Report from Libertarian Party of Indiana’s State Convention

Drexler: Honors Go Beyond Just Winners
by Lauren Rumpler
April 23, 2013

There is a Peruvian proverb that when translated says, “Little by little, one walks far.”

Having spent the past weekend in Columbus at the Libertarian Party of Indiana State Convention, it is clear we have walked quite a distance with our little steps over the years. In attendance were over one hundred of the most dedicated volunteers I have met. Of course, many of the attendees are long-time friends with whom it is always fun to catch up. The others are new party members and first-time convention delegates. The mix of experience and fresh eyes was exciting to see.

Nowhere is this more evident than our Saturday night awards ceremony and banquet. By this point in the convention, the business of the Party is wrapped up, people are more relaxed and the momentum has built to get home and get back to work building on the good ideas shared. Some of those best ideas come from the members being recognized by their peers in our award categories. Candidates, campaign managers, communications and outreach winners all share the stage. Our biggest award of the year is the Dr. Barbara Bourland Light of Liberty recognition, essentially the equivalent to “Libertarian of the Year.”

This year, some big names took home those honors. Long-time LPIN Executive Director and now volunteer Chris Spangle won twice, winning the all-star Bourland honors in addition to the Ken Bisson Outreach Award. Al Cox won the Susan Bell Officeholder of the Year Award for his years of service to the Brown County Property Tax Board of Appeals. Rupert Boneham’s thousands of miles on the road and patented “ARGH” won him the Phil Miller Candidate of the Year honors. Miah Akston championed an ever-evolving calendar of events for Boneham’s campaign and took home the Joe Hauptmann Campaign Leadership Award.

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This article was sent to me for publication by Beth Duensing.

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