Banina has always been active in the community. He is a member and past president of Rotary, serving for many years as chairman of the Peru Rotary Youth Leadership Award. He’s a member of the Knights of Columbus and active in St. Charles Catholic Church.
Judicially, he’s past president of the Miami County Bar Association and on the Board of Managers for the Indiana Judges Association. For the last six years he has been chairman of the Community Correction Board.
For relaxation, he returns to his roots, listening to music, in particular the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Duke Tumatoe. And he’s an avid bowler. Last season, he said, he had the highest scratch series — 749 — at the Riverside Fun Center.
In all of his endeavors, Banina said, he is guided by Chester Pickett, an older gentleman who, among other things, operated a tomato canning business in southern Indiana.
“Mr. Pickett always told me that when life presents you with a difficult choice, ‘You can’t go wrong by doing what’s right,’” Banina says. “This sounds simple in theory but not always easy to apply. But I have adopted it as my way of approaching life’s problems, and I encourage others to do the same.’”
Life lessons never stop.
Ray Moscowitz of Bloomington is a retired newspaper executive and former publisher of the Peru Tribune. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.