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December 6, 2011

Hogsett visits Rotary

RUSHVILLE — Rushville Rotary met Tuesday in the conference center at Rush Memorial Hospital.

President Dr. John Williams called the meeting to order. Kathy Dean led the Pledge of Allegiance. Val Wilson provided an opening prayer.

Dan Slaven was this week's Mystery Person and he awarded the free lunch to John Worth.

Paul Barada Sr. was in charge of Brag for a Buck.

Nancy Rice paid $1 to brag about a recent trip to Florida with her husband and said she was pleased the Main Street project is done and looks good.

Bill Griffis praised the Colts organization and city engineers for making it possible for him to get from his vehicle to Lucas Oil Stadium without being outside in the weather. Shelly King bragged on the Christmas decorations put up by local businesses and on the "Christmas Village" on display in the front window at King's Bookstore on Main Street. Dr. Fred Philips bragged on the Varsity Scholars collection being conducted by our club. Recent collections added to funds collected this week totaled almost $1,200 and the club is going to pitch in another $750 to this very worthwhile program at RCHS. Angie Barton paid $1 to praise the local food pantry for all they do and reported that the facility is in need of donations. She challenged fellow Rotarians to bring canned goods to next week's meeting for conveyance to the pantry. Jan Dimick boasted about the upcoming Rush County Chorale concerts Dec. 10 and 11 at the Laughlin Center. Lastly, Jason Clemmons bragged on Dr. Philips and the administration at RMH for assisting with finding a new home for the club's old putt putt golf course.

Jason C. was then up next, serving as Sergeant-At-Arms.

He first fined Dr. Williams for not giving him more notice. Markus Strobl was fined for allegedly being argumentative and for getting Jan to brag on the Chorale concerts. And, Nancy Rice and everyone else who left town were penalized for not being in Rush County over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Next up was Chip "The Chipster" West, who introduced two outstanding RCHS students and this week's visiting Junior Rotarians, Brittany Harcourt and Eric Barton. Brittany was joined by her mom, Cindy Harcourt. Eric's dad, Mel, mom, Rhonda, and step mom, Angie were present.

Both students were given a brief overview of Rotary and its mission. They also were presented a few tokens of our appreciation for their hard work and leadership, and encouraged to consider membership in a service club like Rotary when they get older.

Club members were reminded that the annual Christmas party with the Connersville club will be Dec. 12 at the Knights of Columbus on Central Avenue in Connersville. Cocktails at 6  p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. There will be no luncheon meeting that week.

With business out of the way it was time for program chair John Worth to introduce this week's guest speaker, Rush County native and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana Joe Hogsett.

Hogsett, who is a RCHS and IU graduate, is a former secretary of state and still has family here in Rush County.

He was nominated to his current position by both U.S. Sens. Richard Lugar and Evan Bayh and was unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate.

His job, he said, is essentially to act as the lead prosecutor for the federal government in 60 of Indiana's counties. As well, he serves as the defense attorney in those cases involving litigation filed against the government.

Hogsett is in charge of a team of 30 attorneys and serves at the discretion of the President of the United States.

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