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Keep Irving Beautiful’s annual “Mayor and KIB Awards” ceremony was held on Monday, August 6, at the First Baptist Church of Irving’s Fellowship Hall. The 135 guests were greeted and signed in by volunteers Sandy Franco, Chuck Kirk, Elouise McMillian, and Chandler Ude, then enjoyed a delicious appetizer buffet prepared by Pat Riddle, assisted by a staff of volunteers from the church. T.J. Friedel captured the moments with her photography and Matt Webb provided technical support.  

KIB’s Volunteer Recognition Committee chair and hostess for the evening Margie Stipes opened the ceremony by inviting members of Boy Scout Troop 508 to present the colors and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.  Pastor Jim Gerlach from Oak View Baptist Church delivered the invocation, after which KIB Staff Rick Hose and Julie Schmitt gave an overview of activities during the past year.  Mistress of Ceremonies Cathy Whiteman of Irving Community Television Network and honorary chair Mayor Rick Stopfer then came on stage to present the awards to the following honorees:

  • Youth Leadership Award:  Youngs Men’s Service League
  • Educator Award:  Kay Branch, Bowie Middle School
  • Educator Award:  Enrique Otero, North Lake College
  • Faith Group Award:  Oak View Baptist Church
  • Business and Industry Award:  i Fratelli Pizza
  • Business and Industry Award:  Fluor
  • Media Award: City of Irving Communications Department
  • Civic Organization Award:  Irving Cares
  • Lifetime Achievement Award:  Teddie Story
  • Civil Servant Award: Officer Stephen Burres III, Irving Police Department
  • Government Award:  City of Irving Office of Emergency Management
  • KIB Hometown Award:  Bruce Burns
  • KIB Hometown Award:  John Danish 

 

In addition to these winners, recipients of Keep Texas Beautiful awards were also recognized, and were presented their award by KTB Board Member Fred Davis.  

 

Keep Irving Beautiful was acknowledged for achieving the President’s Circle Award from Keep America Beautiful, the Gold Star Award from Keep Texas Beautiful, and the Award of Sustained Excellence at both the state and national level.

 “What a nice way to spend an evening – honoring our volunteers, partners, and sponsors,” said Mrs. Stipes.  “We are here to acknowledge the award recipients, who all have done something special to make our city a better place, but we think that everyone who works with KIB, whether it is picking up litter or helping to plant a tree, is a winner in our eyes. It is important that we set aside a day to say thank you for all that they do.”

 

Keep Irving Beautiful is a non-profit, grassroots, leadership organization dedicated to educating our community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of our city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to all sectors of our city including government, business, church, cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations.  If you are interested in volunteering with KIB, or making your activity a “green event,” please go to https://www.cityofirving.org/284/Keep-Irving-Beautiful , or call (972) 721-2175.

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The summer day campers at Emma’s House are now ”Eco-Superheroes,” thanks to a visit by Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) and their recycling mascot “Buddy the Blue Bag” on July 25.  KIB staff members brought activity books which focused on caring for the environment, encouraging practices like energy and resource conservation, picking up litter, and recycling.  Campers played a game where they matched recyclable materials like plastic bottles and newspaper with new items that are made from them.  They learned that most of what is typically thrown away can actually be recycled.  After the presentation, Buddy Blue Bag made his appearance, posing for photos and showing off his dance moves with the campers.

 

Emma’s House is, a non-profit organization that provides after-school and summer activities for teens and young adults with intellectual disabilities, and is known as a “special place for special people.” They teach vocational and life skills while offering a variety of fun activities, including participating in KIB’s “Adopt-a-Spot” program.  

“Visiting Emma’s House is a highlight of the summer,” said KIB board member Chuck Kirk.  “The staff always gets a warm welcome from the day campers, and they especially enjoy when we bring the mascots.  The leaders here make recycling and energy conservation important parts of their daily routine, so the campers are very familiar with the concepts.”    

 If you are interested in volunteering with KIB, or making your activity a “green event,” please go to http://cityofirving.org/284/Keep-Irving-Beautiful  or call (972) 721-2175.

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Youth volunteers from Christ Church in Irving and Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) recently teamed together for a cleanup to give back to the community where they live and worship. The “516 Student Ministry,” led by Student Pastor Brian Bunch, reached out to KIB to find an activity where they could work together toward a common goal - in this case, keeping litter from reaching the Elm Fork of the Trinity River – and having fun in the process.

