Long-time Clive resident Linda Shanks has been selected by The Clive Lions Club as Clive Citizen of the Year for 2016. Linda has been exceedingly involved in many aspects of the community over the years as Past President of the Clive Festival Committee, resident historian and long-time board member of the Clive Historical Society, a former member of the Clive Lions Club, a long-time member of the Clive Good Idea Club and member of the Clive Public Arts Commission, among other volunteer activities. It should be noted that Linda was recognized as Clive Citizen of the Year in 1995.
And now to the reason for her nomination and ultimate selection as Citizen of the Year for 2016. For several years, it has weighed on Linda’s heart that many families in the Clive community are food insecure, primarily those individuals and families that live in the Eastern area of Clive with many of them being students of the Crestview School of Inquiry. The dream and later mission began with Linda to start a local food pantry to aid the underserved in the Clive community. She brought together other like-minded people, formed a Board of Directors, secured assistance from the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC), secured 501(C3) non-profit designation and led the Board of Directors to establish what is now known as Clive Community Services (CCS) in 2016. CCS is a full-fledged food pantry, clothing closet and will soon be offering free medical services to those in need through a partnership with Free Clinics of Iowa. CCS has come to serve hundreds of individuals in Clive and beyond as a no-boundaries food pantry within a very short period of time.
Linda has three children, Kayla Shanks-Peterson, Gayla Anderson, David Shanks, six grandchildren and a late husband Gail. Her hobbies, other than community volunteering include creating children’s bible study computer books through BFK Publishing, a business that she owns and operates.