Breakfast B4 Business Meets At Armed Services YMCA
Breakfast B4 Business was hosted at Armed Services YMCA Lawton Fort Sill on Tuesday, December 4th at 8:00 a.m. Guests had the opportunity to learn about the Santa's Closet by the Armed Services YMCA Lawton Fort Sill. In addition, guests heard from the newest members of the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce invited to attend the event and participate. If you are interested in hosting a Breakfast B4 Business, please contact Sharleen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Santa’s Closet is a consolidation effort of many of the support programs providing free meals and toy assistance for active duty junior enlisted soldiers and their families. For more information on program, please visit www.asymca.org/lawton-santas-closet.
About the Armed Services YMCA Lawton Fort Sill:
At the Armed Services YMCA of Lawton Fort Sill, we recognize how challenging military life can be, especially for our Junior Enlisted Soldiers (E1-E5). That’s why we offer several low-cost or free programs aimed at helping our military members receive quality childcare, food, clothing, and other basic necessities while stationed at Fort Sill.
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, the ASYMCA does not receive financial assistance through the U.S. Military or the Federal Government. All of our programs and events are made possible through fundraising efforts, donations, and the generous support of our community.
To learn more about the Armed Services YMCA, click here.
Celebrate the Holidays With Us! Annual Chamber Holiday Open House Dec. 14th
Join us for our Annual Chamber Holiday Open House on Friday, December 14th! The annual Chamber Holiday Open House is an opportunity for the Chamber to thank our members during the holiday season. In addition to meeting other local business leaders, guests will be able to enjoy holiday fare and delicious treats in the spirit of the holidays. Join your local chamber of commerce as we celebrate the holiday season!
Chamber Leadership Visit The State Chamber Public Affairs Forum
With the upcoming 2019 Legislative Session, the State Chamber of Oklahoma is hosting the Public Affairs Forum. The annual Public Affairs Forum offers Chamber members a chance to hear from leaders in Oklahoma’s Legislation to discuss the 2019 Legislative Session as well as issues affecting businesses. The keynote speaker will be Bruce P. Mehlman, a leading national political analyst with over two decades of experience in public policy, business and law. Amongst those in attendance will be Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Brenda Spencer Ragland and Executive Vice President Jamie Southerland. For more information about the 2018 Public Affairs Forum, please click here.
Flash & Dash Weekly Aggie Update for the Week of November 26 - December 2
Flash & Dash Weekly Aggie Update for the
Week of November 26 - December 2
Thanks to all that donated canned food for the Lawton Food Bank last week. We really appreciate you supporting our efforts!
On Saturday, December 15, the Men's Basketball Team plays Lubbock Christian and the Cameron SAAC (Student Athlete Advisory Committee) organization will be collecting coats and sweaters to be donated to Family Promise. Please bring your donations to the Aggie Gym on December 15.
Last Week's Results:
vs Emporia State: won 86-72 (2-2)
vs Southwestern OK State: lost 79-98 (2-3)
vs Harding: lost 73-87 (2-4)
vs Dallas Baptist: won 79-78 (2-2)
vs Southwestern OK State: lost 90-106 (2-3)
This Week's Schedule
Monday, November 26: Tree Lighting @ Cameron's Duncan Campus 6:00 - 7:30pm
Tuesday, November 27: Men's Basketball vs Arkansas Fort Smith in Aggie Gym @ 7:00pm (oksportsnet.com)
Thursday, November 29: Cameron Tree Lighting 6:00 - 7:30pm Lawton Campus
Thursday, November 29: Women's Basketball @ West Texas A&M @ 5:30pm (cameronaggies.com)
Thursday, November 29: Men's Basketball @ West Texas A&M @ 7:30pm (cameronaggies.com)
Saturday, December 1: Women's Basketball @ Eastern New Mexico @ 3:00pm (cameronaggies.com)
Saturday, December 1: Men's Basketball @ Eastern New Mexico @ 5:00pm (cameromaggies.com)
Flash & Dash Weekly Aggie Update for the Week of November 19 - November 25:
Flash & Dash Weekly Aggie Update for the Week of November 19 - November 25
At Monday & Tuesday's Home Basketball Games in the Aggie Gym, the Cameron SAAC (Student Athlete Advisory Committee) organization will be collecting canned food in the Lobby of the Aggie Gym. All Donations will benefit the Lawton Food Bank.
