Chamber honors best of 2008

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ernie Kos places a cowboy hat on past president Terry Moberly’s head. Kos recognized each of the past presidents at the Chamber’s annual banquet Friday with a cowboy hat.

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer

The Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce transformed the
Clovis Civic Center ballroom into a scene from a Western movie Friday,
complete with hay bales by the main entrance for their annual banquet.

About 380 people joined the Chamber in celebrating the accomplishments of 2008.

Chamber President Jim Sours passed the gravel to incoming 2009 President Kathy Wright.

Col. Timothy Leahy outlined changes Cannon Air Force Base underwent
in 2008 and the changes to come this year, including doubling the size
of the base.

“We have a different mission, we fly different aircraft and maybe
see the world in a different way, but different isn’t bad, it’s just
different,” Leahy said.

Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield congratulated the people of Clovis for the making the city what it is.

“People fall in love with Clovis because of the people here,” Brumfield said.

She also announced plans for a state of the city address in four to
six weeks. Brumfield said she would discuss what the city has
accomplished over the past year, the quality of life in Clovis,
beautification projects and plans to expand current business in Clovis
while attracting new businesses.

Clovis citizen Lonnie Leslie was awarded the Citizen of the Year
award for serving the community for more than 20 years in several
capacities. Leslie began his civil service as a teacher with the Clovis
Municipal Schools system 36 years ago and is currently the chairman of
the Local Growth Management Organization and the Curry County DWI task
force.

Leslie also works with the Public Works Committee and the Planning
and Zoning Committee, as well as the Presbyterian Hospital Board.

Chamber Executive Director Ernie Kos said the recognition of Leslie is long overdue.

“He encompasses the big picture as it relates to what the Chamber believes the Citizen of the Year should be,” she said.

Leslie said he was surprised by the honor and that his wife, Ardeth, deserves as much as credit as he does.

“There is no way to do all the things I do without the support of
your spouse,” he said. “I’m blessed with a spouse that allows me to be
gone as much as I am.”

“I am certainly blessed and humbled by the award. I consider it a
privilege and honor to be a citizen of Clovis, New Mexico. I appreciate
all the opportunities I’ve had to work in Clovis and serve in the
various volunteer capacities that I have.”

Five other Clovis citizens and one business received awards from the Chamber:

• Dan Stoddard was recognized as the Ambassador of the Year.

Stoddard assisted with Chamber events for the past five years, has
been the President of Kiwanis, Vice President of Assisted Living
Services Organization, Chairperson of the Clovis Music Festival, a key
volunteer and organizer of the Badlands Motorcycle Rally and Director
of High Plains Harley Owners Group, to name a few of the organizations
he has been involved in. No matter what the current crisis was, his
response was always the same: “Not a problem – I’ll take care of it.”

• John Montano was awarded the Ken Huey Patriot Award. The Patriot
Award was given to Ken Huey last year for the first time in order to
encourage love of country, service to the people of the United States,
and support for the Armed Forces.

• Moberly Moving and Storage received Business of the Year. Owners
Terry and Mary Jo Moberly consistently helped the Chamber whenever
something needed to be moved. They helped during the remodeling of the
Norman and Vi Petty Rock ‘N’ Roll Museum. The Chamber said the Moberlys
gave from their hearts.

• Randy Petty was recognized as the Volunteer of the Year for his
work with the Clovis Music Festival when the event was on the verge of
falling apart. Petty of Triangle Ace and Hardware has been a member of
the Clovis and Curry County Chamber Board for the past three years.

• The Heart Award was given posthumously to John Urban for his
dedication to oversee and help build numerous facilities for different
ministries and other community organizations. He was know as the voice
of the Wildcats. David Lansford, who presented the award, said Urban
was “the model of love.”

• Larry Glenn was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award for
50 years of service to Clovis. Glenn spent his years serving the area
in several capacities, including coaching youth sports, scholarship
programs set up through his company Glenco, Inc., and created Fab-Steel
Foundation, a non-profit organization that has given thousands of
dollars to local charities among other accomplishments.