Troy Mayor reflects on strong females who influenced his path

Published 11:00 pm Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Troy Mayor Jason Reeves speaks at Female Factor meeting

Troy Mayor Jason Reeves speaks at Female Factor meeting.

Troy Mayor Jason Reeves is accustomed to speaking in front of large groups, but Wednesday, he was front and center to talk to a group he said he respected largely because of the influence women had had in his life.

Reeves spoke at the September installment of Female Factor and gave several nods to ladies who shaped his personality and goals.

In particular, Reeves said his grandmother, Sally Reeves, was the one who sparked his interest in politics and community service. His mother, Vickie Reeves, instilled a respect for faith and church.

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“These women, so often, don’t get any credit in the public for who I am,” Reeves said, fighting back tears as he spoke of his mother and grandmother.

Reeves also gave a nod to his sister, Amy Drinkard, and his wife, Ellie Reeves, for all of their strength, support and advice over the years; and to his executive assistant Richelle Jefcoat and the city’s Project Coordinator Janet Motes.

Reeves said he wanted the ladies present at the luncheon to know they matter to the community.

“You have a huge impact on the people you come in contact with,” Reeves said.

Before Reeves spoke to the group, Troy Police Lt. Bryan Weed led the crowd in a moment of silence for the victims of 9-11, firefighter Buford Stephens let the Pledge of Allegiance and Shelia Jackson sang the National Anthem.

Also at the meeting, ladies in attendance were able to see some of the latest game day fashions. Juliette Adams with the Pink Parlor showcased a few Trojan looks, Aliza McGee with Barnes & Noble shared some of the items available at the bookstore on campus and Amy Barton Skidmore with Put Your Game On brought skirts and blankets made from team T-shirts to display.

Female Factor meets at noon the second Wednesday of each month and is sponsored by Troy Regional Medical Center and other local businesses.