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Happy Holidays from KOB


What an exciting and record-breaking year 2010 has been at Keep Oklahoma Beautiful. KOB earned the rare distinction of becoming one of only three states in the US to achieve 100% county participation in the 2010 Great American Cleanup™. This past week at the Keep America Beautiful annual conference in Orlando, FL, KOB was recognized for this effort which was only possible because of YOU. THANK YOU!

Registration for the 2011 Great American Cleanup™ in Oklahoma is currently open. KOB is challenging groups across the state to again help us achieve 100% county participation. Click here to learn more about the GAC and/or register your group.

Last spring, was exceptionally busy for us as we also hosted seven regional workshops and unveiled THE HOMETOWN MAKEOVER COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT GUIDE. The workshops were a huge success and one result has been the formation of the Keep Oklahoma Beautiful Affiliate Network. More workshops are planned for this spring and exciting new details regarding the network will be announced later this winter.

Fresh Paint Days was as popular as ever. We received a record number of applications and were able to help 20 communities realize their dream of transforming a community blemish into a source of community pride. To see before and after photos of the amazing transformations, click here.

At our 20th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards Celebration on November 16th, we honored 61 groups, organizations and individuals that are making notable efforts to improve Oklahoma's aesthetic, environmental and sustainable quality of life. One such group, the Broken Arrow Beautification Committee, was honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award for its innovative and wildly successful Beauty Patrol program. We were honored to present Mr. Fenton Rood of the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality with the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award.

PHOTOS OF THE BANQUET ARE NOW AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE on our Flickr site. Click here to visit the site and download your favorite photos.

DIDN'T ATTEND THIS YEAR? You can view Finalists' and Winners' videos from that evening by visiting our YouTube page where you will see highlights of everyone's amazing achievements over the past year.

With 2011 only a couple of weeks away, be sure to put these important KOB dates & deadlines on your new calendars:

  • January 10 - Applications for the OGE Start Up Grant for your GAC event will be available at keepoklahomabeautiful.com/great-american-cleanup
  • Fabruary 10 - Deadline to submit your application for an OGE Start Up Grant
  • March 1 - May 31 - Great American Cleanup™ in Oklahoma
  • April 16 - ODOT Trash-OFF
  • June 1 - Fresh Paint Days applications will be available at keepoklahomabeautiful.com
  • June 1 - KOB will begin accepting Environmental Excellence Award Nominations for work completed from July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2011. Applications will be available at keepoklahomabeautiful.com
  • July 15 - Fresh Paint Days applications due
  • August 12 - Environmental Excellence Award Nominations due (must be in KOB office digitally, mail or delivered no later than 5 pm)
  • September 3-16 - Fresh Paint Days in Oklahoma

As always, KOB is excited to renews its commitment to YOU, the more than 400 Oklahoma communities that continue to inspire us as you KEEP OKLAHOMA BEAUTIFUL!

Thank you and Happy Holidays!

Gail Ingram Ederer
Executive Director
Sonny Wilkinson
Projects Manager
Grace Hancock
Executive Assistant