“The American dream is still alive and well” was one of the several the messages which brought loud rounds of applause from attendees of the 2015 Starke County Republican Lincoln Day dinner at Bass Lake Saturday evening. Speaking was Diego Morales, a Guatemala native, who is the the Director of Community Affairs for the Indiana Governor’s office. He added, to be successful, it was important for him to learn the English language, adopt American culture and to take advantage of the nation’s education system.
The new Indiana Republican State chairman, Jeff Caldwell, spoke briefly to the group, noting Starke County’s Lincoln Day dinner is the first such event he has attended since assuming his duties earlier this month. President and CEO of the Cardwell Home Center in Indianapolis, he is a former Indianapolis radio personality and office holder and is active in Habitat for Humanity projects and overseas mission trips.
Local elected Republican officials were introduced as were State Senator Ed Charbonneau, State Representatives Tom Dermody and Doug Gutwein
and U.S. Senate candidate Eric Holcomb.
Brenda Stanojevic presented her 2015 “Chairman’s Award” to Greg Wireman, noting his many achievements for and contributions to the local Republican organization.
WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.