State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) and Interlocal Community Action Program (ICAP) executive director Kevin Polivick presented Kenneth Brashaber with the Circle of Corydon Award in a private reception Thursday, July 25, in Rushville.
The Circle of Corydon honors an individual who has made remarkable contributions to Indiana and their local community. Indiana General Assembly members can present two Circle of Corydon Awards each year, and are jointly drafted by Gov. Eric Holcomb and the state legislator.
Brashaber, a graduate of Bloomington High School, received his bachelor’s degree in agriculture and agriculture education at Purdue University. Upon graduation, Brashaber enlisted in the United States Air Force where he assumed the rank of 1st Lieutenant.
After his military service, Brashaber attended his alma mater where he graduated with a master’s degree in agriculture. He would go on to teach agriculture at Mays High School from 1951 to 1965 and Rushville Consolidated High School from 1965 to 1989. After 38 years of teaching, Brashaber retired; but, his servant heart continued.
As a member of the greater community, Brashaber was an active member in the Mays Lions Club. He served on the Rush County Fair Board, was a 4-H Leader and 4-H council member for Rush County.
Among other things, Brashaber was a member of the Center Township Advisory Board, served as the Rush County Commissioner and was a board member for Rush Memorial Hospital, ICAP and Three Rivers Solid Waste Management. He initiated the “Tree of Life” program of giving at the Rush Memorial Hospital, which is a tree in the hospital that pays honor to those who the community has lost.
Brashaber served on the Rush County Community Foundation Board of Directors and is the founding donor for the Rush County Community Foundation, FFA Scholarship and FarmHouse Fraternity Scholarship.
“It was a personal honor to present Kenneth with this award,” Leising said. “He represents the best of our state, having given so much of his life to our local community. Our community is blessed to have servants like Kenneth, and it is my hope that we can lead from the examples Kenneth provided us for years to come.”