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Autumn 2011 Volunteer Recognition

Jeannie Graham, Mike Lessard, Kim Shannon and Kristi Shreve: 6 seasons

Debbie-Smith Berlin and Julie Monnot: 10 seasons

Clarence Ruby and Jim Thayer: 30 seasons

Outstanding Service Award: Jim Thayer
This award is presented for service above and beyond the expected. Jim has been instrumental in our participation in the seasonal butterfly counts that contribute to vital nationwide data. He leads our monthly ’Butterfly Walks’ from April-October, sharing his passion for butterflies with all ages. With Jim’s guidance our butterfly programs continue to grow in popularity! Jim also serves on the Board of Directors for ONCA.

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Spring 2011 Volunteer Recognition

Rusty Grimpe: 10 Year Service Award

Orman Landers: 3 Year Service Award

Tyler Rigney: 3 Year Service Award

Jacquie Young received her fire-making kit for her 10 years of service.

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Autumn 2010 Volunteer Recognition

Bob Aggas: 30 seasons

Kim Bebee and Sharon Cairns: 20 seasons

Kristie Melton: 10 seasons

Montez Mutzig: 6 seasons

Outstanding Service Award: Mike Lessard and Judy Wallis.
This award is presented for service above and beyond what is expected. Mike stepped up to fill in on leading weekend tours, night walks, and weekday school tours at a moment’s notice. Judy led tours as a volunteer naturalist and donated over 80 hours to paint a mural in our new children’s area.

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Spring 2010 Volunteer Recognition

Kathy Huber: 25 years of service (Fall 1992-Summer 2010)

Wally Whaling: Outstanding Volunteer!

Helen Madden: 15 years of service

Charles Champlin: 10 years of service

Jacquie Young: 10 years of service

Debbie-Smith-Berlin: 3 years of service

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Autumn 2009 Volunteer Recognition

Dick Sherry: Outstanding Volunteer!

Len Eames: 40 seasons of service

Jacques LaFrance: 40 seasons of service

Tom Clark: 15 years of service

Phyllis Stroud: 15 years of service

Elisabeth Ham: 10 years of service

Chloe Oney: 10 years of service

John Fisher: 6 seasons of service

Robert Horton: 6 seasons of service

John, Paula, and Michael Schumann: 6 seasons ofservice

Velma Mayfield: 6 seasons of service

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Spring 2009 Volunteer Recognition

Allen White: 20 years or 40 seasons

Ashley Emerson: 5 years or 10 seasons

Kathy Goodwin, DeAnn McArtor, Ed Cumming, Jane Knoten: 3 years or 6 seasons

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Fall 2008 Volunteer Recognition

Autumn 2008 awards announced at the January 8th Volunteer Awards Dinner

Dick Sherry: Outstanding Volunteer Award (Vest)

Len Eames: 20 years or forty seasons (Walnut Plaque)

Jacques LaFrance: 20 years or forty seasons (Walnut Plaque)

Tom Clark: 15 years or thirty seasons (Nature Store Gift Certificate)

Phyllis Stroud: 15 years or thirty seasons (Nature Store Gift Certificate)

Elisabeth Ham: 10 years or twenty seasons (Trading Post Coupons)

Chloe Oney: 10 years or twenty seasons (Trading Post Coupons)

John Fisher: 3 years or six seasons (Lapel Pins)

Robert Horton: 3 years or six seasons (Lapel Pins)

Velman Mayfield: 3 years or six seasons (Lapel Pins)

John Schumann: 3 years or six seasons (Lapel Pins)

Michael Schumann: 3 years or six seasons (Lapel Pins)

Paula Schumann: 3 years or six seasons (Lapel Pins)

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Spring 2008 Volunteer Recognition

On Monday, June 9, our volunteers celebrated the spring season with a barbecue and potluck dinner at the Tulsa Garden Center. This was our opportunity to recognize volunteers that have reached milestones in their service to Oxley Nature Center.
The following volunteers received awards:

Jonathan Duerbeck: Outstanding Volunteer Award, 3 years of service (6 seasons)

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Fall 2007 Volunteer Recognition

Many of our volunteers, staff, and guests gathered at the Tulsa Garden Center January 3 to honor our volunteers and present awards.

Pam Robinson, 3 years service

Carol Eames, 5 years service

Rusty Grimpe, 5 years service

Jo Loyd, 10 years service

Bambi Murphy, 10 years service

Dot Schultze, 15 years service

Wally Whaling, 20 years service

Tommy Duncan, 25 years service

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Spring 2007 Volunteer Recognition

On Tuesday, May 22, Oxley Nature Center volunteers and staff gathered at the Tulsa Garden Center to celebrate with a potluck dinner and awards ceremony. The Friends of Oxley provided the venue and the barbeque for this semi-annual event. Our volunteers make it possible for us to serve the recreational  and educational  needs of Tulsa and surrounding communities.

