Holcomb to present award prior to Distinguished Speaker Series

SheetsCharles R. (Chuck) Sheets of Angola will be awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash by Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb on Tuesday at the Trine University campus.

The ceremony will take place at 9 a.m. in the Fabiani Theatre, located in the Rick L. and Vicki L. James University Center, prior to Holcomb speaking at 10 a.m. in T. Furth Center for Performing Arts as part of the university’s Distinguished Speaker Series.

Both the Sagamore presentation and the Distinguished Speaker Series are free and open to the public.

The successful owner of Sheets LP Gas and a real estate developer, Sheets was one of the founders of the YMCA of Steuben County and a founding board member of the Steuben County Community Foundation. Earlier this year, his family donated more than 4 acres of land to the YMCA.

Sheets established the Harcourt & Elsta Sheets Scholarship at Trine University in memory of his parents and has supported the T. Furth Center for Performing Arts, the Humanities Institute and Trine’s general scholarship fund. He also has responded to unique opportunities such as contributing top soil for capital projects.

“Chuck is a true Hoosier. Throughout his life he has contributed to the health and well-being of Angola, Steuben County, the State of Indiana and our country,” said Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., Trine president, in a letter nominating Sheets for the award. “He is a gentleman of highest character who provides wise counsel and genuinely cares for everyone.”

The Sagamore of the Wabash award, created during the term of Indiana Gov. Ralph Gates, is the highest honor the governor of Indiana bestows. The term “sagamore” was used by the American Indian tribes of the northeastern United States to describe a lesser chief or a great man among the tribe to whom the true chief would look for wisdom and advice. It is a personal tribute usually given to those who have rendered a distinguished service to the state or to the governor. Among these who have received Sagamores have been astronauts, presidents, ambassadors, artists, musicians, politicians, and ordinary citizens who have contributed greatly to Hoosier heritage.