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    Raymond Chambers to be Awarded 8th Annual Willbanks Award


    The Community Service Youth Foundation will award Raymond Chambers the 2018 Steve Willbanks Award for outstanding service to youth on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute starting at 6:30 p.m.


    “Raymond embodies the true heart of a servant leader,” said Susan Okroglic, President/CEO of CSI.   “His years of dedicated service have helped shape CSI into the organization it is today.”


    Chambers was in the educational sector for 35 years before retiring in 2003 as the superintendent of the South Conway County School District, a position he held for 14 years.  His personal education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Texas Southern University, a Master of Science in Social Studies from Henderson State University, a Master of Education in Administration and an Educational Specialist Degree in Administration from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.


    After his retirement, Chambers served on a Bias and Sensitivity Committee for the Pennsylvania School System.  He also is immensely involved with community projects.  His volunteer work was cited in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on Sept. 9, 2015 under the title Retired Superintendent has done “Word of Good”. The Morrilton Area Chamber of Commerce voted him as 2015 Morrilton Citizen of The Year.  That same year the Conway County NAACP presented him with their 2015 Presidential Award, and he received the Prestigious Human Rights Award from the Conway County Church Women United and the Martin Luther King Jr. Committee.


    Chambers is a member of the Community Service Youth Foundation Board of Directors, a member of the First United Methodist Church of Morrilton serving on serval committees, a member of the Rotary Club of Morrilton and receipt of the Paul Harris Fellowship, South Conway County School Foundation Board, Conway County Care Center Board and numerous other committees in Morrilton and Hot Springs.


    He and his lovely wife Willye of 54 years have two sons Eric (deceased) and Ivan, four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one goddaughter and one niece.


    The award was established in 2011 to honor Willbanks for his more than 40 years of leadership as President/CEO of Community Service, Inc.  Guests will enjoy music, a silent auction, heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks.   All proceeds benefit the Community Service Youth Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Community Service, Inc.  Tickets are only $50.00 each and may be obtained by calling 501-354-4589 or online at csiyouth.com  Sponsorships are also available. Past honorees of the award include Judy Calhoun, Gwen Massingill, Katherine Foust, Judge

    Jimmy Hart, Charles Penick, Dustin McDaniel and John Gibson.


    Community Service Inc, offers a variety of programs including prevention and education, therapeutic foster care, day treatment for students who are not able to function in a normal school setting, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, First Tee Character Development, Youth Leadership, and juvenile justice to reduce repeat offences.


    They have locations in seven counties in west central Arkansas including Conway, Faulkner, Franklin, Johnson, Pope, Van Buren and Yell counties. Last year more than 1,200 youth were helped.