First Southern National Bank

Lanie Gardner Named 2018 Greater Muhlenberg Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year

Central City, KY - First Southern National Bank Community President Lanie Gardner was named 2018 Citizen of the Year by the Greater Muhlenberg Chamber of Commerce.

The Citizen of the Year award is presented to an individual who has made a special impact on Muhlenberg County through volunteerism, advocacy, community building, or business leadership.

“My heart is overwhelmed.  I am thankful and grateful,” Gardner said.  “What an incredible honor to be recognized for doing the things you love, simply to make a difference!  When Dorothy (from The Wizard of Oz) said, ‘There’s No Place Like Home’ she must have been talking about Muhlenberg County – my home.”

Recipients of the award will have also shown a continuing active interest in the welfare of Muhlenberg County in areas like:

  • Promotion of business opportunities, including manufacturing, retail, agriculture, tourism, and technology.
  • Beautification of the area.
  • Improvement of the recreational opportunities.
  • Preservation of nature areas and wildlife, historical structures and archival materials.
  • Respect of cultural and socio-economic status of the citizens of the region.
  • Advocate or community booster, fundraiser, volunteer.
  • Pro-active when addressing environmental issues.
  • Advocacy in areas of social justice, equality, human rights, etc.

Click here for more information on the awards.

"Lanie's creativity in everything she does leaves those around her amazed," presenter Shelby Cotton shared. "The planning and success of the annual Gospel Fest is due to her dedication and the 'thinking outside the box' gift that she has. She is willing to do whatever needs to be done in everything she participates in."

You can find Lanie serving her customers daily at our Greenville and Central City branches in Western Kentucky.

First Southern has offices in Central and Western Kentucky including locations in Caldwell, Fayette, Garrard, Jessamine, Lincoln, Logan, Madison, Muhlenberg, Pulaski, Wayne and Warren counties. First Southern believes in providing exceptional customer service and making fast, local decisions. For more information about First Southern National Bank, visit