Betty Engen – Education and Environmental Programs
Betty moved to Rowlett, TX with her husband Mark, back in November of 2016. They moved to Rowlett to enjoy their retirement in a warmer climate, and to be near two of their three children, who reside in Dallas and Addison. Betty also enjoys being a Grammy to her three grandchildren, two grandsons in Dallas, as well as her one granddaughter in Chicago, IL.
Having grown up in rural Southwestern Wisconsin on a registered Angus beef and hog farm, Betty was involved in 4-H projects, such as showing cattle, gardening, and sewing. Betty grew up with an appreciation for hard work and being a good steward of the land and the environment on the family farm. In 1985, Betty became an activist in Aurora, IL following an incident where the 2-4D herbicide was sprayed in a city park. This park bordered her backyard, where her three children played. Betty formed a grassroots group of concerned parents. They, with the help of an alderman, were able to get a city ordinance passed for lawn service companies to register with the city, place warning flags in areas sprayed, and provide the city with material safety data sheets (MSDS) on the lawn chemicals being used.
Betty became a teacher in 1975 and taught in three different school districts as an Elementary Learning Center Director for 27.5 years. Also, Betty was a public library Children’s Librarian for 10 years. Being a former farm girl, activist, and teacher is why Betty enjoys being currently involved with Keep Rowlett Beautiful (KRB) non-profit organization. Betty gets the chance to participate in a non-profit organization that provides environmental information, events, and beautification projects to enhance the City of Rowlett.
Betty became involved on the board of KRB in 2017. She serves as the Co-Chair on the Education Committee, and the Dan Roberts Environmental Learning Center Committee. Betty has volunteered numerous hours to KRB projects, organizing resources, and participating in events for the city and schools. Also, Betty is involved with the Friends of the Rowlett Library Board serving as the Vice-President and Membership chair. Betty and her husband Mark feel that Rowlett is a great community that has a lot to offer and get involved in!