With family, governmental officials and friends in attendance, former State Representative Nancy Dembowski was honored for her years of service at an open house yesterday. The celebration was held in the building that now bears her name, the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center.
Emcee Ted Hayes brought up several people to speak including Starke County Economic Development Director Charles Weaver; Councilmen Linda Berndt, Jeff Berg and Greg Matt; plus County Democrat Chairman Kenny Wallace. Knox City Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston and his wife Michaelene also thanked Dembowski for representing Starke County so well.
The highlight of the ceremony was the presentation of the resolution naming the building in her honor. She also received a picture of the building.
Dembowski stepped down from governmental service after being elected a County Councilman, Mayor of Knox, and State Representative. She also served the remaining term of State Senator Bill Alexa after he was named to a judgeship.
Dembowski will continue to support health issues by serving on a committee promoting better health in Starke County and participation on the Patient and Family Advisory Committee at IU Health Starke Hospital.