This season the Schumann family received our outstanding volunteers award for their dedicated service to keeping the Coal Creek Trail, Blackbird Marsh, and other areas at Oxley free of trash. Coal Creek is one of our most difficult trails to maintain as new trash is washed in and deposited every time it rains or the water level fluctuates. John, Paula, and Michael (age 7) are among the many hard workers who help to ensure your walk is more pleasant, and our park is more beautiful!

John, Paula & Michael Schumann:  Outstanding Volunteers Award

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Fall 2006 Volunteer Recognition

On Wednesday, December 13, Oxley Nature Center volunteers and staff gathered at the Tulsa Garden Center to celebrate with a potluck dinner and awards ceremony.  Our volunteers make it possible for us to serve the recreational  and educational  needs of Tulsa and surrounding areas. The following volunteers received the following awards:

Bob Pugh:  Volunteer Naturalist, 15 years service

Bennie Wood:  Volunteer Naturalist, 15 years service

Jacquie Young:  Volunteer Naturalist, 5 years service

Ashley Emerson Volunteer Naturalist, 3 years service

Art Browning:  Volunteer Naturalist, 5 years service

Su Davis:  ONCA Board, 3 years service

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Spring 2006 Volunteer Recognition

Our volunteers were awesome this spring! We met Tuesday, June 6 at the Tulsa Garden Center to honor our volunteers and present awards to these people who gave their time to make our Nature Center a memorable experience for thousands of visitors of all ages. Introducing “nature” in all its myriad forms, and making a vital connection, is an ongoing process.

For a variety of personal reasons, many of our staunch volunteer naturalists could not be active during the past spring school field trip season. Our active volunteers rose to the challenge, taking our frequent phone calls asking for extra help (in addition to their regularly scheduled days). We could have never reached the number of school children we have without their dedication. Some of our volunteers also present winter outreach programs to schools or lead weekend tours and night walks throughout the year.

Our visitor center hosts provide invaluable help to visitors seeking information and guidance. Their brief contact with the public who call or visit is an important touchstone that creates a positive experience and perhaps an enduring interest in nature. Trail work volunteers, and those who adopt a trail, have worked to ensure the trails are in good condition for those who choose to visit our various habitats. Education outreach volunteers operate booths at various events, spreading the word about nature and what we have to offer. Others present special programs offered by Oxley, both on and offsite. We receive help with The Nature Store and inventory; and with getting this newsletter to YOU in a timely manner.

Members of ONCA Board of Directors are responsible for helping the Nature Center to excel in achieving its mission. We could not operate without them. They provide guidance and support in all aspects of our operation. President Dick Sherry recently received the individual 2006 Council Oak Award for outstanding contributions to the citizens of Tulsa through the Tulsa Park and Recreation Department, a much deserved honor.

Many of our volunteers serve in more than one capacity, participating in two or more activities. Did I say awesome? You bet!

Outstanding volunteer for service above and beyond!
Carol Eames

15 year service award
Barb Daily
Herb Fowler
Jacques La France

10 year service award
Helen Madden

5 year service award
Karen Bryan

3 year service award
Rusty Grimpe
Cindy Witherspoon

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Fall 2005 Volunteer Recognition

Many of our volunteers, staff, and guests gathered at the Tulsa Garden Center December 6 to celebrate all the services our wonderful volunteers provide to so many different people. The following awards were presented:

Outstanding Volunteers - Vest
Bambie Murphy
Jacquie Young

20 Years/40 Seasons - Award Plaque
Marilee Chambers
Sharon Duncan
Tommy Duncan
Troy Thayer

5 Years/10 Seasons - Frameable Print
Sharon Cairns
Mary Lou McGilbra
Jim Thayer
Karen Watkins

3 Year/6 Season - Lapel Pin
Carol Eames
Kristen Melton:

Thank you to all our volunteers for your amazing help!

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Spring 2005 Volunteer Recognition

Volunteers, staff, family, and friends celebrated a successful spring season with an awards dinner on June 2, 2005, The following volunteers reached significant milestones:


 

3 year award
Shannon Chatwin
Julie Monnot
Dee Mounce

 

3 year award
Mike Ayling
Paul Buck
John Kennington

ONCA Board Members present, who despite
years of service had not received a 3 year pin

 

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Fall 2004 Volunteer Recognition

Volunteers, staff, family, and friends celebrated the fall season with an awards dinner on January 25, 2005, postponed form the original December date due to the Mohawk Master Plan public meeting. The following volunteers reached significant milestones:

Outstanding Volunteers
Bob Pugh
Mary Lou McGilbra

15 year award
Allen White

5 year award
Loretta Baily
Kim Bebee

2 year award
Mary Lou McGilbra
Art Browning


Bob Pugh, Allen White & Mary Lou McGildbra

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Spring 2004 Volunteer Recognition

Volunteers, staff, family, and friends celebrated the spring season with an awards dinner on May 14. We gathered to honor our volunteers, and to eat barbecue (provided by ONCA) and pot-luck. Several volunteers reached significant milestones:

10 year award
Bob Aggas, Vendia Coder, Judy LaFrance, and Arlene Seebech

5 year award
Chloeen Oney

3 year award
Karen Bryan and Julianna Monnot

Our volunteers serve in many different capacities and are the backbone of our organization. With their dedication and enthusiasm we are able to reach a greater number of people. Many thanks to all our wonderful volunteers!

