Sheila Clarke was named Evergreen Person of the Year in 1981 for a decade of contributions to land-use, education and the arts.
She led the community effort to acquire Elk Meadow Open Space Park, chaired the steering committee to preserve Heritage Grove Park and Museum, launched Mountain Rendezvous, served in many volunteer roles in the schools including as PTA President and raised money for the Evergreen Chorale by providing singing telegrams while wearing a tutu and bouncing antennae!
Without her, Wal-Mart might have located in Bergen Park. The inspiration for Evergreen North Area Land-use Effort in 1985 was Sheila’s.
Through ENABLE, she worked to reduce the density of commercial and housing developments until her departure in 1993 for Puerto Escondido, Mexico.
The Meadow and the Grove are Sheila’s most obvious legacies, but her leadership and energy are legendary as well.
Source: Tandy Jones