The above headline from the March 23, 1995 edition of The Fairfield Bay News still holds true for the 2013 Kellenberg & Cuatt Community Service Award winner Willa Wells. Her contagious smile, her positive can do attitude, and her willingness to give of herself for her community, make her a perfect candidate to receive this prestigious award.
Ms. Wells, a native Arkansan transplanted to the Iowa-Illinois border, got to move back to the Natural State in April 1988 for the job of pre-marketing the future Indian Rock Village. She immediately became engaged and involved in Fairfield Bay. Her husband, Bud, commuted back and forth from up north and eventually joined her 5 years later as a permanent Fairfield Bay resident as the Fairfield Bay Code Enforcement Officer.
Willa has served as President of the Rotary Club, President of the Fairfield Bay Literary Club, City Council alderman, the board of the North Central Arkansas Foundation for the Arts in Education, as a member of the Fairfield Bay Little Theater, President of Xi Gamma Tau chapter and currently Vice President of Xi Gamma Zeta of Beta Sigma Phi sorority, Secretary of the Ambassador’s Club, United Way board and fundraising chairperson. She was on the AARP steering committee to help revitalize the local AARP chapter, the first Chamber of Commerce President when it became a separate entity from FCI, and started the “Business After Hours” with six people attending the first one at the IHCC. She was a board member and President of the Van Buren County Aging Program serving the five Senior Centers in VBC and is still on the Advisory Board of the White River Area Agency on Aging where she is Chairperson of the Menu Committee for ten counties. She recently joined the Fairfield Bay Baptist Church and, of course is a choir member where she reunited with former “Tri-Tones” singing partner, Wilba Thompson. She has been a Questers “Antique Club” member for over 20 years, serving as local chapter President and State President. She was recently elected to the Animal Protection League Board.
In 2013 Willa’s willingness to step up and volunteer on the Fairfield Bay News was a key factor in our ability to restructure our cost base for the newspaper and keep it in publication.
It is an honor and a privilege to recognize such an outstanding citizen as the 2013 Kellenberg Cuatt Community Service Award recipient, said Mayor Wellenberger.