KEEP ARKANSAS BEAUTIFUL COMMISSION
Arkansas Arts Center
501 E. Ninth Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72202
November 17, 2005
Mary Smith, Chairman Gelene MacDowell, Vice-Chairman
Laurie Black Dixie Carlson
Randy Frazier Brenda Williams
Phyllis Jones Thurston Lamb
Robert Phelps, Brenda Halbert and Jack Singleton of Keep Arkansas Beautiful
Sharon Vogelpohl, Julie Robbins and Mary Burnett of Mangan Holcomb Partners
Call to Order:
Mary Smith called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. followed by a brief invocation. Ms. Smith
welcomed guests, and Brenda Halbert called the roll.
Presentation of Minutes:
Ms. Smith called for additions or corrections to the October 27, 2005 KAB Commission Minutes.
Gelene MacDowell made a motion, seconded by Dixie Carlson,
approving the October 27, 2005 KAB Commission Minutes, as
mailed. The motion passed.
The KAB Financial Report for the period ending October 31, 2005, was presented, reflecting
25% of the total budget expended. Mr. Phelps also made a brief comparison of financial status in
2005 as compared to 2004 during the same period.
Brenda Williams made a motion, seconded by Randy Frazier
approving the KAB Financial Report, as presented, for the period
ending October 31, 2005. The motion passed.
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Mr. Frazier asked Mr. Phelps to explain the relationship between the KAB Commission and the
KAB Foundation and the importance of getting more financial support for the Foundation.
Mr. Phelps explained that the Foundation enables KAB to add or embellish special events and
programs with added incentives and awards for participants which could not be provided with
state funds. It also serves to receive and disperse funds for cash awards and sponsorships, as well
as grants, for KAB Awards recipients, KAB Network communities, additional incentives for
Great Arkansas Cleanup volunteers, and the NCSA program, allowing broadcast time through a
reciprocal grant agreement. He stated that the KAB Foundation was fortunate to have received a
new sponsorship through Wal-Mart this year.
Mary Smith stated she had enjoyed serving as KAB Commission Chairman this year, however,
she had felt somewhat ineffective due to health issues. Other Commissioners disagreed,
commending her for a job well done as leader of the group.
Executive Director's Report:
Mr. Phelps reported on the following:
Keep America Beautiful Awards to be received at national conference:
1) Two national Rogers’s Awards in television and radio for KAB;
2) The Affiliate Gold Standard Award to KAB;
3) KAmB’s Department of Transportation Partnership Award honoring AR State
Highway & Transportation Department;
4) Keep Faulkner County Beautiful to be recognized as part of the President’s Circle.
Phelps presented a program on a “litter-free environment” to 6 Albanian mayors on
Monday after a visit to the State Capitol (sponsored by UALR).
Ray Empson was interviewed on ABC’s “Good Morning America”.
Shared cartoon focusing on “litter-free school zone” concept.
2006 event dates:
1) March 5 – 7: Governor’s Conference on Tourism, Jonesboro;
2) March 3 – 5: AR Flower & Garden Show, Little Rock;
3) March – May: Great American Cleanup;
4) April 19: KAB Awards Luncheon, Little Rock DoubleTree;
5) August 2 – 5: Keep America Beautiful Mid-Year Affiliates, North Carolina;
6) October 9 – 11: Keep America Beautiful State Leaders, South Carolina;
7) December 6 – 9: National Conference, Orlando, FL.
Commissioner volunteer hours: Submit annual totals to KAB office.
Shared photos of KAB State Leaders meeting in Georgia.
1) Website plan received, based on January meeting with Aristotle;
2) Revising criteria for KAB grants; CAN language (instead of Affiliate Network) to be
updated and criteria filed with Legislative Council;
3) 866 “report littering” campaign; implementation of next phase in the spring and will
report plan at a future meeting;
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4) Awards 2006: Information posted on website, featured in The Keepsake mailed
before the holidays, as well as distribution electronically; February 10 entry deadline set.
Program Services Report:
Jack Singleton reported on the following:
“Keep Van Buren Beautiful” pre-certification training scheduled for the afternoon of
AR Razorbacks recycling events: As a result of some negative consequences of this
effort at the Little Rock games, KAB has decided to disengage itself from these events.
Continuing education: Participated in two-day event for educators in Little Rock;
9 teachers signed on for the “Litter-free Zone for Schools” program; ADEQ recognized
top 5 recycling programs in the State of Arkansas, including Little Rock Central High
East Lab, Darby Jr. High of Fort Smith and Mountain Home’s new program that KAB
Educational resources: Includes children’s book, The Day the Trash Came Out to Play.
Discussion ensued regarding ways the children’s book might be utilized by Commissioners and
maybe libraries around the state with Ms. Black asking if we have the funds to purchase some.
