Blevens recognized during organization’s Valentine’s Day and Black History Month celebration.
The Sunshine Service Club held its annual Valentine's Day and Black History Month celebration recently at the Community Family Enrichment Center.
The celebration included a dinner hosted by club members; welcome and introductions by Carolyn Hunter, president; door prizes by Annie Tate; and special expressions from guests in the audience.
The highlight of the evening was “A Moment In Black History,” presented by Betty Macon, past president of the club. Macon engaged the audience in a game of Wheel of Fortune to guess the name of the Outstanding African American who would be recognized during the celebration. Answers were given to questions asked by Orlander Macon to make sure the audience understood the procedure that would be followed. Then, taking on the role of Vanna White, Betty Macon gave members of the audience several opportunities to solve the puzzle. After participation from several members in the audience, Dr. Kenneth G. Harris Jr. raised his hand to solve the puzzle with the correct response, “Who Is Dorothy Blevens?” The audience responded with several rounds of roaring applauds expressing their love and support for Dorothy Shephed Blevens who was most worthy of recognition. Macon noted that Blevens has been a faithful and dedicated member of the Sunshine Service Club for 56 years, a membership longer-lasting than any of the current members. During that time, she has served in several capacities including as club president. The Sunshine Service Club can always count on Dorothy to help spread sunshine in the lives of others via its various community projects, including scholarships, sponsoring delegates to Boys and Girls State, Project Prom, and support for families in need of assistance. Dorothy is a native of Magnolia. She is the oldest and only girl in a family of three male siblings. Her parents are Reverend Reul and Horatio Bagsby Shepherd, who had a strong belief and faith in God and wanted their children to achieve and be successful. She and her brothers were taught to read at a very early age, thus setting the stage for Dorothy’s career as a librarian. They were given books to read, and one of her favorite books of all time during her childhood was Little Women which she read again and again. Her parents provided the necessary resources for she and her brothers to attend college and receive their degrees. Dorothy attended Southern University in Baton Rouge, La., and received an undergraduate degree, and a Master of Arts degree from Henderson State University. She continued her education in library science by attending Howard University in Washington, D.C., University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis., University of Central Arkansas in Conway, and Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia. She was hired as the school librarian for Peake High School in September 1955, and later as librarian for Arkadelphia High School and Circulation Librarian for Ouachita Baptist University. She retired in 1989 after a very successful and rewarding career. In all, she served students in Arkadelphia as librarian for 37 years. She is the mother of two children and two grandchildren. She was married to Charles Blevens for 50 years before his death in 2007.
Blevens is an active member of St. Ruth Baptist Church in Gum Springs, and continues to give to her community by volunteering.
She proudly wears her volunteer pin which states, "Volunteers make a difference in the lives of others.”
Most of all, Dorothy Shepherd Blevens rejoices in volunteering because she knows that volunteers get paid in six figures: smiles.