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Monday, March 18, 2019

Flash & Dash Weekly Aggie Update for the Week of March 18 - March 24

Posted by: Communications Manager on Monday, March 18, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
 
Last Week's Results:
Baseball:
vs West Texas University lost 12-2, 7-3, 6-0, 12-10 (9-16)
 
Softball:
vs Eastern New Mexico won 7-2, 6-2, 11-3 (17-10)(6-6)
 
Women's Golf
@ MSU Texas Invitational
Team
1) Oklahoma Christian  304-310~614
2) CAMERON 312-318~630
3) Midwestern State  314-319~633
4) Angelo State  318-321~639
T5) Texas A&M Commerce  322-318~640
T5) Tarleton State  324-316~640
7) Regis  322-323~645
8) Colorado State Pueblo 324-324~648
9) Newman  328-322~650
10) Texas Wesleyan  342-336~678
11) Metro State  335-346~681
12) Ranger CC  343-343~686
13) UTPB  351-336~687
14) Northwestern OK State  360-349~709
15) Truman State  361-352~713
CU Individuals (78 golfers)
2 Iona Roska  75-76~151
11 Kyndall Morgan  82-75~157
24 Kennedy Wheeler  80-83~163
29 Allison Duffin  75-89~164
55 Gerdur Ragnarsdottir  89-84~173
68 Sabrina Stedman  92-89~181
69 Molloejo Crain  87-96~183
75 Hayden Brewer  95-98~193
 
Men's Tennis:
vs West Florida won 4-1 (9-3)
Doubles
Vinicius Santos/Jalen Gutierrez (CU) def Bajadijiev/Sanchez 6-3
Przemyslaw Zielinski/Mritunjay Badola (CU) def Cantanhede/Galvao 6-1
Oscar del Granado/Pierre Marion (CU) vs Cabrera/Cordeiro 5-4 unfinished
Singles
Santos (CU) def Bajadijiev 6-4, 0-6, 7-6
Cabrera def Badola (CU) 6-3, 6-4
Granado (CU) def Irarrazabal 6-3, 6-4
Zielinski (CU) vs Rafaitin 5-7, 5-5 unfinished
Gutierriz (CU) vs Motta 2-6, 7-5 unfinished
Marion (CU) def Cordeiro 7-6, 7-5
 
vs University of Indianapolis won 4-1 (10-3)
Doubles
Santos/Gutierrez (CU) def Huber/Kostadinov 7-5
Lima/Mueller def Zielinski/Badola (CU) 6-4
Granado/Marion (CU) def Farji/Hoffacker 6-2
Singles
Santos (CU) vs Lima 6-4, 3-6, 4-4 unfinished
Hoffacker def Badola (CU) 7-5, 6-3
Granado (CU) def Huber 7-5, 0-6, 6-2
Zielinski (CU) vs Mueller 4-6, 7-5, 2-0 unfinished 
Gutierrez (CU) def Farji 6-3, 6-1
Marion (CU) def Witthaus 6-2, 6-1
 
Women's Tennis:
vs West Florida lost 4-2 (3-7)
Doubles
Vlad/Bonardi def Sarah Frendo/Sara Petric (CU) 6-2
Alisa Savina/Rebeka Velasova (CU) vs Araujol/Silwanowicz 4-4 unifinished
Mixon/Mantilla def Pilar Jaurena/Melany Opolz (CU) 6-1
Singles
Bonardi def Frendo (CU) 7-5, 6-1
Silwanowicz def Velasova (CU) 6-1, 6-1
Petric (CU) def Araujo 6-2, 6-4
Savina (CU) def Mantilla 6-1, 6-1
Vlad vs Opolz (CU) 6-4, 5-2 unfinished 
Mixon def Jaurena (CU) 6-3, 6-1
 
vs University of Indianapolis lost 6-1 (3-8)
 
 
Doubles
Alexeeva/Novikova def Frendo/Petric (CU) 6-2
Savina/Velasova (CU) vs Volokoval/Pindelska 4-4 unfinished
Weihs/Valiaeva def Jaurena/Opolz (CU) 6-1 
Singles
Frendo (CU) vs Volikova 7-5, 5-3 unfinished
Alexeeva def Velasova (CU) 6-4, 6-4
Novikova def Petric (CU) 6-2, 6-4
Savina (CU) vs Pindelska 2-6, 4-5 unfinished
Opolz (CU) vs Weihs 6-3, 1-2 unfinished
Viliaeva def Jaurena (CU) 6-1, 6-4
 
Men's Track
@ Oklahoma Baptist Early Invitational
400M (18 runners)
18) Xavier Obregon  1:02.54
800M (35 runners)
7) Sam Averill  2:03.73
17) Dereck Adames  2:12.01
22) Mark Medina  2:13.55
26) Sam Kelly  2:14.49
27) Isehaq Mawi  2:15.12
33)  Roman Esparza  2:22.17
34) Cesar Rangel  2:31.27
1500M (31 runners)
2 James Majenge  4:08.93
8) Steffan Riestenpatt  4:20.55
14) Mawi 4:28.74
17) Adames  4:30.72
30) Jordan Tuttle  4:56.85
31) Andres Hernandez  5:01.70
3000M Steeplechase (6 runners)
1) Chris Dunn  9:58.93
3) Eduardo Gutierrez  10:18.42
5) Medina  10:55.33
10000M (11 runners)
1) Roy Kipkorir  32:43.30
2) Felix Nadeborn  32:43.32
4) Celso Rameriz  35:45.87
DNF) Hernandez
4X400M Relay (12 teams)
7) CU "A"  Riestenpatt, Averill, Robert Crosswhite, Esparza 3:40.04
11) CU "C"  Kipkorir, Gutierrez, Rameriz, Nadeborn  3:51.37
12) CU "B"  Dunn, Kelly, Rangel, Tuttle  4:00.95
 
Women's Track
@ Oklahoma Baptist Early Invitational
200M (31 runners)
9) Prisca Kouao  27.51
21) Alexis Jefferson  29.20
400M (16 runners)
12) Karla Taylor  1:06.06
16) Bailey Talmage  1:14.23
800M  (51 runners)
16) Valeria Villatoro  2:37.58
17) Edna Cheptum  2:37.67
21) Violet Torres  2:40.53
29) Jessica Parnell  2:42.84
34) Shianne Taylor  2:45.91
40) Chloe Phillips  2:52.95
42) Hollie Babel  2:55.73
1500M  (46 runners)
8) Villatoro  5:14.05
30) Torres  5:28.63
34) Phillips  5:40.69
37) Keyanna Patterson  5:47.69
3000M Steeplechase  (6 runners)
1) Cheptum  11:54.24
3) Alma Duran  12:41.61
10000M  (3 runners)
2) Kathrin Halter  41:06.25
3) Taylor Esquivel  43:04.16
4X400M Relay  (10 teams)
CU "A" Jefferson, S. Taylor, Kouao, K. Taylor  4:27.93
CU "B"  Babel, Duran, Parnell, Phillips  4:43.31
 
 
This Week's Schedule
Monday, March 18:
Happy Spring Break!!!
Softball vs Northwestern OK State @ McMahon Field 4:00pm DH (www.oksportsnet.com)
Women's & Men's Tennis @ University of Texas Permian Basin (Odessa, TX) 10:00am (LSC)
 
Wednesday, March 20: 
Women's & Men's Tennis @ Western New Mexico (Silver City, NM) 11:00am (LSC)
 
Friday, March 22: 
Softball vs West Texas A&M @ McMahon Field 6:00pm (www.oksportsnet.com) (LSC)
Baseball @ Tarleton State (Stephenville, TX) 3:00pm (www.cameronaggies.com) (LSC)
 
Saturday, March 23:  
Softball vs West Texas A&M @ McMahon Field 1:00pm DH (www.oksportsnet.com) (LSC)
Baseball @ Tarleton State (Stephenville, TX) 1:00pm DH (www.cameronaggies.com) (LSC)
Women's/Men's Tennis vs Northwest Missouri State @ Streich-Henry Family Tennis Complex 11:00am 
 
Sunday, March 24: 
Baseball @ Tarleton State (Stephenville, TX) 1:00pm (www.cameronaggies.com) (LSC)
Men's Golf @ St. Edward's Spring Intercollegiate (Practice Round)
Wednesday, March 13, 2019

President & CEO Brenda Spencer-Ragland Talks Citizens Ready to Support the Community

Posted by: Communications Manager on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

We've all experienced a time when we heard a good idea and thought we need to move out on it and make it a reality. At the Chamber, we have listened to many of the ideas of our members and we have generated a few good ideas too.   It’s an exciting time to work with a great group of individuals that’s truly working hard for the betterment of our great community.

