We're thankful for the volunteers who helped make the new awnings at our facility become a reality. The sturdy all-weather shields were sourced, constructed, and mounted on our building's exterior at no cost to us thanks to the generosity of area businesses and individuals. Special thanks to Mark Love, Project Lead, who teamed up with Mitchco Fabrication, Centerline, Inc, Powell Electric LLC., and Cherokee Strip Credit Union for directly supporting this project. Pictured left to right: NERA Board Chair Erin Liberton of Phillips 66; Bill Powell, Matt McKinney, Cole Butler, and Jaycob McKinney of Powell Electric; Ronnie Carter, Tracy Rinehart, and Mitch Garrity of Mitchco Fabrication; Larry Love of Centerline Inc; and Mark Love of Cherokee Strip Credit Union.
A special thank you to our friends at LiquidPower Specialty Products, Inc. (LSPI)! LSPI recently provided NERA with a $1000 grant and came by this week for a tour of our facilities. Pictured is Erin Liberton (NERA Board President), Michael Olechnowicz (LSPI Chief Scientist), Denise Sodowsky (LSPI Administrative Coordinator), Brian Dunn (LSPI Technology Director), and Tom Short (NERA Executive Director). We appreciate their support of our mission and their willingness and interest in partnering with our agency. People and companies like this help us make a tremendous difference in the northern Oklahoma area!
Thirty years of service is something to be very proud of and we continue to celebrate Tom's service to our organization! This week the NERA Board of Directors presented Executive Director Tom Short with an Excellence in Service Award for his service to NERA. Tom reached the 30 year mark in April.
In presenting the award to Tom, President Erin Liberton provided special remarks complimenting Tom's service and servant leadership. Liberton said, "it’s been said that a person’s most useful asset is not a head full of knowledge, but a heart full of love, an ear ready to listen, and a hand willing to help others. Tom undoubtedly extends that hand out willing to help others in times of need. On April 15, 2021, Tom celebrated 30 years of service to the New Emergency Resource Agency. In 30 years, a lot has changed at NERA...but you know what has not changed—Tom Short. Tom has continued, fighting the good fight to ensure the people of northern Oklahoma have the resources that they need.
Recently, a Ponca City citizen said this which depicts Tom’s service very well, “Tom Short is and has been one of the most important men in this community for decades. Medical workers save lives. Paramedics and firefighters save lives. Police officers save lives. And those who find a way to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and console the depressed save lives as well. Tom Short saves lives. Thank you, Tom!