Kiwanis Club honors Powells

Published 12:44 am Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Kiwanis Club of Andalusia gave Roger and Cathy Powell its 2015 Citizen of the Year award.

In making the presentation, club president Debbie Grissett said the couple forms a positive and extraordinary partnership.


“They weave their creativity and dedication within their own family, then liberally disperse among others,” she said.

“When one of them agrees to be in charge of a project or a fundraiser like Red Garter or Act 1, the other one joins in with support to provide the necessary ingredients from scripts to costumes to relationships. When they perform together, they more than double the entertainment quality.”

Roger recently retired as Covington County circuit clerk.

He is well-known for his artistic abilities, and is often called upon to donate his art for fundraising events. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Lower Alabama Arts Coalition.

Roger also is well know for his stage appearance in Red Garter Review as the Church Lady, Pee Wee Herman, and other characters, and has performed with Act I and the Andalusia Ballet. In 2014, he delighted Christmas crowds as the Grinch.

Cathy teaches music and art teacher to more than 600 students at Andalusia Elementary School, where Roger frequently volunteers to help. She also is the director of Covington County’s Distinguished Young Women program, and also counts on Roger as a volunteer and emcee for the annual event.

She also works with the Children’s Advocacy Center to provide children’s artwork fo the site, a project that helps ease the tension for children experiencing trying times.

They are both members of the Presbyterian Church and are involved with all of its activities and outreach programs.

IN accepting the award, Cathy said the couple was shocked and humbled.

“It means more to us that we share it, because everything we do, we do together,” she said.

Grissett said this marked only the second time the award has been shared.