The Rush County Chamber of Commerce today announcd that Bob Waggener has been elected as the Chamber?s 1974 ?Citizen of the Year.?
Selection for this award is based on the vote of the membership of the Chamber. This is the second year for the award. The 1973 recipient was the late Philip H. Willkie.
The purpose of the award is to recognize the one individual in the county who has made the most significant contribution to Rush County during the past year. Nominees are chosen by a select committee appointed by the President of the Chamber. The names of those selected are then submitted to the total membership of the Chamber for their selection of the winner.
Waggener?s list of achievements and contributions are impressive. A native of Rush County, Bob Waggener was graduated from Rushville High School in 1934. During high school he participated in tennis, football, track, band and orchestra. Active in scouting he also achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.
Following high school, Bob attended the University of Miami in Oxford, Ohio where he was affiliated with Sigma Chi fraternity.
His work in Rush County is almost a matter of public record. Through the years he has developed a line of handmade cherry furniture that attracts customers from throughout the country. His dedication to quality workmanship has been one of the primary factors in his business success.
The essence of the ?Citizen of the Year? award is, however, more in the field of community servie. In this are the phenomenal growth and popularity of the annual ?Homer Festival? stands as the single most visible monument to Waggener?s service to Rush County. Through the ?festival? numerous workshops are held during summer for Rush County children. These workshops cover such areas as theater, creative writing, music, woodcraft and puppetry.
Some of his other activities have included Chairman of the Presidency of the Rush District, Whitewater Valley Boy Scouts of America, Scoutmaster of Rushville and Manilla troops, Presidencies of both the Red Cross and Mental Health Associations, Co-founder of the Unitarian Fellowship in Rushville, Chairman of the Rush County Committee of Progress, President of the Boy?s Club Youth Foundation, Alumni ?R? Club, Rushville High School Distinguished Service Award, Past Director of the Rush County Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Indiana Sesquicentennial Committee for Rush County, Chairman of the Rush County Bicentennial Committee and recipient of the 1973 Outstanding Alumnus of Rushville High School.
He and his wife Emmy have four children: Nancy, Joe, Cathy and Pam. He also has five grandchildren.
Commenting on Waggener?s election as ?Citizen of the Year,? Chuck Vogel, Chamber President noted. ?Bob is one of those rare people who is deeply committed to helping to make this county a better place in which to live. He obviously has been doing a good job. This recognition is our way of saying we?re proud of him.?