Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OKC Events: March 29, 2011

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OKC Events: March 29, 2011

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When Dick and Jeannette Sias came to the podium to receive their Individual Impact Award from OKC Beautiful at its annual Distinguished Service Awards luncheon, he had a funny story to tell.

An anonymous letter came to his office on N. Pennsylvania Avenue.

The office sits adjacent to a lovely statue garden that he and Jeannette had created for passersby to enjoy. In the envelope, addressed to "Proprietor," was a small note as follows:

Dear Garden,

You are beautiful.

Every time I pass your way I can't keep my eyes off of you. Oh, how I

would like to stroll you.

An Admirer

The packed house at Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club roared with laughter.

Sias added, "If the author of this note is in the audience, thank you. And to the rest of you, the garden is always open to you to pause, meditate and enjoy."

Kelly Ogle did his usual good job of presenting the award. Winners included the following.

Volunteer Spirit Award, Jerry Cable; Last Frontier Council, Boy Scouts of America, accepted by Pat Rooney, council president; Visionary Award, Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, accepted by Executive Director Kari Watkins; Lifetime Achievement Award, accepted by Dr. Glenn Ashmore; Mayor's Award for Distinguished Service, presented by Mayor Mick Cornett to Oklahoma County Commissioner Brian Maughan; and Chesapeake Energy Corporate Award, Integris Cancer Institute of Oklahoma, presented by Community Relations Director Teresa Rose to Lynda VanHorn, administrative director of operations.

The Morrison Graham Tucker Award went to Amy Spring, immediate past president, and the OKC Beautiful Rookie of the Year went to Roy Smith.

Opening the meeting were Peggy Marquart, event chair; Edie Roodman, honorary chair; and Janie Comstock, president of OKC Beautiful. Musical entertainment was presented by Justin Echols.

Event underwriter was Chesapeake Energy Corp. …

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