5th Red Coat for Class of 1963
in Talk of the Town - Whitley County June 25, 2008
By Jennifer Zartman
An annual rite of Old
Settlers Days, the traditional Red Coats Dinner was held Tuesday night at
the Eagles Nest Event Center, an event marked by the ceremonious
presentation of a new red jacket to the next person deemed worthy to wear it
and serve as the association’s president in the coming years.
A noted community leader,
philanthropist and business owner, Jacie Worrick was selected as the latest
recipient of a Red Coat and will serve as president of the association in
A crowd filled with many
former presidents cheered as current second vice president Jim Brock read
Worrick’s impressive resume of servant leadership and involvement in the
business community. She has served most recently as the president of the
Whitley County United Way board of directors and serves on the Columbia City
Rotary board. Additionally, she has been a past board member of the Columbia
City Chamber of Commerce and a graduate of Leadership Whitley County.
Worrick is the third woman
to be selected as a Red Coat recipient in the organization’s 105-year
history and the fifth member of the Columbia City High School Class of 1963
to be selected for the honor. When the class of 1963 gathers for their class
reunion on Saturday, there will be five Red Coats in attendance – namely
Bill Webber, Jim Nelson, Mike Rush, Mike Redman and Worrick.
“I love this community and
the people who live and work here,” Worrick said after donning her newly
minted red jacket and addressing the audience following dinner.
Rather than an event fully
focused on the rides and games, Worrick shared her vision of Old Settlers
Days as something more meaningful. “It’s about saying thank you to those
who’ve formed and cultivated the community we live in.”
In her entire life, Worrick
can only recall missing the Old Settlers Days festivities on two occasions.
“It’s just something that you do,” she said. “It’s a time to go and visit
Worrick concluded by saying
in the same way the community needed to debate some serious issues 50 years
ago when it came to deciding the future for youth at that time, she sees the
same issues at the forefront today and challenged those in attendance to
consider the needs of the community’s youths, saying they will be the “Old
Settlers” of tomorrow.
“I would be remiss in not
saying, ‘Jacie, welcome to the group,” said 2008 OSD president Fritz Martin.
Martin is serving this year alongside first vice president Tom Drew and
second vice president Jim Brock. The OSD association secretary is Bill
Webber and treasurer is John Lefever.
in Talk of the Town - Whitley County June 25, 2008 http://talkofthetownwc.com/blog/2008/06/esteemed_community_volunteer_b.html
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