Former Jenks Mayor Vreeland Roasted
By GRANT ROWL
NATIVE GIFTS: Muscogee Creek Nation Chief George Tiger, right, presents Vic Vreeland with a stick ball set and a Pendelton Blanket. Looking on is Josh Driskell, president of the Jenks Chamber.
Photo by County Commissioner KAREN KEITH
Former Jenks Mayor Vic Vreeland was roasted in an event that took 24 years to create.
The Jenks Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation hosted the event, which was held on March 28 at the Oklahoma Aquarium. Proceeds for the roast benefited the Community Foundation.
“When Mayor Vreeland stepped down from the city council, a number of individuals discussed how to best recognize him for his service,” Jenks Chamber of Commerce President Josh Driskell says. “All of the organizers and Mayor Vreeland agreed that a roast-type event would be a fun way to look back at 24 years of service.”
Driskell says that having the roast benefit the Community Foundation was Vreeland’s suggestion.
Vreeland served more than two decades on the Jenks City Council and stepped down as councilman and mayor to pursue business interests.
A graduate of Jenks Public Schools, Vreeland has spent his entire life in the community.
Jokes aside, Don Walker of Arvest Bank, who also served a year as Tulsa Metro Chamber of Commerce Chair, says Vreeland “believed in projects that others shied away from and worked to promote Vision 2025’s passage, has been an outspoken supporter of initiatives to develop the Arkansas River corridor, and has been a supporter of countywide initiatives.” Walker says that Vreeland “is one of the most courageous leaders I know.” Jenks Chamber of Commerce President Josh Driskell also congratulated Vreeland for the recognition.
The Jenks Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation is a 501© 3 and was founded to, among other goals, assist residents of the Jenks community during times of need as well as to assist local organizations looking to better the community.