According to an old Chinese proverb, “It is easy to
get a thousand soldiers, but difficult to get a general.” The cause of
beautification in Oklahoma has been blessed with more than a
half-century of stewardship from as productive a general as could be
desired. Our general is Stanley Draper, Jr., and his impact on our
state’s landscape is on display in hundreds of places every single day.
His accomplishments are so great that when the first Oklahoma
City Mayor’s Award for Beautification was given to him, the only person
who was the slightest bit surprised was Stanley. Like most great
leaders, he never asks others to do what he himself would not do. That
ranges from pruning trees or picking up litter on a sizzling August day
to serving as an officer or contributing needed funds to worthy
The duty few want and even fewer do well for nonprofits is fundraising.
Stanley single-handedly has been responsible for raising nearly half
the annual budget for The Tree Bank for nearly nine years. Oklahoma
City Beautiful and the Oklahoma City All-Sports Association also have
long benefited from his magic touch as well as his skill for building
lasting partnerships with the private sector.
But what brings smiles to the faces of his fellow Oklahomans
are his more visible aesthetic and environmental accomplishments. He
has overseen The Tree Bank’s planting of more than 51,000 trees and the
distribution of 89,000 seedlings statewide. It seems that almost every
major tree-planting project around central Oklahoma in the past decade
has been spearheaded by Stanley. Go on the walking, jogging and biking
trails around Lake Hefner and you’ll be following paths he pioneered.
Admire the shade in the Quail Creek area of northwest Oklahoma City and
you’ll be appreciating the expansive tree revitalization program he
He has been called an example of what we all strive to become
and one of the principal leaders in our state. Tonight he joins the
sterling company of Joanne Orr, Pen Woods and Sid Patterson as the
fourth recipient of Keep Oklahoma Beautiful’s Lifetime Achievement
Award BECAUSE STANLEY DRAPER, JR., IS GOOD NEWS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP BY EXAMPLE IN OKLAHOMA!
Posted on 05/01/2002
by Sonny Wilkinson filed under