Survivor’s ‘Ky. Joe’
to speak in Carrollton

By Don Ward

(June, 2002) CARROLLTON, Ky. – Rodger Bingham, known to his “Survivor” fans as “Kentucky Joe,” is scheduled to serve as the featured speaker at this year’s fund-raising banquet for the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce.
The annual banquet is set for Tuesday, Aug. 13, at the Gen. Butler State Resort Park Convention Center in Carrollton and will include a silent auction and question-and-answer time with Bingham.
Like his parents, grandparents and great-grandparents before him, Bingham was born, raised and continues to make his home in Crittenden, Ky. Married for more than 33 years to his wife, Patricia, his proudest accomplishment is their daughter, Angela.

Rodger Bingham

Rodger Bingham

Bingham, 54, studied education at Eastern Kentucky University, where he received a bachelor’s degree of science for industrial education and a master’s degree in education. In addition to teaching industrial arts to students at Grant County High School, Bingham is a part-time farmer and real estate investor. Previous occupations include 10 years as chief executive officer of a bank, owner of a lumber company and owner of a hardware store.
A self-described workaholic, Bingham is also inventive, diligent and able to adapt to different situations and personalities.
He is an elder at the Crittenden Christian Church and a member of the local Sportsmen Club.
Bingham has made dozens of public appearances since his appearance on the CBS series last fall. The third “Survivor” series ended Sunday night, May 20, and a fourth will begin filming this summer in Thailand, with its airing this fall.
Ticket prices and the time for the banquet have not yet been determined by the chamber’s board of directors. More information will be available at a later date, according to Greg Goff, chamber president.

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