The 14th annual Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Van Buren will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, at Butterfield Assembly of God Church.
Tickets are $15 and available the office of the presenting sponsor Shelter Insurance - Agent Casey Hess in Alma. Tickets also will be at Swaim Office Products, Joseph Rhodes State Farm and Boys and Girls Club of Van Buren. Only a limited number of tickets will be available at the door.
Keynote speaker will be Alan Swaim, a Van Buren City Council member and was the director of the Fields of Dreams Sports Complex for 17 years before retiring in 2012. In 2017, he was inducted into the Babe Ruth Hall of Fame.
Swaim is most recognized for his leadership role in bringing the Babe Ruth World Series to the Field of Dreams in Van Buren. Van Buren hosted the 2004 Babe Ruth 13-Year-Old World Series, the 2007 Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series, the 2008 Babe Ruth 13-15 World Series and the 2012 13-15 World Series.
After concluding its first World Series event, Babe Ruth headquarters was so amazed by Swaim’s accomplishments, that they asked him and his World Series committee members to host training centers for other groups getting ready to host their first Babe Ruth League World Series.
Swaim is a former board member for the Boys and Girls Club of Van Buren and Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce. During his time with the boys and girls club, he also served as a coach and mentor to many young people. Swaim also served on the Arkansas State Outdoor Recreation Grants Commission.
In addition to his recent induction into the Babe Ruth League Hall of Fame, Swaim has received many deserving honors over the years, including: 2014 induction into the Southwest Babe Ruth League Hall of Fame, 2008 Babe Ruth League “Lefty Gomez Volunteer of the Year” award, 2005 Van Buren Iverson Riggs Memorial Citizen of the Year award, 2004 Sertoma Club Service to Mankind Award, 2004 Kiwanis Club volunteer of the year, 1982 Fort Smith Boy’s Club man of the year and the 1982 Optimist Club youth worker of the year.
He is the former owner and operator of Swaim Office Supplies.
George Edelen will cater the event. Blue Stripe BBQ will provide pulled pork, smoked chicken, baked beans, potato salad and water or tea.
Master of ceremonies will be Joe Hurst while Pastor Patrick Kimberland of Butterfield Church will give the invocation. The flags will be presented by the Van Buren High School Pointer Battalion and members of the K-Kids clubs will sing the National Anthem and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
Pastor Daniel Stewart will prayer for community and state leaders before Bob Freeman, who is retiring Dec. 31 as mayor of Van Buren, reflects on his 12 years of service to the city.
All pastors attending the lunch will offer a special prayer for the mayor before Pastor Wes Hilliard of Heritage United Methodist Church will give the closing prayer.
Kiwanis President Daniel Skipper said proceeds from the Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon help support the Kiwanis Club and its efforts to promote character and leadership skills with the K-Kids programs in Van Buren elementary schools.