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Bob Myers Chosen as Chamber's Citizen of Year
May 21, 2008 - Driven by a desire to help fulfill the needs of others, Robert Myers actively served the Knightstown community throughout his forty-year career and continues to do so today. Because of his service and dedication to the town, Myers was selected as the 2008 Knightstown Citizen of the Year.
“Bob has been a really upstanding citizen for many years, and I was surprised he hadn’t been nominated before this,” Bill Windsor, 1997 Citizen of the Year and Myers’ nominator said.
Sponsored by the Knightstown Chamber of Commerce, the annual award began in 1953 and is given to an individual who is instrumental in serving the Knightstown community. There are no set criteria that an individual must meet in order to be considered for the award. Instead, anyone can submit a nomination. According to Windsor, there were about six people nominated this year. After nominations were complete, a panel of previous Citizens of the Year voted on a winner.
“I was surprised when Rusty Johnson (2007 Citizen of the Year) stopped to tell me and was quite humbled,” Myers said, recalling his reaction to the award. “It was a feeling of pride to be recognized in that type of fashion.”
Myers, a 1949 graduate of Knightstown High School, went on to graduate from Hanover College with a bachelor of arts degree in history and science in 1953. He began his career as a social studies teacher at Knightstown High School after returning home from service in the United States Army in 1955. Myers also received his master’s degree in administration, curriculum and finance from Butler University in 1958. He also completed an additional 30 hours of graduate work at Butler in 1960.
In 1957, Myers became the director of guidance for Knightstown High School and then principal of Knightstown Jr./Sr. High School in 1959. In 1967 he became the superintendent of the Charles A. Beard School Corporation.
It was during his time as Knightstown Jr./Sr. High School principal that Myers participated in annexing first the Greensboro township school corporation and then later Ripley township.
“Those were real challenges, but the results were gratifying,” Myers said.
After leaving education in 1974 to become the president of Citizen’s National Bank, Myers returned to academics in 1988 when he became a student loan officer at Ball State University, and then a counselor at Shenandoah High School in 1990.
In addition to the Citizen of the Year Award, Myers received the Little “50” Achievement Award for community service and leadership in 1966 and was elected to Who’s Who in the Mid-West in 1970.
Today, Myers is on the board of directors of Historic Knightstown Inc. and also serves as their vice president and treasurer. He is currently in charge of preserving artifacts in the Knightstown Historic Museum.
Throughout his lifetime of achievement and community service, Myers said that his biggest supporter has been his wife of 53 years, Carolyn, with whom he has four children. In addition to his family, Myers said that other supporters have been all the people he has come into contact with over the years, such as the students he has watched grow into adults with satisfying careers who reach their goals through their own personal levels of achievement.
“It’s not just about me and the Citizen of the Year award,” Myers said. “It’s about all the people and support they have given me through their own efforts and participation.”
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