The annual meeting of the Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce and the Halleck Award Recognition Banquet was held Saturday evening at the Event Center in Winamac, honoring Jackie Frain as this year’s Halleck Award recipient for her outstanding services to the community. Frain was honored after the organization’s annual meeting, adding her to the list of 31 previous recipients.
Frain thanked the Chamber of Commerce, and said she has always felt that there are so many people who never receive thanks for their work for the community. She said she never thought she would receive such an honor.
“First of all, you have to know I’m very honored and humbled to receive this award. There are so many people who give up their time to make Pulaski County a great place to live. We’re a quiet county. I used to describe Pulaski County as very conservative but progressive and it still holds true. We may not have some of the amenities that other people talk about, but what we do have is heart. We have people who care about the community. We have people who go out but still bring it back home and I think that is very significant,” Frain said.
Frain has been on the Chamber of Commerce board since 1978, except for one year, and has served as vice president and president of the board for two years. Her husband, Dan Frain, won the award in 1991.
“Being married to Dan introduced me to community involvement. Senior service programs were just evolving and the Council on Aging was in its infancy. The mission seemed simple: identify the needs of the elderly and do something about it. When Mary Powers contacted me for the opening, she told me the job was lots of hours, do not do it for money, and I promise you it will be rewarding. She was correct on all three,” said Frain.
Frain is the Executive Director of Pulaski County Human Serices and has served on many community committees. Frain is a longtime chamber board member and serves on the Halleck Award committee. She is also a member of the Germanfest committee, a grant writer and administrator for the Pulaski County Family YMCA and conceived, implemented and continues to oversee the Coordinated Local Assistance Service Project (CLASP Toy Store) each December at Pulaski County Human Services. Frain also handles administrative responsibilities for the Pulaski County food pantry.