Lewis receives Chamber’s Bill Best Humanitarian Award

Pictured is Richard Lewis (left) receiving the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Bill Best Humanitarian of the Year Award from Allen Tuten. (Photo by T. SCOTT BOATRIGHT/LPJ)

By T. Scott Boatright

Richard Lewis, who managed the family-owned Lewis Department Store for years in Ruston and continues to work in land management, was presented with the Bill Best Humanitarian Award Tuesday night during the 101st annual Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet.

An active member of the Ruston Jaycees for five years and treasurer for one year, Lewis also served on the Ruston Community Theater Board for two years as treasurer as well as serving 11 years as treasurer for the North Central Louisiana Arts Council.

Lewis has also been an DART volunteer in Ruston and in 2020 helped in area hurricane relief efforts based out of Trinity Methodist Church.

He is also currently serving a 10-year term on the Board of the United Methodist Foundation.

For more than 10 years Lewis has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home (LMCH), currently serving as treasurer after eight years as board president.

“Richard Lewis has a long history of humanitarian work on behalf of children and families throughout the ministries of Louisiana Methodist Children and Family Services,’ said LMCH CEO Rick Wheat. “I share my conviction that LMCH is better for Mr. Lewis’ active participation as an engaged member of our board.”


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