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2017 KPGA Summer Convention a Success

This year’s summer convention was held in Newport, Kentucky at the newly designed Aloft Hotel on the Levee. 

The summer meeting began Sunday, July 9, with the KPGA board meeting. At the opening reception, Jeni Carr performed live music on the patio as KPGA members enjoyed their time in fellowship and networking.

Monday morning began the business element of the summer convention with a list of distinguished speakers. The opening morning speakers represented everything from national associations to private industry. The night concluded with a group dinner at the Hofbrauhaus House, a popular German-based craft brew and food restaurant.

Tuesday kept the same trend of distinguished speakers, as the meeting began with an update from state Majority Floor Leader, Representative Jonathon Shell (R-Lancaster), and Senate A&R Chairman, Senator Chris McDaniel (R-Taylor Mill). Shell and McDaniel spoke about the 2017 session and gave an update on legislative issues that will be address over the interim and the 2018 General Assembly legislative session. Tuesday’s lunch featured a special guest speaker from the governor’s office. Warren Beeler, executive director for the Governor’s Office of Agriculture Policy, gave remarks regarding Governor Bevin’s agenda and reminiscing about being raised in rural Kentucky supporting the propane industry.

Following lunch was the first ever KPGA corn hole tournament, where proceeds were donated to the Thomas B. Bright, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund. The tournament raised over $700 for the fund. Tournament winners were Jason Carr and Ricky Williams, who chose to donate their winning proceeds back to the scholarship fund. A big thank you goes out to those two for their generosity to the scholarship fund! We would also like to thanks those that sponsored the event.

Click HERE to view more photos and a list of our sponsors!

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The Kentucky Propane Gas Association will hold its Annual Membership Meeting on September 27, 2017 at the Owensboro Community and Technical College Southeastern Campus located at 1901 Southeastern Parkway, Owensboro, Kentucky 42303. All members are encouraged to attend and participate.

The board of directors meeting will commence at 10:00 a.m. with a membership luncheon immediately following. The annual membership meeting will be held after lunch along with the installation of officers.  Then the group will tour the OCTC alternative fuels lab and learn about the propane projects underway in cooperation with KYPERC.

The registration fee for the meeting is $30. If you cannot attend, please consider establishing a presence by serving as a sponsor for this event. Sponsorships are available for $100.

If you have any questions concerning the meeting, please contact the KPGA office at (502) 875-2686. I look forward to seeing you next month in Owensboro.

Click HERE to view the tentative agenda.

Click HERE to download a registration form. Registration forms may be emailed to, mailed to 340 Democrat Drive, Frankfort, KY 40601 or faxed to (502) 875-2686.

Click HERE to register online.


Tod Griffin Receives KPGA President's Award

Each year at the KPGA Summer Convention, one individual is chosen as a President’s Award recipient. The 2017 President’s Award honored Tod Griffin, KPGA executive director. The award was a complete surprise to Tod and one that garnered a standing ovation from those in attendance at the dinner. Tod has served KPGA in some capacity for over 24 years and has been the executive director for the majority of those years. Tod has managed to grow the association through the years even with the mass amount of consolidation in the industry. He has been a friend and a resource for all members of KPGA and it is for those reasons that KPGA president Shane Fortner of Fortner Gas Company, chose Tod Griffin as the 2017 President’s Award recipient. Congratulations Tod, and thank you for your service! 


Bill DePriest Receives Ruth Rilling Lifetime Service Award

The Ruth Greene Rilling Lifetime Service Award is the most prestigious award that is given by the KPGA membership. This award isn’t given each year, rather only when the president sees fit that a member is eligible and deserving. 

This year, the Ruth Rilling award went to Bill DePriest, KPGA immediate past president. Bill has been in the propane industry for over 35 years, beginning in 1982. In that time, Bill has served in a number of positions for private companies and has always stayed active in KPGA. Bill served as president of the association from 2015-2016 and still serves on the executive committee. It is because of his service and dedication to the propane industry and the association that Bill was selected as the 2017 Ruth Greene Rilling Lifetime Service Award recipient. Congratulations Bill, and thank you for your service to Kentucky’s propane industry!


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Think of all the comforts your family loves about your home: relaxing by the fireplace; enjoying a long, hot shower; or putting on a favorite sweatshirt fresh out of the dryer. When you use propane appliances you can give your family even greater comfort, from endless hot water to softer clothing and cozier heat on cold winter days.