Philip H. Willkie Selected As ?Citizen of The Year? By Chamber
The Rush County Chamber of Commerce today announced that Philip H. Willkie was voted to receive the Chamber?s first annual ?Citizen of the Year? award.
The selection was made by the total membership of the Chamber. A special committee was appointed by President Charles Vogel to select an initial list of nominees for the award. After careful consideration of all the nominees, a final list of three candidates were chosen and submitted to the entire membership.
The selection of the nominees was based on factors like personal achievements, contributions to Rushville and Rush County, character, services performed for others, and a demonstration of belief in the future of Rushville and Rush County.
Willkie will be presented with the award at the August meeting of the Chamber. A permanent award will also be displayed in the offices of the Chamber.
Mr. Willkie has a long list of achievements which recommend him for the award. A Navy veteran of World War of World War II, Willkie has been associated with the Rushville National Bank since 1947. He also serves as President of Southern, Indiana, Inc., and Independents, Inc. In these organizations Willkie has been active in the liberalizing of admission requirements for foreign doctors who want to practice in Indiana. He has also led fights in the General Assembly to defeat legislation that would have permitted the legalization of state-wide bank holding companies and banks merging across county lines now prohibited.
Willkie also heads up Willkie industries in Rushville and Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. The factory here employs over 90 people and manufactures bedroom furniture.
In addition, he serves as co-chairman of the sustaining membership drive of the Rush County area for Boys Scouts.
Some of his other community activities include the annual auto show parade which brings thousands of visitors to Rush County. Mr. Willkie is also a trustee of the First United Presbyterian Church.