Keep Pearland Beautiful (KPB) hosted the 7th Annual Pocket Pear Poker Hold ’Em Tournament and Casino Night on June 27, 2015 raising $9,300 for the Joe Miller Environmental Scholarship fund. Scholarships are awarded each year to high school seniors in Pearland who demonstrate good stewardship of the environment and are pursuing higher education. In 7 years, a total of $35,000 in scholarships has been awarded. This year, a total of $8000 was awarded to five high school graduates from Pearland.
Celebrating Delores Fenwick
Today we celebrate International Women’s Day, by honoring someone whose name almost seems synonymous with Keep Pearland Beautiful, Delores Fenwick. For over 35 years, Delores has educated thousands of students, hosted hundreds of events, and been instrumental in dozens of special projects. The success of the organization today, would have only been possible with her steadfast commitment. The public is invited to honor her by coming out to the Grand Opening of the Delores Fenwick Nature Center Saturday, March 9th from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Special recognition will start first thing at 9 a.m. and special programing is planned throughout the day.
Delores Fenwick was one of the founding members of Keep Pearland Beautiful in 1982, originally called Clean Pearland. She served as the Clean Pearland Board President before becoming a staff member from 1992-2007 and served one term as President after. Under her leadership, Keep Pearland Beautiful won the Governor’s Community Achievement Award twice, the Keep Texas Beautiful Sustained Excellence Award nine times, the Keep Texas Beautiful Governor’s Award (second place), Keep America Beautiful First Place Affiliate Award, the Keep America Beautiful Affiliate Award three times, the Keep America Beautiful Distinguished Service Award three times, the Recycling Alliance of Texas Award for Ongoing Education and the Texas Forest Service and Texas Urban Forestry Council Award of Merit for a civic organization.
Delores was instrumental in organizing the first four household hazardous waste collection days to Pearland, and now the recycling center processes over 120 tons each year. Her leadership led to things like green waste collection in Pearland, fundraising for hike and bike trails, and ordinances about trees, landscaping and facade requirements for businesses. After many years of operating a small drop off recycling center on the weekends, Delores led a charge to bring a full-service recycling center to Pearland. Her efforts paid off when the $1.2 million Stella Roberts Recycling Center opened in 2004. The Center, originally operated by the City of Pearland, is now under the control of Keep Pearland Beautiful.
Delores’ environmental action goes beyond her involvement with Keep Pearland Beautiful. She makes each personal decision through an environmental lens by reducing her waste and impact on the environment. Outside of Keep Pearland Beautiful, Delores served as a Keep Texas Beautiful board member, on the Keep Texas Beautiful Education Committee, as a board member of Keep Brazoria County Beautiful, and on the Houston Galveston Area Council of Government’s Solid Waste Committee.
We encourage you to help us honor someone who has shaped the Pearland we enjoy today, by attending the Grand Opening of the Delores Fenwick Nature Center on Saturday, March 9th form 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event will feature interactive nature and wildlife experiences, food trucks, a nature art show by Jamison Middle School, and “Birds of Prey” show by Wild Birds Unlimited. The Nature Center aims to provide hands-on environmental education opportunities to the community through programs, workshops, and field trips.