— By Gary Perkins
First, on behalf of the chamber, may I wish each of you the “Merriest of Christmas Greetings,” and the “Best for the New Year.”
This is always a time for reflection, not only for that which is most important to us — family, faith, friends, freedoms — but also a time to look to the future and all the opportunities, as well as challenges, that we will face going forward.
We wish only the best for each of you and your families.
May God's tender mercies touch each of our hearts and our personal endeavors is our hope and prayer always.
With the end of the year comes changes within the Fort Gibson Chamber of Commerce.
At our last chamber board meeting, held Dec. 18, the following new members were voted to the Board of Directors: David Perry, Lisa Clayton, Cheryl Hill, and Mark Young.
They will replace outgoing members: Pat Green, Jack Richey, Tim Smith and Linda Clinkenbeard.
We appreciate the service that these outgoing members have given during their time on the board, and we look forward to working with the new members.
Along with the new board members, new board officers were also nominated and voted on pending ratification from the general chamber membership.
So, for the calendar year 2013, the proposed Fort Gibson Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will consist be: President Steve Woods, Vice President Justin Clavert, Secretary/Treasurer Justin Young, and Will Crawford, Tonia Cooper, Cheryl Hill, David Perry, Lisa Clayton and Mark Young making up the rest of the nine-member board.
Associate Directors are Al Stevens, Tim Smith, Kathy Carson, Kathy Perkins, Linda Clinkenbeard and Denise Bain.
Participating in the voting process were board members Tonia Cooper, Jack Richey, Justin Young, Justin Clavert, Will Crawford, Linda Clinkenbeard and Steve Woods.
As a review, according to the chamber bylaws, members can serve on the Board of Directors for two consecutive, two-year terms if re-elected by the board after the first two-year term.
Associate board members have no restrictions, but are not allowed to vote on matters that require a quorum vote from the nine-member board.
Their help and input is invaluable, however. Within the next two weeks, all chamber members will be receiving their 2013 renewal statements along with a letter outlining the above.
Ratification of the proposed board happens when no negative objections are received back at the chamber office by the general chamber membership.
We are excited about the chamber's prospects for 2013, with a couple new events that we will outline later.
Our first major event of the year is the Annual Chamber Banquet scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Three Forks Harbor.
That event, which is open to everyone, will consist of a silent auction, dinner hosted by Fajita Rita's, special entertainment and a special guest speaker, along with several awards and presentations.
Cost is only $20 per person, and additional information, along with formal invitations will be coming out soon. Mark your calendar now.
Our Weekly Chamber Luncheon will continue for the month of December at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Charlie's Chicken.
For the month of January, we will move our luncheon to The Courtyard Bistro.
Come join us each Thursday for this great casual get-together. Chamber membership is not required — just show up and enjoy good food and good conversation. You never know what surprise guests might show up.