Mill Race Center seeking Senior Citizen of the Year Award nominees

Mill Race Center leaders are inviting local individuals and organizations to submit nominees for the Joan Pearcy Senior Citizen of the Year Award.

The purposes of the award, given since 1957, are:

To recognize an outstanding senior citizen for his or her service to the community.

To encourage continued achievement and service from the senior community.

To reinforce with the public the contributions that senior citizens make to community life.

The following qualifications will be considered for the selection process: The nominee is a living person, at least 65 years old, a resident of Bartholomew County for at least the past 12 months, has actively contributed as a volunteer and has a history of volunteerism, is innovative and devoted to making a difference in the community, and may not necessarily be widely recognized. The nominee may be a person or a couple.

The Senior Citizen of the Year Award was named after Joan Pearcy in 2011. The longtime center board member, who died in 2010, was involved in the development and support for many of the programs offered at Mill Race Center.

Nomination forms may be picked up at Mill Race Center, 900 Lindsey St., or can be accessed through the Mill Race Center website, Nominations can be mailed or emailed to Paula Herlitz at

Deadline to submit a nomination is 5 p.m. Aug. 12. The recipient will be honored during a Sept. 11 reception during the Senior Expo at Mill Race Center.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.