By FAITH WYLIE, Leader writer
The Chamber tapped Karen Weeks, a long-time community volunteer and top real estate agent, as its Citizen of the Year on Saturday night.
“When it comes to selling Oologah, no one does it better,” said Ashley Harper, outgoing Chamber President. “She has captured the top seller award but most of all she has captured Oologah’s heart.”
Weeks’ family roots are deep in Oologah. Her father and grandfather were both Oologah graduates. Her parents moved to Oologah when she was a freshman in high school, so she continued the tradition.
She and her husband Mike moved to the community so their children could be raised in the Oologah school district, too.Amy,Chadand Jason are all Oologah graduates.
She has a long career in real estate and helped establish the Oologah office for Coldwell Banker, where she has continued to set top sales marks.
“I love my job, selling homes in Oologah and introducing out of town and out of state families to our great community. There are so many that have years later told me they are so happy to be in Oologah and how great the school system has been for their children.
“I understand that first hand as my family moved here when I started the ninth grade. At the time I thought I would die leaving all my childhood friends fromTulsa. In reality my lifelong friends are those from Oologah.”
Her big Chamber project is Boologah.
“It started with me visiting my daughter, Amy, where they live inClearwater,Kan.Clearwaterhas a similar event but a little more involved with a costume contest,” Weeks said.
“I came home and started talking about it with Pam in our office and then went to Carolyn who said, ‘Sounds great, why don’t you put it together!’ So I did.”
Weeks credits Vickie Hefner for coming up with the name for the event.
“It grew quickly and I think the town and parents really enjoy having a place to bring their kids without walking the whole town and knowing that it’s safe. Getting the high school groups to participate has been wonderful but I would like to see more businesses get involved. It’s been a great community service project!”
See this week’s Oologah Lake Leader for more award winners and coverage of the Chamber banquet.