Some of the District's most outstanding fathers were honored Saturday at the fifth annual Father's Day celebration sponsored by the D.C. Federation of Civic Associations, Inc.

Joseph Warren Carter of B Street SE was named 1981 Citywide Father of the Year, and received a plaque from federation President Arthur V. Meigs. The celebration at the Mayflower Hotel was attended by 200 people.

Gladys A. Roberts, president of the Midway Civic Association, who introduced Carter, described him as a member "of a family that has given to the community."

"Mr. Carter," she added, "we want you to enjoy your award. We want you to enjoy your retirement after 39 years of service."

Receiving a standing ovation from the audience, Carter said he felt good about being chosen 1981 citywide father of the year.

"I feel that the father's role is frustrating at times, but the rewards you reap overcome the frustrations after you've reared your children and they have become responsible and respectable citizens of the community," Carter said.

"Fathers should have a sense of commitment to the community," he added. "That will make things better for the community and your children."

Carter, 60, has been active in the D.C. Federation of Civic Associations for 21 years. His wife/Margaret Carter is president of the Civic Betterment Association, a member of the federation, which is concerned with community problems and sponsors social programs for young people and adults.

Joseph Carter is chairman of the federation's civil protection committee and has served as chairman of its recreation and awards committees. A past president of the Civic Betterment Association, he has been involved with the Far Northeast-Southeast Council for 21 years.

Carter retired this year as a GS-9 printing specialist after 39 years as a civilian employe of the U.S. Air Force. He has received 10 awards for his outstanding service -- three from the Air Force and seven from various community organizations.

"He worked with the awards committee for a long time and would not accept a nomination as father of the year," Margaret Carter said of her husband. "But finally he has received an honor that he deserves."

The Carter's son Zachery, an attorney for a New York City law firm, sat at the head table with his mother and father, "I'm very proud," Zachary said. "He is . . . all the things that people said about devotion to the community. He really feels an obligation to do things; and because of his example, I never felt comfortable not doing things for the community."

Lillian Huff, third vice president of the D.C. Federation of Civic Associations, announced that this year's federation "king" is Everett W. Scott, outstanding father of the Lamond Riggs Civic Association. This award goes to the outstanding father in the local civic association that sells the most tickets for the celebration. Proceeds are used for scholarships.

Twenty-one of 56 local civic associations submitted their selections for father of the year in their communities. The 1981 local civic association fathers are:

Robert Artisst of Brookland; Ernest Norwood of Capitol View; Clyde E. Howard Jr. of Central Northwest; Nathan L. Ferris of Cleveland Park; Charles E. Logan of Congress Heights: George H. Smith of Dupont Park; John H. Miles Jr. of Edgewood; Eldridge W. Buchanan Sr. of Fort Stanton; Garrett B. Terrell of Ivy City-Trinidad; Allen Johnson of Kingman Park; and Everett W. Scott of Lamond Riggs.

Others are Lewis Chapman of LeDroit Park; Arthur R. Darby of Marshall Heights; Harry Vonk of Midway; James Roy Belk of Mount Olivet Heights; Joseph Jackson of North Michigan Park; William L. Morrow of North Portal Estates; Gregory R. New of Public Interest Civic Association of Northeast Washington; George Grimstead of River Terrace; Thomas Taylor of Garfield-Douglas; Norris A. Dodson III of Shepherd Park; and William Andrew Cochran of Georgetown.