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Lt. governor is new chamber speaker

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By The Staff

The annual Chamber banquet is Thursday, June 5 but with a different guest speaker than was on the original invitation.

Gov. Steve Beshear will be out of the state that night and taking his place will be Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo.

A reception will be at 6 p.m. in the Student Activity Center on the campus of Campbellsville University. Dinner will be at 7 p.m.

Deadline for reservations is tomorrow. To reserve a seat, call the Chamber office at 465-8601 or e-mail chamber@teamtaylorcounty.com. Tickets are $25.

A physician and surgeon in Eastern Kentucky, as well as a State Senator, gives Kentucky's second in command a keen insight in the areas of health care, family services and challenging the status quo.

Mongiardo was a founder of the Rotary Free Clinic, a non-profit organization combining the efforts of Community Ministries, local physicians and the Perry County Rotary Club. Free health care became available to those most in need, including the uninsured - the working poor. He remains a board member of that clinic.

At the Appalachian Regional Medical Center, Mongiardo has served as vice-chief of surgery, chief of surgery, vice-chief of staff and chief of staff and continues to serve patients as the only ear, nose and throat surgeon for a large area of Southeastern Kentucky.