Derosier named hometown beautification hero
Keep Orange County Beautiful’s prestigious Top Banana award was awarded to David Derosier, making him a “Hometown Beautification Hero.” Derosier served as chair of the non-profit affiliate of Keep Texas Beautiful for four years. Under his leadership KOCB whose beautification focus is Trees and Trash has realized many accomplishments. Networking with other organizations, municipalities and entities has been an integral part of KOCB’s beautification efforts and Derosier was integral in this process.
KOCB sponsored two E-Waste Recycling Collections for Orange County in conjunction with Southeast Texas Resource Conservation & Development. Residents and businesses were able to clear out their electronic waste including computers, TV’s, laptops, monitors, DVD, VCR, MP3 players, and other electronic gadgets – anything with a plug or battery and all sorts of household electrical appliances to be recycled. According to Derosier “These devices are bad for our landfills not only because of their bulk and size but all of them contain at least one or two chemicals that can be highly toxic. The need to keep E-waste out of our landfills has become a major issue with municipalities and businesses – and should be foremost in the minds of the general public as well.”
KOCB, together with the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce and the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce presented beautification awards to residences and business that best exemplifies the idea to Keep Orange County Beautiful. The City of Pinehurst was the recipient of a Grant from KOCB for planting crepe myrtles along Strickland Dr. A Project team from Leadership Southeast Texas installed flowers and shrubs at Veteran’s Memorial in front of VFW on Highway 87 in Orange. KOCB added funding for trees, turf and a maintenance watering system. KOCB partnered with American Asso University Women in planting trees lost during the hurricane on Salvation Army property. KOCB participated in Sabine River clean ups with American Airboats; Trash offs with Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center sponsored by Invista; “Adopt a Street” program and many other community beautification programs.
For his service and dedication to beautifying our community and for adhering to the creed that it is a generous and noble act to protect, preserve, propagate and plant large canopy trees. Keep Orange County Beautiful is proud to recognize David Derosier as our Hometown Beautification Hero. For more information on Keep Orange County Beautiful visit our website at www.KOCB.org.