Claremore Daily Progress


April 9, 2013

Will Rogers Memorial Foundation plans advance



The man, who “broadened” his horizons in college, introduced a new learning experience and a dedication that resulted in the invitation for Albert to join the foundation board.
Since his first visit to the Museum, Albert has taken every opportunity to promote Will Rogers and the Museum entrusted to care for Will’s legacy. In cooperation with the state Department of Commerce, he has presented Will Rogers statues to visiting dignitaries, including former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. 
“Will Rogers is an internationally known piece of our Oklahoma history. I look at this as an opportunity to help promote him and the Museum.”
The foundation is in discussion with the Will Rogers Memorial Commission to develop a public/private partnership to operate, maintain and sustain the Memorial Museum and Birthplace Ranch.
The 16-member foundation board includes retired NBC correspondent Jim Hartz, Alexandria,Va.; Steve Turnbo, chairman emeritus of Schnake Turnbo Frank, Tulsa; and Will Rogers’ grandson, Kem Rogers, Bakersfield, Calif.
Other Claremore members are Chad Choat, owner of Community Home Health, and Jack Spinks, residential housing developer and retired ONEOK. Other Tulsans on the board are Bradshaw, owner of Tulsa World of Gymnastics; Cheryl Cohenour, president, Cherokee CRC, LLC; Jim Halsey,  music and entertainment promoter and 2012 Will Rogers Days Parade Marshal; Jody McIntyre, KTUL-TV Channel 8 Good Day Tulsa executive producer; Ken Neal, retired Tulsa World editorial writer; Deacon Turner, former member of Will Rogers Memorial Commission and financial advisor; Beth Bovaird, volunteer consultant; and Janet Youngblood, agent with Chenowth & Cohen Realtors. Carl Milam, Oklahoma City, great-great-nephew of Will Rogers, restaurant entrepreneur and owner of the old Will Rogers Theatre in Oklahoma City, is also a member of the board.

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