Posted by: an acre of oklahoma | January 19, 2010

Nowata Area Chamber 2010 Banquet & Awards

I invite you to attend the Nowata Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet on Thursday, February 21st starting at 6:30pm at the Hillside Christian Life Center. There are many achievement awards this year, so come to celebrate Nowata and its outstanding individuals and businesses.

2010 Lifetime Achievement Award

James Arnold

Having lived in Nowata most of his 93 years, James has consistently had a positive impact on this community.  He exhibits the kind of work ethic and professionalism that one would like to see in all businesses.  Even while working at a full-time professional job over the years, James always found the time to serve in some capacity in many local organizations.  He served on the Board of Directors of the Nowata Hospital, Inc., Nowata City-County Library, area units of the American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, and the Nowata Historical Society. James has participated in many fund-raising events, both with his time and generous donations including the Nowata Spring Livestock Show, Nowata School Band, Nowata Jane Phillips Health Center, Nowata City-County Library, Nowata County Historical Society Museum & Glass Mansion, Nowata 4H Club, Nowata 10-33, and was a major contributor to the water reservoir mural which is also being honored with the 2010 Business Beautification Award. And even with all of his “hometown” philanthropic endeavors, James also found time to reach out to the Tulsa community and served on the Boards of the Tulsa Opera, Tulsa Ballet Theater, and the Tulsa Philharmonic. James Arnold has always been positive in his attitude toward what could be done, what is good about Nowata, and proud of its residents and is truly deserving of the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award.

2010 Citizen of the Year

Doris Marler

Born in Nowata County in 1920, Doris Marler’s life has been one of dedication to her family and her neighbors.  Doris and Gail Marler enjoyed 48 years together and worked the farm while raising a family of six children.  She has been a Sunday School teacher, 4-H Leader, Adair Home Extension 62 year member and has served in nearly every office including president.  She continues to serve as a County Fair Superintendent and County Election board volunteer.  She is a lifetime member of the Silver Hair Legislature and has received volunteer awards in that capacity. In 1992, she became the director of the Nowata Senior Citizens Center where she continues to serve today.  She has been instrumental in expansion and improvement of the center through her grant work.  Doris is known for her hard work and service to community and is a friend to all.

Volunteer of the Year

United Methodist Church Dinners With Love

For thirteen years, volunteers at the First United Methodist Church has served meals to the Nowata community free of charge. Each Wednesday, the “Dinners With Love” volunteers cook and deliver to over 200 individuals within the community Free of charge. All the food and supplies are donated and the adults drive and the youth deliver to homes in Nowata. Along with the more than 200 meals delivered, they also serve from 20 to 30 individuals at the church. Meals are delivered to anyone in the community that would like to have a meal at no charge. The Dinners With Love is a fine example of volunteerism to the community.

Girl of the Year

Meghan Gibson

Meghan is the daughter of Carl & Deana Gibson. She is an honor student at the Nowata High School and is involved in many activities including Student Council, National Honor Society, Show Choir, Class Officer, OASC reporters, FCA, Spanish Club, Academic Team, Bible Club, Methodist District Youth Council Member, Girls State Representative, Homecoming Attendant, Cheerleading and will serve as a Oklahoma Senate Page in March 2010. She represents her school and community in a very positive way and is most deserving of the award.

Boy of the Year

Matthew Woolfolk

Matt is a hard-working respectful student whose leadership, work ethic and willing attitude has  been recognized many times as shown by his selection as Student of the Month many times.  His honors include: National Honor Society, Student Council, FFA and a four-year Letterman and Senior year team captain for football & baseball, 2009 Tight End of the Year and community volunteer.  Matt’s positive attitude in school, on the athletic field and in the community, his work ethic and accomplishments most certainly make him a deserving recipient of the award.

Business of the Year

VFW Ballard Lack Post 2745

The Nowata Veterans of Foreign Wars has made great strides this past year in bettering Nowata has a community.  Their list of activities and sponsorships have included: Community Sweetheart Dance, City Wide Easter Egg Hunt, free Mother’s Day Brunch,  Father’s Day Brisket Giveaway, Haunted House & Halloween Kiddie Carnival.  They organized the Veteran’s Day Parade and Veterans Day Bash.  They awarded the first ever Veterans of Foreign Wars Continuing Education Scholarship.  The VFW has consistently assisted veterans in need with equipment, information and in-house fundraisers.  With the assistance of the Ladies Auxiliary, they contributed to the Blue Star Mothers project.    The VFW was a Boys & Girls Club baseball sponsor, coordinated the Junque Arte Festival’s Patriotic Quilt Block workshop for children, producing a quilt with the help of the Senior Citizens Center women, which toured the US in the God Bless America Quilt Exhibit and is now on display at Camp Stryker in Baghdad, Iraq.

