The following is a news release from the West Calcasieu Association of Commerce.
SULPHUR, LA – Lifelong Sulphur resident, Roland J. Moss was presented the 2009 Citizen of the Year Award at West Calcasieu Association of Commerce's 60th Annual Banquet. This award has been presented to deserving citizens of West Calcasieu Parish since 1984.
Presenting the award to Moss, a local businessman and civic leader, was West Calcasieu Association of Commerce's Executive Director, Janice Ackley and Incoming WCAC President, Gerrit Lawrence.
"This year's choice was pretty easy," stated Gerrit Lawrence, WCAC Incoming President. "When we received and reviewed Roland Moss's application, the decision was unanimous who the recipient would be. Moss's accomplishments were amazing and incomparable"
A businessman for over 50 years, highlights of Moss's contributions include being a 51 year member of the Optimist Clubs in Lake Charles and Sulphur where he has held every office in the La. Dist. Including State Governor. He was named Optimist of the Year 18 times and founded and chaired the Optimist Celebrity Golf Tournament which benefited countless, local children. Moss donated countless hours of his time to this event which raised over $1.4 million for local charities. He brought National Sports Celebrities into West Calcasieu to speak to our youth and motivate them to seek a better way of life.
A lifelong resident of Sulphur, married to the former Sondra Miller, father of three children, Melissa, Stuart, and Brendan, and grandfather of six, Moss was also Past Chair of the La. State Special Olympics, Tournament Director of the La. State High School Golf Championships, Charter Member of Maplewood Property Owners Association, coached in Ward 4 Recreation, President and Board Member of Bayou Oaks Country Club, member of Krewe of Cosmos for 50 years and King in 1975, and is also a member of Krewe de la Famille.
He is a board member of the American Red Cross and provided key leadership during the $ 70 million relief effort in SWLA after Hurricane Rita assisting with the feeding Center located at the West Cal Arena.
When asked what motivates him to give so much, he said "I live by a saying that I have stood by my whole life, 'You must give back to your community because look what it has given you." After receiving his award, an emotional Moss said, "No one loves this community more than me!"