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March 30, 2014

John D. Williams named Progressive Citizen of the Year

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CLAREMORE —

He, along with Mayor Liz Gordon, Frank Robson, Phil Viles, Bob Roden, Phil Smith, Warren Pixley, Paul Neely, Warren Johnson, Dr. Richard Mosier and many others,  helped form the United Way.
Today, the Rogers County United Way supports 27 non-profit agencies that provide a variety of assistance to the community.
With the help of the late Mickey Perry, Williams formed the Junior Chamber of Commerce. For nine years, it oversaw and managed the 4th of July celebration in Claremore.
Williams recalls one day he was asked to meet with  Viles and Robson under the pretense that he had missed a payment on a $2,000 loan.  
The meeting was a ruse. 
Viles and Robson had asked him to lunch at Howard Johnson’s to invite him to become a member of the RCB Bank Board of Directors.
“What a wonderful learning experience that was. Through that experience it led me to other financial and banking institution boards. To this day, I am still involved in the banking industry and sit on the Board of Commerce Bank in Tulsa, previously Summit Bank,” he said.
Williams served on the Claremore Board of Adjustments and was president of the Rogers County Planning Commission, where he served for eight years.
The community has been the benefactor of many gifts from Williams including  land for the First United Methodist Church, the Northeast Technology Center and the Rogers County 911 Call Center.
Over the years, Williams has served and continues to serve on many boards. He currently is on the Finance Board at First United Methodist Church, the Commerce Bank Advisory Board and the Boy Scouts of America.
He has a Bachelors of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. He is a licensed real estate broker in Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas. He has been an instructor and taught real estate courses at Rogers State University.

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