Charles Landers is a hometown hero in the eyes of the local Modern Woodmen of America camp.
Members of the Cave City camp recognized Landers' volunteer service and accomplishments Dec. 15. In thanks for his efforts, the camp presented a certificate of its appreciation to Landers.
Landers has always been involved and given back to his community. He attends First Baptist Church, where he was music director for 15 years. He is a past member of the Kiwanis Club, and is currently a member of the chamber of commerce. Landers is involved in activities of the Cave City schools. He actively supports events and is a co-host of the annual radio/TVathon. He opened the original Shirley's Restaurant because Cave City needed a good place to eat, he said. After a year or so, he turned the restaurant over to its namesake.
Landers' biggest community service challenge has been Cave City's annual Watermelon Festival. When he first took charge in 1995, money had to be borrowed just to meet expenses. Since that time, it has become one of the most successful and popular festivities in Arkansas, drawing an estimated 15,000 visitors over a three-day period this year.
"Modern Woodmen deeply believes in volunteer community service and developed a community's service recognition program as a way to acknowledge and thank strong volunteers all across the United States," said Jack Hansen, Modern Woodmen camp secretary.
Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal life insurance organization, provides life insurance, annuities and fraternal programs for more than three-quarters of a million Americans, with its home office in Rock Island, Ill. Modern Woodmen has a camp in Cave City that provides a number of volunteer service and social activities for local members.