As Indianapolis’s downtown Hilton played host to this year’s Indiana Township Association's annual legislative conference held earlier this month, this year’s dinner was especially poignant. The honorable Jean Paul Lushin, Center Township Trustee of Howard County was surprised as he was presented with the association's lifetime achievement award. The award, the first of its kind was created by resolution and named in Mr Lushin's honor, “Jean Paul Lushin Lifetime Achievement Award” was presented to Lushin in recognition of his extraordinary level of accomplishment and proven litany of achievements.
As one speaker after another took to the podium lauding Lushin's many worthwhile endeavors, it was clear that party affiliation was a non-issue. Lushin, a Democrat office holder was heralded by Republicans and Democrats alike for his mentoring to drafting legislation. For those people familiar with townships, the name Lushin is synonymous with this grassroots form of government. Township officials, those who support them and those who seek their end are all familiar with the invaluable consequential contributions Jean Paul Lushin has made.
In an emotion charged atmosphere brimming with applauding Indiana township trustees, state legislators and invited guests rising to their feet, an astonished and humbled Lushin took to the podium. Lushin graciously thanked all for what he declared, “an incredible journey,” and reminded everyone, “the journey is more important than the prize.” Later, Lushin responded to those questioning his future involvement in township government by saying, “The journey is not over.”