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January 11, 2013

New year full of excitement for Chamber

Let me first take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy and blessed new year. Hopefully, we all have learned some lessons in 2012, that will help us going forward. At the chamber, we are excited about the expectations and plans that are ahead of us in this new year. The first of our annual activities will take place on Feb, 7 at Three Forks Harbor & Marina, featuring our annual Chamber Banquet. This event consists of a silent auction, great dinner hosted by Fajita Rita’s, entertainment, guest speaker, and “Teacher of the Year” awards. Everyone is invited, and cost is only $20 per person. The festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m., and payment can be made at the door. This is also the time that we introduce the new board of directors for the new year.

Pending chamber membership ratification, our new board will consist of: Steve Woods, president; Justin Calvert, vice president; and Justin Young, secretary/treasurer; with Will Crawford, Tonia Cooper, Mark Young, David Perry, Lisa Clayton, and Cheryl Hill as board members; and as associate board members, Linda Clinkenbeard, Al Stevens, Kathy Perkins, Kathy Carson, Tim Smith, and Denise Bain.

When membership renewals go out within the next few days, a letter of “Board Member Ratification” will be included. To accept these individuals as the 2013 board of directors, nothing need be done. We look forward to a strong membership drive, as we kick off 2013. As always, if you want to get involved, or have some recommendations, let me know by calling (918) 577-2069 or emailing fortgibson@sbcglobal.net.

Also included in our “Annual Events” are the Spring Fling 5K Run, April 6; our Golf Tournament, May 18; Annual Car, Truck, & Motorcycle Show, June 14-15; July 4th Fireworks Show; Fort Gibson 10K (new)and 5K Run, Aug. 24; Smokin’ the Fort BBQ Event, Oct. 25-26; and our Starlight Christmas Parade, Dec. 2. We will also be participating in several other events, put on by other local organizations. Our goal to have something meaningful going on in Fort Gibson every month, is getting closer to reality. As soon as I get all the firm dates, I will list all the town events that are currently scheduled for the year.

For the month of January, our Weekly Chamber Luncheon will be held at The Courtyard Bistro at 11:30 a.m. each Thursday. Come join us for great food, great company, and great conversation. Our weekly luncheons are open to everyone, are very casual, and are always very informative. Actually, they are just plain fun and enjoyable...come join us. We want to thank Charlie’s Chicken for hosting us throughout the month of December.

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