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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Health Impact on the Workforce: Chamber of Commerce Support to Small Businesses

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Join us for the upcoming discussion forum, Health Impact on the Workforce: Chamber of Commerce Support to Small Businesses on Tuesday, November 27th from 9-11:30 a.m. The discussion forum will offer Chamber members access to one of the newest benefits, a health insurance benefit plan uniquely prepared for smaller businesses. In addition to the new service, participants will also hear from leaders of the Oklahoma State Chamber and a host of others to discuss important legislative topics.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Mark Your Calendars For The 2018 State of Fort Sill Luncheon

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Join us for the event of the season with The 2018 State of Fort Sill Luncheon on Thursday, December 13th! The annual event provides guest with opportunity to hear from the Commanding Officer of Fort Sill and other military leaders as they highlight the successes of the past year. The topics to be covered will include the status of economic development, military and civilian relations, and plans for the following year. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to find out the status of Fort Sill!

To register for the event, click (Link once available). 

Meet Your CEO & President Reception

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Join us on Tuesday, November 20th for Meet Your CEO & President Brenda Spencer Spencer-Ragland for an evening reception amongst the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce staff, Redcoat Ambassadors, local business leaders and friends of the Chamber. This evening, guests will hear from the new CEO & President as part of her formal introduction to the Chamber. This event is hosted by the Board of Directors for the Chamber and for Chamber members only.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Chamber Staff Celebrates Membership Director Graduation At 2018 OCCE Conference

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NEWS RELEASE

15 Chamber Professionals Graduate from Chamber Management Institute

Ardmore, OK - The Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Executives (OCCE) honored 15 graduates of the organization’s Chamber Management Institute (CMI) at the 2018 Annual Conference and Awards, that was held at the Ardmore Convention Center.

The CMI sessions, which took place over a four-month period, cover the fundamentals of a chamber of commerce, economic development, tourism, membership recruitment and retention, and communication strategies.

“CMI is an extremely valuable program for the professional development of chamber of commerce professionals,” said 2018 OCCE Chair and Jenks Chamber of Commerce President Josh Driskell. “Through the years, this program has equipped hundreds of professionals from across the state with the tools and knowledge to lead their chambers and communities.”

2018 graduates were:

  • Melissa Beck, Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce

To read the full News Release, click here

 

Friday, November 9, 2018

2018 Wichita Mountains Classic Show Seeking Vendors

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Join us for an exciting event and showcase your products and services in your community! This is a great opportunity to meet potential customers, network and grow your contact list for future sales. Space is limited, Register TODAY! 

To become a 2018 Wichita Mountains Classic Show vendor, please fill out the form below. Once completed, email to Shannon at syarbrough@visitlawtonok.com or mail to PO Box 1376, Lawton, Ok 73502, checks payable to Lawton Fort Sill Convention & Visitors Bureau. 

 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

#ShopSmall With Your Local Chamber On Small Business Saturday

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Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year – for large chains – but what about small, locally owned businesses? We at the Chamber are teaming up this year with American Express to promote Shop Small Saturday in our community. We want a day to promote visibility and sales for our locally-owned retail establishments. If you are a small, local business owner and you would like to be included in our shopping route, raffle prizes, and activities for the day of November 24, 2018, please click here to register your business. It is FREE for Chamber members, and $50.00 for non-members.

The Shop Small event will start at 10:00 am in Viridian Coffee on 2nd street where participating shoppers will download any of the following Town Square Media apps listed below to check out participating business on our shopping route.

Townsquare Media Apps

KLAW101, PopCrush and Z94

Every time they enter a store on the route, they can check in with the app to be entered into a drawing at the end of the day to win prizes! The more they shop, the more entries they can get. We will end the day at The Mountain Boomer Tavern for games, prizes, a charity fundraiser, and more! We encourage you to participate, please click on the link to register your business for the shopping route.

Monday, November 5, 2018

7th Annual AUSA Recognition Reception Honores Dr. Gibson & Community Contributors

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The 7th Annual AUSA Recognition Reception will take place on Tuesday, November 13th at the Apache Casino Hotel. The annual event hosted by the FIRES Chapter of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) recognizes business leaders and their contributions to the Lawton Fort Sill military community. This year special recognition will be held for Dr. Gib Gibson, who has served as a Chairman of the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce and amongst several leadership boards as part of community involvement. Congratulations to Dr. Gib Gibson and all of the honorees for their dedication to our community!