 

The group pulled up to the Trinity View Park Football fields early on July 19, ready to work, and to get ahead of the summer heat.  Nine youth and two adults equipped with litter pickers and wearing bright yellow safety vests, worked in pairs throughout the park.  They concentrated on the tree lines and wooded areas, separating trash from recyclables as they went, then bringing the bags back to a central location for collection.

 

“Keep Irving Beautiful is always happy to work with Irving’s faith group community,” said KIB Board Member Scott Wilson. “Seeing young people taking the time to come out to the park and spend their morning helping our organization and the community says a great deal about them and the example they are setting for others to follow.”

 

The Christ Church youth have partnered with KIB in several other events over the past few years, including a previous cleanup at Trinity View, and one in the neighborhood behind the church. 

   

If you are interested in volunteering with Keep Irving Beautiful or making your activity a “green event,” please go to  http://cityofirving.org/284/Keep-Irving-Beautiful  or call (972) 721-2175.

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SERVE Day volunteers at Hurwitz Park

Volunteers from Calvary Church Irving and Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) know how to wield some paintbrushes.

 

Calvary Church volunteers recently teamed with KIB to pour 123 hours into brightening two of Irving’s treasures, the Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center and Hurwitz Park.

 

They started in June with Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center, one of Irving’s most historic sites. Calvary’s “Loving our City” group painted one of Bear Creek’s pavilions as well as the front porch railings and supports at the Green House, which has been restored to depict authentic 1920s life in the Bear Creek community.

 

On July 14, designated “SERVE Day,” a Calvary Church team of volunteers, along with KIB, descended upon Hurwitz Park.  Paint cans and brushes in hand, they worked a total of 87 hours freshening the park’s three pavilions.

 

“Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to Irving’s diverse faith community in many ways,” said KIB Board Member and Faith Groups’ Chair, Rachel Moon. “Calvary Church has been an outstanding example of what a dedicated group of volunteers can do when they partner with KIB to give back to the community.”

 

Their members frequently participate in KIB’s large cleanups, including the Trash Bash and the Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off. They also have done a paint project at Heritage Park and a tree planting at Wyche Park. 

 

“The name of their group ‘Loving Our City’ is a perfect description of who they are. They really do love the city where they worship and where many of them live,” added Moon. “We always can count on Calvary Church to give of their time to help in a variety of projects.”

    

Keep Irving Beautiful is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating our community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of our city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to all sectors of our city including government, business, church, cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations.  If you are interested in volunteering with KIB, or making your activity a “green event,” please go to Keep Irving Beautiful, or call (972) 721-2175.

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Code Enforcement Supervisor Mike Edwards, KIB's Julie Schmitt and Rick Hose (L to R) accepted the GCAA award on behalf of Irving

Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) recently held its 51st annual State Conference in Georgetown, Texas, from June 11 – 13, with the theme of “Creating Community.” The Irving community was certainly represented well at the conference, with Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) receiving the Gold Star and Sustained Excellence Awards, and the City of Irving Water Utilities Department and Dr. Roy Vu of North Lake College both taking home First Place awards in the City Government and Educator categories, respectively. The biggest prize of the entire conference was the $310,000 landscape grant awarded to Irving as winner of the Governor’s Community Achievement Award in the Population 10 category (cities of 180,001 and larger). This is the fourth time that Irving has won this prestigious award from the Texas Department of Transportation, with grant money totaling $1,115,000.

 

In addition to the awards ceremonies, the conference offered attendees from affiliates across the state the opportunity to network with each other, share ideas, and attend a variety of educational sessions, ranging from writing grants to creating recycling programs to beautifying communities through art.

 

“At Keep Irving Beautiful, we would continue to serve the community regardless of any recognition,” said KIB Board President Jim Scrivner, “but being acknowledged by such an admirable organization as Keep Texas Beautiful is quite an honor, and we appreciate it very much. Gold Star and Sustained Excellence status are representative of a great deal of hard work and collaboration with our many community partners to achieve the results that we do, and the GCAA is an honor shared by our entire city. It was also a pleasure to have nominated two of our outstanding community partners - Water Utilities and Dr. Vu – and see them honored for all they do for Irving.”

