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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.

 

 

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

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.

Provided by Delish

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.

Countdown Begins For 2019 Annual DC Fly-In

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

Don’t miss your opportunity to participate in the upcoming 2019 Annual DC Fly In on March 27-28th. This one of kind opportunity is allotted to leaders in the community eager to hear from guest speakers and discussion panels focused on legislative issues affecting the business community.

 

Not only will participants be able to meet with lawmakers and congressional leaders, but each will also have the opportunity to make important connections with other community leaders from around the country.

 

To reserve your spot at the upcoming DC Fly-In, please contact Jamie at jsoutherland@lawtonfortsillchamber.com. 

Chamber 101 Meets Second Time With New Businesses

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (1)

On Tuesday, February 5th, Chamber 101 returned with a packed room full of new and old businesses prepared to learn more about the benefits of Chamber membership. The Chamber 101 Lunch series was led by Membership Director, Melissa Beck, who provided an extensive presentation detailing key benefits of Chamber membership to include community sub-committees, marketing, event sponsorship opportunities and more. In addition, guest speakers included President & CEO Brenda Spencer-Ragland and community advocate, Redcoat Chairman Thomas Abram who shared insight on the importance of Chamber involvement and the local economy.

 

UPDATE

As a result of the informative Chamber 101 Lunch on Tuesday, February 5th, four prospective local businesses decided to join the Chamber of Commerce. Congratulations and welcome to the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce!

 

If you are interested in participating or learning about how the Chamber can benefit your business, please contact Melissa at (580)-355-3541 or mbeck@lawtonfortsillchamber.com.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Flash & Dash Weekly Aggie Update for the Week of February 4 - February 10

Posted by: Communications Manager on Monday, February 4, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Flash & Dash Weekly Aggie Update for the Week of February 4 - February 10

 
 
Last Week's Results:
Men's Basketball:
vs Eastern New Mexico won 88-84 (8-12) (4-6)
vs West Texas A&M lost 70-83 (8-13)(4-7)
 
Women's Basketball:
vs Eastern New Mexico lost 67-68 (7-12)(4-7)
vs West Texas A&M lost 78-95 (7-13)(4-8)
 
Baseball:
vs Texas A&M International won 2-0, 6-5 (15 innings), lost 1-7 (2-1)
 
Softball:
vs Minnesota Duluth won 2-1 (1-0)
vs St. Edward's won 13-5 (5 innings) (2-0)
vs Colorado School of Mines won 3-0 (3-0)
vs Arkansas Tech won 3-2 (11 innings) (4-0)
vs Pittsburg State lost 3-5 (4-1)
vs Augustana lost 1-4 (4-2)
 
Women's Tennis:
vs Drury lost 3-4 (0-1)
Doubles
Lee/Mo def Sara Petric/RebekaVelasova (CU) 3-6
Jedrychowski/Zheleva def Melany Opolz/Alisa Savina (CU) 1-6
Singles
Sarah Frendo (CU) def Lee 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
Zheleva def Velasova (CU) 4-6, 2-6
Jedrychowski def Petric (CU) 1-6, 3-6
Mo def Savina (CU) 6-3, 3-6, 2-6
Opolz (CU) def Melena 6-4, 6-2
 
vs Washburn lost 0-7 (0-2)
Doubles
Czapinski/Morrisey def Petric/Velasova (CU) 6-7
Frendo/Savina (CU) def Engelbrecht/Crohn 6-4
Fields/Valverde def Pilar Jaurena/Opolz (CU) 2-6
Singles
Engelbrecht def Frendo (CU) 3-6, 3-6
Czapinski def Velasova (CU) 0-6, 2-6
Valverde def Petric (CU) 3-6, 3-6
Morrisey def Savina (CU) 6-7, 3-6
Crohn def Opolz  (CU)1-6, 1-6
Lysaught def Jaurena (CU) 6-4, 2-6, 8-10
 
Men's Tennis:
vs Drury lost 3-4 (0-1)
Doubles
Kokalj/Kokalj def Vinicius Santos/Jalen Gutierrez (CU) 5-7
Przamyslaw Zielinski (CU) def Diot/Portcher 7-6
Oscar del Granado/Pierre Marion (CU) def Cerri/Stierling 7-6
Singles
Hadeler def Santos (CU) 1-6, 1-6
Diot def del Grandado (CU) 6-7, 1-6
Porcher def Mritunjay Badola (CU) 4-6, 6-3, 6-7
Kokalj def Gutierrez (CU) 2-6, 2-6
Zielinski (CU) def Stierling 6-4, 7-6
Marion (CU) def Hopkins 6-2, 6-2
 