 

The events we have planned are purposeful and diverse.   Several of our events are designed to help share with state leaders all we have available in our community, such as our scheduled tour of our city on April 5th. We have invited our state representatives to come to our community and spend the day with us, as we visit many locations and share what we have, and where we can use their help.   We also have planned our Tourism Summit for April 9.   We are planning a great schedule of activities for the summit.   We believe it will not only allow us to hear about the trends in tourism, but also allow us to share opportunities we have here in Lawton to promote travel and tourism.

 

It’s obvious we many historical sites, the beautiful Wichita mountains, and awesome museums and quality hotels. We also have great hotels that are very accommodating, as proven with the many groups that have visited and now have scheduled to come to Lawton for their convention. Additionally we have our legislative luncheon scheduled for April 12.   It’s a great opportunity to hear directly from our legislators on the many state issues and initiatives they are working at the Capital.   It’s easy to recognize April will be a busy month, and you can trust it will be a productive month.   If you are interested in learning more about all the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce is working on, please visit our website at www.LawtonFortSillchamber.com or call the Chamber at 580-355-3541.   As well, thank you for helping us share the story of our great community, and all of the goodness we have waiting here at the local level.  

 

 

Brenda Spencer-Ragland, President & CEO. 

 

Spread The Word Ministries Presents Comedian Derick Jack Saturday, March 16th!

Posted by: Communications Manager on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Healthy Bites -- Cilantro Lime Salmon Bowls

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
 
 
INGREDIENTS
 

red peppers, sliced into strips

2/3 c. 

olive oil, plus 1 tablespoon

kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1/3 c. 

lime juice

2 tbsp. 

finely chopped cilantro, plus more for serving

2 tsp. 

honey

Garlic clove, minced

salmon filets

4 c. 

cooked brown rice

avocado, thinly sliced

Lime wedges, for serving

 
DIRECTIONS
 
  1. Preheat oven to 400° and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Place bell peppers onto baking sheet and toss with 1 tbsp olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and place in the oven to bake for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, make cilantro lime marinade: combine olive oil, lime juice, cilantro, honey, and garlic and whisk to combine. Place salmon in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper. Pour half the marinade over filets. Toss until fully coated. Set aside remaining marinade.
  3. When peppers have baked for 10 minutes, remove from oven and place filets on top of peppers. Bake until peppers are tender and salmon is cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes more.
  4. Assemble bowls: divide rice into four bowls and top with salmon, peppers, avocado and a wedge of lime. Garnish with cilantro and serve with extra marinade on the side.

Courtesy of Delish. 

Check out the next State of Legislation Luncheon on April 12th!

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

The next installment of the State of Industry Luncheon series will take place on Friday, April 12th at the Hilton Garden Inn from 11:30am-1pm. The State of Legislation Luncheon will be highlighting the current state of legislation featuring area legislators within the discussion forum. Guests will have the opportunity to ask questions during the Q&A segment on current legislative issues. To purchase tickets, please click here.

 

Sponsorship opportunities are available. To sponsor the event, please email Sharleen at sgehers@lawtonfortsillchamber.com.

State of Communications & Media Luncheon Educates With Key Media Outlets

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

The State of Communications & Media Luncheon took place on Thursday, March 14th at the Lawton Country Club with nearly a hundred guests representing various industries to hear from guest speakers. Amongst the guest speakers were Dennis Wade, Publisher, Lawton Constitution and 580 Monthly magazine, Kelvin Mize, Vice President General Manager, KSWO-TV and Don "Critter" Brown, Brand Manager, Townsquare Media.

 

Thank you to all our guests who attended and participated in the discussion on the current state of media & communications. Be sure to purchase your tickets for the next State of Industry, State of Legislation on April 12th at the

Hilton Garden Inn. To purchase tickets, please click here.

Flash & Dash Weekly Aggie Update for the Week of March 11 - March 17

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
 
Last Week's Results:
Men's Basketball:
vs West Texas A&M lost 59-72 (9-20) (5-13) Final Record
 
 
Baseball:
vs University of Texas Permian Basin won 7-6 (17 innings) & 17-4, lost 0-3 & 0-3 (9-12)
 
Softball:
vs Texas A&M Kingsville won 6-3, lost 8-9 (8 innings) & 0-8 (14-10)(3-6)
 
Men's Golf
@ Lubbock Christian Invitational cancelled
 
Women's Golf
@ Lady Rattler Invitational
Team
1) Dallas Baptist 304
T2) University of Indianapolis 306
T2) West Texas A&M 306
4) Texas A&M Commerce 309
5) St. Mary's 312
6) Arkansas Tech 314
7) St. Edward's 319
T8) Tartleton State 327
T8) Midwestern State 327
T10) CAMERON 329
T10) University of Texas Tyler 329
12) Arkansas Ft. Smith 332
13) Regis 334
14) University of Colorado Colorado Springs 337
15) Texas A&M International 359
CU Individuals
30 Iona Roska 80
37 Kyndall Morgan 81
45 Allison Duffin 82
61 Kennedy Wheeler 86
72 Gerdur Ragnarsdottir 90
 
Men's Tennis:
vs Colorado State Pueblo won 7-0 (6-3)
Doubles
Vinicius Santos/Jalen Gutierrez (CU) def Garcia/Cooper 6-4
Przemyslaw Zielinski/Mritunjay Badola (CU) def Boedeker/Garcia 6-4
Oscar del Granado/Pierre Marion (CU) def Ryan/Alcala 6-2
Singles
Santos (CU) def Garcia 6-3, 6-4
Badola (CU) def Cooper 6-2, 3-6, 7-5
Granado (CU) def Ryan 6-2, 6-2
Zielinski (CU) def Garcia 7-5, 6-1
Gutierriz (CU) def Alcala 6-3, 6-1
Marion (CU) def Boedeker 6-3, 6-1
 
vs Colorado Mesa State won 7-0 (7-3)
Doubles
Santos/Gutierrez (CU) def Bastida/Martin 6-2
Zielinski/Badola (CU) def Lindquist/Agritelley 6-2
Granado/Marion (CU) def Albrechtsen/Cure 6-2
Singles
Santos (CU) def Lindquist 6-2, 6-4
Badola (CU) def Bastida 6-2, 6-2
Granado (CU) def Cure 6-0, 6-2
Zielinski (CU) def Martin 6-1, 6-0
Gutierrez (CU) def Agritelley 6-4, 7-5
Marion (CU) vs Howe 6-3, 6-3
 
Colorado Metro State won 6-1 (8-3)
Doubles
Santos/Gutierrez (CU) def Tscherne/Besada 6-2
Zielinski/Badola (CU) def Kijak/Morilla 6-2
Granado/Marion (CU) def Llorente/Walisundara 6-1
Singles
Santos (CU) def Tscherne 6-3, 7-6
Badola (CU) def Llorente 7-6, 5-7, 6-2  
Morilla def Granado (CU) 6-4, 6-3
Zielinski (CU) def Besada 6-3, 6-1
Gutierrez (CU) def Kijak 6-4, 7-5
Marion (CU) vs Walisundara 6-0, 6-0
Women's Tennis:
vs Colorado State Pueblo won 7-0 (1-6)
Doubles
Sarah Frendo/Sara Petric (CU) vs Matthews/Hamilton 6-0
Alisa Savina/Rebeka Velasova (CU) def Ambrose/Sproston 6-0
Pilar Jaurena/Melany Opolz (CU) default winners 
Singles
Frendo (CU) def Matthews 6-2, 6-0
Velasova (CU) def Hamilton 6-1, 6-1
Petric (CU) def Sproston 6-4, 6-1
Savina (CU) def Megillign 6-1, 6-0
Opolz (CU) def Ambrose 6-0, 6-1 
Jaurena (CU) default winner
 
vs Colorado Mesa State won 6-1 (2-6)
 
