The Brownstown Exchange Club’s seventh annual community service awards dinner recently was conducted at WR Ewing.
Club President Dr. Ron Harrison was the master of ceremonies and welcomed all who were in attendance. Club member Pastor Kevin Stiles with Brownstown United Methodist Church gave the invocation, followed by a catered buffet dinner.
Club member and Jackson County Prosecutor AmyMarie Travis presented Shane Collier with the 2016 EMS/Firefighter of the Year award and Indiana Master Conservation Officer Phil Nale with the Police Officer of the Year award.
Club member and Brownstown Central High School teacher Kevin Gwin recognized seven Brownstown Central students.
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Rhiannon Benge was presented with the Accepting the Challenge of Excellence award, which recognizes a high school student who has had to overcome obstacles and is eligible for high school graduation.
This special recognition is designed to serve as an example to all students that hard work and perseverance can pay off.
The six 2015-16 Students of the Month were Cynthia Edwards (October), Mason McClure (November), Madison Persinger (December), Lute Lahrman (January), Hannah Gallion (February) and Trenton Rogers (March).
Gallion was selected as Youth of the Year. Students of the Month/Year are selected for their excellence in academics, leadership, good citizenship, community service and development of well-rounded personalities.
Club member Joe Reynolds received the Brownstown/Ewing Cultural Heritage award for his volunteer work in the community.
Charter club member and retired school teacher Lynn Hinnefeld was presented with the Book of Golden Deeds award.
The award is given to a person that has dedicated their time and efforts for the betterment of their community.
Hinnefeld was recognized for his years of service to the club and community.
Greg Benton, representing Jackson County Tire, was awarded the Proudly We Hail Award for their proper display of the American flag at the business.