Rogers County’s “Most Progressive Citizen” of 2010 will be recognized Saturday evening at the 23rd Annual Claremore Daily Progress Business and Industry Reception. The reception and dinner will be at the Will Rogers Memorial beginning at 6 p.m.
The keynote speaker for the event will be Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb and Nicole Flippo will provide musical entertainment.
“Former publisher Dave Story started this award in the spring of 1989 to go along with the Progress Edition. His purpose was to recognize achievement that mattered to Rogers County,” said Progress Publisher Bailey Dabney. “We are continuing this tradition of recognizing people who make a difference.”
Nominations are received from the public and carefully considered by a committee who makes the final selection. The award recipient is kept strictly confidential until the evening of the banquet.
“We’ve never had any trouble identifying people who show the kind of achievement and commitment that really make a difference,” said Dabney. “Every year the pool of nominations is different. This year’s pool of nominees, like every year, is made up of extraordinary people. I think it’s due to the nature of this community.”
Keynote speaker, Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb was elected to his first Oklahoma Senate term in 2004 representing northwest Oklahoma City and Edmond. Lamb was re-elected without opposition in 2008. In 2009, Lamb became the first Republican Majority Floor Leader in state history.
An Enid native, Lamb played football at Louisiana Tech University, then returned to Oklahoma earning his bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University and his law degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law.
“I am thrilled to have Lt. Gov. Lamb as our speaker,” said Dabney. “He’s not a household name in Oklahoma yet, but by the time that brown hair turns gray, he’ll be one of the best known Oklahomans of all time, I’m sure. He’s the real deal.”
Dabney said Lamb received 64 percent of the vote statewide but garnered 71 percent of the vote here in Rogers County.
Lamb served in the Keating Administration from 1994 until 1998, during which time he traveled to all of Oklahoma’s 77 counties, almost half of the United States, and two foreign countries promoting Governor Keating’s pro-growth economic agenda. In 1998, Lamb became a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service.
“He has protected two president’s, one from each party,” said Dabney. “The level of experience this man has in a variety of venues is just incredible.”
During his U.S. Secret Service tenure, Lamb made numerous arrests in the areas of counterfeiting, bank fraud, threats against the President, and identity theft. His duties included domestic and international protection assignments during the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations.
In 2000, Lamb was a site supervisor for George W. Bush’s presidential campaign. In early 2001, he was appointed to the national Joint Terrorism Task Force, where he received training and briefings at the CIA, FBI, and Secret Service headquarters in Washington, D.C. After the terrorists’ attacks, he was assigned to portions of the 9-11 investigation. Lamb departed the U.S. Secret Service in accepting a position on the staff of U. S. Sen. Don Nickles.
The site of the banquet will enhance the venue and recognize one of Oklahoma’s greatest treasures, said Dabney.
“We’ve had this award at the Memorial for years and we’ve had it on the campus of the university a number of years, but this year due to the focus on funding of the museums in the state legislature, it seemed important to gather these people at the Memorial and showcase it to the Lt. Governor,” said Dabney. “A lot of people who put together events in Rogers County look for opportunities to put them in one of the two museums and showcase them because they are the cultural core of Rogers County, and in a number of ways are the cultural core of the state of Oklahoma as well.”
Local talent Nicole Flippo will provide musical entertainment.
“During the event we will be entertained by Teen Miss Oklahoma who is from Rogers County, “ said Dabney. “She was the winner of Claremore’s Best and Brightest singing competition in the fall and she represented Oklahoma in the Miss USA Teen Pageant earlier this year.
“Nicole is yet another example of the incredible talent we have here in Rogers County. She is incredibly gifted.”
Tickets will be available at the door for $25.