vs Washburn won 4-3 (1-1)
Doubles
Plaza/Hasse def Santos/Gutierrez (CU) 1-6
Zielinski/Badola (CU) def Brill/Casi 6-4
del Grandado/Marion (CU) def Dicu/Eidenmuller 7-6 (7-4)
Singles
Plaza def Santos (CU) 2-6, 2-6
Dicu def del Granado (CU) def 0-6, 2-6
Badola (CU) def Hasse 2-6, 6-3, 7-5
Gutierrez (CU) def Eidenmuller 6-3, 6-3
Marion (CU) def Casi 4-6, 6-4, 7-5
Brill def Jesus Villanizar (CU) 2-6, 1-6
 
 
This Week's Schedule
Thursday, February 7: 
Women's Basketball @ Texas A&M Commerce 5:30pm (www.cameronaggies.com) 
Men's Basketball @ Texas A&M Commerce 7:30pm (www.cameronaggies.com
Men's Tennis @ Collin County (Plano, TX) 2:30pm
 
Friday, February 8: 
Baseball @ Lubbock Christian 6:00pm (www.cameronaggies.com)
Men's Tennis vs Tyler JC @ Collin County TBD
Softball @ UCO Tournament (Edmond) vs Southern Nazarene 11:00am (www.cameronaggies.com)
Softball @ UCO Tournament vs University of Central Oklahoma 3:00pm(www.cameronaggies.com)
 
Saturday, February 9: 
Baseball @ Lubbock Christian 2:00pm DH (www.cameronaggies.com)
Softball @ UCO Tournament vs Northeastern State 11:00am (www.cameronaggies.com)
Softball @ UCO Tournament vs Southeastern Oklahoma State 3:00pm (www.cameronaggies.com)
Women's Basketball @ Tarleton State 2:00pm (www.cameronaggies.com) 
Men's Basketball @ Tarleton State 4:00pm (www.cameronaggies.com
Women's/Men's Track @ Broncho Open (Norman, OK) all day
 
Sunday, February 10:
Softball @ UCO Tournament vs Rogers State 5:00pm (www.cameronaggies.com)
Baseball @ Lubbock Christian 1:00pm (www.cameronaggies.com)

 

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Healthy Bites -- Pressure Cooker "Tomatoey" Pasta

Posted by: Communications Manager on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Pressure Cooker "Tomatoey" Pasta

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1 lb. lean ground meat (beef, turkey, chicken, pork, etc.)
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ medium onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, sliced thin
  • 2 zucchini, chunked
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 24 oz. jar of spaghetti sauce
  • 8 oz. canned sliced mushrooms
  • 8 oz. whole wheat or whole grain pasta

Directions

  1. Turn your pressure cooker on.  If you're using a stove top pressure cooker, place it on the stove and begin heating it at medium high. Add the oil and bring it to temperature and then add the onions, carrots, and zucchini and cook until softened a bit.  Be sure to stir constantly.
  2. Add the lean ground meat and cook until the pink is almost gone.  To remove the excess grease, place a paper towel over the mixture and press down using the back of a wooden spoon to absorb some of the grease.  Carefully lift the paper out of the container and discard.
  3. Add the spaghetti sauce, pasta, mushrooms and 2 cups water to the cooker.  Gently push the pasta down so it is covered by the water.  Do not stir.
  4. Secure the lid of the pressure cooker and set the time for 10 minutes.  If using a stove top cooker, bring the cooker to pressure over medium-high heat and then cook for an additional 9-10 minutes.
  5. Quick release the pressure, gently remove the lid and stir. 

Tips

  • Use this recipe as a guide on the proportions of ingredients to use and then vary them.  For example, replace the whole wheat pasta with egg noodles, the water with broth, the sauce with stewed tomatoes, the vegetables with frozen peas and carrots, and the ground meat with diced chicken breast -- put the lid on and you have a quick soup.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

LPD Cops and Kids Poker Run & Car Show March 30, 2019

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

LPD Cops and Kids Poker Run & Car Show March 30, 2019

 

Click here to Register.

President & CEO Brenda Spencer-Ragland Talks Mentorship

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

A very long time ago, what seems a lifetime ago, a very important person in my life asked,   “Why do you feel as if you must get everything done today?”. It was my mentor, my leader at the time, Ed Thiessen.   Ed was the Chief of the Housing Division at Fort Sill. Ed was the one that selected me for the Housing Management Internship program.   He was also the one that taught me more about housing management than I could possibly learn on my own, or by formal training.

