William Moster, Rush County Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year for 1979 was honored at a luncheon Thursday in the Durbin and presented with a plaque to commemorate the occasion.
Reverend Paul Palusko told those assembled to pay tribute to Moster that it was quite fitting and meaningful to honor him at this time.
He called Moster ?a supportive individual who draws you to him.? Palusko also said that Nancy Oster had summed up Moster?s character accurately by saying ?he is the kind of person that genuinely likes people.?
Jeff Hufford, coach of the RCHS Talk Team, which Moster has assisted for many years told the guests that there were 90 area high school students who had ?felt his touch.? Hufford described Moster as ?a leader who gave of the most precious things; his time, energy, talent and love.? ?Bill is a fabulous man with a great character,? Hufford concluded.
Chamber President Ray Maddox noted that Moster is a man who works behind the scenes. ?Local organizations fight to have him head their campaigns,? he said. ?He doesn?t stand out in front and take the glory,? Maddox said, ?but he is always there and encourages others.?
After accepting the plaque Moster noted that awards, whether large or small, seem to have a humbling effect on people. He compared his surprise and deep gratitude to his observations of the reactions of persons receiving Oscar awards. ?I understand the feelings of those recipients better than I did. However, in all sincerity, I would not exchange this for all the Oscars and Emmies. This comes from neighbors, friends and my peers. I am very grateful and appreciative. This is a symbol of love, understanding and respect. Who could ask for anything more??
Moster was a member of the original board of the Rush County United Way and has been active for many years with the RCHS Talk Team. He has also served as president of Rotary, was former chairman and board member of the Rush County Counseling Service, a member of the Boy?s Club Board, the Rushville Township Advisory Board and the Swimming Pool Board.
He and his wife Lois live on R.R. 6 Rushville where they raise Appaloosa horses. They are members of the Main Street Christina Church where Bill serves as elder and sings in the choir. He has also been associated with Moster and Sons Mortuary for many years.
The Mosters are the parents of five children; Tom of Rushville, Mrs. Jeffery (Sarah) Rivers of Muncie, John of Columbus, Mrs. Ivo (Mary) Kask of Indianapolis and Nancy Moster of Memphis, Tennessee.