state auditor is keynote speaker
of the Ripley County Republican Party gathered to honor Abraham
Lincoln, the father of the Republican Party, learn about Lincolns
formative years in Indiana as well as hear the Gettysburg Address
read by Charles Dickman portraying Lincoln at the annual Lincoln
Day Dinner. Local Republicans were also honored at the event that
took place Saturday, May 2 at the Jac-Cen-Del Elementary School
Former Ripley County Republican Chairman Kenny Copeland was honored
for his service by Vice-Chairman Don Dickey. Thank you for
all your hard work for the Republican Party, said Dickey.
Copeland was also recognized by Representative Cleo Duncan. A
House Senate Resolution honored Copeland not only for his dedication
to the Republican Party, but also to the State. Thank you
for being my county chairman and my friend, said Duncan.
Marilyn Hunt was selected to be honored at the Indiana Federation
of Republican Women in Indianapolis. According to Earline Copeland,
a notable woman is chosen from all the candidates from each federation
across the state.
It didnt take long to choose one, said Copeland.
She (Hunt) never turns anyone down and works diligently
for the county." Shes good at what she does. Hunt has
been involved with the local election process for several years.
The event was opened by the leading of the Pledge of Allegiance
by Ripley County Republican Womens Club Vice President Earline
Copeland. The National Anthem was sung by Diane Masic and the
Invocation lead by Lloyd Franklin.
The featured speaker was Connie Nass, chairman of the Indiana
Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and former state auditor.
She reminded those attending that Lincoln spent nearly a quarter
of his life in Indiana. This is the celebration of the greatest
president this country has ever seen, she said.
It was during those formative years in Indiana that best prepared
Lincoln for his presidency, according to Nass. It was the
experiences he learned in those years that formed him to be the
man he became, said Nass.
Lincolns parents provided examples of strength, courage,
commitment, leadership, and humor. Lincoln was very wise
and astute in handling people, said Nass.
Nass closed by urging those attending to stand up for values and
to be willing to support those running for office. Strive
to imitate his spirit, and teach it to your children, she
Special dates for the Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration include
the introduction of the new Indiana penny on May 14 at the Lincoln
State Park by the US Mint. The penny has not been changed since
1904, according to Nass. There will be four designs depicting
Lincolns birthplace in Kentucky; his boyhood in Indiana;
and his life in Illinois and Washington, DC.
The dedication of the new bicentennial plaza at the Lincoln State
Park will take place on June 12, according to Nass. The event
will feature the premier of Lincoln. It promises to be a
moving experience for all ages, said Nass.
State Senator Jean Leising and State Representative Cleo Duncan,
who were both in attendance at the event, encouraged Republicans
to keep working hard for local government officials. Of concern,
they noted was the increase in unemployment insurance rates for
Candidates for US Congress were given the opportunity to introduce
themselves. Todd Young and Travis Hankins will be on the ballot
in 2010. More information can be found by visiting www.toddyoungforcongress.com
Ripley County Republican Chairman Ginger Bradford recognized the
county office holders, committeemen and the Womens Club
and the Central Committee officers. The evening ended with the
selection of the door prize winners and the winners of the silent
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Pictured above at podium Ripley County Republican Vice-Chairman
Don Dickey, presented former Republican Chairman Kenny Copeland
with a plaque honoring him for his 13 years of service.
He also served as a county commissioner. Also pictured from
left: Charles Dickman, portraying Abe Lincoln, 9th District
Chairman Don Hayes, Connie Nass, and Ripley County Republican
Chairman Ginger Bradford. Pictured below: Earline Copeland
honored Marilyn Hunt on her nomination to the Indiana Federation
of Republican Women as Ginger Bradford looks on. Hunt said
she was proud and honored.