Milroy resident and Rush County businessman Bill Ward was honored at Wednesday night?s Rush County Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner held at the Root Building. Ward was named this year?s recipient of the organizations ?Outstanding Citizen of the Year? award.
Ward, who was clearly surprised at the announcement, was typically humble in accepting the honor. ?There are a lot of people who are more deserving of this than I am,? he said. ?I appreciate it very much. Thank you very much.?
Jean Ann Harcourt, who delivered the introduction and presentation of the award, said that Ward was very deserving of the honor. ?This is a man whose middle name should be community service,? she said. She noted that in addition to running a successful small business, this year?s winner is an active member of the Rotary Club, that he served as the Anderson Township Trustee for 16 years and is currently serving his second term on the township?s advisory board; that he played a major role in raising funds needed to secure and ambulance for Milroy; and that he?s been a very active member of the Milroy Economic Development Committee (MEDC).
In addition, for a number of years Ward has represented the MEDC on the Rush County Economic and Community Development Corporation and was primary organizer of the Friends of Education group formed to assist local schools with a particular emphasis on lowering the local dropout rate.
?Rush County?s 2000 Citizen of the Year is a man who proudly shares his love of God and church, his love of family, and his love of community,? Harcourt concluded