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Surrounded by members of the Hot Springs Bills youth football team following a football camp at Woodward Field on June 23, Modern Woodmen representative Amber Heinert, left, presents a Hometown Hero Award to Mike Close of Hot Springs for his volunteerism in the community with youth activities.

Hot Springs Police Chief Mike Close recognized for his volunteer efforts with youth activities

HOT SPRINGS –Local volunteer Mike Close, of Hot Springs, was recently recognized for countless hours of service to the community during a Modern Woodmen of America member event on Friday, June 23, held at Woodward Field in Hot Springs.

Close, who is also the Hot Springs Chief of Police, was honored through Modern Woodmen’s Hometown Hero Program for his volunteerism in the community with youth activities, reading to elementary school kids, and development of new youth activities building a solid foundation for years to come. Close was instrumental in starting the Hot Springs Bills Youth Football Program, which will begin its fourth season this coming fall.

As part of the Hometown Hero Program, members of the Hot Springs Modern Woodmen Chapter 5312 presented Close with a certificate and a $50 award grant to be donated to the charitable organization of the honoree’s choice.

“Volunteers form the foundation of a strong community,” said Amber Heinert, local Modern Woodmen volunteer leader. “Modern Woodmen’s Hometown Hero Program gives us the chance to thank those who selflessly give their time to make the world a better place.”

Coordinated by local Modern Woodmen members, the fraternal financial services organization’s Summit chapters, chapters and youth service clubs provide opportunities for members to take part in social and educational activities and volunteer projects to meet local needs.

Modern Woodmen serves members for life. The tax-exempt fraternal benefit society offers life insurance, annuity and investment* products to improve the quality of life of its members, their families and their communities. In turn, members make an impact through social, educational and volunteer activities. In 2016, Modern Woodmen provided $21.7 million and 562,388 member volunteer hours for fraternal activities and programs nationwide.

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