WHO WE ARE - WHAT WE DO
We are local people from six Oklahoma Counties, Pawnee, Tulsa, Rogers, Payne, Osage and Washington. We work to ensure a healthy environment, prosperous economy, and enhance rural culture. We are concerned with the Conservation, Development and Utilization of ALL resources to improve the general level of economic activity and to enhance the environment and standard of living in our area.
Our Citizens of Participating Counties, Develop a Plan of Work By: Receiving a proposal for Tallgrass RC&D assistance; proposal is submitted to our designated committees for review and recommendation and if recommended for approval and the council adopts the project, council refers the project to our designated committee for implementation.
Billy B Concert with 1000 students, teachers, parents
RECENT PROJECTS IMPLEMENTED:
Billy B Concert: Billy B, the science song and dance man, sings, dances and has over 1000 4th graders, teachers and parents from across northeastern Oklahoma learning about the importance of conserving our natural resources. Tallgrass RC&D has donated $1,000 a year for many years in support of the Billy B Concert at the Rogers State University Conservation Education Reserve in Claremore. The Rogers County Conservation District Board and staff have presented this concert for 19 years.
Grant Assistance Projects: (Pictured) FHL Bank Grant for $25,000 each to The Constantine Art/Theatre Pawhuska OK and Welcome Table Kitchen Park in Turley, Ok
Revolving Loan Project:
This is an ongoing project that started in 2002. Tallgrass works with local banks and has provided fourteen small businesses with gap financing to enhance the economy, environment and standard of living in our six counties. We have provided gap financing in the amount of $203,727. To name a few of the businesses we have helped are trucking companies, septic cleaning, axle and wheel alignment, compressor systems, ambulance services, special authentic tribal dress and related good and more.
Welcome Table Kitchen Park, Turley presentation.
Grant Assistance: In the last three years, Tallgrass helped find grants that would provide additional funding for ongoing projects in our area. Tallgrass assisted in the writing of these grants and actually presented the request to the grantor. The Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka provided grants for job opportunities with impact on jobs, community support, project viability, readiness to proceed and leveraging. Tallgrass helped four of the project committees find banks that were current members of the FHL Bank. We worked with the project committees and the banks in order to submit four grants to the FHL Bank Grant Committee. Three of the grants were awarded. The grant of $25,00 was awarded to The Constantine Arts/Theatre in Pawhuska. The grant of $25,000 was awarded to the Welcome Table Kitchen/Park in Turley. The Grant for $23,500 was awarded to the Pawhuska Hospital Lab Project. We are sorry to say that the Claremore Farmers Market Grant did not receive an award.
Tourism Brochure Update - In the past, Tallgrass has provided the Oklahoma Tourism Department a wonderful brochure called the Heritage of the Tallgrass. This last year we updated the brochure and insert. The inserts will provide events and attractions with contact names, phone numbers and web sites for additional information. This brochure will bring in more economic activity and enhance rural culture for our six counties. Tallgrass has provided over 6,700 of the new brochures to the Oklahoma Tourism Department.
Slope Mower Grant: In 2009 Tallgrass RC&D was awarded a REAP grant in the amount of $50,000 to purchase a slope mower. The slope mower is used in maintaining water sheds throughout our area. The slope mower was transferred to the Conservancy District No. 16 in the year 2010 for use in our six counties.
Jim Bailey (Chairman) He is retired but still very active in many organizations. He has been a businessman, trucker, and a farmer, Commissioner of Tulsa County Drainage District #13, former Vice-Mayor and a member of Jenks City Council. Jim served as Chairman of the Oklahoma Association of RC&D and has twice been a member of the national board in Washington. He has been President of the SW States RC&D. He has been a Tallgrass member since 1993.
Junior Bryant - He is still farming and ranching. He served as an elected Farm Services Administration County Committee for many years. He serves as a District Director to Pawnee County Conservation District. He has a degree from OSU. He has been a Tallgrass member since 1995.
E.J and Wanda Snider - E.J. and Wanda are still farming, ranching and serve many local organizations in the Rogers area. They still live on the family farm purchase in 1889 by his Grandmother. E.J. has served as a Chelsea Oklahoma School Board, as a member of the Rogers County Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service, member of the Rogers County Farm Bureau Board, an Agriculture Advisor for the Bank of Chelsea, and a delegate for Associated Milk Producers Incorporated. They have Belgian draft horses and Norwegian Fjord horses, which they use to pull special wagons in many of the local parades. Wanda has been involved with the Senior Citizens Group and Community Centers in Rogers County. She loves working with the children that visit their farm/ranch. Wanda and E.J. have had several foreign exchange students that lived with them on the farm . This is quite an experience for the students as well as E.J. and Wanda. E.J. has been a member since 1995. Wanda has been a member since 2001
.Peggy Collins - She is retired but still works with many of the organizations in Washington County. Peggy was involved with the Tourism Industry for many years. She was a member of the Oklahoma Association of Parliamentarians, an active member of the National Speaker Association, Oklahoma Speaker Association, Landmark Preservation Society and the Oklahoma Historical Society. She has taught classes in Creative Writing, and been published (joke books. cowboy poetry, magazine articles) and has helped edit several cook books. She has been a Tallgrass member since 1998.
John T. Manning - John has worked for the Osage County Conservation District as the District Manager for 11 years. He has been in construction and raises cattle with his father. John was instrumental in bring in two of our newer member (R.J. Walker and Mike McCartney). John has been a Tallgrass member since 2001.
Betty Kemm - She is retired, but is still very active with many of the organizations in Tulsa County. She has a degree in Botany from the University of Missouri, Many of the organizations she has been involved with are Oklahoma Native Plant Society, Tulsa County Conservation District, Pride in Tulsa, Keep Oklahoma Beautiful, State Wildflower, Tulsa Garden Center, Gilcrease Museum and numerous others. Some of her awards have been, People Making a Difference Award, Tulsa Blue Thumb Water Quality, Bess Snodgrass Award (State Wildflower), Outstanding District Director, Tulsa Garden Center Award, and many more. ;Betty has been a Tallgrass member since 1990
Michael C. McCartney - Mike is the Executive Director with the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce. He is a native of Pawhuska and worked 26 years in his family business. In 2005 as co-owner created Townmaker LLC which owns nine buildings in Pawhuskas Historic Downtown Business District. Mike has been a Tallgrass member since 2010.
Ralph Hutto - Ralph was born and raised in South Carolina. He earned a Masters of Fine Arts from Syracuse University. He started his career working in art, design and publishing in New York and Atlanta. His direction changed and has worked in many of our Nations Zoos, Parks and Museums. He held many positions in many areas such as the San Francisco Bay area, Oregon, North Carolina, and Dallas. Ralphs wife (artist/designer) accepted a job in Tulsa and he came along. In Tulsa Ralph as founded several non-profits, and has served on a number of boards and committees. He has been a Tallgrass member since 2007
ADDITIONAL Members are:
Jeff Kuhn (Vice-Chair), R.J. Walker, Mary Campbell, Jean Kuhn, Ben Stegall. Office Manager is: Priscilla Johnnie