Bicentennial Torchbearers announced for Torch Relay

Sourced from Dubois County Free Press

Dubois County’s representatives for the Bicentennial Torch Relay have been announced.

Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb, Indiana Office of Tourism Development(IOTD) Executive Director Mark Newman, Indiana Farmers Mutual Insurance President and CEO Kim Smith and Bicentennial Torch Relay State Director Noelle Szydlyk today unveiled the names of more than 2,000 Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay torchbearers, as well as the official torchbearer uniforms.

“The 2,000 plus Hoosiers selected as torchbearers embody the Indiana traditions of service, civic pride, community involvement and volunteerism,” said Lt. Governor Holcomb. “As we reflect on Indiana’s first two hundred years, it is only fitting that we celebrate Hoosiers who serve as inspirations in their communities.”

Torchbearers were nominated by the public and selected by local committees on a county-by-county basis. More than 4,000 torchbearer nominations were received. Those selected are Hoosiers who demonstrate exceptional public service, excellence in their profession, acts of heroism or volunteer service to their neighborhood, community, region or state.

Here are the Dubois County Torchbearers:

Gary Bair, Dean Beckman, Zach Beckman, Dubois Otto Begle, Victor Betz, Dustin Betz, Chris Bieker, Lee Bilderback, Bob Bleemel, Chad Blessinger, David Buehler, Marvin Eisenhut, Vicky Eisenhut, Michael Elliott, Alex Emmons, Leon Fleck, Craig Hanneman, Leroy Haug, Leonard Heeke, Delbert “Junie” Himsel, Tom Kellams, Esther Kellams, Brice King, Reynold Knust, James Matheis, Hank Menke, Ryan Menke, Cory Menke, Molly Menke, Frank Meyer, Lauren Meyer, Charles “Hanger” Mundy*, Connie Nass, Sylvester Nord, Art Nordhoff, Joseph Pund, Kelly Schaefer, Tom Schmidt, William Schmitt, Mike Schmitt, Myra Schuetter, Richard Schwoeppe, James Seidl, Denny Spinner, Marc Steczyk, Roman Tempel, Edgar Vaal, Harold Van Winkle, Noelle Weyer.

*Denotes posthumous selection. County will provide participant to represent selected torchbearer.

Developed by IOTD, the Relay is patterned after the Olympic Torch Relay and is designed to connect Hoosiers everywhere during the bicentennial year. The unifying nature of the torch relay underscores the achievement, influence and aspirations of Indiana and its people while symbolically passing the torch to future generations of Hoosiers. The torch relay route was charted by a committee of representatives from multiple state agencies and the private sector. The route showcases locations of natural beauty, local interest and historic significance.

The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay will start Friday, September 9, 2016 in Corydon, Indiana’s first state capital, and culminate with a celebration on Saturday, October 15, 2016 on the grounds of the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis. The torch relay will touch each of Indiana’s 92 counties during the 3,200-mile journey across the state.

“Enthusiasm is building as the start of the torch relay approaches,” remarked IOTD’s Mark Newman. “Communities large and small are pulling out all the stops to honor their torchbearers and celebrate Indiana’s 200th birthday.  Collectively, the over 2,000 torchbearers have had far reaching impact and all of Indiana should be proud.”

In addition to the selected torchbearers, the relay will employ other modes of conveyance that are symbolic of the history and heritage of Indiana, including watercraft, farm equipment, race cars, horse and wagon, antique automobiles and others.

Torch Relay Facts

  • 2,300 mile journey across the state traveling through 92 counties
  • The Torch Relay will begin in Corydon, the state’s first capital, and culminate in Indianapolis on the Statehouse Grounds
  • The relay was designed to inspire Hoosiers and promote unity across the state by connecting people, communities, and regions
  • Starts on September 9, 2016 and ends October 15, 2016
  • The torch will travel 6 days per week (Mondays rest day) for 5 weeks/32 days
  • Walkers, runners and torch bearers employing modes of transportation that are representative of Indiana culture and heritage will move the torch along its route
  • Torch Bearers will be chosen from nominations by each county in the state
  • The torch will be accompanied by a caravan that includes a Mobile Visitors Center
  • The Torch Relay will conclude on the Statehouse Grounds with a grand celebration for all Hoosiers