Fort Bend Historical Commission to honor Lamb and Tonn

Examining artifacts at an Old Foster Community Museum desk are Rene Lamb and Vickie Tonn

Two volunteer leaders of a young and dynamic museum association will be honored on Tuesday, March 5, by the Fort Bend County Historical Association.

Rene Lamb and Vickie Tonn are this year’s pending recipients of the historical commission’s annual Heritage Award. The prestigious award will be presented during a public reception scheduled for 7 p.m. at Safari Texas in Richmond.

The two Fort Bend County residents are officers of the Old Foster Community Museum board of directors.

In announcing the recipients for 2013, Historical Commission Chair Bert Bleil noted that Lamb and Tonn were chosen in recognition of their organization’s achievements “as an all-volunteer grassroots organization.”

Tonn is in her third term as president of the 10-member board, while Lamb is secretary and former interim president. Lamb is also the remaining charter member of the board, which organized in 2003.

“These volunteers exemplify the spirit found throughout Fort Bend County,” Bleil said. “The Foster community and the northwest part of the county have demonstrated a tremendous desire to have a museum, as well as the drive and ability to achieve their vision.”

Both recipients have prior histories of civic involvement. Their diverse roles with the Foster museum include fund-raising, awarding of scholarships, acquisition of museum properties, and general management.

Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert will present each honoree with a Heritage Award trophy, which consists of a bronze eagle mounted on a wooden base shaped in the outline of the county.

This will be the 5th year for the award. Last year’s recipient was Sugar Land historian Bettye Anhaiser.

The Heritage Award, Bleil noted, was created to recognize the accomplishments by persons or organizations that resulted in the preservation or promotion of historical and cultural assets within the county.

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