"If there is a need, it seems she is always there to help," Amanda Ruark of Buffalo Trace Area Scouting, said.

That made Rebecca Cartmell of Maysville an easy choice as the honoree at the annual Distinguished Citizens Dinner present by BSA of Buffalo Trace.

Ruark said a committee is appointed each year to select a nominee for the award, someone who has had a positive influence on the Buffalo Trace Area and the communities the Boy Scouts serve. It was during that process that Cartmell's name just kept coming out on top, she said.

And it would be difficult to find anyone who has devoted more time to serving their community than Cartmell. She has been associated with the American Red Cross for many years and currently serves as Community Volunteer Leader in the area. She is also one of the founding members of the Humane Society of Buffalo Trace and has worked with the Mason County Animal Shelter to improve conditions for dogs and cats at the facility. She is also director of Community Care of Mason County, which oversees the operation of the Mason County Food Bank.

Cartmell will be recognized during the Distinguished Citizen's Dinner on March 19, at the Maysville Conference Center, beginning at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30. Guests are asked to RSVP by March 12. Individual or table of eight sponsorships are available.

Past honorees include John Denham, the late Lynn Eberly, Bill Boggs, Terri Srinivasan and Cartmell's brother, Maysville Mayor David Cartmell.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Buffalo Trace Area of Scouting and the Blue Grass Council Boy Scouts of America.