The annual event by the Ross County Republican Party drew many local officials from within their ranks - unlike how Stivers described the situation in Washington, with the party holding only one-half of one-third of the government.
Stivers drew lessons from the popular movie about the first Republican president, "Lincoln." The 15th District U.S. Representative pointed out that Lincoln had to manage politics - including opposing members of the same party - as he steered the country at the end of the Civil War.
One big question asked nowadays is whether the leadership of the party is serving the membership...especially with criticism of Speaker of the House John Boehner. Stivers felt the leaders were true to the party, but Boehner is "pushing a wheelbarrow full of frogs" as he has to herd his party members.
Stivers mentioned how he was inspired to seek government service when he learned of an officeholder who saw to it that a bridge was built so schoolchildren in Adams County no longer had to wade across a creek to get to the bus.
The Congressman is in his second term in the House of Representatives.
The Republican Woman of the Year was Maralee Sheeler of the Board of Elections, and Man of the Year was County Commissioner Jim Caldwell.
Kevin Coleman regularly reports on Chillicothe & Circleville councils