GREENSBURG – In an emotionally moving moment during The Greensburg/Decatur County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards and Recognition Dinner Thursday, the executive committee and board of directors announced they have changed the name of the annual Community Service Award to the Don Horan Service Leader of the Year Award.
The award was presented to Rebecca Horan, the oldest daughter of Don and Barbara Horan, accompanied by her sisters Olivia, Regan and Adrienne.
Don Horan, wife Barbara and their friends Stephen and Denise Butz lost their lives in a tragic plane crash Dec. 2, 2012. The four were returning from a weekend vacation in Destin, Fla., and went down in fog and rain near the Greensburg Municipal Airport.
The magnitude of the loss of such influential leadership was still near the surface in the hearts and memories of the large crowd gathered for the annual event. The silence as the award was read was reverent. Renaming the award in honor of the late Don Horan and his daughter, Rebecca’s comments, lifted those assembled and inspired them to carry on in her father’s selfless example of giving back to the community.
Rebecca Horan’s words, delivered to a standing ovation by the guests, were reminiscent of the spirit of community so often shared by her parents. “My Dad was sure to teach us at an early age what he felt were the most important things in life and what we needed to do to ultimately succeed. When each of us were old enough to understand and appreciate it, we would get the opportunity to receive a weekly allowance of $5. Before this exciting new rule came into effect, he sat us down and gave us one of his infamous Don Horan lectures that lasted more than 45 minutes and ended with some sort of ‘teach a man to fish and feed him for life’ parable. He told us we would get our allowance if we did two things, work hard at whatever chore we were assigned, which would of course be inspected by him, and gave 10 percent of our earnings every week to the church. And, he informed us, 50 cents obviously rounds up to a dollar,” she said to the smiles of appreciation among chamber guests.
Rebecca continued, “While everyone at church thought it was the most adorable thing seeing our 10-year-old selves pull out a crumpled up dollar out of our pockets during collection every week, my Dad was just beaming with pride. Working hard and giving back was something my Dad was extremely passionate about. If you wanted to get on his good side all you had to do was ask him about his latest business endeavor or foundation he was interested in and he turned into a little boy on Christmas morning. As much as I wish he were here today to accept this award, it is truly an honor that his legacy can continue on this way. I know he would be incredibly humbled. Thank you,” she said.
The Don Horan Service Leader of the Year Award will now fittingly carry on the legacy of giving back to community that Don lived by example to his family, his community and his church.
Don Horan Service Leader of the Year Award
Since 1961, The Greensburg/Decatur County Chamber of Commerce has awarded an outstanding leader in our community with the Community Service Award. Richard Welsh was the first recipient of the coveted award and past recipients include a long list of outstanding citizens that helped build and shape our community. President Hart-Dawson presented the awards.
Our community lost some great individuals on Dec. 2, 2012, in a tragic airplane accident which claimed the lives of Don and Barbara Horan and Stephen and Denise Butz.
Don Horan was an outstanding business leader in our community as well as a philanthropist who dedicated much of his time to helping others. He was instrumental in bringing new business to our community and he was active in promoting the Greensburg/Decatur County area. He also contributed greatly to causes in our community, and preferred to stay out of the spotlight of those contributions.
Donald “Don” Paul Horan was born July 13, 1966, in Greensburg, the ninth of 10 children, to James and Teresa Horan. He was a lifelong resident of Greensburg, and graduated from Greensburg Community High School in 1984. Upon graduating, Don went to work for Shirk’s International.
After leaving his mark on several local businesses, including The Office Shop, Hadler-Chrysler-Plymouth, and Fifth-Third Bank, Don bought Collection Associates Incorporated in 1998 and developed it into the business it is today. After selling the business in 2008, he retired and together with his wife, Barb, they lived a life in which they continually gave back to their church and community.
Don served on numerous boards and committees, always ensuring this was a community his family and others could enjoy for years to come.
