Pence Delivers Keynote Address in Ferdinand

Governor Mike Pence was in southern Indiana on Thursday and added a stop nearby delivering the keynote address to a record gathering at the annual Ferdinand Chamber of Commerce dinner last night.

Pence’s comments centered on his efforts to continue the work he started when he took office by directing money and attention to the states infrastructure and educational needs.

Not only did the Governor give his speech, but his second in command, Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann introduced him to a standing ovation.

Afterwards, before he slipped out the door, we asked what he thought about the large crowd at the event:


Pence talked about the state creating an environment in which citizens and businesses make the state a great place to work and raise a family:


During his address Pence talked about the investment by companies now reaching into the billions of dollars and said that it gives credibility to Indiana’s efforts:


Among the agenda items at Thursday night’s annual Ferdinand Chamber of Commerce meeting, Town Council President Ken Sicard along with Jim Mehling of the 175th Celebration Committee made presentations of $10,000 each to the Heimatfest and the Parks Board.  Then, in a stunning move, Sicard made a presentation to the Dubois County Community Foundation in the amount of $80,000.00.

During his presentation, Sicard announced that the Ferdinand Folk Festival made money for the first time in the history of the festival, they made money.

The 2015 Community Service Award was given posthumously to Francis Lindauer. He passed away on October 8th.

Afterwards, Sicard talked about the significance:

Lindauer was also a farmer and loved doing things the old way, and took his time to invite elementary students to his farm to educate them.

His wife, Juliana, accepted the award on his behalf.

Also honored at the event with the Forest Park Alumni Award was Dave Fischer.

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