 

Ed once asked me the question why I felt I needed to get everything done in a day, because he was encouraging me to take time for myself, my family.     But he also was teaching me that it’s okay to take time and not rush, as he would also tell me “that inbox will be waiting on you tomorrow.”   Ed was right.   The inbox was waiting.   Ed taught me an even more valuable lesson and that’s if you want to see progress you must have a plan, and you must be willing to modify the plan if things change, but have a plan and stay as close to it as you can.  

 

Ed’s teachings, as well as the teachings of Dennis Hergenrether, were direct contributors to many fantastic projects realized on Fort Sill.   Both men were very good at what they did, and it showed. There’s several great structures on Fort Sill that are directly linked to their incredible planning efforts.     As I think of Ed and Dennis, it makes me think of Jerry Ihler and his contributions to our City. I had the great fortune of learning from several great leaders in my career, such as Ed and Dennis. I am sure many are proud they had the opportunity to learn from Jerry Ihler.   I also was fortunate to be able to build upon their works, to add to what they worked so hard for.   The same applies to our new City Manager. He too will be able to build upon the great work of Jerry Ihler.   I believe it was Thomas Edison that said “I start where the last man left off.” I love the modesty of these remarks.   I too, was afforded the opportunity to build upon what Ed and Dennis started, just as the new City Manager, will build upon what Jerry started.

 

Now as we move forward, we must remember that whatever we are able to accomplish in our years ahead, as we work for the Chamber and the City of Lawton, will only be successful if we work together, support each other and plan actions to achieve the goals of this great community.  I am excited to be able to work with a new leader, I am excited to welcome him to our beautiful community.   Mostly, I am excited to see what tomorrow brings.   None of us can be lone rangers.   It takes all of us moving forward together, as we remember, respect and appreciate the efforts of those that mentored, led, and contributed to the successes we see today and yes, those we will see tomorrow.   Ed Thiessen, Dennis Hergenrether and Jerry Ihler, thank you for your contributions to the betterment of our community.

 

 

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

Chamber 101 Returns For Its Second Month

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Chamber 101 returns for its second month on Tuesday, February 5th to a group of business owners, Chamber members and representatives eager to learn about the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce. 

 

Presented by Membership Director Melissa Beck, Chamber 101 is a new informational event catered to new businesses and Chamber members who are interested in learning about how to utilize their Chamber membership. 

 

In addition to a presentation detailing the history of the Chamber and impact in various areas, Melissa provided an exclusive tour of the facility to showcase how the Chamber operates and the departments that contribute to each member’s needs. 

 

If you are interested in participating, please contact Melissa at (580)-355-3541 or email mbeck@lawtonfortsillchamber.com.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Flash & Dash Weekly Aggie Update for the Week of January 21 - January 27

Posted by: Communications Manager on Monday, January 28, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
 

Flash & Dash Weekly Aggie Update for the Week of January 21 - January 27

Flash & Dash Weekly Aggie Update for the Week of January 21 - January 27

 
Last Week's Results:
Men's Basketball:
vs Midwestern State won 71-70 (6-11) (2-5)
 
Women's Basketball:
vs Midwestern State won 90-59 (6-9)(3-4)
vs Texas Woman's lost OT 70-72 (6-10)(3-5)
 
This Week's Schedule
Tuesday, January 22: Men's Tennis @ Oral Roberts (Tulsa) 1:00pm Exhibition
 
Thursday, January 24: Women's Basketball @ Angelo State (San Angelo, TX) 5:30pm (www.cameronaggies.com)
Thursday, January 24: Men's Basketball @ Angelo State (San Angelo, TX) 7:30pm (www.cameronaggies.com)
 
Friday, January 25: Women's Tennis vs University of Texas San Antonio @ New Mexico University (Albuquerque, NM) 9:00am Exhibition
 
Saturday, January 26: Women's Tennis @ New Mexico University (Albuquerque, NM) 1:00pm Exhibition
Saturday, January 26: Women's Track @ University of Central Oklahoma Open (Norman)
Saturday, January 26: Men's Track @ University of Central Oklahoma Open (Norman)
Saturday, January 26: Women's Basketball @ Texas A&M Kingsville 2:00pm (www.cameronaggies.com)
Saturday, January 26: Men's Basketball @ Texas A&M Kingsville 4:00pm (www.cameronaggies.com)
 
Sunday, January 27: Women's Tennis vs Abilene Christian @ New Mexico University (Albuquerque, NM) 8:00am
Friday, January 25, 2019

Healthy Bites -- Vegetarian Swiss Chard Frittata

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

Vegetarian Swiss Chard Frittata

Ingredients (serves 8)

