Ripley County Tourism Bureau Executive Director retires

Published on : Friday, September 8, 2017

Ripley County Tourism BureauRipley County Tourism Commission leaders announced the retirement of Ripley County Tourism Bureau Executive Director Katherine Taul. Her retirement came into effect from Sept. 1. Terri Trowbridge, Versailles, is succeeding her.

Taul said, “I am very thankful for the supportive tourism commission members who have served on the board, as well as the county commissioners and others who have made my job easier.” Those currently serving on the tourism commission are Anita Fledderman, Doug Bessler, Don Karbowski and Paul Sipples.

Taul handled a wide variety of publications, activities and events throughout her 16 years career. Promoting and encouraging innkeepers throughout the county has also been an important part of her job.

She was instrumental in the start of the Batesville Regional Fine Arts Fair, Friends of Versailles State Park, Art in Nature classes, Ripley County Farmers Market, World of Faith and Cultures events and Ripley County farm tours.

Taul also worked on many regional projects, such as the Indiana Wine Trail, John Hunt Morgan Civil War Trail, Southeast Indiana Artisan Trails, Underground Railroad Trails, Bicycle Trails of Southeast Indiana, Indiana Pathways Scenic Byway, Historic Michigan Road Scenic Byway and the World Muzzle Loading Shoot.

Taul coordinated the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay throughout the county and other activities surrounding the celebrations in 2016. She also coordinated events for the Milan ’54 Hoosiers Basketball Museum and assisted many tourism-related businesses and organizations in the county over the years. Taul has also set up county tours for visitors.

To quote Taul, “I feel so blessed getting to know so many good people through the years with the tourism bureau, and have worked on some fantastic projects. I have really enjoyed my time working to support our small businesses and bring people into the county. I know Terri will do a great job in my place.”


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