Friday, November 2, 2018

Frontier Days: Step Into The Past Seeks To Educate on Lawton Culture & History

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The Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce is hosting the first Frontier Days: Step Into The Past on Saturday, November 17th from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Frontier Days: Step Into The Past will feature three local museums as each showcases unique and exciting exhibits, fine art within a true cultural experience from the Southwest Oklahoma region and across the world.

The three local museums being featured are The Museum of the Great Plains, General Tommy Franks Leadership Mobile Museum and the Comanche National Museum. Each of the museums offers a unique background that contributes the local arts and culture community. Frontier Days: A Step Into The Past is a free community event and open to the general public. 

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Women in Leadership: Chamber Visit Goodyear Women's Presentation

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On Tuesday, November 7th, our chamber leadership will visit the 2018 Goodyear Women’s Network Presentation. The goal of Goodyear’s Women’s Network is to promote diversity and inclusivity as it relates to opportunities for women through networking, professional development and events. Recognizing this mission, the Chamber, will be sending their executive leadership team of women to attend the presentation. 

Ware On C Welcomed Hundreds For Sports Themed Block Party

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Ware On C returned on Thursday, November 1st with scores of local residents eager to check out the new line up of food, entertainment and activities during the Tailgate themed block party. While many opted to showcase their team pride through sports jerseys and face painting, others came dressed in their Halloween costumes from the previous evening. Attendees had the opportunity to hear from local artist Dani Carson as well as check out all new retailers and local favorites such as Massad’s, Gill’s Framing and Edward’s Menswear.

In a special visit, former NFL player Ervin Randle visited Ware On C to sign autographs during a meet and greet at the event. Ervin Randle, who is also the owner of Lawton Classic Chevrolet, has provided incredible support to local community initiatives. Thank you to the Randles for supporting the Lawton Fort Sill community!

Stay tuned for more on What’s Happening on WARE! To view pictures from the event, click here

To apply to be a December Ware On C vendor, please click here.

Boots 2 Business Encourages Local Networking

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Kickstart your weekend on Thursday, November 29th with Boots 2 Business! Join us for the inaugural Boots 2 Business from 5pm to 7:30pm in Red Dirt Reloaded, 6425 NW Cache Rd.  The new quarterly event will take place at a new location each time and highlight a Chamber member in the community. Boots 2 Business offers Chamber members a chance to network with fellow business leaders in the Lawton Fort Sill area, and achieve business development opportunities. Don’t miss this opportunity to promote your business! 

2018 State of the City Luncheon

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WARE GIVEAWAY: Two Pair of Tickets To Cowboys vs. Titans!

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During Thursday’s Ware on C event, Adventure Travel will be giving away two pair of tickets to the November 5 (Monday Night Football) Dallas Cowboys football game vs the Tennessee Titans.  Everyone who comes to Ware on C can be eligible to win the tickets by downloading any of the free apps for K-LAW, Z94 and 1073 PopCrush and play the Scavenger Hunt to Find the Cowboy at Ware on C.  All players will go in a drawing to win one of two pairs of Dallas Cowboys tickets. Must be present to win. Winners will be drawn at 7pm from the stage.

See you at Ware On C November 1st at 5pm!

Friday, October 19, 2018

Chamber Leadership Visit OCCE Conference

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Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Executives will be hosting the Annual Conference on October 31st - November 2nd at the Ardmore Convention Center. The Annual Conference will be attended by our President & CEO Brenda Spencer-Ragland, Executive Vice President Jamie Southerland and Membership Director Melissa Beck. In addition to participating, the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber will be celebrating Ms. Beck's graduation at the conference from the OCCE training program. Each Annual Conference encourages leadership within the chambers across the state to engage in productive dialogue on initiatives and efforts made in the business environment. To learn more about the OCCE, please visit occe.org.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Military Fall Social Highlights Efforts In Building Lawton Fort Sill Community

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The Military Affairs Committee celebrates its annual Fall Social at the Lawton Country Club on Thursday, October 18th. Amongst those in attendance were leaders of both Lawton and Fort Sill representing a host of fields and backgrounds to promote unified efforts in the community. To view more images from the event, click here

If you are interested in becoming a part of the Military Affairs Committee contact Jamie Southerland TODAY!

