One of the best nights of the year for the Greene County Daily World is still over three months away, but it will be time for the third annual Difference Makers banquet before you know it.
Nominations are now being accepted for those who will be honored Sept. 20. The time and location of the event will be announced at a later date.
Nomination forms can be found in the newspaper and The Shopper, and online at gcdailyworld.com . When filling out the form, please include as much information about the nominee as possible.
We are looking for individuals who help make our community a better place to live. They may be a volunteer at a food pantry or someone who steps up to help when a family is in need following a tragedy.
They could be that person who is always willing to help their community in any way that’s needed. All you have to do is ask, and they’re there.
We will accept nominations until mid-August, and the nominees will be turned over to a panel of three judges. They will narrow the list to 10, and those 10 and their families will be invited to the Sept. 20 banquet. The banquet will be open to the public.
A Difference Maker of the Year will be selected from the 10 finalists.
Our co-sponsors for this year’s event are Hicom, Jason Skomp (Farm Bureau Insurance), Shields Hardware, Midwest Satellite, Greene County Foundation, Inspired Interiors, the City of Linton and McDonald’s. We have some sponsorship opportunities still available. If your business would like to be a part of this community event, please contact Christy Lehman at (812)847-4487.
Our first two Difference Makers of the Year were perfect examples of the type of people who make our communities a better place to live.
Debbie Bender of rural Worthington was the 2016 winner. Debbie is a teacher’s aide at White River Valley Worthington Elementary School and is involved with helping students during their time of need. She helps make sure they have a merry Christmas, a warm coat in the winter and have food for the weekends. She also helps organize fundraisers for families in need.
The 2017 winner was a couple, Buck and Judy Mullis of Lyons. They have their hand in a little bit of everything in their community.
They helped organize the construction of a Veteran’s Memorial Wall, they host a yearly veteran’s dinner, they help with the annual Strawberry Festival, and were involved with volunteering for many activities involving their sons.
Debbie, Buck and Judy were all surprised someone would nominate them as a Difference Maker, and they were emotional during their acceptance speeches. They are the type of people who would rather work behind the scenes, but they understand the importance of helping others.
If you nominated someone the past two years and they weren’t selected as a finalist, you may nominate them again. If someone was nominated and was named a finalist, we ask that you not nominate them again.
A special section featuring the finalists will be published a week before the banquet.
Chris is the publisher for the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (812) 847-4487.