Marisa Coates entertains those attending the 63rd annual All Civic Club Luncheon hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Roswell at the Roswell Convention Center, Tuesday. Mark Wilson Photo
The 63rd annual All Civic Club Luncheon recognized members of 25 local organizations for their work in the community Tuesday at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center.
Sponsored and organized by the Kiwanis Club of Roswell, the event gives civic organizations the chance to meet members of other groups, hear about the work they’ve done and become inspired, said Kiwanis Club president Robert Sherman.
The event had close to 300 attendees this year. Sherman acknowledged groups such as Altrusa Club of Roswell, Habitat for Humanity Roswell and Chaves County 4-H individually by listing some of their activities.
Peggy Seskey of Roswell Red Coats and MainStreet Roswell, said the event was very informative for the community and the other groups.
“We all work, and we think we’re the only ones out there and we know we’re not,” she said. “So, it’s nice to see other service organizations be recognized.”
The event’s theme this year was “Education and Roswell Independent School District,” with Superintendent Tom Burris serving as guest speaker.
In the past, the event has featured motivational speakers, but Sherman said it was important to give Burris, a recent addition to the community, the opportunity to introduce himself.
“Because most of the organizations deal with children, who better to have (speak) than a leader in education?” he said. “These are the people he needs to meet and he’s someone they need to know.”
In his speech, Burris said extracurricular activities and community service were as important for students to have as much as good grades.
“Opportunities such as art, band, FFA and athletics, just to mention a few, are the opportunities that create lifelong skills and character strengths,” Burris noted.
He commended the groups for their efforts in “unselfish dedication to humanity, to making new friends, sharing accomplishments and planning to make a difference.”
Burris said he is proud to be part of Roswell, its school district and can’t wait to have his two daughters be involved as well.