Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

January 8, 2014

Local couple embodies spirit of volunteerism

By Joe Lewis - Staff Writer
Journal-Times

Jan. 8, 2014 — When combing the ranks of the numerous volunteer organizations throughout Carter County, two familiar names crop up time and again in leadership positions – Dan Click and Mindy Woods-Click.

Dan serves as chairman of the Arts and Culture Committee for Carter County and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Carter County Community Foundation.

He also is president of the Board for the Grayson Gallery and Art Center and serves as the director/ gallery coordinator.

He also volunteers with the Eastern Kentucky Arts Project and the Kentucky Art Tribe, is a member of the North East Kentucky Arts Council, and is the incoming vice president of the Grayson Rotary Club.

His civic involvement in Carter County took off shortly after marrying Mindy, who had been part of numerous volunteer organizations throughout the area for years beforehand.

“I blame that all on Mindy since she was already so involved when we got together! When we were first married, I was fortunate to meet so many community leaders and volunteers,” said Dan Click.

His most ambitious project to date is the establishment of the Grayson Gallery and Art Center, which is housed in the old fire station on the corner of Third Street and Carol Malone Boulevard.

“I was made aware of the vacant Grayson Fire Station due to my term with tourism. I was able to tour the space and immediately asked if we could host an art show there,” said Click.

“Seeing immediate success on a small scale led to step after step towards a real and permanent entity and the Grayson Gallery & Art Center was born and continues to grow,” he added.

“It's made me realize how fulfilling it can be to work with fellow artists by helping to provide them a more permanent, ongoing venue here at home in Grayson,”

As for Mindy, she current serves as the secretary of the Carter County Public Library Board of Trustees, president of the Kentucky Library Trustee Round Table, chair of the Carter County Community Fund, vice chair of the executive board of the Drug Free Coalition, treasurer of the Grayson Gallery and Art Center Board, and secretary of the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Mindy reflects on love of the local area and shaping it for future generations as the primary motivators fueling her service.

“I love this community! It has been a wonderful place to live for the last 30 years, and a great place to raise my children,” she said.

“Where else could a person live where you can sit down and have a heart to heart talk with the mayor? Or have the opportunity to serve on boards and committees which can have such a positive impact on the quality of life in the community?”

“Ultimately, I want my children and the children of my friends and neighbors to come back to Carter County to live and raise their children here, too,” she added.

Her newest volunteer gig comes with a big set of shoes to fill, however, taking over for Bob Caummisar, longtime secretary of the Grayson Area Chamber of Commerce

“This will be my toughest assignment yet, because Bob is one of my heroes! It will actually take me and a many others to fill his shoes as Chamber secretary,” said Woods-Click.

“The job had better not include his role as Mr. Memory Days, because no one else can do that!” she added.

Joe Lewis can be reached at jlewis@journal-times.com or by telephone at 286-4201.