COLUMBUS, Neb. -Two Sutton natives who made Columbus their home for decades have been named Columbus Days Royalty for 2017.
Bob Arp was named King Ferdinand and Pat Anderson was announced as Queen Isabella for their impact and service to Columbus.
Anderson came to Columbus from Sutton in 1978 and has been heavily involved in the community since. She just completed a nine-year run on the hospital foundation board and is currently president of the library board.
Anderson’s also been involved in the Friends of Music, League of Women Voters, PEO Chapter CH, and is a past director of Consonaires singing group. The licensed pilot also was named Admiral in the Nebraska Navy by former Governor Mike Johanns. She has worked at a family veterinary company for years, while also serving as a substitute teacher and youth soccer coach.
Arp has a similar resume that’s suitable for royalty. He ventured from Sutton to Columbus 33 years ago to be junior high principal of Scotus Central Catholic. He almost immediately joined the Lions Club and has been a member over three decades, now serving as a trustee for the Nebraska Lions Foundation.
He was principal of Lakeview High School for 20 years.
He’s also served as president or chair on the Friends of Music and Columbus Area United Way Board. Arp has various education and community awards, while also serving as an election and USTA registered tennis official. He’s also a long-time Teammates mentor.
The two honored Columbus residents will be crowned August 14th at 5:30 inside the Ramada-Columbus. They were selected by past Columbus Days Royalty.