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Spring 2003 Volunteer Recognition

On May 20 staff and volunteers gathered to eat a barbeque (provided by ONCA) and potluck dinner. All our volunteers have made this spring season a success with their enthusiasm and time.  Several volunteers have reached significant milestones:

Outstanding Volunteer
Mary Ellen Johnston

15-Year Award
Marilee Chambers
Ben & Bev Windham

10-Year Award
Jacques LaFrance
Bob Pugh

3-Year Awards
Roger & Patsie Van Denhende

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Fall 2002 Volunteer Recognition

The December 3rd awards celebration featured a wonderful potluck supper at the Knights of Columbus Hall near Mohawk Park. Some special awards and achievements were announced:

20-Year Award
Sharon Duncan
Tommy Duncan
ONCA board, volunteer naturalist, trail work, outreach and much more! 

15-Year Award
Kathy Huber 
Volunteer naturalist & visitor center
Wally Whaling
ONCA Board & visitor center

10-Year Award
Dot Schultze
Volunteer naturalist

5-Year Awards
Bambi Murphy
Volunteer naturalist
Jo Loyd
Burn crew

3-Year Awards
Kim Bebee
Visitor center
Loretta Bailey
Visitor center

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Spring 2002 Volunteer Recognition

Tuesday May 14 staff, volunteers and their guests celebrated together with barbecue provided by the Friends of Oxley. Our volunteers are our most important asset. With all of their talent, skill and enthusiasm we are able to provide our public with high quality nature experiences!

Volunteers of the Year
Elisabeth Ham
Weekdays, Trail Work, Visitor Center
Chloeen Oney
Weekdays, Trail Work, Visitor Center

10-Year Award
Herb Fowler
Weekdays

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Fall 2001 Volunteer Recognition

Oxley volunteers were recognized at an awards pot-luck dinner held at the Knights Of Columbus Hall on the evening of December 4. Volunteers, staff and Board Members celebrated a successful year of serving the public with quality nature experiences.

10-Year Award
Bennie Woods (weekdays)

3-Year Award
Mary Cameris (weekdays)
Elisabeth Ham (weekdays and visitor center)
Ken Hiebert (trail work)

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Spring 2001 Volunteer Recognition

On the evening of May 22, Oxley staff, volunteers, friends and family celebrated the completion of our spring season with a potluck dinner (barbeque provided by the Friends of Oxley Nature Center) and awards presented. Without the dedication and enthusiasm of our volunteers, without their positive energy and the gift of their time, we could not possibly reach our goals.

20 Year Award
Frances Goff
Weekday Naturalist and Visitor Center

15 Year Award
Janiene Oliver
Kid's Saturday Adventure Club (K-2)

10 Year Award
Marilee Chambers, Len Eames
Weekday Volunteer Naturalists
Barb Daily
Weekend Volunteer Naturalist
Allen White
Visitor Center Volunteer

5 Year Award
Charles Champlin, Helen Madden
Weekday Volunteer Naturalists

3 Year Award
Ellen Lee
Weekday Naturalist
Clarence Ruby
Burn Crew

 

Outstanding Service Awards

1988 Nov.
Dan Lynch

1990 Nov.
Frances Goff,
Sharon Duncan,
Tom Duncan

1993 Nov.
Aline Romero,
Loyd Dotson

1994 May
Bob Hensley

1995 May
Janiene Oliver,
Ramona Jackson

1996 May
Jim Sinclair, Jr.,
Marilee Chambers

1997 May
Allen White,
Kathy Huber

1997 Nov.
Martin Sarasua,
Roger Slakey

1998 May
Len Eames

2000 Nov.
Ken Hiebert

2002 May
Elisabeth Ham,
Chloeen Oney

2003 May
Mary Ellen Johnston

2004 Nov.
Bob Pugh,
Mary Lou McGilbra

2005 Nov.
Bambi Murphy,
Jacquie Young

2006 May
Carol Eames

2007 May
John Schumann,
Paula Schumann,
Michael Schumann

2008 May
Jonathan Duerbeck

2009 May
Dick Sherry

2009 Nov.
Mike Ayling

2010 May
Wally Whaling

2010 Nov.
Mike Lessard,
Judy Wallis

2011 Nov.
Jim Thayer