Membership Spotlight: Local Women in Leadership Participate in Leadership Oklahoma's 32nd Class

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During the summer, Leadership Oklahoma announced in its 32nd class, 52 members from across the state to meet monthly and visit nine communities over a ten month period. Amongst the 52 selected was Jennifer Ellis, President & CEO of the COSMETIC SPECIALTY LAB, and Jamie Polk, Assistant Superintendent of Lawton Public Schools. As a leader in the Lawton Fort Sill community, it is important to convey the vital needs of the community and both of these women have been able to excel in their industries and beyond to benefit the community. Thank you for sharing insight on what it means to be a women in leadership in Lawton Fort Sill. 

"A female leader, or any leader for that matter in this community means dreaming big, creating your pathway and achieving your full potential for the betterment of our community."  - Jamie Polk, Assistant Superintendent of Lawton Public Schools. 

 

“If you want to lead and ultimately grow a community or an organization, you have to remain teachable.  Participating in Leadership Oklahoma is a way for me to personally develop my own skills as a leader, bring back those skills to Lawton Ft. Sill and invest in someone else to help get them to the next level.  As a woman I feel an additional responsibility to invest in, empower, and maybe even inspire the next generation of female leadership.” - Jennifer Ellis, President & CEO of the COSMETIC SPECIALTY LAB.

 

 

Monday, October 15, 2018

President & CEO Brenda Spencer-Ragland Meets With German Delegation For First International Visit To Lawton

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President & CEO Brenda Spencer-Ragland meets with German Delegation for their first international visit to Lawton. The German delegation will consist of members of the local parliament, state representatives, ministry leaders, renowned journalists and a host of other business leaders who are visiting to learn more about State of Oklahoma, political structure and overall culture.This visit will take place on Tuesday, October 23rd with a tour of various historical landmarks of the Lawton Fort Sill community and with a dinner reception featuring some local favorite cuisine. Lawton's Mayor will provide a special proclamation in honor of their international visit and touring the Museum of the Great Plains. Welcome to the Lawton Fort Sill community and we hope that enjoy visiting our beautiful city!

Redcoat Quarterly Luncheon Celebrates Accomplishments At Hilton Garden Inn Lawton Fort Sill and Convention Center

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From left to right: Joe Diaz, Rose Duckett, Debbie Evans, Tom Abram, Jack Parker, Dennis Keplinger, and Shykira Smith.

On Tuesday, October 23rd, the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce Redcoat Ambassadors met to acknowledge special accomplishments of the organization as they hosted their Quarterly Luncheon at the Hilton Garden Inn Lawton Fort Sill and Convention Center. Amongst the awards being presented at the Redcoat Quarterly Luncheon, there was a special recognition for the Top Redcoat of the Quarter and Most Retention Visits of the Quarter. Thank you to our Redcoat ambassadors for all of your hard work and efforts in showcasing the Lawton Fort Sill community! 

Live2Lead Seminar Challenges Local Leaders With Celebrity Guest Speakers

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The Greater Lawton Rotary Club Presents Lawton Rotary Leadership Institute: Live2LEAD 2018 

In the upcoming event series of the Live2Lead program, it will feature simulcast speakers Carly Florina, Daniel Pink, John Maxwell, and Tyler Perry. Amongst the speakers that will be joining LIVE and in attendance are Dr. Rick Rigsby and Dr. Christopher Keller. Live2Lead is a leadership conference which host various professional speakers, business experts and celebrities to engage with the participants and offer insight on improvements in leadership skills. 

Don't Miss The Upcoming Live 2 Lead on Thursday, October 25th at Lawton First Assembly from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For ticket information, please click here. 

Friday, October 12, 2018

State of the City Luncheon Set for November 9, 2018

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Mayor Fred Fitch will highlight items concerning the City of Lawton this past year at the State of the City Luncheon. The luncheon will begin at noon November 9 at the Lawton Country Club, 4601 W Gore Blvd

Tickets are $20 for Chamber Members and $25 for General Admission. Limited seating available. Purchase of tickets will be available until Oct. 26. Reservations not cancelled within 72 hours will still have to pay. Click here to register.

Sponsorships are available for a limited time. For more information please contact Sharleen Gehers at 580-355-3541 or sgehers@lawtonfortsillchamber.com.

