Kevin L. Green
The Rush County Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual dinner meeting Monday in the 201 Building.
One of the highlights of the evening was Darrin McGowan being named this year’s Citizen of the Year.
Former recipient Chip West, in presenting the award, read from a letter of nomination submitted to the Chamber by Rushville Mayor Mike Pavey and his wife, Christy.
The nomination letter included assorted background information on this year’s recipient as well as lauding him for his service to the Rush County community in many ways over the years.
McGowan, a local businessman, is a 1984 graduate of RCHS. He later earned a degree in graphic design from Ball State University. He has served on the Rushville Common Council and is currently a member of the Board of Works & Public Safety. In addition, he currently serves or has served on a number of local boards.
Chamber director Sandy Fussner welcomed those on hand to get the evening started.
Rushville Mayor Mike Pavey then spoke about the role of the Chamber of Commerce, noting that local elected officials were working closely with the Chamber to “move Rushville forward.”
He noted there have been several internal changes within the Rush County Chamber of Commerce and said those changes have resulted in a “huge and positive improvement.”
“A healthy Chamber is important to community health and growth and we’re definitely headed in the right direction,” Pavey said. “Hats off for restoring trust in the organization within the community.”
Mayor Pavey was followed by former mayor and current ECDC director John McCane, who said it’s important that all segments of the community are heard from with respect to addressing the challenges Rushville and Rush County face.
“We need to bring people together to come up with solutions to the problems we face,” he said. “There’s now a renewed effort underway for various organizations to work together, and that’s a good thing.”
McCane also offered his congratulations to the Chamber board for their selection of Fussner as the organization’s executive director, noting that she’s demonstrated dedication to the job and a good work ethic.
Representing the Chamber’s board of directors, Nancy Rice presented the Student Leadership Awards. This year’s recipients were Rob Hadley, Caroline Kuhn and Brittany Harcourt.
Rushville native and US Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana Joe Hogsett was the evening’s featured speaker.
Hogsett, a former Indiana Secretary of State, explained what his job entails and gave several examples of the wide range of crimes his office prosecutes on a regular basis.
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