By Alex Onken
Starkville Daily News
STARKVILLE — The Community Counseling Services board took a few minutes May 24 to honor Kelly Land of Eupora, a board member from 1984-92.
“His eight years were really eight full years,” Velma Jenkins, president of the board of commissioners, said during the meeting. “He only missed one meeting. Not only that, he didn’t stop serving. He continued to be an advocate for mental health in the community.”
The board presented Land, 98, with a proclamation honoring his service. His son, Guy Land, attended the event as well.
“Dad’s been enormously excited,” Guy Land said. “He’s been talking about it ever since they told him. He cared a lot about serving on this board and the work he did with this organization. It’s a great tribute to such a worthy person. I’m very grateful for this recognition for him.”
Before joining CCS, Kelly Land was Webster County’s welfare director for 20 years.
“That position always had a mental health component to it,” Guy Land said. “Because he had been working as the county welfare director, they thought he would be great for this board. It fit in nicely with his desire to help Webster County and that strong mental health is an important way to help others get on track.”
“This award is really above me,” Kelly Land said. “I enjoyed working with these people. I can remember from a long time ago. You don’t think much about the relationships in that moment.”
Tommie Vance now represents Webster County on the CCS board. For more information, visit www.ccsms.org.
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