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Jun 27, 2019
2019 Distinguished Citizen Dinner

Teeters and Westar Energy Named as 2019 Distinguished Citizen Honorees


TOPEKA, KS (3/12/2019)… The Jayhawk Area Council, Boy Scouts of America has announced they will honor Dr. Stan and Jody Teeter as 2019 Distinguished Citizens and Westar Energy as the 2019 Distinguished Corporate Citizen 

The Distinguished Citizen Award honors individuals, families and/or companies for their efforts in making a distinct difference in the fabric of our community. The honoree’s community involvement touches lives and improves the quality of life for all.


“This year’s honorees epitomize the attributes of Distinguished Citizens and Corporations in our community. Dr. Stan and Jody Teeter display all the individual qualities that make our community great while Westar Energy serves as a model for how a company can truly benefit their community. We are fortunate to have benefited from both of sets of honorees.” said Phil Elwood, President of the Jayhawk Area Council Board. “It is a privilege to honor them with this distinction.”


The honorees will be recognized at an evening banquet on Thursday, June 27, 2019, at the Ramada Inn Downtown.

To learn more visit the Distinguished Citizen Dinner Page or the calendar event


About The Teeters


Dr. Stan and Jody Teeter first arrived in Topeka in 1957 to serve at Forbes Air Force Base as the Base Veterinarian.  Dr. Teeter had recently graduated from Colorado A&M with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. During his time as Base Veterinarian he developed a relationship with Dr. Mark Morris Sr. as he was creating foods that would increase the overall health of the sentry dogs. Once his assignment was over, the Teeters returned to their native Arizona where Dr. Teeter built a veterinary practice and hospital for large and small animals. He expanded that practice, was a charter member of the Maryvale Rotary club, became an active member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and was named Arizona Veterinarian of the year in 1964.


In 1965, Stan and Jody picked up their growing family and moved back to Topeka, where Dr. Stan joined Mark Morris Associates, which was later bought by Hill’s Pet Nutrition and later by Colgate. He stayed with the company through his retirement in 1995, retiring as the Vice President of New Product Development. Together they served as conference organizer for the American Association of Equine Practitioners for many years.


Upon arriving back in Topeka, the Teeters created deep ties in the North Topeka Community and with First United Methodist Church. They served in numerous roles with their children’s activities. Both Jody and Stan served as leaders and volunteers with their children’s Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops. Stan took the lead role in serving on the Seaman School District Board and in Rotary. They supported several other causes that support children and youth such as the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Children's Discovery Center, Kansas Children Service League, Topeka Symphony, Topeka Zoo, Topeka North Outreach, and Camp Jayhawk. Among numerous other volunteer positions, Stan is a Trustee of the Morris Animal Foundation and Jody has served as President of the Ronald McDonald House and on the Library Board. When asked how she felt about her mother not having a ‘career’ outside the home, her daughter commented in her interview for medical school “Mom was in charge of everything I ever did.”


More recently the selfless work of the Teeters can be seen in the North Topeka Community. Throughout the years their passion for children and creating a better community for all can be woven into the fabric of the Topeka Area. From major involvement in the NOTO Arts District and the delivering lunches to State Street School  for the North Topeka Outreach program, these Paul Harris Fellows truly embody the Scout Oath and Law in all they do.


“We are so blessed to be a part of the Topeka Community. We never dreamed that a 2 year deployment to Forbes Air Force Base would eventually become a lifetime of impact in this community that we call home. It’s an honor to be a part of this group of awardees and know first-hand the impact that Scouting makes on an individual and their families. We discovered long ago that we are happiest when we are helping others.” – Dr. Stan and Jody Teeter


The Teeters have two sons and two daughters, all were in Scouting programs. They are proud to have an Eagle Scout among their 13 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.



About Westar Energy


“Westar Energy and KCP&L, Evergy companies, are committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable sources of energy today and well into the future. So, we’re embracing alternative energy sources to generate more power with less impact to our environment and adopting new technologies that let our customers manage their energy use in ways that work for them. Whether it’s new ways to connect with us, electric vehicle charging stations, or the next innovation around the corner, we’re dedicated to empowering a better future.

Westar Energy and KCP&L also provide more than the energy that powers our communities; we empower our employees to make a difference. Our employees share their time and talents with a variety of important causes, like the Boy Scouts of America, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Meals on Wheels. Collectively, employees spend nearly 30,000 hours each year volunteering in our local communities — from providing strategic input as board members to cleaning up playgrounds and working with students. During 2018, Westar Energy and KCP&L contributed more than $4M to nonprofit organizations throughout our service territory.  Through our annual employee giving campaigns, employees contributed more than $1M to our communities. In addition, we committed $2.5M to the new Evergy Plaza to be the focal point of downtown Topeka.


Together with our partners, we’re proud to make a meaningful difference in our communities.”




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The Teeters and Westar Energy join a distinguished group of honorees from Northeast Kansas to receive this award.  Past recipients include Anderson Chandler, Louis B. Falley, John Hambleton Abrahams, Georgia Neese Gray, Joseph A. Thompson, Dean Hodges, Marjorie C. Schnacke, James W. Porter, Howard T. Paul, Frank C. Sabatini, John E. Hayes, Jr., Howard R. Fricke, Robert C. Wheeler, Steven J. Douglass, Governor Bill Graves, John C. Dicus, John B. Dicus, Dean Ferrell, Duane Fager, Governor Kathleen Sebelius, Maynard Oliverius,  Nancy Perry, Dr. Jerry Farley, Dale Cushinberry, Jim Parrish, Dr. Walt Menninger, William B. Moore, John Stauffer, Dr. Kent Palmberg, Ed Hughes, Governor Sam Brownback, The Founders of Advisors Excel Cody Foster, David Callanan and Derek Thompson, Butch Eaton and Jim Klausman. In 2018, Larry and Anita Wolgast joined this prestigious group.



Proceeds benefit the Jayhawk Area Council, Boy Scouts of America and the 5,500+ youth they serve annually.


Headquartered in Topeka, KS, the Jayhawk Area Council, Boy Scouts of America is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit is celebrating 100 years of First Class Scouting.  Scouting aims to provide unique personal growth opportunities to an ever-increasing number of youth, helping them mature into adults whose values are embodied in the Scout Oath and Law.  The core of this singular movement is focused on fostering development of values-centered lives through character development, personal fitness, citizenship, employability, and service to others.