BY MELANIE BUCK –
Born and raised in Mena, Carla Mosley long ago recognized the importance of family, friends, and community service. The youngest of seven, she graduated Mena High School in 1978 and married her husband, Steve, in 1981. Mother to a son, Nick, she has a wonderful daughter-in-law, Jenna, and the apple of her eye is her grandson Collin, who is 5 years old. “I’m excited to see him graduate pre-school in a couple of weeks and watch his last soccer game of the season,” she beamed.
While living in Texas, Mosley received two associates degrees from Trinity Valley Community College; one in Accounting and the other in Office Technology. Those positions would give her the skills needed to work as an Administrative Assistant at Texas Women’s University, but little did she know that it would also give her the skills to lead an organization of community minded women years later.
After moving back to Mena in 2008 to care for the couple’s parents, Mosley became involved with the Mena Lioness Lions Club. She now leads that club as President and will also serve as the District Zone Chair, beginning July 1st.
“The Lions Club supports so many worthy causes. I love what we do,” said Mosley. She feels like the Backpack Program that is led by the Lioness Lions is her favorite project with the group. “Feeding those children that might not otherwise get a meal is so important. I know when they have a little food, it helps them concentrate better.” Last year, the Lioness Club raised almost $38,000 to donate to the program, enough to support all eight school campuses in the county. Thousands of dollars were also donated to many other local causes as well.
The Lioness Lions were awarded Citizens of the Year at the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce Banquet earlier this month. Mosley, as President, accepted the award on behalf of the club. “It was an honor to receive the award. We were very surprised but it was well-deserved. The ladies do a lot of good work for the community. That’s what the Lions do, we help others; we serve.”
Mosley was also recently appointed to the Polk County Library Board, a role she will begin this month. She serves as a poll worker for election cycles. Although she was at the Dallas Valley precinct for many years, she has now been moved to Cherry Hill to assist with elections in that area.
The Ouachita Arts Celebration is another organization that Mosley donates her time to. This will be her third year to help with the budding new festival that celebrates Mena’s Downtown Art District. Mosley attends Northside Church of Christ and helps in the nursery also.
“I like to help others and to give back. I enjoy it,” said Mosley. “When I was growing up, I was the youngest of seven and momma helped raise other kids, too. They were always taking care of their families and others.”
Mosley is happy to be back in her hometown and doing what she loves. “It’s home and it’s beautiful here. Friends and family are here. It’s a great community where you know everyone and they know you.”