 
Doubles
Frendo/Petric (CU) vs Kirby/Beckley 6-4
Savina/Velasova (CU) def Hershey/Osterberg 6-4
Jaurena/Opolz (CU) def Hansen/Waldburger 7-5 
Singles
Frendo (CU) def Kirby 6-3, 2-6, 10-0
Velasova (CU) def Beckley 6-0, 6-1
Petric (CU) def Osterberg 6-2, 6-3
Savina (CU) def Hansen 6-1, 6-2
Opolz (CU) def Hershey 6-1, 6-0 
Waldburger def Jaurena (CU) 6-1, 7-5
vs Colorado Metro State won 5-0 (3-6)
 
 
Doubles
Frendo/Petric (CU) vs Porter/Steenberg 6-4
Savina/Velasova (CU) def Pessoa/Winterrowd 6-3
Kaiser/McKean def Jaurena/Opolz (CU) 4-6 
Singles
Frendo (CU) def Porter 6-1, 7-6
Velasova (CU) def Pessoa 6-3, 6-1
Petric (CU) def Steenberg 6-4, 6-3
Savina (CU) def McKean 6-3, 6-4
Opolz (CU) vs Kaiser 7-5, 2-2 unfinished, 6-0 
Jaurena (CU) vs Winterrowd 7-5, 1-1 unfinished
 
 
 
This Week's Schedule
Monday, March 11:
Women's Golf @ MSU Texas Invitational (Wichita Falls) 1st Round 
 
Tuesday, March 12:
Women's Golf @ MSU Texas Invitational (Wichita Falls) Final Round 
 
Thursday, March 14
Women's & Men's Track @ Oklahoma Baptist Early Invitational (Shawnee)
 
Friday, March 15
Baseball @ West Texas A&M (Canyon, TX) 7:00pm(www.cameronaggies.com)
Softball @ Eastern New Mexico (Portales, NM) 7:00pm(www.cameronaggies.com)
Women's/Men's Tennis vs West Florida (San Antonio, TX) @ 9:30am
 
Saturday, March 16 
Baseball @ West Texas DH 4:00pm(www.cameronaggies.com)
Softball @ Eastern New Mexico DH 2:00pm(www.cameronaggies.com)
Women's/Men's Tennis vs University of Indianapolis (San Antonio) 9:30pm 
 
Sunday, March 17: (Beware of the Ides of March!)
Baseball @ West Texas 1:00pm(www.cameronaggies.com)
Thursday, March 7, 2019

President & CEO Brenda Spencer-Ragland Acknowledges the Contribution of the Military Spouse

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

I recently attended a Buffalo Soldiers meeting. I was impressed by how well organized it was. Although I was not surprised, as there are many retired militaries senior enlisted, and officers that are present at the time, it was impressive to witness the display. But what struck me most was a poem read by a Trooper Moore.   In fact, Trooper Moore wrote the poem.   It’s a poem about the military wife.   Trooper Wallace Moore, Sr, is a retired United States Army Sergeant Major.   He has a strong interest in history that was made by African Americans during the Indian Wars time period.   Trooper Moore is a living history interpreter for the Historic Landmark Museum at Fort Sill.   We are fortunate to have someone that chose Lawton Fort Sill as his home upon retirement. During this meeting, through Trooper Wallace’s reading of the poem he had penned, I found myself later thinking about the military spouses and their contributions to our community.   I have witnessed the generous and giving spirit of the spouses, as I have witnessed them give their time, talent and finances to take care of others. If you are sick, they are the first to call on you and offer support. When you face the death of a family member, they are the first to provide comfort and support. Additionally, they give back to the community.

 

Through the years the spouses of the military personnel have organized events for the single purpose of generating revenue so they can provide scholarships to individuals and organizations. They give back on average $25,000 a year to the local community. This funding is self-generated through the events and programs they voluntarily organize.   The group known as the Patriot Spouses Club has a rich history of service to our community. As well, there are others that simply strive to bless others by coordinating coat drives, delivering treats to simply say thanks and show appreciation.   This group is known at the Kindness Society.   As Trooper Moore was reading his poem, I thought just how blessed we are to be the home of these wonderful individuals.     Many will choose to stay, others will move to the next post the Army assigns to them, but regardless of their time here, we can rest assured they make our community better. This was once again evident by the volunteer military spouses that recently collected coats and distributed them to our schools, the efforts to share appreciation to the community agencies by dropping off cookies, and I want to share this poem, as I thought it was very kind of Trooper Moore to recognize the sacrifice of the military spouse as he refers to in this poem, Just the First Sergeants Wife.

 

“I have been the wife of a Top Sergeant for what seems like more than half my life. My husband is a first sergeant, a proud member of the regiment, and me, well, I am just the First Sergeants wife. We have been stationed all over the west, at places like Fort Sill, Fort Davis, Fort Concho, and others, but what’s in a name?   After a few years of bad wage, dust, heat, and rattlesnakes, they all start to look the same. When I left home, my darling Mother gave me her best china, I promised to safe keep out til my dying day.   Crossing the Canadian in route to Fort Sill, it fell from the wagon, into the water.   We watched it sink to the muddy bottom and I cried as we rode away.   I think it has been weeks… no months since we receive a newspaper from back east.   So, you see I am somewhat behind on the latest news.   After the paper is read, time and time again, it’s never thrown away. Out here are other things for which it can be used.   The First Sergeant, my husband, has an awful sweet tooth, sometimes he demands I bake.   In a land without Farmers, fresh eggs or milk, I have no choice but to make him my famous eggless cake.   I have had a large tarantula in my bed, a rattlesnake stretched out on the Parlor floor, and all of this on the same day.   I can assure you that screaming has little effect on the, finally, they get bored and simply go on their way.   No matter where his next duty station might be, I’ll hitch up the mules, load up the kids, because being with him makes my life.   He has a career and I have a job. He is a proud member of the Tenth Calvary and I am just the First Sergeant’s wife!” - Written by Trooper Wallace C. Moore, Sr.

With this poem in mind, know today, and yesteryear, the spouses of our military are so much more. They are an incredibly important fabric in our community, our nation.  On behalf of the Chamber team, we thank them for all they do to support our community, our businesses, our families. Without their presence, our lives would not be as rich as it is.   Our community would not be as vibrant. Community strong, Army strong.

 

Brenda Spencer-Ragland, Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce

 

For the latest Lawton Constitution: Chamber of Commerce View articles provided by our President & CEO Brenda Spencer-Ragland, please visit www.swoknews.com.

Chamber Hosts SW Delegation: Day in the Community April 5th

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

The Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the partnership between several businesses and community leaders to host SW Delegation: Day in the Community on Friday, April 5th. The Lawton Fort Sill Chamber will host State legislators Day in the Community.  Legislators will be able to meet community leaders, attend breakfast, and enjoy lunch with community leaders, and to enjoy a bus tour covering the City of Lawton, with a follow-on drive-by tour and brief of Fort Sill, Medicine Park, and the Wildlife Refuge. The SW Delegation: Day in the Community will allow state legislators to receive a tour of the Lawton Fort Sill community through the eyes of local leaders. In addition to a tour of Lawton Fort Sill, guests will enjoy refreshments throughout the event.