  • 12 Large Eggs
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • ¼ cup pepper jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups of Swiss chard, chopped
  • 1 large potato, diced with peel
  • Hot sauce (optional)
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • Fresh basil (optional)

Directions (Preheat oven to 450 F)

  1.  In a medium-sized skillet, bring olive oil to temperature over medium-high heat.  Add the bell pepper, onion and salt.  Turn heat to medium and sauté until the peppers begin to become tender (approximately 4-5 minutes), stirring constantly.  Add 2 tbsp. of water, and the Swiss chard.  Cook for an additional minute until the chard begins to wilt.  Set aside.
  2.  While the peppers and onions are cooking, place the diced potato with 2 tbsp. of water and a dash or two of hot sauce (optional) in a microwave safe bowl.  Cover and microwave on high for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add the cooked potatoes to the peppers, chard, and onions.
  4. Whisk 12 eggs, until the yolks are mixed and then fold in the cheeses.
  5. Spray a microwave safe baking dish or pan lightly with cooking spray.  Pour in the vegetables and spread evenly to cover the bottom of the pan
  6. Pour the egg and cheese mixture over the vegetables.
  7. Place the pan in the oven on the center rack and cook until the eggs are set (about 18-20 minutes).  Watch carefully so the eggs don’t begin to brown on top.
  8. Remove the frittata from the oven and sprinkle with black pepper to taste topping with fresh basil (optional).  Let it rest for about 10 minutes then enjoy!

Tips

  • To decrease the fat, replace some of the whole eggs with egg whites.  2 egg whites per 1 egg.
  • This recipe is a great way to use up produce, the variety is endless.  Consider using asparagus, broccoli, sweet potato, mushrooms, etc.
  • This reheats really well, so consider making one and using it for grab and go breakfasts throughout the week.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

We’re Gearing Up For The Next Breakfast B4 Business Feb. 5th!

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

 

Our upcoming Breakfast B4 Business will take place on Tuesday, February 5th, at Great Plains Technology Center- Business Development Center in the McMahon Lecture Hall.   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, Great Plains Technology Center- Business Development Center is our featured Chamber business. The Great Plains Technology Center-Business Development Center is business assistance facility designed to help businesses grow through mentoring and training. Don't miss the upcoming Breakfast B4 Business at 8 a.m. at Great Plains Technology Center- Business Development Center, 1601 Park Ridge Blvd.

To learn more about the services offered at the Great Plains Technology Center- Business Development Center, please visit www.bdc.greatplains.edu.

 

President & CEO Brenda Spencer-Ragland Highlights Economic Impact of The Upcoming Valentine’s Day

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Roses are red, violets are blue… welcome to Valentine’s Day 2019 and a time when your roses and violets can be whatever color you choose.   I love fresh flowers, and I love roses, just make them locally arranged roses for me.   Yes, Valentine’s Day is soon approaching.   Same day each year, February 14, so there is no excuse for not remembering this special holiday.   It’s interesting when you think of the history of this holiday, it wasn’t exactly about love, or gift giving.  

 

Valentine’s Day is celebrated much different from the modern invention, pre-Christian Romans celebration. Valentine’s Day dates back to a Saint beheaded by Claudius II in Third Century Europe – apparently the martyr wrote a final letter before his execution signed ‘Your Valentine’.

 

Valentine’s Day wasn’t celebrated in North America until Hallmark cards commenced specializing in Valentine’s cards in 1910. We all love a good card right?   That love sparked growth in Valentine’s Day gifts.   We started giving and receiving cards, then flowers, candy, jewelry, teddy bears, balloons and other gifts. My sweetheart decided one year I needed a new rake.   After I “raked ” him for such a thoughtful gift, he decided he would go back to the card, flowers and/or candy.

 

The impact Valentine’s Day has on the economy is wonderful. Many small businesses have shared that Valentine’s Day is next to Christmas in total sales.   With that in mind, I must once again ask that as you look to make your purchase, you go local. There are so many wonderful gifts available in our local shops and I encourage you to make the effort to visit these local retailers as you prepare for this special day.

 

The good news is we are very blessed to have experienced retailers throughout our community that are ready to help us find that special gift. I am excited to support these retailers as I look for the perfect gift for my loves.   Shopping local is a passion of mine. I believe it matters. We all know the revenue stays local. The dollars spent and taxes collected goes toward improvements with our infrastructure, our roads, our schools and capital investment opportunities.   I know the easy choice appears to be the ability to simply go online, but please remember just because it’s easy - doesn’t mean it’s right.   In my previous career I relied heavily on sponsorship and donations in order to offer necessary programs and services.   The sponsorship and donations were sought locally, thus it made common sense that I too should be supporting these retailers that supported me. There are just so many great reasons to shop locally.

