David Berkemeier


Plans for the annual Rush County Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner are underway and will include a keynote speech by Pride of Rush County Award Winner and Rush County native David Berkemeier.

The event will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Rushville Elks.

Berkemeier is the former mayor of Tipton and holds the distinction of being its youngest and only unopposed candidate in the city’s history. In 1998, he was instrumental in bringing the Farm Progress Show to Tipton County. The Farm Progress Show is the oldest and largest outdoor agricultural equipment exhibition in the United States.

In addition to being mayor of Tipton, Berkemeier also worked for Edward Jones for 18 years. He was named citizen of the year in Tipton (1997) and Elwood (2016) and has been the board chair of the Chamber of Commerce in both Indiana cities.

Berkemeier is the oldest son of Don and Mabel Berkemeier. He attended St. Mary Catholic School in Rushville and graduate from RCHS in 1971. He is 1974 graduate of Ball State University with degree in journalism. David has been married for 47 years to Mary Beth (Lines) Berkemeier (RCHS 1971). Together they have two daughters, Angie and Amy, and six grandchildren.

The dinner will also feature the announcement of this year’s Citizen of the Year, a Chamber tradition that goes back many years. The winners of the Chamber’s scholarships will also be recognized.

Tickets are $30 per person and $220 per table.

Reservations can be made by simply calling the Chamber Office at 932-2880 or emailing rushcountychamber@gmail.com.

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