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Leadership Texarkana Calling for Annual Award Nominees for Wilbur Smith Awards for Exemplary Community Leadership

Leadership Texarkana Calling for Annual Award Nominees for Wilbur Smith Awards for Exemplary Community Leadership

Texarkana, USA –  February 8, 2017 – Leadership Texarkana is requesting nominations from the community for the organization’s annual Wilbur Awards for exemplary community leadership.

The Wilbur Awards are presented annually to individuals, organizations, and student leaders who epitomize the power of one entity or individual to positively impact our community or region as models of effective leadership and of working together for excellence, pride and progress for our community.

Named in memory of Wilbur Smith, anyone in our area is eligible to nominate – or to be awarded – a Wilbur Award.  Strong nominees will have a history of collaborating in the community to build strong partnerships.  Awards chair Rae Thigpen says, “In particular, we are interested in lifting up individuals and organizations who are working toward the community excellence which citizens have long valued, including work that enhances or safeguards our educational riches, cultural riches, our community’s beauty, or our citizens’ personal well-being, as well as efforts that reflect our community’s commitment to working smart to achieve the best future for all residents.”

Nominations may be made electronically or on paper forms; online nomination forms are available at the Leadership Texarkana website at, or by emailing; paper forms will be made available by calling 903.792.0011.  Completed nomination forms and supporting materials must be received at the Leadership Texarkana office by March 8, 2017.  Winners will be announced and honored at Leadership Texarkana’s Annual Lunch with Leaders on Tuesday, April 11.

Leadership Texarkana has been lifting up exemplary leaders through the presentation of annual Wilbur Awards for Community Leadership since 1992...

LEADERSHIP TEXARKANA is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to engaging and equipping leaders throughout the community in working together for community excellence, pride and progress.  To those ends, Leadership Texarkana dedicates its efforts to educating and developing critical masses of individual leaders throughout the community – crossing all demographic boundaries representing the community at large, as well as to fostering a community culture of effective leadership as a unifying voice of vision, and as a catalyst for effective action alliances. Additional information about Leadership Texarkana can be found at



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