    

Keep Irving Beautiful is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating our community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of our city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to all sectors of our city including government, business, church, cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations.  If you are interested in volunteering with KIB, or making your activity a “green event,” please go to Keep Irving Beautiful, or call (972) 721-2175.

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For the past several years, the Acosta Sales and Marketing Company’s “Acosta Cares” volunteer team has worked with Keep Irving Beautiful on a project that makes a big impact at one of Irving’s many scenic parks. This year, 50 employee volunteers gave a combined 200 hours in a paint project at the Trinity View Baseball Complex.  The project was originally scheduled for May 4, but due to heavy rains that day, the event was rescheduled to Friday, June 1. The Acosta Cares team was not deterred by the change of schedule and brought a “can-do” attitude to the Trinity View, ready to do whatever was needed to make the park shine. The group broke into teams and took on a variety of tasks at the fields.  Some painted the black entry gates and fencing, while others applied a bright coat of yellow paint to the safety railings, the trim on the top of the dugouts, even foul poles and parking gates.  After the work was done, the group enjoyed a cookout lunch, followed by a spirited game of kickball.  City of Irving Parks staff provided materials and technical guidance for the project.

 

“Corporate service days are a great way for employees to give back to the community where they work, and also a nice break from the office routine and a chance to get to know people that they might not have interacted with otherwise,” said KIB Board Member Chuck Kirk. “KIB started its relationship with Mosaic Sales Solutions several years ago, with our original project being a cleanup at Trinity View Park. Since then, Mosaic became part of the Acosta family, and that has really strengthened this partnership.  Acosta/Mosaic has a long history of serving the Irving community, including sponsoring the annual Blue Christmas gala for several years, so we are proud to be a part of their outreach efforts.”

    

Keep Irving Beautiful is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating our community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of our city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to all sectors of our city including government, business, church, cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations.  If you are interested in volunteering with KIB, or making your activity a “green event,” please go to Keep Irving Beautiful, or call (972) 721-2175.

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Employee volunteers from Wells Fargo Auto spent Wednesday, May 23, in a service project with Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) at Sam Houston Trail Park. The nine volunteers gave 36 hours of their time by planting a mix of 26 native Texas trees (bur oak, bald cypress, and cedar elm) along the Campion Trails. This project was made possible by a generous donation from Verizon, which was used to purchase the trees.

 

The Wells Fargo Auto volunteers were first given instructions by City of Irving Parks staff about the proper planting techniques, including preparing the root ball, measuring the optimum depth for placement of the trees, and ensuring that the trees would be stable once they were in the ground. They formed teams of three, each with a Parks staff member to guide them, and began planting the trees, which were placed alongside the trail and will be enjoyed by the many park visitors for years to come. 

 

KIB Board Member Scott Wilson, who also serves on the city’s Tree Board, had this to say about the day: “A project like this is representative of what KIB does – engaging people in activities which will enhance the community.  This is a collaboration with two different companies with offices here in Irving. First, we have Verizon, who made a financial contribution which allowed us to purchase the trees. Then we have Wells Fargo Auto, whose employees did the actual planting. To add to the picture, Sam Houston Trail was the location of another planting project last fall by UPS volunteers through a Keep America Beautiful/UPS Foundation grant, so KIB and the Irving corporate community have really made an impactful difference here at the Campion Trails.”

    

Keep Irving Beautiful is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating our community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of our city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to all sectors of our city including government, business, church, cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations.  If you are interested in volunteering with KIB, or making your activity a “green event,” please go to Keep Irving Beautiful, or call (972) 721-2175.

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(IRVING, TEXAS)— Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) offers a variety of ways for people to give back and to show their community pride. For the youth members of Surti Leuva Patidar Samaj (SLPS), that meant spending their morning in a service project with Keep Irving Beautiful.  On Saturday, May 19, the group gathered at Sam Houston Trail Park on the North Campion Trails for a cleanup. There were thirty-three youth and adult sponsors, who were joined by seven volunteers from Dallas County, for a total of forty, who gave a combined 100 hours of service at the park. They set out in groups to collect both trash and recyclables, with the goal of keeping it from reaching the nearby Elm Fork of Trinity River. KIB staff weighed the materials, and Parks Department staff collected it at the end of the day.

