On April 19, 2007, Mayor Tim Douglas and the Bellingham Arts Commission presented awards honoring people and organizations who have contributed significantly to the arts and cultural environment of Bellingham, Washington. The newly formed Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest was one of the organizations honored this year and they asked my mother, Ethel Crook (96) to stand because she was the daughter of Sue C. Boynton. This picture shows her at the event. But there's more to the story! Here’s information about the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest and Poetry Walk And here’s a recap of the Bellingham Mayors’ Art Awards April 28, 1995 Here's part of a letter sent to Mom regarding another Mayor's Award:
Dear Ms. Crook: The Mayor and the Bellingham Municipal Arts Commission are pleased to announce arts awards to individuals and organizations which have made exceptional contributions to the fine and performing arts. You are being recognized for your lifelong commitment to the arts in Whatcom County. As a musician and teacher for over 60 years, you have enriched the lives of many, through private lessons and in the public schools; as choir director and organist for the Advent Christian Church, and as an instrumental force behind the creation of the Bicentennial Orchestra. Your association with the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra and your participation in obtaining scholarships, music benefits, and special concerts to support students are just some of the works for which you are being recognized.No need to say how proud the Crook "kids" and their families are of their exceptional mother and grandmother!