Ray Schwenk Named Distinguished Citizen Award Winner (VIDEO)

Huntingburg (NNDC) -Lincoln Heritage District Boy Scouts of American’s 25th annual Distinguished Citizens Award Banquet was held Wednesday night at the Huntingburg Events Center. Ray Schwenk of Jasper, an Eagle Scout for nearly 50 years, was named winner of the 2017 award.

Recipients or representatives of their families from the past 25 years were honored at the banquet, a major fundraiser for the Boy Scouts. Nashville recording artist Colton James spoke to the audience and provided special entertainment including his song “Brave Men,” a song that highlights the contributions of the brave men and women who serve.  His music video of “Brave Men” features a number of local veterans employed by Jasper Engines & Transmissions.

Ray Schwenk earned Scouting’s highest rank, in 1968, from Precious Blood Catholic church, where he was a member of Troop 183 and Explorer Troop 183.  As an adult, he has served as Assistant Scoutmaster for the troop. He graduated from Jasper High School in 1970 and attended Indiana State University, where he earned a teaching degree and a business minor.  Ray has been employed by Jasper Engines and Transmission for over 40 years.  He has helped Jasper Engines grow from a regional company with 12 branch locations into a nationally respected company with 45 branch locations, 2 distribution centers, four remanufacturing facilities and multiple divisions.

Over the years, Ray has served the Boy Scouts of America in numerous capacities.  He is currently serving as an Advisory Board Member of the Buffalo Trace Council and was a Executive Board Member for 10 years.  Outside of Scouting, Ray has served on the Jasper Junior Achievement Board and currently serves on the boards of the Dubois Community Foundation, Providence Home/Cathedral Health and Anderson Woods Inc.  Ray says, “My Father, Mother, and family set an example for me to give back to the communtiy.  Endowing our community’s future is the responsibility we have for the future of our children and youth.”

Ray is the proud father of three grown children, Scott of Indianapolis, IN. Cori Kahle, and Ross of Jasper.  He has five grandchildren.

To watch the award presentation go to www.newsnowdc.com/newsnow-live-archive and click on “Watch Again.”

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