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The latest City of Roswell Outstanding Citizen Award is honoring a couple nominated for being “quietly instrumental in community development.” The quarterly award was presented to Robert G. Armstrong and Sara C. Armstrong during the City Council meeting Feb. 9.
Bob and Sara, as well as other members of their family, have been active in helping the community in many ways for many years. Bob is currently chairman of the Board of Directors of the Roswell/Chaves County Economic Development Corporation. The nomination for the award described the Armstrongs as promoting and bettering Roswell in areas including economic development, children’s welfare, culture and arts, as well as lending political support, at both the state and federal levels, to community efforts.
Bob is president and Sara is vice president of Armstrong Energy Corporation. Bob is on the board of the National Petroleum Council. The Armstrong family also owns and manages several oil and gas properties, as well as farm and ranch properties, through various corporations they own.
In helping lead the Roswell/Chaves County Economic Development Corporation, Bob has played a key role in projects such as the Spring River Apartments, which is Roswell’s first apartment development, currently underway in the west part of the city, in some 20 years, and the Alien City Solar Farm, which is the largest solar farm in New Mexico and is located northeast of Roswell. He has also had key involvement in launching the economic development study of the Roswell International Air Center, establishing commercial flights between Roswell and Phoenix, bringing international pilot training to the air center, and promoting the city and county to the film industry.
For more than 20 years, Bob has been part of the United Way of Chaves County Foundation. His past public and community service includes the Roswell Library Foundation, New Mexico Military Institute Board of Regents, Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Foundation and the Governor’s Business Advisory Council.
Sara is involved with the New Mexico Children’s Foundation, serving on its board since 2007, including two years as president. The foundation funds small non-profit children’s organizations. She also serves the children of this community by being a court-appointed special advocate for the Chaves County CASA program, representing and interacting directly with abused or neglected children.
The Outstanding Citizen Award seeks to recognize those who excel in their chosen profession, have devoted significant time and energy to improve the quality of life for local residents, and have provided leadership to assist others. A committee of city councilors and city staff considers the nominations for the award and selects each honoree.
An Outstanding Citizen nominee may be a youth or adult and must meet the following criteria:
*Demonstrates excellence, creativity and initiative in the community to improve the quality of life for residents.
*Devotes a significant amount of time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community.
*Inspires others to get involved in the community’s vision.
*Demonstrates loyalty, dedication, positive attitude, integrity and above-and-beyond service to the community.
Nominations are being accepted for the next award period. The online award nomination form can be found at