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Whitley County Historical Society presents annual awards to Tonya Sanderson, Chuck Matthieu

(Talk of the Town photos by Jennifer Zartman Romano) Above, the Jim Waugh Volunteer of the Year award is presented to Tonya Sanderson by Dennis Warnick, president of the Whitley County Historical Society. Below, WCHS president Dennis Warnick and Chuck Jones reflect on fellow board member and President's Award recipient Chuck Matthieu of Churubusco. Matthieu was unable to attend the dinner, but friends remarked at what a committed board member he has been over the years.

By Jennifer Zartman Romano


A much-enjoyed feature of the annual Whitley County Historical Society dinner is the presentation of two very important awards.
On Wednesday evening, those awards were presented once again to two deserving parties.
The Jim Waugh Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Tonya Brown Sanderson for her work in editing the Whitley County Historical Society's The Bulletin, a quarterly publication. Sanderson edited the publication for two years before moving to New Haven after her recent marriage. Sanderson is the daughter of Jeanette Brown, Whitley County historian.
Named for Jim Waugh, a late museum volunteer, it was announced that next year the award will be renamed the Jim & Inez Waugh Volunteer of the Year award in honor of Waugh's wife, also a dedicated museum volunteer, Inez Waugh, who died last week.
The President's Award was presented in the absence of it's recipient, Whitley County Historical Society board member Chuck Matthieu of Churubusco. A faithful, longtime supporter and volunteer for the historical society, seven days after the March board meeting, Matthieu underwent emergency surgery for brain cancer. Board president Dennis Warnick and treasurer Chuck Jones remarked at what a good friend Matthieu has been to the organization over the years, assisting in various projects and serving on the board most recently as secretary. Matthieu is a past Churubusco Town Council member and the unofficial "Mayor of Churubusco," as his friend, Jones, said.

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