The 2013 Henry F. Schricker Award winner was recently announced.
Joan Haugh was selected as this year’s winner. Haugh has been the director of Community Services of Starke County for 30 years and has been involved in many volunteer projects in the county. Some of those volunteer efforts include working with the St. Vincent DePaul Society, Habitat for Humanity, Moving Starke County Forward, Starke United and the Salvation Army. She is active in her church, the SS Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, and has previously taught CCD classes there as well as marriage preparation classes.
She sees the lack of a homeless shelter in Starke County as a major void in the area. A recent effort to identify those who are homeless resulted in 81 people in desperate need. She worries about these individuals, especially those exposed to the winter elements.
Haugh has the qualities of a true Henry F. Schricker Award winner. The former governor of Indiana and resident of Starke County used as his motto, “service before self,” and Haugh has proved to be a member of the community to look up to in this regard. Her late husband, Mike, was also a Schricker award winner in 2005.
Joan Haugh will be honored during the Starke County Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet on Jan. 16 at the Bass Lake Community Center. To get your ticket, call the Starke County Chamber office at (574) 772-5548.