Rex McClain, a native of Washington Township and a descendant of Michael McClain, one of the original pioneers who settled here in the early 1800s, was presented with the Outstanding Citizen Award for his community service and contributions to the Avon community. He was presented with a symbolic key to the town.
McClain graduated from Avon High School in 1956, and continued to work in the janitorial business at Avon schools while attending Indiana Central University, which is now the University of Indianapolis.
He was an active member of the Avon Optimists Club for 50 years and a 40-year member of the Danville Masonic Lodge. He is currently on the Hendricks County Historical Society board of directors, and served on the Avon-Washington Township Public Library board for 32 years. He was library board president in 2011 and ‘12, and retired from the board in May.
In 2011, his community service was acknowledged when he was named Avon Founding Citizen of the Year.
“We have a true old-fashioned type of event with old-fashioned activities here at ‘Celebrating Avon’” said Diane Elmore, who is in charge of community relations at the library. “We try to get things here that you don’t see at every festival.”