 

To read more from this Chamber Views article, click here.  

 

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

Mark Your Calendar For The 24th Annual Southwest Oklahoma Legislative Reception

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (1)

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!

For sponsorship please contact Sharleen at 580-355-3541 

 

Featuring the following Chamber partnerships:

 

Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce

The Altus Chamber of Commerce

The Chickasha Chamber of Commerce

The Duncan Chamber of Commerce

The Elgin Chamber of Commerce

The Fredrick Chamber of Commerce

The Walters Chamber of Commerce

 

Chamber Sponsors:

AT&T

BancFirst

Cameron University

Comanche County Memorial Hospital

Corvias

Great Plains Technology Center

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co

Hilliary Communications

Oklahoma Southwest Alliance (OSA)

Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO)

 

RSVP Deadline: March 12, 2019

 

Reserve Your Seat Today! Click here

Calling All Community of One Program (COOP) Members! Join us on April 18-19th for the Bill Smith Memorial Golf Tournament

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Mark your calendars for the Bill Smith Memorial Golf Tournament!

Thursday, April 18, 2018 – Lawton Country Club – 12pm CHECK IN / 1pm TEE OFF

Friday, April 19, 2019 – Fort Sill Golf Course - 8am CHECK IN / 9am TEE OFF

For more information please call Sharleen at 355-3541 or click here for sponsorship and registration. 

This Just In: Fort Sill & Fires Center of Excellence Announces New Program

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Fort Sill & Fires Center of Excellence is proud to announce the new program for DOD ID card holders starting February 1, 2019. The Trusted Traveler Guide is a new program to assist with guiding DOD ID card holders and non card holders with access to the base. 

Monday, January 21, 2019

Flash & Dash Weekly Aggie Update for the Week of January 21 - January 27

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

Flash & Dash Weekly Aggie Update for the Week of January 21 - January 27

 
Last Week's Results:
Men's Basketball:
vs Midwestern State won 71-70 (6-11) (2-5)
 
Women's Basketball:
vs Midwestern State won 90-59 (6-9)(3-4)
vs Texas Woman's lost OT 70-72 (6-10)(3-5)
 
This Week's Schedule
Tuesday, January 22: Men's Tennis @ Oral Roberts (Tulsa) 1:00pm Exhibition
 
Thursday, January 24: Women's Basketball @ Angelo State (San Angelo, TX) 5:30pm (www.cameronaggies.com)
Thursday, January 24: Men's Basketball @ Angelo State (San Angelo, TX) 7:30pm (www.cameronaggies.com)
 
Friday, January 25: Women's Tennis vs University of Texas San Antonio @ New Mexico University (Albuquerque, NM) 9:00am Exhibition
 
Saturday, January 26: Women's Tennis @ New Mexico University (Albuquerque, NM) 1:00pm Exhibition
Saturday, January 26: Women's Track @ University of Central Oklahoma Open (Norman)
Saturday, January 26: Men's Track @ University of Central Oklahoma Open (Norman)
Saturday, January 26: Women's Basketball @ Texas A&M Kingsville 2:00pm (www.cameronaggies.com)
Saturday, January 26: Men's Basketball @ Texas A&M Kingsville 4:00pm (www.cameronaggies.com)
 
Sunday, January 27: Women's Tennis vs Abilene Christian @ New Mexico University (Albuquerque, NM) 8:00am
Friday, January 18, 2019

City of Lawton Presents the 2019 Adult Easter Egg Hunt

Posted by: Communications Manager on Friday, January 18, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (1)

City of Lawton Parks & Recreation Department Presents the 2019 Adults Only Easter Egg Hunt, April 20, 2019! Registration is required to participate and age groups are listed by category. Don't miss your chance to join the fun! 

Are you a vendor looking to showcase your business? Apply here.

Sponsorship Opportunities are available. For more information, click here

 

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Flash & Dash Weekly Aggie Update for the Week of January 14 - January 20

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

 Flash & Dash Weekly Aggie Update for the Week of January 14 - January 20:

Last Week's Results:

Men's Basketball:

vs Western New Mexico won 82-70 (5-10) (1-4)

vs University of Texas Permian Basin lost 89-93 (5-11) (1-5)

Women's Basketball:

vs Western New Mexico lost 54-67 (4-9)(1-4)

vs University of Texas Permian Basin won OT 77-67 (5-9)(2-4)

 

This Week's Schedule

Tuesday, January 15: Women's Basketball vs Midwestern State @ Aggie Gym 5:30pm (oksportsnet.com) Joe Jones Night!

