2003- Tom Barnes
Marcia Blair then took over the mike to announce the 2003 Outstanding Citizen of the Year. "This year's Outstanding Citizen is very active in Veteran's Affairs in Rush County and throughout Indiana. He is a member of the American Legion Post 150, the U.S. Submarine Veterans Association, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of America and has served as Hoosier base commander and vice-commander representing over 10,000 submarine veterans nationally. He is the fund-raising chairman for the Rush County Veterans Memorial and has helped raise the $50,000 to erect the Veteran's Memorial Bridge in North Memorial Park. All this while feeding Rush County residents for many years at his family owned restaurant, Pizza King. It is my pleasure to introduce this year's Citizen of the Year, Mr. Tom Barnes."