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2005 - Best First Effort in Great American Cleanup™ in Oklahoma

Accepting for Garber Community: Doris Forestieri
We’ve seen much bigger communities participate – and we’ve seen them put up much bigger numbers… but we would be hard-pressed to find a community with a much bigger spirit and desire to keep Oklahoma beautiful than in the tiny Garfield County town of Garber. 

Doris Forestieri, a leader with the Garber CIA (that’s the Community Improvement Association) responded to the KOB recruiting effort for new communities to become involved in the Great American Cleanup™. Doris sent in her plans, ordered her materials and even successfully applied to KOB for an OGE Energy Corp Start up grant. 

Doris reports that it was a tiring, eventful few months, in which the CIA accomplished a tremendous amount of cleanup, junk removal, restoration projects and plans for the future. In this town of 818 citizens, 60 people (or 7.5 percent) volunteered and actually showed up for the six events carried out by the CIA. If 7.5 percent of the Oklahoma City population showed up for a cleanup – we’d be blessed with nearly 40,000 volunteers! That’s impressive. 

Over the three months, they cleaned out an abandoned grocery store (making plans for it to become a dinner theater), cleaned up areas of the cemetery, painted five buildings on Main Street – and took part in the one day ODOT Trash Off in April. Happily, Doris reports that five new businesses have opened in Garber. The CIA noted that the biggest transformation in Garber was in the attitude of its citizens – no more apathy. They’ve made a decision that Garber can look mighty nice even though it’s not the booming oil town it once was.