Retired Anderson University administrator Duane Hoak received the Madison County Bar Association’s Community Service Award on Tuesday at an Anderson Rotary Club luncheon at Anderson Country Club.
Bill Pitts, who presented the nomination of Hoak to receive the award, lauded Hoak for decades of service to community and statewide organizations.
“Always, his motivation has been to help make ours a better community,” Pitts said.
Hoak has taken volunteer leadership roles with the United Way, Aspire Indiana (formerly the Center for Mental Health), the Kiwanis Club, the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, the Anderson/Madison County Visitors & Convention Bureau, the Salvation Army, Anderson Public Library and many other local organizations.
Pitts quoted Rich DeHaven, Aspire Indiana’s CEO, to help characterize Hoak’s collaborative talents:
“In the merger oversight committee of CMH and Behavior Corp., which formed Aspire Indiana, Duane’s ability to guide intelligent — and might I say, highly opinionated — community leaders to higher ground finding solutions for the greater cause was simply masterful.”
In accepting the Community Service Award, Hoak talked about learning to help others while growing up in Toledo, Ohio.
“As a boy during World War II, I was introduced to the concept of benevolence,” he explained, noting he helped deliver groceries and serve meals to the hungry. “I was taught that my abilities should be developed not just for the benefit of myself and my family but also for those in need.”
Through an endowment funded by retired attorney Charles Dickmann and his wife, Hazel, the Madison County Community Foundation committed $5,240 to accompany this year’s award. Hoak chose Park Place Church of God’s community center, the United Way youth mentoring program and Aspire Indiana to receive portions of the money.
Since the annual award’s inception 10 years ago, $43,600 has been given to local community service organizations in honor of the award winners, according to Sally DeVoe, executive director of the community foundation.
— Dave Stafford is a reporter for The Herald Bulletin. Story reposted by permission.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the seventh consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing, and theology.