Ron Thornburgh, Kansas secretary of state, will be the featured speaker at the sixth annual fund-raising dinner for the Hillsboro Historical Society and Museum Board, Thursday, March 16, at the Parkview Activity Center, Hillsboro.
Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., with a program to follow.
Thornburgh, the state?s 29th secretary of state, has been working in that area since 1983. He starting in the mail room as a college student and advanced to the position of assistant secretary of state in 1991. He was elected to his first four-year term in 1994.
Thornburgh was instrumental in introducing ?Kids Voting? to Kansas in 1992. The concept teaches students in kindergarten through 12th grade the importance of casting an informed vote.
Through classroom activities and conversations at home, students are educated about current issues and the electoral process. The project culminates on election day when students accompany their parents to the polling places and cast a vote in their own ?Kids Voting? election.
Thornburgh also has played a role in establishing governmental ethics standards in Kansas. As vice-chair of the 1989 Blue Ribbon Panel on Ethical Conduct, he has helped build the foundation of our state?s ethics laws governing lobbyists, governmental officials and political candidates.
Thornburgh is a native of Burlingame. He graduated from Washburn University in 1985 with a degree in criminal justice and played basketball for the Ichabods. Thornburgh was selected a Toll Fellow in 1995 and is a Washburn University Alumni Fellow.
He has been a member of the prestigious American Council of Young Political Leaders and has served as honorary chairman of the Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run since 1998.
The musical entertainment at the dinner will be provided by Lonn Richards, who was instrumental music instructor for Tabor College for 23 years. Richards is proficient on the piano, clarinet and bassoon and is the founder of Hillsboro?s ?German Schnigglefritz Band.?
Following the program, drawings will be held for door prizes.
Tickets for tables of eight are being sold to area businesses and individuals. Individual tickets may be purchased from Peggy Goertzen at 947-3691 or Carolyn Winter at 947-3696 or at the door.
Guests will be encouraged to make their annual contributions to the historical society at this time.