Clovis resident Frank Romero has been a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles in Clovis for 23 years. He organizes the Eagle’s annual children’s shopping spree and La Casita Elementary School reading program. Romero said children need positive encouragement.
“Our children are our future. There are enough negative influences right now,” he said.
Romero said he is driven to help needy children because someone helped him as a child.
“A nun at Our Lady of Guadalupe school got me interested in reading, she really inspired me,” he said.
Romero said he enjoys doing the children shopping spree and watching children choose presents for their family members rather than themselves.
“It’s something to see those kids,” he said.
The Eagle’s Children’s Shopping Spree will be held at 6 a.m. on Dec. 18 at Walmart in Clovis. Call 762-9664 to volunteer or donate.
When I get in my car, the first thing I listen to is... 680 AM Spanish music station.
If I had an open plane ticket to anywhere, I would go to… Nowhere. I don’t like to fly. I’m afraid of heights. The last time was to Houston and I told my wife never again.
After a long, hard day, I love to... Sit and relax.
One of my favorite childhood toys is.. A .22 cal pellet gun.
One movie I could watch over and over again is... “Lilies of the Field.”
Tell us about your greatest individual accomplishment. Raised my kids to be responsible adults.
My favorite bad-for-me food is... Tortillas.
What’s your favorite TV show, past and present? “Wagon Train.”
What is your theme song? “One Day at a Time.”
What would you like printed on your gravestone? He left this world a better place.
If you won a $1 million dollar lottery, what would you do first with the money? Help all my family and friends.
What do you think about Clovis? It’s a good place to live.
Tell us about a time you cried. When I saw my wife’s young step brother in a casket. He looked like my son.
Tell us about a happy time. When I married my wife.
Tell us a story about your childhood. We lived in a house by the ice plant. Playing cowboys, my friends and I went into an old steam engine and came out all covered in soot. I don’t remember about my friends but I got a whipping.
When you were a kid, what did you think you’d be doing as an adult? Didn’t think much about the future.
If money were not object, what would you do to make the world a better place? I would provide food and medical care for everyone.
What is your favorite taste? Beans and chili.
What is your favorite smell? Roasting chili.
Tell us how you met your spouse. We were having sodas at Sasser’s Drug on Grand and Main. We lived at the corner of Thornton and Main streets since the day we were married 47 years ago. All of my children were born at the same hospital, went to the same church and the same schools all their lives.
— Compiled by FNM correspondent Liliana Castillo