Don gave time and offered guidance to numerous organizations including but not limited to:
• The Decatur County Fair Board,
• Greensburg Redevelopment Board,
• Decatur County United Fund,
• DCMH Foundation Board,
• DCMH Capital Campaign
• Decatur County Community Foundation
• St.Mary’s Catholic Church
• Archdiocese of Indianapolis
“Don’s lifelong efforts, to promote a community spirit and business success in Decatur County, exemplify what the Greensburg/Decatur County Chamber of Commerce Business Leader/Community Service Award has always meant to be. Don provided service to the business world and to his community.
It is with great honor that I present the Greensburg/Decatur County Chamber of Commerce Don Horan Service Leader of the Year Award to the family of Don Horan,” Hart-Dawson said.
2013 Entrepreneur of the Year
Since 2006, the Chamber has presented an existing business with the Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
The Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2013 went to a business that came on the Greensburg business landscape in 2009.
“It has been a welcomed addition to the downtown business district and is one of the businesses that give Greensburg that unique flare, helping downtowns to survive,” said Hart-Dawson.
When this business opened, the owners had two main things in mind – provide the best quality products that they could at the most reasonable price and to provide the best customer service in the area.
Always helpful to civic and service organizations such as the Chamber and the Greensburg Rotary Club, by delivering food for luncheons and other events, customers find a wide variety of grocery items to choose from, plus a tremendous selection of custom cut meats, including beef, pork, chicken, seafood and fresh deli meats and cheeses.
Need a bottle of wine to go along with your selection? – just ask and they will tell you which wine pairs best with whatever it is you are preparing.
The Greensburg/Decatur County Chamber of Commerce 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year Award goes to Neal’s Chop Shop and was presented to Fred Neal.
2013 Small Business Grant
Since 2008, the Greensburg/Decatur County Chamber of Commerce has award a $1,000 Small Business Grant to a chamber member in good standing, as selected by a committee.
The committee reviews the applications and then votes on the annual winner.
The Small Business Grant may be used for anything needed to help improve an existing business, ranging from marketing, signage, computers, office improvements and such.
The Chamber of Commerce relies in part on the success of the annual Shopping Scramble to assist in funding this award. The Shopping Scramble also helps contribute money to another local non-profit organization as selected by a committee.
This would not be possible if not for the support of our sponsors of the event and the participants who pay to shop throughout Greensburg. That effort this year contributed $5,000 to the local economy in six hours of shopping.
The 2013 Small Business Grant Award was awarded to Stephen Legal Group located in downtown Greensburg and was presented to Christopher and Valerie Stephen.
The dinner was held Thursday at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville and presided over by board president Diane Hart-Dawson of the Decatur County YMCA and chamber executive director Jeff Emsweller. The evening included election of the board of directors and awards presentations combined with high hilarity provided by comedian Jeffrey Jenna.
Serving as the 2014 president of the Chamber will be Anita Sipes of Honda Manufacturing of Indiana. Outgoing board members recognized for their service during the program included Paul Pank of Hilliard Lyons, Lisa Tressler of RBSK Partners and Amy Wickens of Decatur County Memorial Hospital. Members serve two, three-year terms. Incoming members include Lynzee McDowell of Decatur County Memorial Hospital, Susan Burkhart of Doerflinger Insurance and Bob Blankman of RBSK Partners.
2013 programs hosted by the chamber included the Lunch and Learn program, a job fair, a program on the Affordable Care Act and how it affects area business, ribbon cuttings and more. Looking ahead to 2014, in February the chamber presents a Glenn Shepard Seminar, followed in March with the “Future in Farming” Ag Conference. July 18 is the date for the Little Black Dress Women in Business Conference. Aug. 8 will be the 29th Annual Summer Day in Golf outing. Oct. 8 is the 8th Annual Shopping Scramble and the 2014 Chamber Annual Dinner will be Nov. 13, 2014.
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