His past service as President of the New Hope Services Board of Directors demonstrates his life-long commitment to citizens with disabilities. In reflecting on the honor, Jim Bosley of New Hope Services said “Ron was a Board member from 1976 to 1984. He stayed in contact with me and remained an advocate for our services and clientele. We still meet regularly because Ron wants to know what obstacles we are facing and how he can help. He is most worthy of this award.”
Senator Ron Grooms was selected to receive this year’s award in honor of his contributions to supporting Hoosiers with disabilities. Most notably, he served as chair of last year’s Indiana Commission on Developmental Disabilities. Under his leadership, the Commission understood the issues and focused on actionable ideas – like a recent study to improve the coordination of support for individuals who are dually diagnosed.
Previous winners of the award are Senators Robert Meeks, Luke Kenley, and Connie Lawson and Representatives Sheila Klinker, Peggy Welch, and Ed Clere.