 

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Ware On C Returns With All New Lineup of Entertainment, New Location, New Activities and So Much More

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Ware On C Returns for the second event since the grand opening of the Ware District, located in Downtown Lawton. The upcoming Ware On C will be happening on Thursday, November 1st from 5 p.m. to 7:30 pm. on 3rd & 5th and C Avenue with exciting new vendors and activities for residents to enjoy. For the next Ware On C event, visitors will have the opportunity to participate in the month's theme, which highlights football. With the month's theme, participants will have the chance to showcase their Football pride by wearing jerseys and other fan based merchandise to highlight during the event. In addition to showcasing their team pride, vendors and local C Avenue businesses will also be able to join the fun by decorating with their favorite teams colors. Amongst the new activities being featured, Trail of Fears will be providing a mini golf course, bumper cars and bounce for families to enjoy. Don't miss out on all the fun for the next Ware On C --November 1st!

If your are interested in setting up a vendor booth for upcoming Ware On C events, click here. Interested in volunteering? Please register here

Business After Hours Meets At Corvias For Business Leaders Networking In The Community

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In the latest edition of Business After Hours, we visited Corvias, a military housing organization that encourages support in enhancing the quality of life for military service members and their families on Fort Sill. Amongst the guests that participated included members of the Chamber Staff with the new President & CEO Brenda Spencer-Ragland, members of the Redcoat Ambassadors and several business and community leaders eager to share insight and network at the monthly social event. Thank you all for attending the latest Business After Hours and we look forward to seeing you at the next event! 

To view images of the event, please click here

About Corvias:

Developing family-friendly communities is our passion. Our goal is to provide homes and communities that improve quality of life, promote a sense of belonging and are a source of pride. Our complete program of development, construction, ownership, management, maintenance and family services promotes installation living and supports retention of world-class military members.

Much more than just new homes, Corvias provides communities that families are proud to call home. To learn more about Corvias, click here

Monday, October 8, 2018

Military Affairs Committee Meets For 2018 Fall Social

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The Military Affairs Committee will host the Military Affairs Fall Social on Thursday, October 18th at the Lawton Country Club. The Military Affairs Committee was designed to encourage a collaborative relationship between the military and the community. Amongst the members of the Military Affairs Committee are business leaders, military command staff, and a host of others eager to promote understanding between civilians and military as well as enhance the quality of life in both communities. 

If you are interested in becoming a part of the Military Affairs Committee, please contact Jamie at jsoutherland@lawtonfortsillchamber.com.

Your Chamber on the MOVE: Executive Vice President Jamie Visits Lawton Employer Council

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Our Executive Vice President Jamie Southerland will visit the Lawton Employer Council on Tuesday, October 16th The topic during this discussion forum is called Clearing the Haze: What Oklahoma Employers Need to Know about Medical Marijuana and Drug Testing Policies. The Lawton Employer Council regularily meets to discuss ways to improve educational resources available from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, Oklahoma Works partners, human resource specialists and professionals in the Lawton Fort Sill area. For questions, please contact Ken Gould at (580) 223-3291 or e-mail kenneth.gould@oesc.state.ok.us.

Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day Stories

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I am honored to be a member of the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber. As a new business, the Chamber has enabled me to network better, has introduced me to people and provided a place for me to teach classes. I knew I was in the right place, when I walked into the Chamber for a membership and Melissa Beck stopped what she was doing to help me. I am a proud member of the Small Business Committee and a Redcoat. The Chamber has also provided me with opportunities to take some great classes. Thank you for all you do!

-Sara Paape, 3Raptor Consulting, Chamber Member Since 2018. 

 

The Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce has always been a great resource for our business, and we've made great connections from taking part in their events. But that's not what I value the most about them. It's that they are always open to new ideas and looking for innovative ways to help businesses grow and reach the people in our community. Any idea that's brought to them, they're open to talking about it and willing to try different things. I have been behind the scenes when they have launched things like Lawton Proud, Young Professionals, the Christmas Crawl, Open Streets, and more, and I can tell you first hand how passionate they are about bringing value to Lawton Fort Sill. Our community is beyond blessed to have an active Chamber that is committed to being innovative in everything they do.

-Kelly Edwards, Lawton Marketing Group, Chamber Member Since 2012. 