 

The SW Delegation: Day in the Community will provide an exclusive look at the recreational activities, beautiful landmarks, entertainment and so much more offered within our area!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Healthy Bites -- Honey Glazed Chicken with a Fun Mango Salad

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Ingredients (Serves 4)

Honey Balsamic Marinade/Dressing

  • 3  tbsp. honey
  • 3  tbsp. olive oil
  • 3  tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 3  tbsp. ketchup
  • 2  minced garlic cloves or 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • ½  tsp. onion powder

Chicken/Salad

  • 1½ to 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2-3   ripe mangos, peeled and sliced
  • 2  ripe avocados, peeled and sliced
  • 2  large tomatoes, sliced with seeds removed
  • 2-3  tbsp. fresh cilantro

Directions

  1. In a large resealable bag, add all the marinade/dressing ingredients, seal and mix well.  Pour half of the mixed marinade into a container, cover and refrigerate.  This will be used as the dressing for the salad.
  2.  
  3. Add the chicken to the remaining marinade in the bag and seal.  Shake the bag to be sure that all the chicken is coated and covered with the marinade.  Refrigerate for 1-4 hours.
  4. Remove the chicken from the bag and discard the marinade and bag.
  5. Bring the grill to medium-high heat.  Grill the chicken for about 2-5 minutes each side or until it is no longer pink inside and reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  6. Remove the chicken from the grill and let it rest.
  7. While the chicken is resting, assemble the salad by placing one row of 4-5 slices of mango, and then place 3-5 slices of avocado between the mangos and weave in 4-5 slices of tomato.  Place the chicken alongside the salad and drizzle both with a little of the reserved dressing, then sprinkle with ¼ of the fresh cilantro.  Repeat for the remaining 3 plates.
Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Chamber Celebrates Women 2019 March Calendar

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

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President & CEO Brenda Spencer-Ragland Talks Impact of Media Communications

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

First thing in the morning, as I prepare for day, I lay in bed and talk to God, sometimes I thank him and other times I ask for his guidance and intervention with whatever I am facing in life.   Then, I enjoy my coffee. Next, I read the Lawton Constitution and watch the morning news with KSWO. It’s that simple. God, Coffee, and local news. All are important in order to start my day and do the things I hope to do. Certainly coffee is not important, but it’s a habit I enjoy. Truthfully I enjoy it too much, as coffee is my weakness. I can’t walk past a hot cup of coffee. God is certainly of most importance, and unquestionably the most important of all things. The habit of watching the local news and reading the local paper is also important to me. I believe it’s important to stay current on the news, locally and nationally. I try hard to read the paper daily, and watch the news in the morning, early evening and before I go to sleep. I also use social media. I use it to message with my large family and friends in Kentucky, Ohio and Florida. I actually try to give up social media from time to time, but as soon as I think I am ready, I hear from an old friend and think I need to stay online a little bit longer.

 

My love for watching the news and reading the paper is a learned behavior. My parents were adamant we read the local paper, and watch the local news. My friend, Isabel, knows when we travel I will be online reading the Constitution and pulling up my KSWO app daily.   She knows I need my news time.   But the reality is that I also use the local paper for much more. I look at the advertisements, read the obituaries, check local events, and read the commentaries. My husband reads all of the same, but he must read the comics.   My daughter asks that we save the paper so she can have the coupons. She has been known to saves lots of money with the coupons. She is awesome at working to stretch her budget, largely through the use of coupons.   When the babies were in diapers the Sunday paper was a budget must. In fact, I think Carrie, and friends Brooke and Debbie, should teach a class on how to coupon like a pro. So if you subscribe to the paper for nothing else, the coupons and the corresponding savings is enough of a reason. As far as the local news, it’s a must if you want to stay informed.   As well, if you want to reach my husband by promoting an event, or sharing information about a business the best way is through KSWO, the local paper or the local radio.   He is not a social media fan, but you can bet he reads the paper daily, listens to local radio, and watches the news at 6:00 a.m., 4:00 or 5:00, 6:00 p.m. and again at 10:00 p.m. It’s a part of his daily activities. As we talk to many friends, we know most in our age group read the paper, watch the local news, and listens to the local radio for their news and information.

 

From the Chamber perspective, we know local news and advertisements are important for our economy. I am not sure many would argue that newspaper reading, watching local television, and listening to local radio is not a good habit, especially if you are trying to help advocate and support local businesses. It has been said that people who frequently read newspapers are more likely to be reading books, novels and also try out new establishments.   Reading the local paper, watching the local news and listening to the radio helps us move outside the narrow zone of our personal affairs. As well, being active readers and listeners keeps us updated on events, sales and can provide up to date information about our economy, politics, trade, business, world affairs, international issues, sports, and entertainment.

 

So if you want to know more about the importance of communication, the changes we are facing with communication and the impact it has on our businesses, I encourage you to consider coming to our March Chamber of Commerce luncheon, the State of Communication. Regardless of how you get your news, it’s important to understand the challenges media faces as they try diligently to meet our needs both in business and with our entertainment. I am excited to share we will have three professionals in the business discussing communication challenges and opportunities March 14, 2019 as part of our monthly lunch series. Again, please join us and don’t forget to call Sharleen at (580) 355-3541 to register.  

 

Brenda Spencer-Ragland

  

For the latest Lawton Constitution: Chamber of Commerce View articles provided by our President & CEO Brenda Spencer-Ragland, please visit www.swoknews.com.

B2B Relaunches With New Hosts For The Informal Business After Hours Networking

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

 

Business 2 Business (B2B) is a re-launch to Business After Hours, which is a signature networking event known for its informal opportunity to connect Chamber members with other business leaders in the community. The next Business 2 Business will take place on March 14th from 5pm-7pm and will be hosted by Optimal Wireless, 1226 NW Sheridan Road. Grab your business cards and meet us for Business 2 Business!

Chamber Member Verification Forms Due TODAY

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Each Chamber member was previously sent a member verification form to confirm that their information is valid. Please ensure the information is confirmed before close of business today. For questions, please contact Melissa at mbeck@lawtonfortsillchamber.com.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Flash & Dash Weekly Aggie Update for the Week of February 25 - March 3

Posted by: Communications Manager on Monday, February 25, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Last Week's Results:
Men's Basketball:
vs Midwestern State lost 59-62 (8-18) (4-12)
 
Women's Basketball:
vs Midwestern State lost 70-79 (7-18)(4-13)
vs Texas Woman's lost 67-71 (7-19)(4-14)
 
Baseball:
vs William Jewel lost 4-6 (5-6)
vs Oklahoma Christian lost 3-6 (5-7)
 
Softball:
vs Midwestern State won 5-3, lost 3-4 & 0-9 (10-7)(2-4)
 
Men's Tennis:
vs Tyler JC lost 2-5 (3-3)
Doubles
Vinicius Santos/Jalen Gutierrez (CU) def Beecher/Mosterd 6-4
Oscar del Granado/Pierre Marion (CU) def Walters/Gasperini 6-1
Jesus Villamizar/Mritunjay Badola (CU) def Simkiss/Patil 6-4
Singles
Santos (CU) def Walters 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
Simkiss def Granado (CU) 6-3, 6-3
Mosterd def Badola (CU) 6-3, 6-4
Beecher def Gutierrez (CU) 7-6, 5-7, 10-8
Gasperini def Marion (CU) 7-5, 6-2
Patil def Villamizar (CU) 7-5, 7-6
 
 
 
Women's Golf:
@ St. Edward's Invitational
Team Standings
1) Arkansas Tech 301-302~603
T2) Southwestern OK State 308-312~620
T2) Rogers State 303-317~620
4) St. Mary's 314-309~623
5) UCO 311-316~627
6) Tarleton State 313-315~628
7) St. Edward's 304-326~630
8) CAMERON 314-318~632
9) Angelo State 313-323~636
10) UT Tyler 319-335~654
11) Texas A&M Kingsville 336-326~662
12) Lubbuck Christian 336-355~691
13) Drury 352-351~703
14) Hawaii Hilo 337-368~705
Cameron Individuals
15) Iona Roska 78-77~155
17) Allison Duffin 78-78~156
T31) Kyndall Morgan 81-80~161
T31) Kennedy Wheeler 78-83~161
40) Gerdur Ragnarsdotir 80-83~163
 
 
 
This Week's Schedule
Monday, February 25:
Baseball vs William Jewel @ Edmond, OK 1:00pm (www.cameronaggies.com)
Baseball @ Oklahoma Christian 3:00pm (www.cameronaggies.com)
Men's Golf @ Rattler Invitational (San Antonio, TX) 1st & 2nd Rounds
Men's Tennis vs Cowley College @ Streich-Henry Family Tennis Complex 2:00pm
 
