Mrs. Ruth Everhart, long time Cooperative Weather Observer at Seymour, Indiana, received the "Governor's Award for Excellence in Service" on Sunday, November 20. State Representative Terry Goodin presented the award in the Sanctuary of the Seymour First United Methodist Church. In attendance were family, friends and the congregation. Rev. Steve Cherry dedicated his sermon to Mrs. Everhart.
In addition to the honor from the Governor, Dave Tucek, National Weather Service Warning and Coordination Meteorologist at Indianapolis, read a congratulatory letter from Lt. Governor Becky Skillman. Seymour Mayor Craig Luedeman proclaimed November 20, 2011, Ruth Everhart Day in Seymour, Indiana. Mrs. Everhart's sons, Chips and Bill, opened the award ceremony with a glowing tribute to their mother. After the church service, a modest reception for Mrs. Everhart followed in Fellowship Hall.
Long time friend Billie Winton, with the help from many others, arranged the award ceremony. National Weather Service Meteorologist-in-Charge, Dan McCarthy and Administrative Assistant Paula Cadwell nominated Mrs. Everhart for an award from the Governor in October. Mrs. Everhart is the first cooperative weather observer in central and southern Indiana to receive recognition from the State of Indiana in more than 35 years. Mrs. Everhart is the longest serving individual weather observer for Indiana. She began her 65th year of observation on November 1. She will be 92 years young in December. Click here for an October story about Mrs. Everhart.