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Foundation gives service awards at annual banquet

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Bob Wooley, second from left, receives the 2019 President’s Distinguished Award during the 18th Annual ENMU-R Foundation Banquet held Tuesday at the Roswell Country Club. The Roswell Desk and Derrick Club, represented by its president, Wendy Northcutt, has been given the 2019 Diamond Service Award. Steven Henderson, left, president of the foundation’s board of directors, and Shawn Powell, president of ENMU-R, presented the awards. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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A retired state representative and the local chapter of a professional organization received recognition Tuesday for their support of Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell and the ENMU-R Foundation.

The Roswell Desk and Derrick Club was given the 2019 Diamond Service Award for its scholarship donations.

Bob Wooley, who retired in January 2019 as the District 66 representative to the New Mexico House of Representatives, received the 2019 President’s Distinguished Service Award for his efforts to benefit the area and the local campus.

The two awards were presented during the 18th Annual ENMU-R Foundation Banquet. This year’s event occurred at the Roswell Country Club.

The national Desk and Derrick organization was formed in 1949, and the local group started in April 1952. The group now has 32 active members representing 14 companies.

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“They certainly have supported the scholarships funds. This past year, they have provided over $20,000 to help students who are primarily in the oilfield business,” said Steve Henderson, president of the ENMU-R Foundation Board of Directors.

He added that, in 2018, the group established a new scholarship program providing $2,000 to cover tuition, fees, books and program expenses for students in welding, commercial driver’s license, safety and automotive technology programs.

Wooley was honored for his eight years in the New Mexico Legislature and the support he provided Chaves County residents and entities, including ENMU-R. Legislation he helped push through included appropriations for campus capital needs and educational programs, as well as funding for the Roswell Air Center.

Wooley, who attended with family including wife Janna, said his efforts involved many others.

“All this stuff that it says I did here, I didn’t do this by myself,” he said. “You have to have all these people working together. …. There are seven state representatives and senators who represent Roswell and they all work together.”

The event also included recognition of two Staff Merit Award recipients, Ashley Benavidez and Derek Dubiel, and provided a brief overview of the foundation’s 2018-19 financial results.

The foundation had a 13.9%, or $152,000, increase in income for a total of $1.2 million. It also increased its scholarship funds by $20,000 to $135,000, and provided 175 scholarships.