Leaders of the Year announced at Leadership Hendricks County’s Annual Meeting

One of the organizations I volunteer for is Leadership Hendricks County.

Their boilerplate info included in the press releases is this:

Since 1993, Leadership Hendricks County has given citizens the background and inside information they need to take on effective leadership roles in the Hendricks County community. Each graduating class within the program has completed a Team Discovery project to address a current community need. Leadership Hendricks County, Inc., a program of the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service, is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to seek, prepare, involve and sustain leaders from diverse backgrounds to address community and countywide changes. For information, call 317-745-6694 or visit http://www.lhcinc.org.

Since 1996 I have done a seminar on Parliamentary procedure> I actually was a class member in 2006 and I can now call myself an alumnus. It’s a great program for awareness. It not only exposes you to the inner workings of Hendricks County, but it offers keen insight into yourself as well. I highly recommend it to anyone working or living in Hendricks County.

Every year, the alumni gather for an annual meeting to reconnect and to further the goals of the organization started as part of the Purdue Cooperative Extension.

Dave Whicker, Mariah Truax, and Donnis Mizelle were named Leaders of the Year by Leadership Hendricks County Annual Meeting held Jan. 14, 2010.

From a press release distributed by Leadership Hendricks County …

Attendees of the Leadership Hendricks County Annual Meeting, held January 14 at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds & Conference Complex, participated in honoring a local high school student and two well-respected members of our community.

Mike Edmondson, last year’s Leader of the Year, presented this year’s award to Donnis Mizelle, CEO of Hendricks Power Cooperative. Mizelle, nominated by a previous employee, moved to Avon ten years ago and has since been involved with many facets of our community including Boy Scouts and the Hendricks County Economic Development Partnership. Mizelle was quoted as saying, “If you keep moving and be stubborn about it, you can succeed.”

David Whicker, Hendricks County Commissioner, was presented with

the Distinguished Service Award for his many contributions to Hendricks County. Dennis Dawes, president/CEO of Hendricks Regional Health, presented the award to Whicker, and stated that Whicker was looking forward to retiring from public office and spending time on the family dairy farm.

The Youth Leader of the Year Award was presented by Jaleen Royer, LHC Youth Coordinator, to Mariah Truax, who participated in Youth Leadership Hendricks County and is currently involved in Youth Encouraging Philanthropy.

Beloved Indiana author and Quaker pastor Philip Gulley was the keynote speaker for the evening, and shared his insight into life and leadership. Gulley likened life to driving in the ruts of a snow-covered road, and encouraged attendees to drive out of the ruts and live life intentionally. He also posed a challenge to find true happiness by fulfilling the dreams of others, sharing the story of how Michael and Joy Brown paid a year’s wages to Harper Lee so that she could take time off from work and fulfill her dream of writing. The result was the novel To Kill A Mockingbird. He stated, “When you get serious about making someone’s dream come true, you change the culture.”

Gulley’s latest project is a new theological book, which articulates a Christianity consistent with the values of Jesus. If the Church Were Christian is scheduled for release February, 2010.



  1. I have listened to Mr Gulley speak on several occasions and have several autographed copies of his early work. I hope his newest work “which articulates a Christianity consistent with the values of Jesus,” also includes at least this one quote from the Bible….John 14:6…”I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” It seems that Mr Gulley, at some point in his career, lost a good number of fans and supporters by espousing there were many different ways to get to Heaven. As a Christian, I believe I’ll go with Jesus on this one……….after all eternity is a long time……..

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