Leroy Thomas is a Portales resident and owner of The Print Shop.
With his wife, Gaynelle, Thomas cooks and delivers lunch for Habitat for Humanity construction volunteers about once a month and works with Meals on Wheels. He also is a member of the Portales Rotary Club and the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home board of directors.
Why do you volunteer? We like to give back to the community. Portales has been a wonderful community for us to live in 50 years now. And I guess some of it is just because they ask.
What is your favorite memory of volunteering? They gave us the bricks from the Tower Twin Theater when it burned down in 1978. The bricks are still on the Yucca Telecom building. Our Rotary Club cleaned them and sold them to the people that were in the Yucca Telecom building at the time.
Would you recommend that people volunteer? Oh, absolutely. I think everyone ought to be involved with volunteering in the community. It makes the community so much a better place to live.
If there was one place in the world you could go, all expenses paid, where would it be? We do travel a lot. I’ve often thought it would be fun to travel that rail service across Alaska or across Canada.
What’s your favorite breakfast food? There’s a lot of things I like for breakfast, but sausage and eggs is one of my favorites. Although, El Rancho does do a good job with those omelets.
If you could have any ability or talent, whether it’s physically possible or not, what would it be? I’d like to be a good singer. I enjoy singing. I’m not good at it, but I like it.
Do you have a favorite movie? One of my favorite movies is “The Wheeler Dealers” because it’s a fun movie.
— Compiled by PNT Senior Writer Argen Duncan.