The Last Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America will present Herman Meinders with the inaugural E.C. Joullian Distinguished Citizen Award for a lifetime of leadership and generosity to the community.
Meinders built American Floral Services from its humble beginnings in a garage apartment into one of the leading wire floral delivery service in the world, the Last Frontier Council said in a release. He and his wife, LaDonna, have been leaders in business and in many philanthropic causes.
Meinders will be honored at 7 pm. March 25 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Presenting sponsors are Mustang Fuel and the Ad Astra Foundation.
“The E.C. Joullian name stands for what a distinguished citizen should aspire to be, and Herman has certainly lived up to that,” Last Frontier Council President Stephen Friot said.
“We are fortunate to have Herman as a great supporter of Scouting, education, the arts and our state. It is an honor for us to have him accept our inaugural award.”
The E.C. Joullian Distinguished Citizen Award is named for two men who were champions of Scouting and well-known philanthropists. Edward C. Joullian II served as president of the Last Frontier Council from 1953 to 1954. His son, Edward C. Joullian III, served as president of the Boy Scouts of America from 1982 to 1984 and was awarded the Bronze Wolf for exceptional services to world Scouting, according to the release.
“We wanted our first award to honor someone who not only has helped our Scouts and our council, but has also earned the respect of the entire community,” said Jeff Woolsey, Last Frontier Council Scout executive and CEO. “Herman has given generously to the state of Oklahoma and beyond.”
Herman and LaDonna Meinders have provided funds for a wide variety of projects including the Meinders School of Business and Kramer School of Nursing at Oklahoma City University, Meinders Garden at Myriad Botanical Gardens, Meinders Oklahoma Scout Shop, the Capitol Dome Project, and the Meinders Hall of Mirrors at Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City. They will donate their 6,600-acre Diamond H Ranch to the Last Frontier Council for use as a high adventure base in Cookson. They have given generously to the religious community and sponsor a number of scholarships and other programs.
The Last Frontier Council is celebrating 100 years of Scouting service in 2014. “The community has given so much to Scouting for the past century; this is our opportunity to recognize our distinguished citizens for the next century,” Woolsey said.
Tickets and table sponsorships are available for the event. Contact the council office at 858-4623 or make reservations online at www.lastfrontiercouncil.org/dinner2014.