Tuesday, January 15: Men's Basketball vs Midwestern State @ Aggie Gym 7:30pm (oksportsnet.com) Joe Jones Night!

Saturday, January 19: Women's Basketball @ Texas Woman's (Denton, TX) 2:00pm (www.cameronaggies.com)

 

State of the Workforce Luncheon: 5 Dimensions of Workforce, Presented By Great Plains Technology Center Business Development

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

                               

                                 5 Dimensions of Employment Experience

These are a few of the wonderful comments, ideas and suggestions from the State of the Workforce Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon on January 10th, 2019!

For more information on the State of the Workforce Luncheon Presentation, please contact Great Plains Technology Center- Business Development, Lynn Null at lnull@greatplains.edu. 

 

Belonging:

Treat like family (time off for family)

Monthly Department Celebrations

Recognize employee birthdays- Birthday off with pay

As an employee, what makes me happy is being included in the team & receiving recognition for accomplishments, even the small ones. Also being listened to & heard by my superiors.

Activities that the employees help plan and conduct in order to bring unity to the team.

Carry – In Luncheons, Holiday events, Seasonal Activities, Cookies, Candy, Donuts, and Breakfast.

Promote teamwork thru job sharing and training.

Share with customers, team members, “I have an Idea”.

Ask questions about work - talk thru issues instead of telling what to do.

Responsibility & Accountability go hand- in- hand.

Team meetings, team retreats, and potlucks.

Add value to the organization through sharing of responsibility. How the person fits into the organization to support the mission, vision, and goals.

Open discussion on topics, collaborative input.

We have regular team meetings for our very diverse group of employees. We have mentor/trainee meetings as well, getting regular updates from the mentor in regards to trainee strengths and weaknesses so we can make sure the new employee is in the right spot in our firm.

 

Purpose:

Incentives are given. Honor employees and give recognition. Help them understand their importance in making everything flow together.

Employee appreciation days/ lunch. Updates from corp. emails, newsletters.

Recognize top performers in the company.

Help promote economic development, help start/catalyze business and create new opportunities. Raise quality of life. Promote community development. Leadership development of students, staff, and clients. Encourage others to read others goals and aim high/dream big. Enhance quality of education.

Understand why ones work matters leads to understand their drive. What makes them come to work, why they come to work? Points to how you can show appreciation specifically to fit the employee.

Pinpointing how an employee is motivated and working to use that as their “why”.

Finding their “feel good”. Generally words of appreciation.

More recognition for doing a good job instead of just focusing on mistakes.

Rewards monthly or quarterly for doing a good job or going above and beyond.

We reward employees for a job well done along with when we complete our jobs as a team. We give customers the help they require and with the best professional and hometown atmosphere as we can give. Customer experience!!

Monthly awards or honors when employee reaches a goal.

Find out what motivates each employee and come up with individual awards.

Show employees testimonials from clients that show advertising. Working and growing their business.

Our work matters because we are passing on knowledge to students who will be entering the workforce.

Understand why ones work matters? Letting your employees know where they fit in and how their work positively impacts their customers.

Recognize quality work of employees monthly in front of the whole organization.

Establish feedback mechanism for employees and make sure employer addresses the whole organization.

Why ones work matters: Life experiences to be fulfilled positively and as a whole.

Idea: Consistently keep employees informed on $, Growth, etc. to feel part of the team organization. “I made that philosophy”.

Employees need to feel they are a valued part of the team and they need a clear vision. We communicate their value in our common purpose.

Purpose is the fuel for the engine, it’s what creates clarity, drive and focus. Every decision can be tied back to “does it fit the purpose or not?”

Help them understand their individual purpose through the internal customer concept.

To make a quality product efficiently.

Helping to bring a better quality of life by finding the next big idea for our community and bring jobs. Bringing community together.

Evaluate, productivity, expand.

Evaluate policies and procedures with staff to streamline effectiveness and quality of the organization.

OK Workforce center.

 

Achievement:

Celebrate employee birthdays, work anniversaries, Team Christmas party, party with spouses.

Team collaboration on projects, coaching sessions.

Pay/bonuses, recognition, annually, certificates, team recognition, collaboration, set goals individually, group, & organization.

Random gift cards given for appreciation, verbal praise.

Being results oriented, connecting day to day “chores” to successes-large & small.

#1 recognize people on the team, #2 give them rewards, and #3 promote them to new levels of opportunities within the company.

Pam & Barry’s team: Include sales staff in weekly meetings, roll dice for every sale made the previous week, they pick. A support staff person and whatever the roll of the dice is we give a dollar for each amount of the dice and give that to both the staff person & sales person this really builds camaraderie.