Tuesday, February 26:
 
Softball @ Southwestern Oklahoma State (DH) 2:00pm (www.cameronaggies.com)
Men's Golf @ Rattler Invitational Final Round
 
Thursday, February 28: 
Women's Basketball vs Texas A&M Kingsville 5:30pm (www.oksportsnet.com)
Men's Basketball vs Texas A&M Kingsville 7:30pm (www.oksportsnet.com) 
 
Friday, March 1: 
Homecoming Weekend!
Cameron University Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony @ University Theatre 7:30pm
Baseball @ Eastern New Mexico (Portales, NM) 8:00pm (www.cameronaggies.com)
Women's Tennis vs St. Mary's @ Streich-Henry Family Tennis Complex 1:00pm
Men's Tennis vs St. Mary's @ Streich-Henry Family Tennis Complex 10:00am
Women's & Men's Track @ Marc Randle Classic (Tyler, TX) All Day
 
Saturday, March 2:  
Homecoming Weekend!
Women's Basketball vs Angelo State @ Aggie Gym 2:00pm (www.oksportsnet.com)
Men's Basketball vs Angelo State @ Aggie Gym 4:00pm (www.oksportsnet.com)
Baseball @ Eastern New Mexico DH 2:00pm (www.cameronaggies.com)
Softball vs Nebraska Kearney @ Missouri Southern TMZ Tournament (Joplin, MO) 2:00pm (www.cameronaggies.com)
Softball vs Northwest Missouri State @ Missouri Southern TMZ Tournament 4:00pm (www.cameronaggies.com)
Men's Tennis vs University of Texas Tyler TBD
 
Sunday, March 3:
Baseball @ Eastern New Mexico 2:00pm (www.cameronaggies.com)
Softball vs Northeastern Oklahoma State @ Missouri Southern TMZ Tournament 10:00am (www.cameronaggies.com)
Softball vs Missouri Southern @ Missouri Southern TMZ Tournament 12:00pm (www.cameronaggies.com)
Men's Golf @ Lubbock Christian Invitational (Lubbock, TX) Practice Round
Women's Golf @ Lady Rattler Invitational (San Antonio, TX) Practice Round
Friday, February 22, 2019

Connect with Chamber Members at Breakfast B4 Business, Hosted By Dillards March 5th

Posted by: Communications Manager on Friday, February 22, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (2)

 

Our upcoming Breakfast B4 Business will take place on Tuesday, March 5th, at Dillards Department store, 200 SW C Avenue. The monthly Breakfast B4 Business is designed to offer members the opportunity to network and share insight on the business environment in the community--all before businesses open. In this edition of the monthly series, Dillards Department store is the featured Chamber business. Dillards Department store offers a variety of retail clothing for men, women and children, handbags, accessories, home goods and so much more. Don’t miss the upcoming Breakfast B4 Business at 8 a.m. at Dillards Department store, 200 SW C Avenue.

To learn more about the products offered at Dillards Department store, stop by the location at 200 SW C Avenue. 

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Healthy Bites -- Healthy Chicken Noodle Soup

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

INGREDIENTS
 
2 tbsp. 

extra-virgin olive oil, divided

1 lb. 

boneless skinless chicken breasts

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 tsp. 

dried oregano

large onion, chopped

large carrots, peeled and chopped

stalks celery, chopped

cloves garlic, minced

3 c. 

water

Small bunch thyme

bay leaf

(12-oz.) package gluten-free noodles

bunch Tuscan kale, stemmed and shredded

Juice of 1 lemon

 

DIRECTIONS
 
  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven over medium high heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Season chicken all over with oregano, salt, and pepper and add to pot. Cook until golden and cooked through, about 8 minutes per side. 
  2. Remove from pot and let rest 10 minutes before chopping into small chunks.
  3. Add about 2 tbsp chicken broth to skillet (it should bubble immediately!), then use a wooden spoon to scrape up and golden chicken bits. Let cook until most liquid has reduced down, then add remaining tablespoon oil.
  4. When oil is hot, add onion, carrot, and celery. Season with salt and pepper and cook until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. 
  5. Pour over broth and water and add bay leaf and thyme. Bring to a steady simmer and let simmer 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. 
  6. Increase heat and bring mixture to boil, then add noodles. Cook until noodles are tender, about 7 minutes. Discard thyme stems and bay leaves, then stir in kale, lemon juice, and chopped chicken.

Recipe provided by Delish. 

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

President & CEO Brenda Spencer-Ragland Announces Buffalo Soldiers Joining The Chamber & Historical Importance

Posted by: Communications Manager on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

I am thrilled to announce that the local Buffalo Soldiers have joined the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce.   I am also thrilled the Buffalo Soldiers are working to help host the national convention here in Lawton Fort Sill in 2021.   As the Family and MWR Director, I had the opportunity in 2004 to oversee the Lodging Management on Fort Sill. At that time, before privatization, we had more rooms on post and we had the capability to host a few conventions.   Thus in 2004 we travelled to Houston, made a pitch as to why we wanted the Buffalo Soldiers to come to Lawton Fort Sill, and we were blessed to host their annual convention.   It was fabulous.   We had folks from all over the United States visit us for the week.   I also was afforded the opportunity, with my teammates, Michele Flanagan and Bill Barwick, to work with the Buffalo Soldiers in an expanded capacity.  

 

I fell in love with the story of the Buffalo Soldiers and grew deep respect and appreciation for all they did for our nation, and what they did locally with building the old Fort Sill.   Many of the men and women that have shaped my thoughts and efforts throughout my career are a member of the Buffalo Soldiers, such as Troopers Samuels, Price, Mitchell, Achong, McClain, Moore, Williams (also the national president), Gray, Perry, and the list goes on and on.   There are too many to mention, but all deserving of great respect and appreciation for what they have done for our community and what they are doing to preserve the rich and wonderful history of the Buffalo Soldiers.    

 

I am honored to be able to work with them again, as well; I am honored to prepare to bring the national convention back to our community. In the interim, as we work to achieve this great convention, I ask all to read the history of the Buffalo Soldier. It’s truly a treasure that we can all be proud of and we would should all learn about it, and share with others.     Go by the museums on Fort Sill, and if you have time, meet and listen to Trooper Wallace Moore. He is a true historian with so much to share.     We are so very blessed to have such a high presence of Buffalo Soldiers, you see them out at many of our events, posting colors, presenting the flag or just engaging with the community.   As part of our celebration of Black History, I would also ask that we not neglect to learn about and celebrate the sacrifices, contributions and achievements of these National treasures we know as Buffalo Soldiers.   To the Buffalo Soldiers, thank you for all you do for our great community.   You are loved, respected and appreciated for your efforts that date back centuries.

 

Brenda Spencer-Ragland

 

 

For the latest Lawton Constitution: Chamber of Commerce View articles provided by our President & CEO Brenda Spencer-Ragland, please visit www.swoknews.com.

Healthy Bites -- Pressure Cooker Roast Beef Dinner

Posted by: Communications Manager on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Pressure Cooker Beef Roast Dinner

Ingredients

  • 1-3 lbs. chuck roast
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 pinches of salt and pepper
  • 12 oz. of low-sodium beef broth
  • 2 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 6 medium yellow or red potatoes, unpeeled and halved
  • 1 large red onion, cut into wedges
  • 6 medium-sized carrots, unpeeled and halved

Directions

  1. Generously season the raw roast, with the salt and pepper on all sides.
  2. Heat the oil in the pressure cooker, and then place the roast in the pressure cooker and brown the meat on all sides to sear in the juices.
  3. Add the broth, vinegar, garlic and bay leaves to the cooker. Place the lid on the cooker and secure it. Bring it to pressure and cook for 75 additional minutes. Note that it usually takes 10 minutes for the cooker to come to pressure — and then add 75 additional minutes to cooking time. For many pressure cookers, you can just set 75 minutes and the time will not start until the cooker comes to pressure.  For those using a stove top pressure cooker or a model that does not have a digital settings, adjust the time as directed above.
  4. Do a quick release per the cooker’s instructions and then add the vegetables.  Place the lid back on and bring it back to pressure. Cook for 5 minutes. For those not using a cooker with a digital setting, turn off the heat source (stove, or unplug the cooker), let the cooker cool naturally for 10 minutes and then do a quick release of pressure.
  5. Transfer the roast and veggies to a serving dish. Serve a little of the juice from the cooker in another dish and drizzle on the roast and potatoes, if desired.

