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April 17, 2013

Chamber Notes: One of those ‘wild’ weeks at the Chamber

— By Gary Perkins, Fort Gibson Chamber of Commerce

It has been one of those weeks at the chamber office — where it doesn't seem like anything special was going on, but it was a very busy week, nonetheless.

I have received many requests for information regarding Fort Gibson, including requests for relocation information, real estate listing recommendations, the Historic Site information, lodging, parks and campsite information, business opportunities, various complaints or an occasional word of praise, and miscellaneous phone number requests.

It always amazes me how many people call the Chamber of Commerce office for phone numbers for everything from paying fines, utilities, welfare assistance, or sometimes just a name of someone they heard lived in Fort Gibson.

It does get wild sometimes. Of course, we are always happy to help out in any way possible.

The really good news, is that I have received several requests for information about the Car Show, both from vendors and those wanting to bring their vehicles to our show, which is scheduled for June 14-15.

That is usually a good sign that enthusiasm is building for our 19th annual show.

The other good news is that several businesses have already responded to our request for sponsorship of this year's event.

We have received sponsorship donations or intentions, from Perry Financial Services-New York Life, Charlie's Chicken, Edward Jones-Mark Young, Cherokee Casino-Fort Gibson, the Town of Fort Gibson, Herringshaw Waste Management, and Lake Country Chevrolet/Cadillac.

Our mailings just went out this past week, so I know there are many others that are in the process of submitting their sponsorships.

We appreciate the support and confidence that all our sponsors put in us for putting on a great event for our community.

More exciting news for the Chamber comes in the way of a new chamber membership. First, A Flower Can, under new owner/manager, Klynna Nail, and now at their new location at 1207 S. Lee St. (next to Subway), will be hosting a ribbon-cutting at 2 p.m. April 27.

They can be reached at (918) 478-9888 or

We will pass on more information on their ribbon-cutting next week. Check them out at their new location for all your fresh flower arrangements, party and decorating needs, along with many great gift, anniversary, or special occasion items and ideas.

We also want to congratulate Klynna's husband, Chad, for his new role as a town trustee.

We all know Chad for his work at Fort Gibson Tire & Wheel, and now also as Klynna's chief assistant in the flower business.

I hear he puts together a mean floral arrangement. Second, the Church on the Word-Fort Gibson has joined the chamber, and wants everyone to know about them.

Under the direction of Pastors Rennie and Patty Ohl, Church on the Word was established in Warner 15 years ago, and they consider that their "hub" with Fort Gibson now being one of the hub's "spokes."

Their goal is building strong families and establishing "Word of Faith" churches throughout the area.

Meetings are currently at 7 p.m. Sundays in the Community Center in Fort Gibson.

They are also hosting a potluck and Red Bud tree-planting event on April 21.

More information on the location of this event will be provided later. They can be contacted at (918) 441-7366 or (918) 284-4799, or

New membership in the chamber is always an exciting thing, and we appreciate all our members, and are willing to do whatever to help out their cause.

Final reminder, our Weekly Chamber Luncheon for the month of April is being held at Boomarang Diner on South Lee Street at 11:30 a.m. each Thursday. Come out and join us and get caught up on all the going-ons in our community and in the lives of many of our members. Always a great adventure.