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2019 Award Winners

2019 AWARD WINNERS. The following individuals, businesses and organizations have been honored by the Parke County Chamber of Commerce: (Pictured front, from left) Cyndi Todd Executive Director of Partnership Parke County, Vision Award; Phyllis Dwyer Deputy Parke County Coroner, Woman of the Year Award; Kathy Bassett Co-Owner Scott Pet, Business of the Year Award; (back) Craig Waugh, Co-Owner Wheel House Donuts, Man of the Year Award; Lindsey Bishop Parke County Public Library Librarian, Young Leader Award; Mike Bassett Co-Owner Scott Pet, Business of the Year Award; and Ronja Branson Secretary/Treasurer/GM Bloomingdale Home Telephone, Chamber Member of the Year. (Sentinel photo by Lisa Wood)


The Parke County Chamber of Commerce once again honored community leaders at their annual meeting January 24 at Turkey Run Inn.

Honored as Man of the Year was Craig Waugh of Wheelhouse Donuts for his varied efforts to help Parke County, MainStreet Rockville, and Parke County Trails Alliance, among many others.

Phyllis Dwyer, Deputy Parke County Coroner, was honored for her efforts above the parameters of the office of Coroner, to help victims and families, streamline record keeping and her support of emergency personnel in times of stress. In addition she had attended state training sessions for Coroners trying to bring Parke County efforts more in line with those required by law.

The non-profit organization Partnership Parke County was honored for their work in economic development for Parke County, with the Vision Award. Working with the Redevelopment Commission, among others, incorporated towns and other groups, they provide a central location for sharing and working together here in the county.

The Parke County Business of the Year was Scott Pet. They were honored for their contribution to the county work force, and their charitable works toward the Cancer Society, work for Canine Rescue and training within the county law enforcement.

The 2018 Young Leader Award went to Parke County Public Librarian Lindsey Bishop. Her efforts to expand library services and willingness to help any worthwhile cause has proven to be very beneficial to not only the library but Rockville and Parke County.

Bloomingdale Home Telephone Company was named the Parke County Chamber Member of the Year. Their membership, dedication and work within the Parke County Chamber of Commerce have all been invaluable.

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