Tips

  • Place the remaining juice from the cooker in a container, cover and place in the refrigerator to cool. The next day, scrape off the solid lighter top portion and discard (unnecessary fat), then use the broth to make a quick soup with the remaining beef and other items you desire to add.
  • Using a pressure cooker is a great way to make tougher cuts of meat tender and delicious.

Recipe provided by the Commissary. 

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Flash & Dash Weekly Aggie Update for the Week of February 11 - February 17

Posted by: Communications Manager on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
 
Last Week's Results:
Men's Basketball:
vs Texas A&M Commerce lost 78-87 (8-14) (4-8)
vs Tarleton State lost 65-75 (8-15)(4-9)
 
Women's Basketball:
vs Texas A&M Commerce lost 58-91 (7-14)(4-9)
vs Tarleton State lost 67-69 (7-15)(4-10)
 
Baseball:
vs Lubbock Christian won 9-4 (10 innings), lost 0-11,  lost 1-15 (3-3)
 
Softball:
vs University of Central Oklahoma lost 4-8 (4-3)
vs Southern Nazarene won 9-0 (5 innings) (5-3)
vs Southeastern Oklahoma State won 11-0 (6-3)
vs Northeastern Oklahoma State won 6-5 (7-3)
 
Men's Tennis:
vs Collin County won 7-0 (2-1)
Doubles
Vinicius Santos/Jalen Gutierrez (CU) def Doyal/Edwards 6-1
Przamyslaw Zielinski/Mritunjay Badola (CU) def Venkatachalam/Webb 6-3
Oscar del Granado/Pierre Marion (CU) def Garrido/Flores 7-5
Singles
Santos (CU) def Venkatachalam 6-2, 6-1
Grandado (CU) def Garrido 6-1, 6-3
Badola (CU) def Doyal 6-3, 7-5
Gutierrez (CU) def Edwards 6-4, 6-3
Marion (CU) def Flores 6-2, 6-1
Jesus Villamizar (CU) def Dehart 6-2, 6-2
 
Women's Track
@ UCO Invitational
Distance Medley Relay (7 teams)
#4 Violet Torres, Keyanah Browning, Hollie Babel, Keyanna Patterson 13:59.15
#7 Jessica Parnell, Prisca Kouao, Shianne Taylor, Bailey Talmage 15:29.83
4 X 400 Relay (7 Teams)
#2 Alexis Jefferson, Kouao, Taylor, Karla Taylor 4:15.78
#6 Browning, Babel, Parnell, Sophia Ramirez 4:35.35
1 Mile Run (25 runners)
#3 Edna Cheptum 5:26.47
#6 Kathrin Halter 5:34.59
#9 Valeria Villatoro 5:40.37
#11 Alma Duran 5:44.50
#18 Taylor Esquivel 5:56.88
#19 Talmage 6:00.46
800M (29 runners)
#6 Villatoro 2:34.50
#12 Cheptum 2:38.18
#13 Patterson 2:38.80
400M (18 runners)
#5 K Taylor 1:02.69
200M (50 runners)
#32 Jefferson 29:01
 
Men's Track
Distance Medley Relay (5 teams)
#2 Ischaq Mawi, Roman Esparza, Andres Hernandez, Dereck Adames 11:26.23
4 X 400 Relay (6 teams)
#5 Steffan Riestenpatt, Robert Crosswhite, Sam Kelly, Sam Averill 3:44.94
#6 Esparza, Hernandez, Mark Medina, Cesar Rangel 3:57.87
3000M (25 runners)
#1 James Majenge 8:37.81
#5 Roy Kipkorir 8:55.74
#6 Eduardo Gutierrez 9:06.73
#11 Celso Rameriz 9:22.82
#14 Adames 9:43.46
#15 Medina 9:45.30
1 Mile Run (11 runners)
#1 Majenge 4:19.12
#2 Felix Nadeborn 4:29.93
#4 Gutierrez 4:35
#6 Ramirez 4:47.35
800M (28 runners)
#3 Averill 1:58.85
#7 Riestenpatt 2:04.40
#14 Crosswhite 2:09.93
#15 Hernandez 2:11.57
#19 Kelly 2:13.30
#25 Rangel 2:24.75
 
 
 
This Week's Schedule
Monday, February 11:
Baseball @ Lubbock Christian 1:00pm (www.cameronaggies.com)
Softball vs Rogers State @ UCO Tournament (Edmond) 4:00pm (www.cameronaggies.com)
 
Thursday, February 14: 
Happy Valentine's Day!!!!
Women's Basketball @ University of Texas Permian Basin (Odessa, TX) 5:30pm (www.cameronaggies.com
Men's Basketball @ University of Texas Permian Basin 7:30pm (www.cameronaggies.com
Women's/Men's Tennis @ University of Texas Arlington (Arlington, TX) 2:00pm
 
Friday, February 15: 
Baseball vs University of Texas Tyler @ McCord Field 7:00pm (www.oksportsnet.com)
Softball vs Tarleton State @ McMahon Field 6:00pm (www.cameronaggies.com)
Women's/Men's Tennis vs Seward County @ Streich-Henry Family Tennis Complex 10:00am
 
Saturday, February 16: 
Women's Basketball @ Western New Mexico 3:00pm (www.cameronaggies.com
Men's Basketball @ Western New Mexico 5:00pm (www.cameronaggies.com
Baseball vs UT Tyler @ McCord Field 7:00pm (www.cameronaggies.com)
Softball vs Tarleton State @ McMahon Field vs Northeastern State DH 1:00pm (www.oksportsnet.com)
 
Sunday, February 17:
Baseball vs UT Tyler @ McCord Field @ 1:00pm (www.oksportsnet.com)
Women's Golf @ St. Edward's Invitational (Austin, TX) Practice Round
Friday, February 15, 2019

Congratulations to our Redcoat Ambassador, Shykira Smith For Outstanding Citizen of the Month!

Posted by: Communications Manager on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Congratulations are in order for our Redcoat Ambassador and CSM Local owner, Shykira Smith for receiving February’s Outstanding Citizen of the Month! Shykira was awarded for heroic efforts assisting a fellow citizen in the community. We are so proud and honored to work alongside, Shykira Smith! Congratulations! 

 

 

Your CVB on the MOVE: Your Convention & Visitors Bureau Update

Posted by: Communications Manager on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

See What We See!

There are a lot of great things in the works at the Lawton Fort Sill Convention and Visitors Bureau. The CVB Team attended Hospitality Day at the State Capitol on February 6th and had some great conversations with area legislators on the importance of tourism in Oklahoma.

  • Did you know that tourism is the 3rd largest industry in the state on a GDP-basis?
  • Record high 1 million travelers visited Oklahoma in 2017.
  • Total direct tourism spending was $8.9 billion in 2017.
  • 100,900 jobs with total payroll of $2.3 billion in Oklahoma were directly supported by travel spending in 2017 – 8 straight years of growth!
  • Tourism generated $1 billion in local, state & federal tax revenue in 2017.
  • Tourism economy SAVED Oklahoma residents $430 per household in state & local taxes in 2017.
  • For every $1 spent by the OTRD on tourism marketing, the state realized a 7.1 return on investment (ROI) in state and local tax revenue as a result of the 2018 spring advertising campaign.

Tourism plays a vital role in our state and right here in our own backyard! Your CVB team is hard at work for our community. Join us on March 6th from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Apache Casino Hotel’s Summit Ballroom for our second Tourism Summit. Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department will be there with more information to share on tourism.

Make your reservation today!

