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Rich Clemens is the BEST! Volunteer Appreciation Honoree

Photo credit: Amanda Hayes


WHEREAS, the Council of the City of Buckhannon resolved during its regular meeting of October 18, 2018, to honor residents of our Buckhannon-Upshur community who perform extraordinary service while embracing the kind & giving spirit of volunteerism; and,

WHEREAS, Buckhannon has long championed community service & has recognized persons who have given selflessly for the benefit of our City’s Fire Department, Stockert Youth & Community Center, & Police Department, but had not until recently- formally recognized others who generally perform many other acts of service & kindness; and,   

WHEREAS, with the 2018 establishment of our Buckhannon Volunteer Center, the City deemed it to be reasonable & appropriate to henceforth recognize our community’s most giving volunteers with previous honorees of the Buckhannon Exemplary Service Testimonial (BEST) Award being Amanda Hayes, Zachary Mutchler, Robin Keough, Shirley Tinney, Bill Nicholson, Dr. Joseph Reed, Dr. Paul Richter, April Keating, Brad & Kim Lincecome, Dr. Kathy Gregg, & Stan Rexroad.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DAVID W. McCAULEY, as MAYOR OF THE CITY OF BUCKHANNON, pursuant to the power & authority duly vested in me, do hereby proclaim as our City’s 12th recipient of our Buckhannon Exemplary Service Testimonial (BEST) Award for September of 2019 to be RICHARD CLEMENS.  RICH CLEMENS has long been an important & regular volunteer & participant in all Create Buckhannon activities.  MR. CLEMENS is one of the most visible volunteers at the enormously popular Festival Fridays which are sponsored by Create Buckhannon & conducted in our Jawbone Park during Friday afternoons & evenings from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends.  RICH CLEMENS supports all things “community,” as evidenced by his service on our Buckhannon Planning Commission & our City’s technology committee.  For years, RICH CLEMENS contributed his expertise & resources to sponsor year-end UCARE pool party technology gifts for the youth of our community.  Simply stated, RICH CLEMENS has helped us all in our B-U community to be better & happier in many ways.  I direct the establishment of our City’s new BEST bench & installation of a permanent placard in Jawbone Park to forever honor & recognize RICH CLEMENS & all past & future honorees of our City’s BEST award.  

I further urge all residents to join our City’s most honored guest, RICH CLEMENS, his wife Lois, his friends & admirers, & me, along with all members of our City government family during our public ceremony to be conducted at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 19, 2019 as we honor our City’s 12th recipient of our BEST award.  We all wish MR. CLEMENS the best as he continues to work hard for our B-U community.  May every resident be mindful of the importance of community service & giving of one’s self & be inspired to give selflessly for the benefit of others as we pay tribute to the many substantial contributions of our exceptional volunteers including the 12th recipient of our City’s BEST Award, MR. RICH CLEMENS.

Given under my hand & official seal of The City of Buckhannon 

This 19th day of September, 2019.

David W. McCauley, Mayor