Floyd businessman named Citizen of Year

Alisa Boswell

Jimmy Tivis, a 62-year resident of Floyd and owner of Tivis Dairy Supply, was named Citizen of the Year on Saturday at the Floyd Lion’s Club Country Jamboree.

Highlights noted by Lion’s Club members when presenting the award were his 20 years as a Lion’s Club member and his heavy involvement with the Floyd school system, serving as a board member for 12 years.

“His continual moral support of our staff and kids here is unsurpassed,” said Paul Benoit, superintendent of Floyd Schools. “The school is kind of the heart of the community in Floyd. What we look at is if someone from Floyd is proud to be a part of Floyd and really manifests the ideas and values of being a part of the Floyd rural community.”

Tivis said he was very surprised to be given the honor and deeply moved the Lion’s Club had chosen him.

“Everybody in this community deserves it,” Tivis said. “I haven’t done anything the rest of them haven’t done. It’s a great honor.”

Benoit said Thursday and Friday night drew a good-sized crowd at the jamboree, but Saturday is always the event’s busiest night each year, partly due to the Citizen of the Year Award.

“The event has gone wonderfully,” Benoit said. “It always does and this year is no different. The performance quality is always excellent.”

Fred Patterson, Lion’s Club member and the event coordinator, said performances have included local performers, such as Will Banister on Thursday night and the Triple L Band every night.

“We’ve had some really good song selections and I think the crowd has been pretty pleased with the songs they’ve heard, so it’s been a good show in that aspect,” Patterson said. “The house band has been terrific. Our performers have been really great. Everyone has been at their spots on time and have made an effort to really keep things moving.”

Performers and viewers came from as far as Tucumcari, Texico and Melrose.

“Viki Lee, a Melrose resident who has attended the last four years, said she enjoys the event every year.

“I think the show is unbelievable for the price you pay,” Lee said. “There is some unbelievable talent here.”

Her daughter-in-law, Melanie Lee, was attending for the first time Saturday night.

“I’m surprised there’s so much talent in such a small town,” she said.

Amy Carter, 14, of Portales, has performed at the event for five years and has always enjoyed it.

“It’s really nice,” Carter said. “All the people are really wonderful. We all come out here and have a really good time.”

Patterson said the Lion’s Club works towards making the show better each year and they feel they have succeeded in doing so.

“I think it’s a great event,” Patterson said. “I’ve been really impressed with this project. I’ve been involved with a lot of Lion’s projects over the years and this was one of the best ones I have ever been associated with.”

The final performance begins 2 p.m. today.