American flags were flying in Auburn for a week in May. The flags were put up Tuesday May 21, 2019 to honor Auburn Police Officer William (Will) Ray Buechner, Jr, who was killed on duty. The flags remained up all week until the evening of Memorial Day, May 27.
Officer Buechner was fatally wounded Sunday, May 19. His funeral was held Friday, May 25.
Alison Hall (l) and Auburn Civitan Kirk Iversen (r)
At our monthly meeting in May, Alison Hall of the the City of Auburn Parks and Recreation Department spoke about the Department’s programs and its Master Plan. The Department is greatly involved in a many recreational programs for the Auburn community. Auburn Civitans are active supporters of many of these programs.
Auburn Civitans provided a rest stop for participants in the annual Bo Bikes Bama April 27. Over 1,000 cyclists rode in the event this year. About 700 of them did the 60–mile route, including the Civitan rest stop.
Each year, Bo hopes to inspire Alabamians and people across the country to lend their neighbors a helping hand. Money raised by Bo Bikes Bama goes to support the Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund, specifically providing funds for the construction of community storm shelters across the state.
This year was especially relevant because of the March tornados that hit communities in Lee County.
Auburn Civitans served hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks for eager egg hunters at the annual City of Auburn Easter Egg hunt at Kiesel Park on April 20. Funds raised are used for our service projects and charities.
At the monthly April Auburn Civitan meeting, Elsie Lott, manager of the Lee County Community Market, described the work of the Market. The Community Market is part of the Food Bank of East Alabama and provides special nutritional help for families in need. The Civitans are happy to be long–time supporters of the Market.
At the March 2019 Auburn Civitan meeting, Civitan Dr. Bryan Chin presented a talk about the Last Model A – a one-of-a-kind Estate Wagon built by Henry Ford II. This automobile was build expressly for Ford, and was then passed down to others until found by Bryan.