Last Week's Results:
vs University of Central Oklahoma: lost 51-79 (1-2)
vs Lubbock Christian University: lost 67-75 (1-2)
Women's Cross Country:
@ NCAA South Central regional Meet in Denver, CO
Distance: 6K 205 Runners
1) Adams State 30
2) Western Colorado 31
3) Colorado Mines 105
4) Colorado Springs 154
5) Metro State 184
6) Black Hills State 197
7) Dallas Baptist 204
8) Ft Lewis 275
9) Colorado Christian 338
10) Lubbock Christian 351
11) Colorado Pueblo 398
12) Midwestern State 430
13) Tarleton State 430
14) Dixie State 438
15) St Edwards 445
16) Colorado Mesa 458
17) Eastern New Mexico 507
18) Westminister 522
19) Chadron State 526
20) CAMERON 548
21) Regis 568
22) Newman 575
23) West Texas 598
24) Texas A&M International 615
25) New Mexico Highlands 699
26) Oklahoma Christian 711
27) Western New Mexico 725
28) Rogers State 755
29) Texas A&M Commerce 769
30) South Dakota Mines 842
CAMERON INDIVIDUAL RUNNERS
70) Edna Cheptum 24:07.5
79) Valeria Villatoro 24:19.6
122) Keyann Patterson 24:53.5
135) Alma Duran 25:03.4
152) Chloe Phillips 25:23.2
158) Taylor Esquivel 25:33.2
191) Karla Taylor 26:55.5
Men's Cross Country:
@ NCAA South Central regional Meet in Denver, CO
Distance: 10K 182 Runners
1) Colorado Mines 49
2) Adams State 57
3) Western Colorado 84
4) Colorado Pueblo 138
5) Colorado Springs 157
6) Black Hills State 180
7) West Texas 227
8) Colorado Christian 248
9) Tarleton State 253
10) Ft Lewis 256
11) Dallas Baptist 274
12) Metro State 289
13) Colorado Mesa 348
14) Lubbock Christian 439
15) Rogers State 487
16) Western New Mexico 492
17) South Dakota Mines 501
18) Oklahoma Christian 515
19) Texas A&M Commerce 567
20) CAMERON 571
21) Dixie State 589
22) Westminister 612
23) St Edwards 642
24) Eastern New Mexico 678
25) New Mexico Highlands 689
26) Regis 719
CAMERON INDIVIDUAL RUNNERS
74) Felix Nadeborn 33:24.2
99) Celso Ramirez 34:11.2
113) Roy Kipkorir 34:39.0
151) Dereck Adames 35:46.9
153) Steffen Riesenpatt 35:56.6
164) Eduarda Gutierrez 36:31.4
James Majenge Did not Finish
This Week's Schedule
Monday, November 19: Women's Basketball vs Emporia State in Aggie Gym @ 5:30pm (oksportsnet.com) SAAC Food Drive benefitting the Lawton Food Bank. Please bring and donate can food!
Tuesday, November 20: Men's Basketball vs Dallas Baptist in Aggie Gym @ 7:00pm (oksportsnet.com) SAAC Food Drive benefitting the Lawton Food Bank. Please bring and donate can food!
Wednesday, November 21: Women's Basketball @ Southwestern OK State @ 1:00pm (cameronaggies.com)
Thursday, November 22: HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
Saturday, November 24: Women's Basketball in Aggie Gym vs Harding University @ 2:00pm (oksportsnet.com)
Saturday, November 24: Men's Basketball @ Southwestern OK State @ 3:00pm (cameromaggies.com)
Health Impact on the Workforce: Chamber of Commerce Support to Small Businesses
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 the Health Department and the Oklahoma State Chamber about other impacts to the health of our workforce. To register, please click here.
To view the agenda, click here.
Mark Your Calendars For The 2018 State of Fort Sill Luncheon
The 2018 State of Fort Sill Luncheon on Thursday, December 13th! The annual event provides guests with opportunity to hear from the Commanding General of Fort Sill. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to hear up to date information about Fort Sill.
To register for the event, click here.
Meet Your CEO & President Reception
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.
Chamber Staff Celebrates Membership Director Graduation At 2018 OCCE Conference
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.
2018 Wichita Mountains Classic Show Seeking Vendors
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 email@example.com or mail to PO Box 1376, Lawton, Ok 73502, checks payable to Lawton Fort Sill Convention & Visitors Bureau.
#ShopSmall With Your Local Chamber On Small Business Saturday
In partnership with American Express, the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce #ShopSmall Lawton kicked off on Saturday, November 24th to dozens of shoppers. Local residents had a chance to win exclusive prizes using a shopping app developed by TownSquare Media. With more than 40 retail vendors & Chamber members included in the shopping route, each store visit and scan of the #ShopSmall logo was a chance to win.
Thank you to the volunteers, sponsors and friends of the Chamber whose support made the event a success!
#ShopSmall Lawton was sponsored by:
To view pictures from the event, click here.
7th Annual AUSA Recognition Reception Honores Dr. Gibson & Community Contributors
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!
Frontier Days: Step Into The Past Seeks To Educate on Lawton Culture & History
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.
Women in Leadership: Chamber Visit Goodyear Women's Presentation
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
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
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. This is an opportunity to meet and mingle to discuss business opportunities. Boots 2 Business offers Chamber members a chance to network with fellow business leaders in the Lawton Fort Sill area, and grow your contacts. Don’t miss this opportunity to promote your business!
2018 State of the City Luncheon
WARE GIVEAWAY: Two Pair of Tickets To Cowboys vs. Titans!
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!
Chamber Leadership Visit OCCE Conference
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.
Military Fall Social Highlights Efforts In Building Lawton Fort Sill Community
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
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.
President & CEO Brenda Spencer-Ragland Meets With German Delegation For First International Visit To Lawton
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
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
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.
State of the City Luncheon Set for November 9, 2018
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ware On C Returns With All New Lineup of Entertainment, New Location, New Activities and So Much More
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!
Business After Hours Meets At Corvias For Business Leaders Networking In The Community
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.
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.
Military Affairs Committee Meets For 2018 Fall Social
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 email@example.com.
Your Chamber on the MOVE: Executive Vice President Jamie Visits Lawton Employer Council
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day Stories
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.