With granddaughter in hand, Convention and Visitors Bureau director Jan Stevens was the recipient Thursday of the 2019 Bronc Buster award at Central Station Bar and Grill.

Presented by Western Plains Medical Complex director of imaging Jeremy Rabe, who sponsored the award, the 2019 Bronc Buster award recognizes "a person of high integrity, great ethical standards and distinguished leadership qualities and is actively involved in the community."

Stevens became the CVB director in September 2006 after being with the Kansas Lottery.

In those more than 12 years, Stevens has worked in seeking legislation for the state of Kansas to have the National Day of the Cowboy, as well as aided in the growth of Dodge City tourism, Dodge City Days, and the Kansas Humanities Council speaker series, and volunteered at the Dodge City Area Women's Chamber of Commerce.

"I do have a passion for the community," Stevens said upon receiving the award, "but Ihave  just as much a passion for my family."

Stevens received the award along with her granddaughter, Emmy, 3.

"Thank you all very much," she said. "I can't think of what to say because its not too often I am speechless, but I am with this.

"It has been a privilege to serve the community, and it is wonderful, and I really enjoy Dodge City and all you people."

Some of the past recipients of the award have been R.C. and Mary Trotter, Jane Longmeyer and Ken Strobel.

"Thank you, Jan, from the city of Dodge City," Rabe said. "It is truly an honor to have presented her with this award."

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