The Burr Oak
Dedicated to Tom Becker (August 2016) by the Chautauqua Bird, Tree & Garden Club
Thirty two years of love and dedication
much of it spent for our education.
In development he was a star
looking for funding both near and far.
Up the ladder and right to the top
and while at the pinnacle he never stopped.
In winter time, when came the snow
to Arizona and Florida he managed to go.
Thanking the donors who with a passion
kept our Chautauqua in tip top fashion.
And like this burr oak which tolerates stress
it grows strong and sturdy like Tom ,we confess.
With a kind word and a great big smile
he always would greet us in that Tom Becker style.
The gifts that he gave us will continue for years we'll sing out his praises so everyone hears
How Chautauqua is known both far and wide through his good works and especially his pride.
We're grateful to him for his foresight and drive following his footsteps, we'll endeavor to strive.
So Chautauqua will flourish and be cherished by all and who like Tom Becker will answer the call.
by Caroline Van Kirk Bissell