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Mayor McCaslin Announces 2nd Quarter 2016 Outstanding Citizen Award Winners

Posted: July 12 2016

Press Release

Contact: Mayor McCaslin 
Phone:   (479) 271-5966

Date:  July 12, 2016

2nd Quarter 2016 Outstanding Citizen Award Winners

Bentonville, AR – July 12, 2016…Mayor McCaslin is pleased to announce the 2nd quarter winners of the Outstanding Citizen Award.  The winners are: Bill Rogers and The Tour Guides of the Peel Mansion Museum and Heritage Gardens.  No nominations were received for the youth category.  Chick-fil-A of Bentonville will sponsor the breakfast to honor the citizen and group selected for this award. 

Galen Pearcy and Nate Sweeney nominated Bill Rogers for his life-long dedication to mentoring men and women in the Bentonville Community.  Bill grew up in Bentonville and graduated from Bentonville Public Schools.  Mr. Pearcy states that Bill has served the residents of Bentonville his entire adult life, serving as Senior Pastor at Word of Life Fellowship for 33 years.  In addition to serving at his church, Bill has served as Chaplain at Bates Memorial Hospital, and has been an officer for many years with the Bentonville Christian Ministerial Alliance.  Additionally, he has been active with the Benton County Sheriff’s office visiting inmates and counseling deputies, as well as being involved with the Bentonville City Council and Benton County Quorum Court.  He founded and operated the Bentonville Christian Academy for several years.  Nate Sweeney used the characteristics: honor, faithfulness, leadership and prayer to describe Bill.  Nate says that Bill is a man that shows honor in every situation, placing others before himself on a continual basis.  Additionally, Nate states that Bill has been a stable voice in Bentonville for many decades—he stays true to what he knows, follows through with his commitments and has demonstrated leadership over and over again.  Nate further comments that Bill has been faithful to pray weekly for our city and its leaders.  Galen and Nate both comment that they can think of none other more deserving of this award. 

Ms. Lynn Moffitt nominated The Tour Guides of the Peel Mansion Museum and Heritage Gardens.  Her nomination form mentions that there are approximately 23 volunteers and staff who serve on a rotating basis. These volunteers are led by Volunteer Coordinator, Carol Harris.  All volunteers possess a common denominator in that they love to preserve history, love the Peel Mansion, and enjoy helping and being of service to the community.  They are all dedicated, hardworking and knowledgeable and they demonstrate this through leading tours to educate visitors about Bentonville's local history.  

The Outstanding Citizen Award program was initiated in January 2011 to recognize the exceptional volunteer contributions of Bentonville residents.  There are three award categories: adult, youth and community group.  Third quarter 2016 nominations will be accepted until September 16th.  Winners will be announced September 30, 2016. To obtain a nomination form and additional information, please visit the City’s website at www.bentonvillear.com.