Mr. Phelps stated this might be done thru the Foundation, and the material could support a power
point presentation for Commissioners. Mr. Singleton will bring a copy to the January meeting.
Mr. Phelps mentioned other educational resources on the KAmB website; also, AHTD’s new fun
book “Pave the Way, What A Trip” for youngsters that features the KAB “report littering”
campaign on several pages. A copy was shared with those present.
Mangan Holcomb Partners:
Ms. Burnett reviewed the following:
866 “Report Littering” campaign: Next phase to be implemented in the spring will be
presented at the January meeting.
Ms. Robbins reported on the following:
KAB Awards 2006:
1) Marketing awards, calling for entries by press release, newspaper tabloid, e-mail,
November issue of the newsletter and website;
2) News clips: Reminded Commissioners to make contacts in their districts;
3) GAC 2005 Coordinators: Special postcard mailed to encourage entering the project
they just completed.
The Keepsake becoming more of a resource and educational piece with the November
issue focusing on “Litter Prevention Does Impact a Community’s Future”.
KAmB Awards to KAB and AHTD for the “litter hotline” elevates the program to a
national gold standard for public relation purposes.
“Litter-Free School Zone” program makes great news.
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Mangan Holcomb employees conducted annual cleanup of two LRCB adopted areas on
December 10; t-shirt logo, “Do Something” (front), “I Did Something” (back).
Lengthy discussion followed regarding educational outreach thru KAB programs that could be
used by other state leaders. Ms. Vogelpohl reviewed the old Sonic Pledge Card Program as an
example. The importance of sponsorships were discussed.
Congressional District Reports:
Congressional District 3:
Gelene MacDowell reported on the following:
KAB’s law enforcement award presented to Sgt. Wilson.
Pocket ashtrays distributed to hospital employees.
Congressional District 1:
Dixie Carlson reported:
Litter problem around county courthouse; brought to officials’ attention.
Local festival: Obtained business sponsor for booth and will represent KAB.
866#: Promoting number to school children; hopeful they will pass along to
Brenda Williams stated she is hopeful the KAB stone is finished for Phyllis Jones when she
returns to Arkansas in the spring.
Congressional District 2:
Randy Frazier reviewed the following:
Complimented Mangan Holcomb, particularly Ms. Robbins, for putting together the
KAmB awards applications for KAB and AHTD.
Praised Mr. Singleton for benchmark work with schools/educators.
Hopeful we can have a 2006 KAB meeting in the Commons Building of Camp
Recycling event: Will represent KAB at the Clarksville Recycling Center event on
Checking out litter while traveling the country, most recently Washington State and
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Relayed incident of communicating with a man picking up litter in local community
Presented “Stress Reduction” seminar in Stuttgart, including impact of clutter.
“Risk Communication” presentation at the KAB State Leaders meeting in Georgia.
Congressional District 4:
Laurie Black reported on the following:
News clips last month very valuable and insightful of people who care and are doing
things in her area.
Dumas Garden Club: Program on litter prevention; others gleaned info from internet.
866#: Continuing to promote campaign in Pickens area with static clings.
ADEQ reporting of oil slick in ditch.
AR Flower & Garden Show: Referred to recycled art sculpture in the AAC lobby, stating
she would like to see KAB do a creative recycled piece for the spring garden show.
Mr. Phelps requested that Commissioners bring a contribution to Commission meetings,
beginning in January. Mr. Singleton encouraged giving recycled gifts during the holidays, stating
there is a new store in the River Market area that carries such items.
Mary Smith called for the decision of the Nominating Committee for 2006 KAB Commission
Officers. Dixie Carlson reported the committee’s recommendation to retain the current slate of
officers for 2006 with Mary Smith serving as Chairman and Gelene MacDowell as Vice-
Chairman. Ms. Smith consequently turned the meeting over to Ms. Williams. There being no
nominations from the floor, a motion was made, as follows:
Dixie Carlson made a motion, seconded by Laurie Black, to accept
the Nominating Committee’s recommendation of Mary Smith as
Chairman and Gelene MacDowell as Vice-Chairman of the Keep
Arkansas Beautiful Commission in 2006. The motion passed.
Mary Smith presented the 2006 KAB Commission Meeting Schedule for approval.
Brenda Williams made a motion, seconded by Dixie Carlson,
approving the 2006 KAB Commission Meeting Schedule.
The motion passed.
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The meeting concluded with exchanges of holiday greetings and gifts from Mr. Phelps and Mary
Smith for Commissioners, Staff and Mangan Holcomb; Mary Smith to Mr. Phelps on behalf of
the Commission; and Mangan Holcomb to Commissioners and KAB Staff.
There being no further business:
Gelene MacDowell made a motion, seconded by Laurie Black,
to adjourn the meeting at 11:45 a.m. The motion passed.
Robert Phelps, Director Mary Smith, Chairman
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