The Rush County Chamber of Commerce today announced that Bob Crawley, former editor of the Rushville Republican has been voted to receive the Chamber?s ?Citizen of the Year? award for 1976. The selection was made by the votes of the membership of the Chamber. A special committee was chosen to select an initial list of nominees for the award. After careful consideration and review, a final list of four nominees were named and submitted to the entire Chamber membership which now numbers well over three hundred.
The selection of nominees was based on factors like personal achievement, contributions to Rushville and Rush County, services performed for others and a continuing belief in the future of the county.
Crawley will be presented the award during the quarterly membership meeting of the Chamber in October. In addition his name will be added to the permanent plaque which hangs in the Chamber office in the courthouse.
Previous winners of the award include the late Philip Willkie in ?73, Bob Waggener in ?74 and Bob and Marion McGraw in ?75.
Crawley?s list of achievements is impressive. Over the years Bob Crawley has served as both President and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Rushville Red Cross, Rush County Chamber of Commerce, Rush County United Way, Rushville Salvation Army, Rushville Merchants Association and Rushville Lions Club.
As a member of the Main Street Christian Church he has served as Chairman of the Church Board, Deacon, Church Elder, Chairman of the Educational Building Committee, as an instructor of the Young Adult Class, 27 year member of the church choir serving 11 years as director.
Crawley is best known in Rush County as editor of the Rushville Republican, a post he held for five years up until his resignation. He served as Advertising Manager of the Republican for twenty-five years