Rich has been recognized by 4 different Iowa Governors for his public service
In 2000, Rich received a Governor’s Volunteer of the Year Award from Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack. The award was given for the advocacy for the blind, working with blind children and for assisting their parents.
1986 Named “Handicapped Iowan of the Year” by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad
1981 Profiled in LIVING IN IOWA January, 1981. This is a program produced by Iowa Public Television
1980 Appointed by Iowa Governor Robert Ray for a 3 year term, as one of three Commissioners overseeing programs for the blind in Iowa
1975 Sioux City’s Jaycee Man of the Year
1975 Honorary Chairman for the Siouxland Muscular Dystrophy Telethon
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