 

When I first moved to Lawton to join CenterPoint Energy (and therefore joining the Chamber of Commerce as a member), I knew very few people and even fewer businesses. As someone who's livelihood depends on relationship building, I became involved with the Chamber's membership committee and it instantly impacted the way I do business. I was able to network at the many events held by the Chamber and develop relationships with key decision makers in Lawton. Because of my Lawton Chamber of Commerce involvement, I have grown professionally and personally and it has also led to a very successful and productive relationship with my community. I've become more involved through the many events the Chamber promotes and holds and I've been able to visit so many wonderful businesses that I otherwise may not have encountered. The staff at the Lawton Chamber of Commerce and the members I've grown to know and love are what make me #LawtonProud.

-Cody Dupler, CenterPoint Energy, Chamber Member Since 1975. 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Introducing our new President & CEO, Brenda Spencer-Ragland

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Introducing the new Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce President & CEO, Brenda Spencer-Ragland! Mrs. Spencer-Ragland will be joining our team this week with exciting new plans for the direction of the Chamber. Mrs. Spencer-Ragland previously worked as the Director of Morale, Welfare, Recreation and Family Programs at Fort Sill. Welcome Brenda to the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce and we look forward to working with you!

Business After Hours At Corvias

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Just A Reminder! Business After Hours will be taking place on Thursday, October 11th at 5:30 p.m. in 5703 Geronimo Road on Fort Sill. Join us as we highlight new members and businesses as well as of networking opportunities in our community. Refreshments will be served. You will need a Visitors Pass for access to the base. For Visitors Pass Form, click here

Directions:

Southern Plains Community Center, 5703 Geronimo Road

If entering through Key Gate, proceed west to Geronimo Road.  Travel south on Geronimo Road to Southern Plains Community Center on the right/east side of the road.

If coming from the Visitor’s Center on Sheridan Road, continue on Sheridan Road to Geronimo Road.  Turn south on Geronimo Road to Southern Plains Community Center on the right/east side of the road.

About Corvias:

Developing family-friendly communities is our passion. Our goal is to provide homes and communities that improve quality of life, promote a sense of belonging and are a source of pride. Our complete program of development, construction, ownership, management, maintenance and family services promotes installation living and supports retention of world-class military members.

Much more than just new homes, Corvias provides communities that families are proud to call home. To learn more about Corvias, click here

Don't Miss The Annual Spirit of Survival Marathon 2018

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From October 13-14, we welcome the participants to our city to compete in the 13th Annual Spirit of Survival Race! The annual marathon is a staple event in our community which highlights the fight to end cancer and proceeds benefit the Cancer Centers of Southwest Oklahoma. Join us as we cheer on the runners for a great cause!

For more information the Spirit of Survival, please visit www.spiritofsurvival.com.

 

Ware On C Opening Brings Lawton Community Together

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After months of preparation, The Ware District officially opened on Thursday, October 4th at 5 p.m. with hundreds of community members eager to participate in the exciting activities. From food trucks featuring local businesses including Kona Ice, Krazy Birdz, and Mexiciasian to live music with The Mike Webb Band and a beer garden presented by Silver Spoon, participants had many ways to enjoy the opening of Lawton's First Community District. Thank you to all the community supporters and volunteers who made this event and community district possible. To find out how you can be a part of the Ware District and upcoming events, please visit www.visitlawtonok.com. Click here to view images from the event. 

For November "Ware On C" Vendor Opportunities, please click here. Interested in volunteering? Click here

Wichita Mountain Classic Teaches Youth About Values, Responsibility & Hardwork In Preparation of Show

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From the “Coors Winter National” to the Wichita Classic Show, over the span of several decades the event has garnered national participation from youth throughout the country eager to showcase all their hard work. In the 2017 Wichita Classic Show, nearly 350 head of cattle visited with 150 youth that participated in a variety of show orders in front of a huge crowd of supporters and family members. While the prestigious show only takes place yearly, much of the hard work happens the scenes where youth raise and train their cattle to perform at the show. Not only will participants be able to witness the hard work and efforts of the youth, but they can also enjoy a fantastic showcase. The event would not be possible without the support of dedicated volunteers and sponsors! 

To request sponsorship form, please click here. Once completed, please email form to Shannon at syarbrough@visitlawtonok.com or mail to the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce at P.O. Box 1376 Lawton, OK 73502.

For more information on the Wichita Classic, please click here

 

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