MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

September 26, 2012

Chamber Notes: Christmas ornament design decided

By Gary Perkins

— It has been a very productive week at the chamber. We held both a board meeting, and a “BBQ Planning Meeting,” both with a lot of productive results.

At the monthly board meeting, and at the request of Board President Linda Clinkenbeard, the board agreed to turn the reins of the presidency to Board Vice President Steve Woods for the remainder of the 2012 year.

Linda Clinkenbeard's new position as superintendent of the Woodall School District has tied her down to the point that she felt the "official" transfer of power for the remainder of the year was necessary.

She will still serve on the board, and promised to help out at any event that she could. Elections for the new presidency and board of directors for the Chamber will take place in December for the calendar year 2013.

Also at the board meeting, it was decided to have this year's Christmas ornament be engraved with the Christmas Tree in Centennial Park in front of the gazebo.

That 2012 ornament should be available for sale in late October. We also decided on the theme for this year's Starlight Christmas Parade, which is scheduled for Dec. 3, to be "A Frosty Christmas in the Fort."

That should get some creative brains working as floats and entries are prepared for this year's annual parade.

We also reviewed all the chamber financial expenses and income for the past month and year-to-date.

At the BBQ Planning Meeting, the committee agreed on a design created by Alissa Gage with some help from Home Turf as this year's T-shirt and poster design.

We are excited to present this to all of you because we think it is a great new direction for the BBQ Event.

The design will still feature BBQ mascot Beauregard the Bull with a few new friends "gettin' down in the oldest town."

Committee member Mike Williams also announced this year's music groups as being The Meyer Family, The Park Family and SpringStreet.

Sound will be handled by Joe Wolford and Ronnie Holuby. These groups will play that great bluegrass music all day Oct. 27.

For the kickoff evening, Oct. 26, the music will be handled by DJ Cody Busch with great country music being played from the gazebo from 5-9 p.m.

Everyone is invited to stop by and meet the KCBS cooks, check out all the vendor booths, presented by all the local churches and clubs, and listen to all the great music.

Those attending the BBQ Planning Meeting were: Brad Clinkenbeard, Steve Woods, Justin Young, Mike Williams, Alissa Gage, Cheryl Hill, Tim Smith, Sue Absher Patton (Cherokee Nation), Kathy Perkins and myself.

This year's 4th annual "Smokin' the Fort-BBQ & Bluegrass Festival" promises to be the best and biggest to date.

Mark the date on your calendar, and bring the entire family for great fun and great food. If you are interested in participating as a contestant in the "Taster's Choice" category, in being a food or merchandise vendor or would like to help out as a sponsor or a helper, just give me a call.

 And finally, our Weekly Chamber Luncheons have been going very well as we have met each Thursday at Abner's BBQ, 700 N. Lee Street here in Fort Gibson.

This past week, those in attendance, were: Tim Smith, Mark Young, Justin Young, Cheryl Hill, Kathy Perkins, Jared Gregg, Carol Milligan, Tonia Cooper, Denise Bain and myself.

Last week I missed recognizing Sue Edwards, who was in attendance representing Fort Gibson State Bank, along with Kathy Perkins. Sorry Sue... We will remain at Abner's BBQ tomorrow, and then move to the new Subway for the month of October. Come join us.