Former RCHS teacher Al Hodge, the 2009 Rush County Citizen of the Year recipient, was next to speak and talked of the decision to nominate Marcia Blair as this year?s Citizen of the Year.
He spoke about Blair and her many years of commitment to the community, from her years of teaching first in Raleigh and then at RCHS. He also talked about Blair?s contributions to the theater program at the local high school and her involvement in the decision to build the Laughlin Center addition. Also noted were her years as writer for the Slabtown Players, community plays and her service as a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Christian Church and other community organizations.
?I and others feel this award is long overdue. When we nominated Marcia (Blair) we had no idea that health issues would take her away,? Hodge said. According to Hodge, Blair?s foresight and efforts set her apart from others and he and others felt privileged to nominate her as the 2010 Rush County Citizen of the Year. Marcia?s husband of 48 years, Les Blair, and family members accepted the award posthumously on Marcia Blair?s behalf.