BY MELANIE BUCK –
Shannon Clifford, of Mena, Arkansas, was chosen as the 2016 Modern Woodmen of America Hometown Hero, Chapter 13545. The award gives modern Woodmen members an opportunity every year to honor an individual for their outstanding volunteer service. Clifford received a certificate of appreciation and a $100 voucher to be given to a charity of her choice.
MWA Financial Representative, Dicey Horn, said that Clifford volunteers 20 hours or more each week of her on time to help the elderly and veterans. “Sometimes people like her don’t get the credit they deserve so we wanted to honor her,” Horn said.
Clifford said upon accepting the award, “I am so honored to be chosen for the Modern Woodmen of America Hometown Hero Award. Since learning I was to receive this honor, it has inspired me to do more in the community. I love Mena so much and it feels good to make new friends while serving. I believe if we want to change the world, it starts in our own communities.”
She chose the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) to receive the $100 voucher she was awarded, because, she said, “They do so much in the community for veterans and much more.”
Clifford added that her favorite verse of the Bible is James 1:17, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights…”
Picture with Clifford, from left, is: MWA Chapter President, Patsy Wells; MWA Financial Representative, Dicey Horn; Hometown Hero, Shannon Clifford; and MWA Chapter Vice-President, Joan Childs.