McMahan is recipient of the Golden Hoosier Award

Sullivan resident Jean McMahan is shown being recognized with

the prestigious Golden Hoosier Award at the Sullivan Civic Center on

Wednesday afternoon.

Even though it was definitely not in the plans, Jean McMahan was likely

the first to know she was to be recognized with the Golden Hoosier Award on

Wednesday afternoon.

During a recognition ceremony at the Sullivan Civic Center, Mayor Clint

Lamb — who nominated McMahan for the prestigious award — relayed a story

of McMahan, in her role working in Sullivan City Hall, telling the mayor he

had a call from the lieutenant governor's office about the award.

"So she knew before I knew she'd be getting the award," Lamb laughed to a

crowd of well-wishers celebrating the award with McMahan.

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, in collaboration with the Indiana Family and

Social Service Administration’s Division of Aging, announced 21 senior

citizens — including McMahan — received the 2021 Golden Hoosier Award this

year.

"So many of our strong nonprofits rely on the generosity of volunteers, and

we are fortunate to have great senior citizens who answer the call to give

their time, lend a hand and make considerable contributions to their

communities," Crouch said in a news release. “These humble leaders make

positive impacts on the lives of others and improve the overall wellbeing

of our state. Thank you for your service and answering the call to give

back.”

Crouch said the award began in 2008 and annually honors Hoosier senior

citizens for their years of service and commitment to the state. To date,

more than 260 Hoosiers have received the Golden Hoosier Award.

"I'm not really good at tooting my own horn," McMahan told assembled media

— TV and newspaper —prior to the ceremony. "I'm just really humbled.

"I've worked with the city, all the organizations of the city, since I was

pretty young," she said. "I never thought anything other than trying to do

things for the city or the organizations."

McMahan mentioned her parents as an initial inspiration in her life to

serve the community, and her husband for allowing it to continue through

the many years and to this day.

"I married a man that said go ahead and do your thing," she recalled. "I'd

have dinner on the table some evenings when he walked in the door and I

walked out. He would take care of the kids. He's been very supportive of

it.

"It has been the honor of a lifetime to work alongside the City of Sullivan

for these years," she added. "Thank you to Mayor Lamb for recognizing my

passion for my community and thank you to Lt. Gov. Crouch and (Indiana

Family and Social Services Administration Division of Aging) for this award.

Throughout her career, McMahan's leadership has helped advance Sullivan's

mission and priorities. Her volunteerism and drive are all based on her

personal experience as a former downtown business owner and avid community

supporter. Jean has been a volunteer at the Sullivan County Community

Foundation for over 20 years and has worked on several committees,

including the scholarship committee, asset and development committee,

governance and planning committee, marketing and public relations committee

and the golf outing committee.

McMahan has played an integral role in identifying numerous students who

qualify for college assistance and has helped to raise funds to make

Sullivan County a better place to live, work and play for all ages. Jean's

volunteerism on the Sullivan Housing Authority Board and current role as

board president has impacted hundreds of families by providing safe, secure

and reliable housing.

McMahan currently serves on the Sullivan City Board of Public Works, as

well, which met in their monthly meeting just the night before in the Civic

Center. She is also a past member of the Sullivan City Council.

"The city's motto is 'take time to care' … Jean embodies what this means and

we are lucky to have her as a part of the community," Lamb stated.

"Everything she does, she does with her heart and the notion that she is

bettering the community and people who call it home."

This year, Golden Hoosier Award recipients were honored with a video

ceremony, which can be watched by going to IN.gov/lg/2532.htm.

For more information, contact GoldenHoosiers@fssa.IN.gov.

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