Serving the Children of the World
2012 Distinguished Service to Children Award presented to Mr. Joe Barroso

Derek McAleer presents the 2012 award to Joe Barroso

The Distinguished Service To Children award recognizes contributions and efforts to the Middle Georgia community that are focused towards improving the well being, care, general welfare, opportunities, and education of children ages 18 and below. Eligible nominees must live in Bibb, Monroe, Jones, Crawford, Peach, Houston, or Twiggs County. They must be nominated for VOLUNTEER work, not for professional or paid work.

Mr. Joe Barroso and his wife raised four sons of their own. Three of his boys are about grown, and the youngest is 15. But Mr. Barroso isn’t fading out as his children grow up; he continues to impact the lives of children through his volunteer work.

In the community, Mr. Barroso volunteers with scouting. He is assistant scout master for Troop 10, volunteers at the annual Day Camp at Camp Benjamin Hawkins, and works with the Council’s Fall Festival. He serves as BSA chairman of the Camp Masters group. Three of his boys are now Eagle scouts; the youngest is working hard towards this goal.

In our area schools, Joe Barroso works with Science and Engineering Clubs at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Macon and at Russell Elementary in Houston County. He shares his love of engineering and doing cool “geek” stuff with the students through the such activities as First Lego League and the Robotics Club, though I don’t think there is any truth to the rumor that he is developing a Macon version of “Mythbusters” just so 5th graders can blow things up! He has worked with Russell Elementary for 12 years, and with St. Joseph’s for 6 years. His clubs are so much fun, there are waiting lists of students who want to get in! How’s that for education!

In addition to this, Joe is a volunteer fireman in Crawford County where he lives, and is a volunteer at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, his community of faith. And he still finds time to go to work every day as a lead systems engineer at WRAFB.

Dr. Hlavaty, principal of St. Joseph’s School and the person who nominated Mr. Barroso, noted that even though Joe’s sons are no longer at the school nor in Cub Scouts, he is still volunteering. Why? Joe says it very simply: “I am here to have fun and do stuff. That’s enough for me!”

The Kiwanis Club of Macon is pleased to be able to recognize Mr. Barroso’s service to the children and youth of our community, and to honor him as the 2012 recipient of the Distinguished Service To Children award.