The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County announces that S. David Long is the recipient of the 2012-2013 "Making Democracy Work" Award. This award recognizes and honors a member of our community who has been a leader and actively engaged in the hand-on work to keep Montgomery County a strong, fair, and vibrant place to live and has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to making democracy work.

The announcement comes during "Making Democracy Work" month when the League celebrates its 93rd Anniversary having been founded Feb. 14, 1920. The official presentation will be made at the League's Annual Meeting May 16.

Long was born in Macon, Ga., when his father was in the service and lived in Indianapolis from age 5-13, His family returned to Montgomery County and he graduated from Crawfordsville High School in 1963. Long joined the National Guard in 1965 and assumed fulltime position at the Armory in 1968, serving his country for 37 years in the National Guard when he retired in 2004.

Members of the National Guard trained one weekend each month and two weeks in the summer, often at Camp Atterbury, near Edinburg, Indiana, Camp Grayling in Michigan, or Fort Sill in Oklahoma. Armories often tend to be a focal point for many community activities. Long remembers the dances in the 1970's, the Circuses, Wrestling matches, and many other special events and celebrations.

In 2005, Long became Executive Vice President of the Crawfordsville/Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. Among many activities, the Chamber has sponsored the Legislative Breakfast Series at which Kevin Brinegar has delivered his first presentation of the Indiana Chamber's Legislative Program each year in Crawfordsville in the fall before this program is given in Indianapolis. The remaining breakfasts feature Montgomery County's legislators in the Indiana Senate and House of Representatives. This provides opportunity for local residents to hear their legislators present issues of their concern and local citizens to have a chance to personally ask questions and talk individually with those who are representing our community at the State House.

Under Long's leadership, the Chamber and the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County have regularly co-sponsored candidate forums before Primary and General Elections. In recent years, the Business and Professional Women have joined in the sponsorship. Long has served superbly as Moderator of these Candidate Forums conducting them with fairness and good humor.

The Chamber has also been a source for excellent resources such as Here is Your Indiana Government and the yearly Indiana General Assembly Legislative Directory. For the past 8-9 years, Long has been at the County Court House on each election night assisting with radio coverage of the election returns.

Long has been highly involved in community activities. For fifteen years, he has worked on the Christmas Parade serving as radio commentator. He has been active in Operation Concern which has become statewide and generated over $500,000 and participated in Easter Sea telethon in Indianapolis. As a young man, he was active in the Jaycees for 13 years and has been a Kiwanian for 36 years.

Dave and his wife Gloria have two children David and Christina and four grandchildren. For 54 years, he has enthusiastically participated in volleyball and softball through the Crawfordsville Parks and Recreation Department, and now his family and grandchildren participate in these with him.

Throughout his career, Long notes "he really enjoyed working with people of all ages who possess a positive attitude."

Following the formal presentation of the "Making Democracy Work" Award in May, Long's name will be added to the "Making Democracy Work" plaque displayed at the Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan, multi-issue political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase public understanding of major policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy. All men and women are invited to join LWV where hands-on work to safeguard democracy leads to civic improvement, For information about the League, visit the website:, send a message to LWV, PO Box 101, Crawfordsville 47933 or e-mail