Local civic leader selected to lead the Southwest Dairy Museum in a new direction
From Staff Reports

Carolyn McKinney, who is well known for her service to and fundraising efforts for the American Cancer Society, has been named to replace 17-year Southwest Dairy Museum director Jodie Morris, who recently retired.

Although McKinney has only been on the job three weeks, she has already begun making positive strides in the museum’s new focus toward more community involvement and support of county dairymen.

Saturday, Sept. 19, the museum entered a float in the Hopkins County Fall Festival Parade for the first time, and came home with the award for having “Best Overall Entry.”

"The goal we have now is for the Southwest Dairy Museum to become more involved in Sulphur Springs and Hopkins County,” said Southwest Dairy Museum General Manager Jim Hill. “I know that Carolyn McKinney's involvement in the community will be beneficial in the museum attaining that goal. Carolyn has a long and successful record of achievement in Hopkins County, and we're glad to have her as an important part of our staff."

While this is the first time McKinney has taken such an active leadership role at the museum, this is by no means her first time to assist with museum operations. From 1997 until 2002, McKinney was employed as secretary to the director of the Southwest Dairy Museum. In 2002, she left the museum to become full-time director of preschool ministry at First Baptist Church.

"I am thankful for the years that I worked as Jodie's secretary," McKinney said. "I learned much in those five years with Jodie that will help me in this serving the Dairy Farm Families of the Southwest as the museum director of the Southwest Dairy Center, and I will work to exceed their expectations as we continue to share the mission of this organization."

The new museum director is a Sulphur Springs native who currently serves on the American Cancer Society board, the Star Nuckolls Foundation board, the Boys and Girls Club board, the Dairy Festival board, and as a Chamber of Commerce Ambassador.

She has been very active in the local American Cancer Society Relay For Life since 2000, holding a variety of leadership positionsfrom committee volunteer up to Relay For Life chairman for both 2004 and 2005. She was also chosen to be an American Cancer Society Ambassador to "Celebration on the Hill" in Washington D.C., later this month in honor of her achievements with Relay For Life.

McKinney is married to Dan McKinney, a teacher at North Hopkins ISD. They have three children. Prior to accepting the position of museum director, she was employed for 15 years as the part-time Director of Preschool Ministry at Sulphur Springs First Baptist Church.

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