Bently Allen of Paris was instrumental in the establishment of a Boys Club in Paris. He served as the club’s first director for 12 years and served 45 years as a member of the board of directors for what is now known as the Boys and Girls Club of Paris, was honored for his decades of service to the club when it hosted the Paris Area Chamber of Commerce’s Coffee and Donuts event on Thursday, Sept. 13.

Allen stepped down from the board earlier this year. In addition to serving on the board, Allen also volunteers his time tutoring at the club.

Allen was honored by the club’s board of directors and by Paris Mayor Daniel Rogers, who presented him with a proclamation naming Sept. 13 as Bently Allen Day in Paris.

A very large crowd was in attendance at the event, during which North Logan County Farm Bureau was named the PACC’s Business of the Month for September.

“As many know, Bently’s commitment to the community’s youth far exceeded his position on the board, spending literally countless hours volunteering at the club by tutoring and counselling its members, as well as many other roles Bently has played throughout our community,” said board member Tyler Barham. “His presence on the board will be missed and the board thanks him for his many years of service. His influence has helped sculpt the community’s youth since 1959 and will continue to for many years to come.”

In reading the proclamation, Rogers said it was being issued “with my sincere thanks for believing in Paris and our community.”