The Bell Award

Recognizing your outstanding contributions to the Foundation.

Juliene Popinga receives OSCF Bell Award

The Oregon State Capitol Foundation Bell Award recognizes devoted individuals who make outstanding contributions to the organization. On Jan. 26, 2022, OSCF Chair Judy Hall presented Juliene Popinga with the Bell Award for igniting belief and stimulating involvement in our democracy.

“Juliene’s work exemplifies a passion for the relationship between our Capitol, the Oregon story, the shared heritage of Oregonians and the Foundation’s mission.”

OSCF Chair Judy Hall

From award-winning Capitol History Gateway programming including exhibits, displays and events to 4th grade lesson plans and more, Popinga and the Capitol Visitor Services team she oversees excel at making the Capitol visitor experience educational, fun and memorable.

Thanks to Popinga’s forward thinking, when the pandemic temporarily closed the Capitol to the public, the Visitor Services staff was prepared for a smooth transition from providing in-person activities to online virtual Capitol tours and educational cultural events.

“I’m very fortunate to work with an amazing Visitor Services team and committed individuals and organizations that engage in developing experiences for the Capitol visitors. I am honored to be the recipient of the Foundation’s 2022 Bell Award and look forward to future opportunities to share Capitol stories and Oregon history.”

Juliene Popinga, OSCF Bell Award recipient

Popinga is the third person and the first non-Board member to receive the prestigious award. Frankie Bell — the award’s namesake — and former Oregon State Senator Jane Cease received the award in 2021.

Please join us in congratulating Juliene Popinga!

The mission of the Oregon State Capitol Foundation is to preserve our Capitol, share its history and engage Oregonians in our democracy.

Jane Cease receives OSCF Bell Award

On April 14, 2021, the Foundation Board recognized former State Senator Jane Cease for her tireless work evolving the Oregon State Capitol Foundation from a legislative organization to an independent charitable nonprofit in 2015.

While serving as OSCF Chair, Kim Duncan selected Cease to receive the award. Challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic caused delays in adopting the new policy and presenting the prestigious Bell Award. The award, named after founding member Frankie Bell, recognizes individuals who’ve made outstanding contributions to the organization.

“It’s my honor to present the Bell Award to Jane on behalf of our very grateful colleagues. Her work required vision, tenacity, wisdom and administrative fortitude as she guided the organization to a new stage of independence and expanded capacity.”

Former OSCF Chair Kim Duncan

A history of serving Oregonians

Cease served in the Oregon House of Representatives from 1979-1984 and in the Oregon State Senate from 1985-1991. A volunteer on the Foundation Board since 2004, she served as Vice Chair of the organization from 2011-13 and Chair from 2013-2015.

Colleagues surprise Frankie Bell with OSCF Bell Award

On Jan. 27, 2021, the Foundation board adopted a policy to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the organization. Next, they surprised founding member Frankie Bell with the inaugural Oregon State Capitol Foundation Bell Award.

“It is with immense pride that we recognize Frankie’s foresight and years of hard work. She demonstrates extraordinary commitment and dedication by serving our organization, the Capitol and Oregonians.”

Former OSCF Chair Kim Duncan

Bell — the award’s namesake — saw the possibilities of an organization committed to the physical preservation of the Oregon State Capitol and educational programs offered to Capitol visitors and Oregonians. She organized the Foundation’s first volunteer board in 1995, two years before the organization’s founding by statute. More than 25 years later, she continues to nurture the nonprofit’s growth.

Bell was also a key player in creating the Capitol’s gift shop and the volunteer and building use programs. She’s living proof that one person makes a difference!

About the remarkable Oregonian who inspired the Bell Award

Frankie Bell capped her three-decade career as State Capitol Visitor Services manager by helping to launch the Oregon State Capitol Foundation as a founding member. 

Bell, who has a passion for our Capitol and Oregon’s legislative process, has worked every regular session of the legislature since retiring. Frankie was a key player in creating the Capitol’s volunteer program, building use program and the Capitol gift shop, which make the building more accessible and friendly to visitors.

The Capitol is Frankie’s “home away from home,” and news reporters and historians often consult her about Capitol history.