Register Here

 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

A Special Chamber Announcement From President & CEO Brenda Spencer-Ragland: Leadership Oklahoma Applications Opportunity

Posted by: Communications Manager on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
 
As you may know, the history of Leadership Oklahoma dates to 1986 when a group of Oklahoma leaders began a series of meetings and discussions based on the belief that we all have a stake in developing the prosperity and confronting the problems of our state. They shared the conviction that we must understand the complex differences and relationships that drive Oklahomans in order to find effective solutions. Now in its 32nd Year, Leadership Oklahoma’s (LOK’s) mission is to create, inspire and support a dynamic network of leaders whose increased awareness and commitment to service will energize Oklahomans to shape Oklahoma's future.
 
Each year, LOK brings together 50 of the state's most outstanding leaders for an issues-oriented class program. Monthly sessions held in various communities address the critical challenges facing our state. Participants are chosen through a rigorous application process and selected from across the state to represent Oklahoma's professional, geographical, and cultural diversity.
 
The goal is to tap the energies of diverse leaders that represent a microcosm of our state to initiate positive change for the benefit of all Oklahomans. I can share when I attended, I learned so much. As well, I made friends that I remain in contact with ten years later.  The knowledge we gain of our state is immeasurable. We have had many of our leaders in the community attend LOK, and they remain active in the program today, such as our current Chairman, Albert Johnson, Jr., as well as our incoming Chair, Jennifer Ellis. Please consider participating in a monumental organization influential in developing our future leadership.
 
 
Brenda Spencer-Ragland, President & CEO,
Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce
 
Applications are now being accepted for the 2019-2020 class and can be found on the Leadership Oklahoma website. For the application, please click here.
 
Interested in participating? Click here for full instructions.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Grab Your Ticket For the State of Communications Luncheon Thursday, March 14th!

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

The Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the State of Communications Luncheon featuring local media outlets KSWO-TV, Lawton Constitution, 580 Monthly, and Townsquare Media on Thursday, March 14th. Much like the predecessor events for the State of the Industry Series, State of Communications aims to educate the community on the media and communications with insight from media professionals.

Find out ways to enhance your media coverage and communications efforts from the experts! Save Your Seat TODAY!

To purchase your ticket for the State of Communications Luncheon, please click here.

National Pan Hellenic Council of Lawton Fort Sill Proclamation Signing Jumpstarts Black History Month Celebration in Community

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Earlier this month, the National Pan Hellenic Council of Lawton Fort-Sill joined the Chamber, and the City of Lawton to sign the annual proclamation for Black History Month in the community. Amongst those in attendance were Mayor Stan Booker, Fort Sill Commanding Officer Wilson Shoffner, city officials and community leaders eager to participate in the declaration. To view images from the official signing, please click here.

 

In continuation of the month’s celebration, the Chamber staff will be attending the Fort Sill Celebration of Black History Month Luncheon on February 21, 2019 at the Fort Sill Patriots Club. Check out the image below of the Lawton Fort Sill community showcasing education and history of Black heritage!

Black History Month performance by Eisenhower High School Gentry Singers. 

Photo Courtesy of Lawton Constituition

African-American politician and political analyst Bakari Sellers speaks to crowd at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration in Cameron University. 

Photo Courtesy of KSWO-TV

 

Lawton Fort Sill Black Heritage Month Events Calendar

President & CEO Brenda Spencer-Ragland Posthumously Honors Longtime Community Leader, Bill Burgess Jr.

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Over the years, Bill Burgess, Jr. built a strong reputation as an articulate, respected, and effective voice of the Lawton Fort Sill community. He leveraged his reputation to help many within our community, and certainly the Chamber of Commerce benefitted from his time as the Chairman. Personally I appreciated his sincere support of all residents, Soldiers and Families, and his efforts in attempt to stimulate economic prosperity and foster a vibrant Lawton Fort Sill community. I believe it’s evident through his actions, Bill believe a strong, healthy business community was critical to maintaining quality of life that would benefits all that chose Lawton Fort Sill as their home.

 

His support of the military was without question. He graciously accepted the role as a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) in 2010. CASAs, which has been around since 1922 are non-paid positions.   They are civilian leaders within the local community. Their role as a CASA is to provide advice and support to Army leadership and service members. CASAs are liaisons between the military and the civilian community. They are individuals that help build relationships, and simultaneously help tell the Army’s story. The CASAs motto: “The Army’s Link to the People.”

 

CASAs, such as Bill, engage the local community, and they share current and relevant information about the military, by giving speeches, engaging with community members, and attending both Army and community functions and events. At times, CASAs are present at formal functions, but also if the unfortunate loss of a service member occurs, the CASA will often visit the Family on behalf of the secretary of the Army to provide his or her condolences.   The CASA is an important role within the community.   It’s a role that requires a thorough review of those selected.   Army Regulation AR states the aide candidate—

 

  1. Will be a United States citizen of outstanding character, integrity, and patriotism.
  2. Should have a deep interest in military affairs.
  3. Should be a leader in community affairs.
  4. Should be in a position to disseminate information about the Army to a broad cross section of the public and to other prominent citizens in his or her area.
  5. Should be able to interpret and affect public attitudes toward the Army.
  6. Should be able and willing to devote a reasonable amount of time to the activities of a civilian aide.
  7. Will not be a Federal elected or appointed official.
  8. Will not be an active member of the National Guard or a member of the Ready Reserve (Selected), Individual Ready Reserve, or Standby Reserve.

 

We, as a community, as a Chamber, can certainly count ourselves fortunate to have Bill Burgess, Jr. serves as the CASA. He not only had the qualities required, he had more.   He had a deep love for the military and for our community, and he displayed a sincere appreciation for both.   I certainly appreciate his advice and sage counsel over the years.   I also appreciate the support he provided with working a number of issues.   Bill Burgess, Jr. is someone that simply can’t be replaced. He leaves a rich history of service and also a standard of excellence we must all attempt to emulate. As we all move forward, let’s commit to work diligently together to strengthen the relationships that have been built between the military and civilian community. We are fortunate to have been afforded the opportunity to learn from Bill’s strong leadership. As we continue to offer condolences to his family and friends, let’s also work to heal from this incredible loss to our community by moving forward, and building on the strong relationships Bill Burgess, Jr. paved for us.

 

 

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Flash & Dash Weekly Aggie Update for the Week of February 11 - February 17

Posted by: Communications Manager on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

 
Last Week's Results:
Men's Basketball:
vs Texas A&M Commerce lost 78-87 (8-14) (4-8)
vs Tarleton State lost 65-75 (8-15)(4-9)
 
Women's Basketball:
vs Texas A&M Commerce lost 58-91 (7-14)(4-9)
vs Tarleton State lost 67-69 (7-15)(4-10)
 
Baseball:
vs Lubbock Christian won 9-4 (10 innings), lost 0-11,  lost 1-15 (3-3)
 
Softball:
vs University of Central Oklahoma lost 4-8 (4-3)
vs Southern Nazarene won 9-0 (5 innings) (5-3)
vs Southeastern Oklahoma State won 11-0 (6-3)
vs Northeastern Oklahoma State won 6-5 (7-3)
 
Men's Tennis:
vs Collin County won 7-0 (2-1)
Doubles
Vinicius Santos/Jalen Gutierrez (CU) def Doyal/Edwards 6-1
Przamyslaw Zielinski/Mritunjay Badola (CU) def Venkatachalam/Webb 6-3
Oscar del Granado/Pierre Marion (CU) def Garrido/Flores 7-5
Singles
Santos (CU) def Venkatachalam 6-2, 6-1
Grandado (CU) def Garrido 6-1, 6-3
Badola (CU) def Doyal 6-3, 7-5
Gutierrez (CU) def Edwards 6-4, 6-3
Marion (CU) def Flores 6-2, 6-1
Jesus Villamizar (CU) def Dehart 6-2, 6-2
 
