Chamber honors former mayor

By Paul Harris

The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce named former mayor Bruce Snead the 2012 Lud Fiser Citizen of the Year at the Manhattan Convention Center on Friday night.

The 2012 Volunteer of the Year Award was given to C. Clyde Jones.

Snead was elected to a city-record of four consecutive four-year terms as city commissioner. During his tenure, Manhattan saw a 20-percent growth in population. Snead helped oversee the recruitment of NBAF, the widening of Anderson Avenue, the return of the Big Red One, the construction of the Wefald Park Pavilion and the redevelopment project, which includes the construction of the Flint Hills Discovery Center.

During his acceptance speech, Snead took time out to thank his wife Leslie for being the “rock of our family.”

She was greeted with an ovation from the audience. Snead, who moved to Manhattan in 1976, said, “I am so proud to have made this my home.”

Snead ended his speech on a promising note for Manhattan and its citizens. “I’m not done.”

Jones has been in Manhattan since 1960 and soon after arriving became the first dean of Kansas State’s College Business of Administration. But that is not the only first in Jones long career in Manhattan.

Jones, who retired from K-State in 1986, published a book, “Caring for the Aged,” in 1982, which touched on long-term care for the elderly. This led to Jones creating the Community Health Council. In 2003, he made another first as a founding member of the Community Online Resource Campaign, which is responsible of the integration of Internet services in the community.

He started working as a volunteer for the United Way in the 1960s.

Jones is an active member of the First United Methodist Church and serves as the Stephen Minister and represents the church on the board of Shepherds Crossing, an agency that gives rent and utility assistance to needy Manhattan residents.

After nearly 52 years of service, Jones said he always loved giving “service to the greatest community in the United States of America.”

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