CITIZEN OF THE YEAR – Bob Owens “The Sound Guy”

Bob Owens exemplifies volunteerism in the community and proves that a talented and dedicated volunteer is invaluable.

In Wamego we often quote Chris Hupe when speaking about the power of volunteerism. As Chris likes to say, Wamego is a community of “net-givers”, those who give more than they take and do so to benefit the greater cause. Our Citizen of the Year most definitely fits into that category. He is a talented and dedicated volunteer who also fosters volunteerism in others. He is kind and patient, always in a good mood and never too busy to mentor those around him. And finally, he is dependable, someone who can be counted on both when the lights are brightest and when no one is watching. Our Citizen of the Year is affectionately known as “The Sound Guy”, Bob Owens.

Bob is a longtime keystone of the Columbian Theatre. He has devoted countless volunteer hours to running sound and providing technical assistance to nearly every production in the past 10 years. Bob’s dedication to his craft requires a significant investment of time and talent in the days and weeks leading up to a production, and typically results in him being the last one out the door after a show. The fruits of Bob’s labor are seen, and heard, by attendees at Columbian productions who visit Wamego from near and far. In addition to all of the Columbian shows, Bob plays a key role in major community fundraisers, scheduled events at the Columbian and Oz Museum, Wamego High School productions, and our showcase festivals. The Chamber is the beneficiary of Bob’s talent and dedication as he spends long days out in the Kansas weather running entertainment stages at Tulip Festival and OZtoberFest.

Bob, we thank you and Kim for being such wonderful representatives of Wamego. Your choice to invest your time and talent into our community sets an example we can all strive to follow. We are honored to present you with the Citizen of the Year award.

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