Their many contributions to the quality of life has certainly earned them the honor of 2010 Business of the Year.

New Business of the Year

Nowata Community AntiDrug Network

Nowata CAN was formed in 2007 by concerned citizens who realized that Nowata had not escaped the drug and alcohol abuse that was sweeping across the nation. They received their first grant from the Cherokee Nation in November of 2008 and hired a full time specialist and part-time specialist  in January of 2009. Since that time Nowata CAN has gone full speed ahead in their desire to reduce the use and abuse of alcohol by underage drinkers in Nowata.

Their activities and support of the community have included: Sponsoring the statewide Crystal Darkness watch party,  participating with the Domestic Violence Prevention Council, Senior Citizen Day, conducted a Problem Analysis with church youth, helped to sponsor the Nowata After Graduation Party, participation in the First Time Offenders program, facilitated the Not My Kid community presentation, formulated a proposal for county CAN coalitions, provided information and support for passage of the Social Host ordinance in Nowata, provided informational post cards to Nowata pharmacies and supported Red Ribbon Week in the county.   The organization’s vision statement reads “To help reduce underage drinking and substance abuse within the community of Nowata” and Nowata CAN is well on its way to fulfilling that vision and a welcome and worthwhile asset to the Nowata area.

Business Beautification of theYear.

City of Nowata Beautification Committee

The City of Nowata Beautification Committee was established in the early 1990’s by Spike Radcliff  under sponsorship of  the City of Nowata.  The group’s early accomplishments included tree planting and irrigation at Jack Gordon Park, flower box construction and plantings around town and the acquisition and design of the Spikes Railroad Park.  The current committee has worked for the past two years on projects and activities to enhance the beautification of  Nowata which have included City Wide Spring Clean Up,  seasonal lighting and landscaping at Spikes Park, participation in the Second Saturday downtown work days and most recently, the mural project for the water reservoir tank on Hwy 169.

In only six short weeks the Nowata reservoir tank on Hwy 169 went from an eyesore to a beautiful work of art-a mural depicting the history of Nowata-all because of the generosity of several individuals and organizations, working together to make Nowata a more beautiful place to live and work.  Volunteers began cleaning the tank on September 12th, and after receiving a “Keep Oklahoma Beautiful” grant for 20 Gallons of paint, 18 volunteers showed up on September 26th to paint a base color on both the reservoir and the pump house.  Dr. Bob Palmer, UCO professor and a crew of four, past and present UCO students, braved the wind, rain and cold last week on Thursday afternoon to begin the mural and by Saturday at noon, the work was complete.   The art crew was headed up by Dr. Bob Palmer with Ike Sharon McCoy, Lisa Quisenberry, Scott Henderson and Christen Humphries completing the group.

Even though it was an organized project of the City’s Beautification Committee, the Nowata Community is to be thanked for the transformation of the reservoir. Major contributors and support included Nowata County Historical Society, Harmon Foundation, Nowata Beautification Committee, ARVEST Bank, Regent Bank, NMW, Inc, La Kee Kon, Nowata Womens Club, Rotary Club, Bimi Hicks, Maggie Blevins, James Arnold, J.J. and Margie Reiner, Nowata Elementary School, Nowata Star, Nowata Oklahoma Blog, Doug Boughner KGCT Channel 25, Nowata Depot Café, Sonic, AJ’s Convenience Store, Pizza Hut, Ironman Lanes, Red Hat Ladies and the Silver Saddle Motel.

For years to come literally thousands and thousands of people driving through will see the rich history of Nowata displayed in a great way-and which appropriately includes the flag designed by Ike Radcliff centered in the middle-a most deserving legacy and example of an outstanding beautification effort.

I want to thank Billie Roane for the above information.

Please come and share in the community spirit and a fantastic meal prepared by Kathy Fitzwater and Charlotte Smalley (those ladies can cook!).

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