Rolling dice & $ for sales, shout outs at weekly meeting, gift cards to shop or eat.

Recognition & awards for excellent work.

Incentives for sales achievements, annual awards, Bridge builders-job shadow experiences, Internal training opportunities, Intranet shout outs.

Incentives

Set goals & celebrate with lunches when achieved.

 

Happiness:

Staying connected; regular lunches with a main purpose of fellowship and organizational updates.

Fun atmosphere, cash incentives, commission structure, connectivity.

Scheduled weekly meetings to discuss any issues, share successes, and strategize about the upcoming week. Open door policy.

Feeling appreciated.

Feeling appreciated, verbal recognition. Being given clear instructions, feeling like part of the team.

The pleasant feeling arising in and around work.

2 hours off on Friday, Cash incentives – positive attitude from management -“Good Job!”

Breakfast on Monday morning sales meeting. Leader board with star recognition.

Able to help another business be successful. Organizational trust, Employee relationships.

Small notes, words of affirmation. , Getting to know your coworkers, Remember details about their life (feeling like a person rather than a number).

Giving “survival kits” during busy times. These can be as simple as a bag with chocolate, gift cards, Tylenol, etc. Letting them know you are thinking of them.

 

Vigor:

Know your audience, encourage feedback, set the tone for the day.

Be more deliberate at positive and happy energy.

Starting the day on a positive note-setting the tone for the day.

Leave personal issues at the door-do not bring negative vibes into the office.

Ask for feedback and coaching opportunities.

Energy is contagious: enter your workday with vigor. Explain everything, keep employees excited, and set the tone for the day.

Without vigor we grow stagnant and do not get everything done. We cannot provide good client experiences without hard work and vigor.

Sense of ownership (Employee owned)

Help team members feel important.

Investment in the business not just going thru the motions.

Ask team members-include them in the discussion.

Develop relationships between team members-make friends at work.

Pay increases, bonuses, plurality, positive work atmosphere, and friendly relationships with superiors; recognition.

Promote within the company, positive coaching’s, yearly Christmas bonuses, Store of the month-trophy, Daily recognition for meeting goals.

Store of the month, annual review, Christmas bonus, senior retreat.

Paid holidays, having insurance coverage, good benefits, fair wage, and Great boss!

Positive coaching performance, promote within, offer management classes, yearly bonuses, daily recognition for goals met , management thanking employee(s) for achieving goals.

 

 

Friday, January 11, 2019

President & CEO Brenda Spencer-Ragland Talks About Mayor Fitch’s Integral Role in Shaping The Community

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

 

I heard a story about a traveler that met three stonecutters along a road and he asked them what they were doing.   The first man responded that he was cutting stone. The second said he was shaping a cornerstone. The third smiled and said, “I am building a cathedral.”

 

As we see the change of office with our Mayor, I believe we owe a great deal of gratitude to those that serve in public elected positions. When I think of the Mayor, especially Mayor Fitch, I believe that he woke up each day, greeted the morning with the hopes of building a cathedral.   I believe Mayor Fitch has a unique gift of seeing the big picture.   It’s been said that great leaders see things years down the path. They look beyond today and tomorrow and they work to see the reality decades away.

 

I believe during Mayor Fitch’s tenure in public service he was thinking about the future of our community.   In fact, he was thinking about the future of others when he donated personally earned funds for the Leah M. Fitch Cancer Center, which many within Southwest Oklahoma have greatly been blessed by such generosity. I know I am forever grateful to have this beautiful, lifesaving facility is available right here locally.   Honestly, it’s quite remarkable that we have such a state-of-the-art facility that has touched so many lives. Such commitment and support of our community is not to be taken lightly. I admire individuals such as Mayor Fitch, and now our new Mayor, Mayor Booker for taking on the challenge of public office and putting themselves out there to be willing participants working to improve our community.   What both have done and will continue to do for our community, as a whole is also reflective of the commitment and support they have made to us individually.

With the dedication and attitude of a Cathedral builder, Mayor Fitch served us well.   He worked diligently for the betterment of the community he loved and appreciated, and I thank him for that. French moralist Joseph Joubert said, “Monuments are grappling irons that bind one generation to another.”   I believe that public servants, such as those that serve as Mayor and City Council are the faithful stewards of our society that bind our diverse strengths together for the betterment of the next generation. They are making informed decisions, working actions that may not be realized during their life, but the next generation will benefit for their tireless efforts. For that, I am very much appreciative.   If you see a member of our City leadership out and about, thank them for their efforts. As well, if you see Mayor Fitch out, thank him.   You may not agree with every decision made, but I believe we can all agree, it takes a great citizen to stand up and take on the diverse challenges we face in our communities. Public service is not for the weak of mind, or heart.        

