May 14, 2012

Our Neighbors: Beth Kitts wears many shirts

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Most people have heard the expression about busy people who “wear many hats.”

On a variable tangent from that coined phrase, London resident Beth Kitts is a person “of many shirts.”

Kitts, a native of Oak Ridge, Tenn., is active in many community events, actively volunteering her time and efforts to help make Laurel County a better place to live.

A member of the London Women’s League, Kitts was one of the club members helping with this year’s Redbud Ride on April 25 at the rest stop at Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department on Ky. 490, and donning leather and bandanas for their theme of “Babes on Bikes.”

Just hours later, she was clad in her purple March of Dimes shirt to help with  the Finley’s Fun Center “WalkMania” for area students raising money for this year’s campaign.

She also wears a Wyan-Pine Grove Elementary shirt as her role as the 2011-2012 President of the school’s Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO). Her only child, Matthew, is in second grade at the school.

Kitts is also an adjunct instructor of American History at the Corbin campus of Eastern Kentucky University.

 In her spare time of being mother, housekeeper, wife and Vacation Bible School teacher at her church, First Methodist of London, Kitts said she enjoys doing some scrapbooking, although her volunteer work has slowed that hobby over the past two years.

Her motivation for being involved in so many community events?

“It’s important for everybody to work together, especially in a small town like London,” she said. “I feel lucky to live here, but like everywhere else, it does have its problems. There’s always room for improvement and I want to do what I can to make this the best possible place to live.”

She reinforces that statement by saying she and her family, husband Charles and son Matthew, have lived in London longer than anywhere else. She enjoys living in London and being involved in the community.

“I’ve always been involved in something, but more here than anywhere else,” she said. “Matthew was born premature and he was so sick for so long. We had a lot of help with him, and being involved in the community is one way I can give back.”

Though Kitts said her family doesn’t have the cash flow to make large monetary donatioins to the many causes she supports, she feels that donating her time and bringing hope to many in need is one way she can help.

“I like to see the people we try to help, whether it’s at the homeless shelter or at the Optimist Club functions or at the school. I try to be the best I can be, whatever shirt I’m wearing.”