Grand Marshal -- Chief Rhys Williams
The Krewe of Blarney is proud to bestow this yearís honor upon Eureka Springs Fire Chief Rhys Williams.
Chief Williams has been a member of the local community since 1979. He joined the Eureka Springs Fire Department in 1983 as a volunteer and became an Emergency Medical Technician shortly thereafter. In 1986 Williams was hired as a full time EMT/firefighter. From there, Williams moved up the ranks to Captain.
In 2002 Rhys Willams changed departments and became a career Captain with the Holiday Island Fire Department. Under HIFD Chief Jack Deaton, Williams was promoted to Assistant Fire Chief. 2009 saw Williams return to his home department as Fire Chief.
Rhys Williams is active as a community member. He is a supporter of the Special Olympics and coordinates the Muscular Dystrophy Associationís Fill-the-Boot drive. The boot drive is an annual fund raiser hosted through the local fire departments. Williams also is a force behind promoting the Eureka area tourism. He serves on the race planning committee for the Eurekan and often works behind the scenes encouraging tourist events and conferences.
In addition to his work, Rhys Williams enjoys sailing and fishing. He keeps in shape by running an average of eight miles a week. Williams has been married for nineteen years to Anita Newberry of Carroll County and has four children along with five grandchildren
Our Colleens for 2012
Not able to reduce to one only Colleen,
the Kaptains elected all four candidates to be honored
Colleen Boardman, daughter of Jennifer Boardman, is a Senior at Eureka Springs High School. She is interested in playing the piano and has attended Inspiration Point FAC Piano Camp the past 3 years on scholarships. She went to the State Girls Golf Tournament, where the team won First Place. She has taken two courses on community scholarships at ESSA in stained glass and maintains her own studio at home.
Colleen excels in academics and is an officer in the National Honor Society and carries an ESHS Renaissance Gold Card. She attended Arkansas Governor's School for four weeks this past summer.
She is the Secretary of her class, Junior Bank Board President at Arvest Bank and is a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church.
ó And as her name dictates, she is a "Maiden with some Irish Blood"!
Jordan Jackson, daughter of Danielle Royal & Scott Jackson, is a senior at Eureka Springs High School. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Rotary Club, Student Council, Future Business Leaders of America and also sits on the Arvest Junior Bank Board. Last summer, she traveled to Australia as a student ambassador with People to People and will be joining them this summer to Greece, Italy and France. Jordan will graduate with honors in the Spring and plans to attend college in the Fall.