By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer
On an otherwise light agenda for Thursday’s Clovis City Commission meeting, heavy praise was reserved for Selmus Price.
The longtime chair of the Clovis Ethnic Affairs Committee was presented with the key to the city, primarily for his work over the last 19 years with the Clovis Ethnic Fair.
“It shows the different culture that’s around the area,” said Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield, who has given the award four times since her term began in March of 2008. “It’s a tremendous asset to our city, and Selmus does so much more.”
“No committee works without volunteers, and we’ve had great volunteers, but it also needs a leader,” said Commissioner Juan Garza, a member of the Ethnic Affairs Committee. “You’ve always done that and you’ve done a very good job.”
Price echoed the need for volunteers, specifically crediting the work of longtime member Mary Collins.
“It’s been an honor to be able to fulfill the goals and objectives set up by the Ethnic Affairs Committee,” Price said. “As long as you can make a difference for one or two individuals, that’s your payback for the effort.”
Price said a key to the fair’s success is continued outreach to anybody who wants to participate and can add ethnic flair to the event.
Previous recipients of the key to the city under Brumfield’s tenure include Col. Babette Lenfant and Col. Tim Leahy, both formerly of Cannon Air Force Base, and Maegan Ridley, Miss Rodeo America 2009.
Additionally, an award was given to Clovis teen Jacob Hefner for his work with the Clovis High Plains Composite Squadron. Capt. Richard Austin said the group has three functions — emergency response, aerospace education and its cadet program.
Hefner was honored with the Mitchell Award, given to those who have successfully completed the second phase of the cadet program.