Women's Track
@ UCO Invitational
Distance Medley Relay (7 teams)
#4 Violet Torres, Keyanah Browning, Hollie Babel, Keyanna Patterson 13:59.15
#7 Jessica Parnell, Prisca Kouao, Shianne Taylor, Bailey Talmage 15:29.83
4 X 400 Relay (7 Teams)
#2 Alexis Jefferson, Kouao, Taylor, Karla Taylor 4:15.78
#6 Browning, Babel, Parnell, Sophia Ramirez 4:35.35
1 Mile Run (25 runners)
#3 Edna Cheptum 5:26.47
#6 Kathrin Halter 5:34.59
#9 Valeria Villatoro 5:40.37
#11 Alma Duran 5:44.50
#18 Taylor Esquivel 5:56.88
#19 Talmage 6:00.46
800M (29 runners)
#6 Villatoro 2:34.50
#12 Cheptum 2:38.18
#13 Patterson 2:38.80
400M (18 runners)
#5 K Taylor 1:02.69
200M (50 runners)
#32 Jefferson 29:01
 
Men's Track
Distance Medley Relay (5 teams)
#2 Ischaq Mawi, Roman Esparza, Andres Hernandez, Dereck Adames 11:26.23
4 X 400 Relay (6 teams)
#5 Steffan Riestenpatt, Robert Crosswhite, Sam Kelly, Sam Averill 3:44.94
#6 Esparza, Hernandez, Mark Medina, Cesar Rangel 3:57.87
3000M (25 runners)
#1 James Majenge 8:37.81
#5 Roy Kipkorir 8:55.74
#6 Eduardo Gutierrez 9:06.73
#11 Celso Rameriz 9:22.82
#14 Adames 9:43.46
#15 Medina 9:45.30
1 Mile Run (11 runners)
#1 Majenge 4:19.12
#2 Felix Nadeborn 4:29.93
#4 Gutierrez 4:35
#6 Ramirez 4:47.35
800M (28 runners)
#3 Averill 1:58.85
#7 Riestenpatt 2:04.40
#14 Crosswhite 2:09.93
#15 Hernandez 2:11.57
#19 Kelly 2:13.30
#25 Rangel 2:24.75
 
 
 
This Week's Schedule
Monday, February 11:
Baseball @ Lubbock Christian 1:00pm (www.cameronaggies.com)
Softball vs Rogers State @ UCO Tournament (Edmond) 4:00pm (www.cameronaggies.com)
 
Thursday, February 14: 
Happy Valentine's Day!!!!
Women's Basketball @ University of Texas Permian Basin (Odessa, TX) 5:30pm (www.cameronaggies.com) 
Men's Basketball @ University of Texas Permian Basin 7:30pm (www.cameronaggies.com
Women's/Men's Tennis @ University of Texas Arlington (Arlington, TX) 2:00pm
 
Friday, February 15: 
Baseball vs University of Texas Tyler @ McCord Field 7:00pm (www.oksportsnet.com)
Softball vs Tarleton State @ McMahon Field 6:00pm (www.cameronaggies.com)
Women's/Men's Tennis vs Seward County @ Streich-Henry Family Tennis Complex 10:00am
 
Saturday, February 16: 
Women's Basketball @ Western New Mexico 3:00pm (www.cameronaggies.com) 
Men's Basketball @ Western New Mexico 5:00pm (www.cameronaggies.com
Baseball vs UT Tyler @ McCord Field 7:00pm (www.cameronaggies.com)
Softball vs Tarleton State @ McMahon Field vs Northeastern State DH 1:00pm (www.oksportsnet.com)
 
Sunday, February 17:
Baseball vs UT Tyler @ McCord Field @ 1:00pm (www.oksportsnet.com)
Women's Golf @ St. Edward's Invitational (Austin, TX) Practice Round

Healthy Bites -- Italian Sausage Stuffed Zucchini

Posted by: Communications Manager on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
 

INGREDIENTS

 
 

4 large zucchini, halved lengthwise

2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil

4 links chicken sausage links, thinly sliced

1/2 c. italian breadcrumbs

3/4 c. shredded mozzarella

1/2 c. shredded fontina

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 c. chopped fresh basil

DIRECTIONS

 
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Score zucchini (like you’re dicing an avocado) and scoop out insides into a large bowl.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add chicken sausage and cook until seared, 6 minutes.
  3. Transfer to a large bowl and add breadcrumbs, 1/2 cup mozzarella, fontina, garlic, and basil.
  4. Spoon mixture into zucchini and top with remaining 1/4 cup mozzarella.
  5. Bake until zucchini is tender and cheese golden, 15 minutes.

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Meet the Newly Elected & Current State Legislators at the 24th Annual Legislative Reception!

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Join us on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 for the 24th Annual Southwest Oklahoma Legislative Reception from 5pm-7pm at the Oklahoma History Center. Great opportunity to meet with newly elected and current state legislators. Space is limited, reserve your seat today! To read more, click here.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Sharleen at 580-355-3541.

Chamber Sponsors:

Cameron University

Comanche County Memorial Hospital

Corvias

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Great Plains Technology Center

Hilliary Communications

Oklahoma Southwest Alliance (OSA)

Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO)

 

 

 

President & CEO Brenda Spencer-Ragland Shares Insight on Local Real Estate Market

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

What would the impact be if we sold one more home in our community? Ten more? Twenty? Well, if the average home sold for $127K, we would receive more in taxes, we would see increased sales in our local businesses, we would see increased enrollment in our schools. How do we sell homes? We market our community. We market all that we have in our community, which starts by examining why we chose Lawton Fort Sill as our home, why we stay. 

For me, my career choice brought me here. Many know my story. I came for a two-year internship, 27 years ago. I stayed because of my career, and the leaders that inspired me such as Ed Thiessen, Dennis Hergenrether, John Jones, and Lon Parks. I grew up here in this community, personally and professionally. I can honestly say I believe the best of the best, such as those I mentioned, call Lawton Fort Sill home. My children attended school here, and now my grandchildren attend school here. I have truly met some of the most professional teachers, professional educators here within our school district.

I feel as if we have quality education, medical, housing and recreation. These are all core components of a healthy resilient person, and a family. Now many would say we have a major issue and that’s jobs. Correct. But did you know our unemployment rate is 3.4% as compared to the national average? I know I am accused of living in a “Utopia state of mind.” I resemble that accusation. I do see the sunny side, most of the time. But I also grew up under the leadership and mentorship of some great minds – minds such as my graduate advisor, Dr. Cindy Rosenthal, who later served as the Mayor of Norman. As well, many civilian and military leaders, some mentioned already. These leaders challenged me to think broader and rally to gather the facts before I presented a solution. Thus, I have been working with the Board of Realtors, and some energetic and excited Apartment managers, and we can share factual data that shows we have quality, quantity and affordable homes and apartments for sale and rent within our community. 

This is great as we can continue to meet the needs of all looking for a home. As well, we have several agencies with jobs available. There are opportunities to start your career by visiting our local unemployment office. We have an adequate supply of child care spaces available as well. So what else do we need? Certainly, we can always use more jobs. I would share I doubt very seriously that we need more retail until we get more jobs. We need to increase our wages. We do that by attracting higher paying manufacturing jobs, as well as going after those jobs that require skills that we can meet within our current demographic. 

Economic growth requires we pull everything together, housing, education, medical, recreation. We need to show and communicate that our community is ready and willing to provide support in these core areas to all that are looking to call Lawton Fort Sill home. If we can sell more homes, rent more apartments, we collect more taxes. If we collect more taxes, we invest in infrastructure and we can provide more for our schools, which can help increase teacher pay. If we highlight our current capabilities, we can attract more industry, more jobs – then we can support more, and retain more recreation.

Thus, my question: could it happen with selling one home? Well that’s a great place to start. We can start by telling and sharing all we have good, and we can continue to improve the areas we all are wanting to see improvement with – infrastructure, teachers’ pay, safety and yes, homelessness. If we invest in promoting our community, we will then see investment in our total community. Is it that simple? It is worth a try. Find something good, share something good. This is our community, our home. Yes, our investment too. 

For the latest Lawton Constitution: Chamber of Commerce View articles provided by our President & CEO Brenda Spencer-Ragland, please visit www.swoknews.com.

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