Nominations are now open for the 2014 LaGrange County Citizen of the Year. LaGrange County Corn School officials are seeking community input from clubs, groups, organizations or individuals.
Only written nominations will be considered, and should include the name and address of the individual being nominated, the reasons for the nomination, and a list of accomplishments of the nominee. The nominations should be mailed or delivered to: LaGrange County Citizen of the Year, c/o LaGrange County Corn School Committee, 113 West Spring St., LaGrange, IN 46761, and will be accepted through Saturday, Sept. 20.
The winner will be selected from the nominees by a committee of judges, all of whom are citizens of LaGrange County. Posthumous awards will not be considered; two or more persons may be chosen if, in the opinion of the judges, the persons appear to be equal in their contribution of time, efforts and volunteer work. The award will be presented at Corn School, during the Queen Contest preliminaries at the courthouse gazebo at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1.
For a person to be eligible for the award, the individual must have been a resident of LaGrange County for at least five years, must never have been disenfranchised or have a criminal record of any kind. The purpose of the award is to honor a citizen of LaGrange County who has contributed in a positive way to the quality of life in the community. The award is based solely on the voluntary achievements of the person, which have been accomplished without compensation. The person’s efforts should have been directed toward the betterment of LaGrange County and the community in which the person lives. Those efforts and activities which foster and encourage social wellbeing, harmony, knowledge and understanding shall be considered by the judges in reviewing the achievements of the various nominees.
Past LaGrange County Citizens of the Year include:
1963-Mrs. Karl (Mildred) Gilbert
1964-Glendon A. Sears
1965-Robert L. Pierce
1966-Edythe Gappinger and Oma Knauss
1967-Paul M. Riddick
1968-Mary Jane Sell and Riley L. Case
1969-Mrs. Fred G. (Carlie) Deal
1970-Rev. M. D. Kilver
1972-Rev. Carldean Merrifield
1979-William S. (Bill) Hart
1980-Rev. Wilbur Yates
1982-Russell “Bud” Howe
1988-Rev. Lowell Anderson
1991-LeRoy K. Schultess
1992-Shelli Renee Yoder
1994-Paul Hostetler Jr.
1995-Elsie R. Willard
1996-Richard C. White
1997-David L. Christner
1998-Robert F. Lovaas
2003-Rollin E. (Sam) Carney and Estella M. Carney
2004-LuLu May Carney
2005-Donald (Pete) Curtis
2007-William F. (Bill) Connelly
2008-Robert L. Meeks
2011-Eugene L. (Gene) Mory Jr.
2012-Philip M. Spreurer
2013 – Eugene (Gene) Potter