It is our pleasure to recognize the volunteer service of Betty Williamson for numerous organizations in Roosevelt County--in memory of our beloved Patricia Velasquez Bazar whose love of community was revealed in the way she gave of herself. Click here for the video of Casey Peacock -UWENM's Volunteer Action Center Chairperson, presenting the award on behalf of the Board of Directors.
"Betty Williamson gives her time and efforts freely in Roosevelt County—one person said she is the glue that holds Roosevelt County together.
Betty has a long history of volunteering
Over 30 years with the Roosevelt County Spelling Bee; Over 22 years with Portales Public Library, 15 years at First United Methodist Church and at least 10 years supporting the ENMU Music and Liberal Arts Colleges. These groups estimate that in 2017 alone Betty contributed over 320 hours.
This testimony from Denise Burnett the Portales Public Library Director says it best:
--I can think of no better person to be awarded as Volunteer of the Year than Betty Williamson. Betty is the treasurer of the Friends of the Library, but her work here at the library extends far beyond those duties. Betty organizes and supervises the annual Friends book sale, plans the programs for the Friends meetings (and always buys lunch for the speakers), makes and serves pancakes for Breakfast with Santa, reads aloud stories to children and volunteers to man games at the Dr. Seuss birthday party, and can be seen almost daily at the 8-week summer reading program events helping with crafts and programs. Betty is the sole administrator of the Friends of the Library Facebook page, and uses the social media to promote activities at the library.
But more than being a member of the Friends of the Library, Betty is a friend to the library staff. When all my staff were sick with the flu, Betty stepped in and helped keep the library open. She has championed our cause by speaking to City officials when restrictions were placed upon freedom of speech and equal access. And when our colleagues at Clovis-Carver were murdered, Betty delivered cookies, gave hugs, and shared tears with us. Suffice it to say she devotes hundreds of hours to the library each year.
In honor of her loyal and generous spirit it is our pleasure to present Betty Williamson with the Patricia Bazar Community Volunteer of the Year Award."
What is the "Patricia Bazar Community Volunteer of the Year" Award?
In Memory of Patricia Bazar
She touched our lives with her love and
changed our community with her service.
May we always live up to the truth she showed us—
that life is rich when we give of ourselves.
In 2017, United Way lost a dedicated staff member-Patricia Bazar.
Patricia gave of herself to many organizations and causes and it that willingness to GIVE BACK, not to ONE favorite cause but to the COMMUNITY at large that UWENM wants to memorialize.
When she died she was serving the Clovis Ministerial Alliance as Secretary; was Student of the Month chairperson for the El Desayuno Kiwanis; was a member of Clovis Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors-she would take personal leave to help with the Music Festival each year; and actively served at all events for Lighthouse Mission as well as brought the men’s program 2 gallons of milk per week.
That is why the United Way Board of Directors has decided to create the “Patricia Bazar- Community Volunteer of the Year Award” to recognize the service of individuals who broadly volunteer across our community.
Going forward whenever a person rises to this level of selfless giving, we will honor them and Patricia’s memory with this award and make a $500 donation to the local charity of the recipient’s choice.