, Muskogee, OK

February 27, 2013

Chamber Notes by Gary Perkins 02.27.13

— Chamber Notes by Gary Perkins

Fort Gibson Chamber of Commerce


This has certainly been an interesting week, at least weather-wise, here in Fort Gibson.

In the past week, we've seen temperatures from near 70, to well-below freezing, had sunshine to dense fog and seen several inches of snow — followed by sunshine, followed by freezing rain, followed by just plain rain and drizzle.

But then, we live in Oklahoma, and this is late winter/early spring when we know anything can — and eventually will — happen.

It was, however, a beautiful snow followed by the much-needed moisture this part of the country has lacked.

It looks like the next couple weeks will provide much of the same scenario. But again, it's Oklahoma, and we love it.

If you have some good weather-related pictures, send them to me and I will try and get them on our Fort Gibson Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

If you haven't checked our page out, do so, and give us a "like.”

We will try and use that medium to keep you posted as to events, special happenings and Weekly Chamber Luncheon updates, along with our Weekly Chamber Notes, sent by email and in the weekly newspaper.

We're trying to keep our website updated as well. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated. Email me at or give me a call at (918) 478-4780 or (918) 577-2069.

Speaking of the Weekly Chamber Luncheon, we have been at Simple Simon's Pizza for the month of February at 11:30 a.m. each Thursday.

This past week, we had Derald Glover, Tonia Cooper, Denise Bain, Kathy Perkins, Cheryl Hill, Mark Young, Justin Young and myself in attendance.

Our numbers were down, mainly because of the weather, because normally we have upward of 12 to 16 in attendance. We will continue at Simple Simon's Pizza tomorrow before moving to Subway for the month of March.

There is no formal meeting format, just a bunch of friends getting together for lunch and sharing stories and information. Give us a try.

We'd like to thank the American Legion for their membership renewal this past week. We still have not heard from many of you since our early January membership renewal mailings.

If you have misplaced or did not receive your renewal notice, give me a shout and we'll be happy to get the renewal information out to you.

Everything we do at the chamber is for the betterment of the town, its businesses, services and citizens.

In the next couple months, the following events will be coming to our community:

• March 30 will be the "Spring Fling for a Cause" 5K and Mile Run benefitting Special Olympics. Information: Lisa Walkingstick, (918) 869-0473 or Melody Stacey, (918) 348-5431.

• March 30 will also be the Public Bake Day at the Historic Site. Information: (918) 478-4088.

• April 26-27 will be the Heritage Festival and Spring Encampment at the old fort, with Education Day scheduled for April 26. Information: (918) 478-4088.

• March 2 is the blood drive by Oklahoma Blood Institute from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Arrowhead Mall, Muskogee. Those 16 years of age and older are encouraged to give blood. By donating blood, donors can feel good about helping to save someone else's life. As a bonus, each donor will receive an OBI insulated lunch tote, free health screening, and Donor Reward Points.

OBI says that all types of blood are needed, but especially O-negative, which can be used by anyone in an emergency. Information or appointment: (877) 340-8777.