Elks honor Nancy Patton

The Sweet Home Elks Lodge presented its communitywide Distinguished Service award to Nancy Patton Saturday night.

Past Exalted Ruler Val Eastin presented the award.

“You’ve got to be kidding me,” said Patton as Eastin described her activities and she realized she was the recipient.

“I am totally blown away,” Patton said after receiving the award. “I’m just one of you. I love the people in this community, and I love the people I work with.”

And she and the other members of the community will keep working hard, she said. “I am just shocked. Thank you so much.”

The award is given for distinguished service in the community, and it may be given to citizens who are not members of the Elks, Eastin said. The Elks Lodge presented two additional awards.

Jody Ramey received the Elk of the Year award, and Jack Stackhouse was named Officer of the Year.

Patton owns The Blonde Basket Case, which makes and sells gift baskets and unique items for the conservative budget, Eastin said. She also owns Patton Productions, which produces the “Honoring the American Man” awards.

She is the chairwoman of the Sweet Home Active Revitalization Effort Marketing and Programming Committee, and an ambassador for the Miss Oregon USA and Miss Teen Oregon USA pageants.

She also is an ambassador for the Ford Foundation Leadership team and the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce for 2010, a member of the city Parks Board, through which she is involved in the effort to raise funds to expand the skate park, and a member of Operation Homefront.