PLAINFIELD — Michelle Marsh took over as president of the Plainfield Rotary Club this week. During her first meeting she was given the honor of introducing Mike Pence – the governor of Indiana.
“What a way to kick off my year as president,” Marsh said. “It was so great to get the call that Mike wanted to speak to us today.”
Pence visited the club to give members an update on what is going on at the state level as well as to challenge them to be ambassadors for the State of Indiana.
“Plainfield is such an exciting place,” Pence said. “You are blessed with leaders who think out of the box. It is just a dynamic place to be.”
He said he came to encourage leaders in the community that Indiana is strong economically and poised to be a leader in the Midwest.
“I really believe Indiana can lead the Midwest back to economic growth, back to excellence in education, and back to strong families,” he said. “Indiana is leading 42 other states in job growth. We are leaning into the fights and are on the rise.”
He said the forecast is not all positive but that Indiana is holding its own.
“We are the fiscal envy of the country,” Pence said. “Throughout this session this General Assembly and our administration has put the taxpayers first.”
He said legislators put together a budget that “holds a line on spending” and that puts money away for the future.
“It funds excellence in our schools, rewards outstanding teachers, and includes the first new money in a decade for local roads,” Pence said.
He told the audience a story about when he was growing up in Columbus.
“My dad had finally gotten a big office with a big desk,” he said. “I told my dad, ‘You are kind of a big deal.’”