The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

July 6, 2013

Cherokee Strip Community Foundation says farewell to Ewbank, welcomes Stallings

ENID, Okla. — Thanks, Ashley Ewbank, and welcome back Mary Stallings.

Ewbank, executive director of Cherokee Strip Community Foundation for the past four years, announced she is leaving, mostly to be able to spend more time with her young boys. She’s done a good job with the foundation, which has seen its assets grow by $3 million up to $13.7 million in her time as director.

She will be replaced by Stallings, who was the foundation’s first executive director from 2003 to 2009.

The foundation has been in good hands, and will be in good hands again.

Thumbs up to United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma for the more than $39,000 in venture grants it recently awarded.

The money is above and beyond what is given out every year to the 16 United Way member agencies.

The grants were awarded to a variety of nonprofits and target a range of needs in the community, from suicide prevention, to senior meals, to scholarships.

United Way and its agencies are making a difference in Enid.

Thumbs up to Drummond Public Schools for joining an elite group in Oklahoma.

Drummond is one of a handful of school districts in the state using wind turbines for some of its electrical supply. The district has five 10-kilowatt turbines.

Wind energy is used to power the new ag building, while the rest of the power is sold to OG&E Electric Services.

Thumbs up to the work of Drummond Eagle Scout Dillon Throckmorton.

As his Eagle Scout project, Throckmorton created a new sign for Drummond Park. He also built new flower gardens on either side of the park entrance.

Now, Throckmorton is preparing to ship off to Marine boot camp.

Congratulations for your hard work, and thank you for upcoming service to our country.

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