 

SLPS is a nonprofit faith-based organization which provides a forum for “meeting, facilitating and encouraging religious observance, sharing ideas, providing cultural programs, and endeavoring toward community advancement.” 

 

 “Keep Irving Beautiful is always open to working with all groups who want to help the community,” said KIB Board Member Margie Stipes, “and it was a pleasure for us to collaborate on this project with the SLPS youth.  It’s always encouraging when we see young people take the initiative to reach out to us to find out how they can be of service. Several of the SLPS members had participated in last year’s Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off, so it was nice to welcome them back, as well as meet new volunteers.”

    

Keep Irving Beautiful is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating our community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of our city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to all sectors of our city including government, business, church, cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations.  If you are interested in volunteering with KIB, or making your activity a “green event,” please go to Keep Irving Beautiful, or call (972) 721-2175.

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(IRVING, TEXAS) - Keep Irving Beautiful is asking for nominations to be submitted for the 2018 “Mayor and KIB Annual Awards.”  These awards honor local individuals, organizations and businesses that have gone above and beyond in making significant contributions towards making Irving a better place to live, work, play or visit.  KIB calls them their “environmental stars” and will recognize the winners at a reception on Monday, August 6.  Categories include:

  • Youth Leadership
  • Educator
  • Faith Group
  • Civic Organization
  • Business and Industry
  • Media
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Civil Servant
  • Green Government
  • KIB Hometown

 

Detailed descriptions of each award, a list of previous year’s winners, and the current nomination form can be found by going to www.keepirvingbeautiful.org. Nominations can be submitted online, or can be downloaded, printed, and mailed to the KIB office at: 

Keep Irving Beautiful, 3000 Rock Island Road, Irving, TX 75060.

For more information, please contact KIB at 972-721-2175, or email info@rockthegreen.org.

 

Nominations must be received by Wednesday, June 20, 2018.

 

Keep Irving Beautiful is a non-profit, grassroots, leadership organization dedicated to educating our community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of our city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to all sectors of our city including government, business, church, cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations.  If you are interested in volunteering with KIB, or making your activity a “green event,” please go to Keep Irving Beautiful, or call (972) 721-2175.

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[Irving, Texas] – Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) announced Dr. Roy Vu, professor of history at North Lake College, as the winner of the 2018 Sadie Ray Graff Educator Award on May 11.  Educator is one of four categories in the Keep Texas Beautiful Youth & Educator Awards and honors a teacher who provides instruction and encouragement of youth involvement while promoting the KTB mission. Each year, Keep Texas Beautiful recognizes the efforts of young people, educators and educational institutions that promote beautification, waste reduction and litter prevention through environmental education and community activism.

 

Dr Vu was cited for his outstanding leadership, innovation, and impact he has had not just at North Lake, but in the Irving community and beyond. He is a perennial volunteer for the local KTB affiliate, Keep Irving Beautiful, and regularly volunteers at cleanup events alongside his students. He was instrumental in North Lake’s “Green Diploma” program, now known as SAGE Scholars, which incorporates environmentally sound principles, as well as Service Learning hours, into the curriculum.  He has co-authored a book on sustainability, and is currently championing efforts for the North Lake South Campus to become a “Tree Campus USA,” a distinction already achieved at the Central Campus.

 

Keep Irving Beautiful Board President Jim Scrivner congratulated Dr. Vu on the honor by saying, “Roy is very deserving of this award for all he does to promote the KTB mission, in and out of the classroom. He has a great vision for what his students can become, and works tirelessly to help them achieve their goals. He is also great advocate for KIB and supports what our organization stands for. We were honored to nominate him for this prestigious award, and very pleased that he was chosen as the winner.

A full list of award winners can be found at https://ktb.org/ktbawards

 

About Keep Texas Beautiful

Keep Texas Beautiful is a network of dedicated Texans working together to make our state the best place to live, work and play. We equip local partners and affiliates with the tools they need to build vibrant, engaged communities. Founded in 1967, Keep Texas Beautiful has more than 50 years of experience deploying resources for local clean-up, recycling and youth engagement efforts. Everything we do is focused on mobilizing volunteers to take action across the state. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, we lead nearly 400 affiliates and reach 19 million Texans annually. We are proudly based in Austin, Texas. For more information, visit www.ktb.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @keeptxbeautiful.