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November 14, 2012

Editorial: Servant leaders setting an example for community

Madison County is blessed with servant leaders who have dedicated energy, expertise and commitment to making the community a better place to live. Several of these folks have been honored recently for their good works. Here is just a sampling:

  • Tom and Bobbette Snyder received the Book of Golden Deeds Award from the Anderson Noon Exchange Club for their years of service to the community. As the director of the Leadership Academy of Madison County, Bobbette has helped develop a generation of leaders, showing the way by example. Tom is president of Ivy Tech Community College and has been a force of good in this community stretching back to before his days as an auto parts company executive.
  • Joe Cook was honored by Anderson University for his philanthropic efforts on behalf of the university and the community. Cook recently received the William P. Riethmiller Partnership Award from the university.
  • Charles Walker, Mike Wren and Merle Summerville were honored by the Madison County chapter of the NAACP at a Nov. 3 dinner for their service to the chapter. Walker received the President’s Award, Wren the Community Service Award and Summerville the B. Harry Beckham Award.
  • Nancy Likens received the local Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizenship Award. Likens, part of a farming family, has been deeply involved in health care, education and charitable efforts.
  • Keith Trent was honored as the Madison County Bar Association’s Community Service Award winner. Trent, an executive at Community Hospital Anderson, has served on many local boards and been involved in many charitable organizations.
  • Stephanie Moran was honored Tuesday night with the 2012 Athena Award for her commitment to local youth, education and charity. Moran is director of the Center for Community Partnerships at Anderson University.

Congratulations to all of these award winners, and thank you for your lifetime of service to Madison County. The example you set inspires others to give of themselves to improve the local quality of life.

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