 

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

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Join Us For State of Arts Luncheon, A Kick-Off Celebration

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (1)

 

On Friday, February 22nd, 2019, the Chamber will host the second series of the new monthly luncheon called State of Arts Luncheon from 11:30am-1pm at the Lawton Country Club.
 
State of Arts will be presented by the Lawton Arts For All in a kick-off celebration. Our guest speaker for the event will be guest speaker retired U.S. Magisterate Judge and artist, Sam Joyner. Join us as we learn about the current issues impacting the arts community.
 
Sponsorship opportunities are available. To sponsor the State of Arts Luncheon, please contact Sharleen at (580)-355-3541.
 
Cost is $500
 
Sponsors receive: 
  • Reserved seating for 8
  • Your logo included in all promotions for the event
  • Recognition from the podium
  • Opportunity to place promotional items on the registration table

 

 

State of the Workforce Is A Hit In Debut!

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

 

State of the Workforce took place on Thursday, January 10th at the Apache Casino Hotel with nearly 100 guests from businesses throughout the community. The luncheon was introduced by Chairman of the Board, Albert Johnson Jr.

Following the introduction, the presenters took to the stage to share insight on the workforce topics. Great Plains Technology Center Small Business Management Coordinator, Lynn Null began the discussion with the Five Dimensions of Employment and offered an interactive segment for guests to participate. The next presenter, Great Plains Technology Center Small Business Management Coordinator, James Taylor shared research and study to support the new ways to train and develop our workforce. Finally, Oklahoma Works Candace Garcia concluded the presentation by sharing resources that are available to employers and employees. 

Thank you to our guests for participating in the first of many informative and engaging conversations on topics affecting our community!

Missed the State of Workforce Luncheon? Check out the presentation here.  

Many thanks to our generous sponsors for supporting the event! 

 

To view images taken form the event, please click here

 

President & CEO Brenda Spencer-Ragland Brings In The New Year With Special Message Opportunity For Growth

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

2019 a New Year, a new opportunity to focus on growth, both in our personal lives and our professional lives. I recently received a note from someone I really appreciate having in my life, as she challenges me to think deeper. She shared she will be focused on growing in wisdom in the new-year.   I must admit I thought that was much better than the normal resolution of working out more, losing ten pounds, or saving toward the first million.   We may look back at our past resolutions and smile, or commit to adopt them again in 2019. Whatever we choose to do, we should all resolve and commit to improve ourselves, our workplace, our community, and yes our nation. Yes I do believe as individuals, as a community, we can impact the nation.   I believe in the saying “goodness happens at the local level.” Individuals create community, and communities create a nation, thus the goodness that starts locally can flow throughout the nation.

 

Every January for the last 30 plus years I’ve resolved to be more efficient in my workplace, be better at time management, create a savings or an improvement that produced measurable results for the organization. I am sure the driving factor has something to due with the fact I grew up professionally in the Reagan era.   I recall the drills of zero-based budgeting, as well as Lean Six Sigma. As I look to 2019 I believe my desire to be more efficient in my workplace remains a good goal.   But I believe I will focus on not just being more efficient but trying to create opportunities for others to be more efficient. If I have learned anything in 2018, it’s that time passes by swiftly, and before you know it the year is coming to an end and you are entering a new year. As that new-year takes off, you need to be ready for the challenges and the changes you will face.  

 

To read more from this Chamber of Commerce View article, click here.

 

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

Membership Director Melissa Beck Debuts Chamber 101 With New Businesses Eager to Learn About The Chamber

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

 

The debut of the new Chamber 101 lunch series kicked off with a bang! The First National Bank and Trust Board Room was full, new connections were made, and new chamber memberships were born. Eighteen attendees enjoyed a delicious lunch from Jimmy John’s Sandwiches while watching a slideshow presentation about the Chamber. The presentation was given by Membership Director, Melissa Beck. Chairman Albert Johnson Jr. provided the introduction. Next was a question and answer session and overview of the benefits of chamber membership and how to work with the Chamber to promote financial growth. A guided tour of the building and introductions to Chamber staff followed. Many participants lingered after for networking. A good time was had by all!

This lunch series will take place on the first Tuesday of every month and is intended for new and prospective members to learn what the Chamber is and how it can help their business succeed, but it is also open to other Chamber members and members of the community. The event is by invitation only. Please contact Chamber Membership Director, Melissa Beck, if you or someone you know would like to attend at 580-355-3541, or email at mbeck@lawtonfortsillchamber.com.

For images from the January Chamber 101, please click here

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