Tuesday, 01 June 2010 19:10
Last Updated on Sunday, 12 February 2012 19:38
LEVELLAND - A Lubbock civic leader, Howard Mercer, was presented Rotary International's prestigious Service Above Self Award during the District 5730 Assembly in Levelland on May 22.
The award, presented to just 150 Rotarians world-wide, is in recognition of Mercer's long-time commitment to alleviating hunger both locally and globally. He is the recipient of one of seven awards presented in Texas this year and the only one in Lubbock.
Mercer, a long-time volunteer and board member of the South Plains Food Bank, is the charter chairman of Breedlove Foods, Inc., the operator of the Breedlove Dehydration Plant.
He was also instrumental in the planting and establishment of the Apple Orchard, which provides fresh apples to hungry people on the South Plains.
A member of the Southwest Lubbock Rotary Club since 1982, he went on the board of the food bank in 1990.
The founder and president for 42 year of West Texas Optical, he retired and closed his business, which had seven retail outlets, in 1992, giving him more time for volunteer service.