of the La Grange Business Association, a founding member of Light Up La Grange, and served on the Mayor’s Preservation Committee in La Grange.
“Dottie is truly a remarkable woman who has inspired so many of us, either to start our own businesses or to get involved in Oldham County projects,” said McCombs. “She reminds us what busy women everywhere know: We can always take on one more task for the good of our community.”
Qualifications for the Woman of Achievement Award include significant contributions to the BPW Federation objectives, including leadership in church, local, state or national civic programs, mentoring other women in their career advancement, and exceptional guidance to youth and young women. The recipient is selected by a panel of members from other BPW chapters.
This year’s Fall Ball will benefit Yew Dell Gardens in Crestwood. It is the 33-acre home, gardens and arboretum of the late nurseryman Theodore Klein. It is one of 13 American gardens designated as Partnership Gardens by the Garden Conservancy, a national group dedicated to preserving America’s exceptional gardens. The Bank Barn restoration is the project for which the Fall Ball funds will be directed. A silent and live auction will feature many items that lovers of fun and nature will enjoy, such as a party package for use at the Yew Dell Castle, Wine Tasting party at Riverbend Winery, diamond earrings, gold bracelet, a year of the horse coin, and a hot air balloon ride. The Artists Showcase also will feature jewelry, turned wood, pottery, sculpture, and other watercolor, oil and acrylic paintings. WAVE TV and 84WHAS Radio horticultural specialist, Cindi Sullivan will emcee this year’s Fall Ball. Music will be provided by Leo Night and The Moonlighters.
Corporate sponsors are Beechwood Trees and Gardens, Coldwell Banker McMahan, Fastline Publications, K. Vezner Development, Inc.-South Oldham Self-Storage, Louisville Numismatic, National City Bank, The BANK Oldham County, The Oldham Era.
The Fall Ball, titled “Moonlight in the Gardens,” begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased by contacting Patty Gibson at (502) 592-0565 or via email at: fallball@bpwoldhamco.org. For more information, visit the BPW website at www.bpwoldhamco.org.

• BPW-Oldham County is part of BPW-USA, a national organization that has served as an advocate for working women since 1919. BPW-Oldham County meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at The Bank Oldham County, Crestwood, Ky., and visitors are always welcome. For more information about membership and meetings, contact Bev McCombs at (502) 222-0040.

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