Munro hon­ored for years of ser­vice

The Sentinel-Record - - FRONT PAGE - GRACE BROWN

Past and present board mem­bers of the Hot Springs Area Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Giv­ing Cir­cle, and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity gath­ered Tues­day to honor local phi­lan­thropist Don Munro at a lun­cheon cel­e­brat­ing his re­tire­ment from the foun­da­tion’s board.

Munro’s phil­an­thropic ef­forts span across a va­ri­ety of local or­ga­ni­za­tions, with a lengthy char­i­ta­ble his­tory that stretches across 40 years of ser­vice to the com­mu­nity, his sup­port­ers noted.

Munro was one of the found­ing mem­bers of the HSACF, and has served on its board of di­rec­tors since it was founded in 1991. He was also the co-founder of both the Giv­ing Cir­cle and the Hot Springs Cul­tural Al­liance.

“He is the most gen­uine car­ing per­son I’ve ever been around. His whole life (has been) giv­ing to oth­ers,” said board Chair­woman Charleen Copeland.

Dozens of guests crowded around Munro as he made his en­trance to the lun­cheon at Spe­cial Touch Cater­ing, 600 Main St., at­tempt­ing to steal a hug and drop a few con­grat­u­la­tory words.

Although Munro has of­fi­cially re­tired, he said he plans to keep up busi­ness as usual and con­tinue his char­i­ta­ble ef­forts through­out the com­mu­nity.

“(Re­tir­ing) feels ter­ri­ble. I hate leav­ing a won­der­ful group like this,” Munro said.

“The com­mu­nity foun­da­tion plays a big part in my fond­est memories from the past 40 years,” he said.

Out­side of his phil­an­thropic ef­forts, Munro founded one of Amer­ica’s largest shoe man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pa­nies, Munro & Co. Inc. The sev­eral man­u­fac­tur­ing plants across the state have em­ployed thou­sands of Arkansans over the years.

Munro’s ded­i­ca­tion to ser­vice has reached far and wide across the com­mu­nity. He served as a board mem­ber of the Arkansas Arts Cen­ter, Arkansas Nature Conservancy, Na­tional Park Com­mu­nity Col­lege Foun­da­tion and an ar­ray of other char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions.

“I’m still here, 40 years later, and in­tend to con­tinue work­ing with or­ga­ni­za­tions to (im­prove Hot Springs),” he said.

The Sentinel-Record/Richard Ras­mussen

HON­ORED: Don Munro speaks with guests dur­ing a re­tire­ment lun­cheon held in his honor Tues­day at Spe­cial Touch Cater­ing.

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