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Friday, August 3, 2018

Why should you be a Lawton Redcoat Ambassador

Posted by: Special Projects Manager on Friday, August 3, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Why be a Redcoat Ambassador?

 

The first question should really be what is a Redcoat Ambassador?

We are ambassadors to the Lawton Fort Sill Community, promoting businesses and supporting the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce in a multitude of functions. 

 

 

 

Reasons to be a Redcoat:

 

  • Actually learn what the Chamber does, benefits of being a Chamber member, and how being a member affects your business.
  • You support your community, through your participation in Chamber activities.
  • Networking
  • You see new businesses coming into our community, meet them during ribbon cuttings, and foster a new relationship among the Chamber Membership, which can assist in networking you and your business.
  • You promote your brand, by merely participating in Chamber events.
  • Learn to improve your marketing and business techniques through the successes of others.
  • Provide an invaluable service as an interface between the Chamber and businesses scheduled for retention at 120 days out of membership retention.
  • Work and play with likeminded folks who have experience as a Redcoat Ambassador.
  • Have Fun!!

 

For more information, contact Sharleen Gehers at 355-3541

Monday, July 30, 2018

Redcoat Celebration

Posted by: Special Projects Manager on Monday, July 30, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

The Redcoats surpassed their goal of 800 and reached 1106 retention visits.  This is a first time in Chamber history for the Redcoats!  WAY TO GO REDCOATS!

If you are interested in being a Redcoat ask a Redcoat or call Sharleen at 580-355-3541.  

 

 

                            

 

Friday, July 20, 2018

Business After Hours at Surgery Center of Southwestern Medical Center

Posted by: Special Projects Manager on Friday, July 20, 2018 at 1:50:00 pm Comments (0)

Thank you to Surgery Center of Southwestern Medical Center for hosting Business After Hours on July 19 at 5608 SW Lee Blvd! And thanks to all those in attendance.

 

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Let the Lawton Fort Sill CVB help your next event

Posted by: Special Projects Manager on Friday, July 20, 2018 at 9:25:00 am Comments (0)

Did you know that the Lawton Fort Sill Convention and Visitors Bureau can help you plan your next meeting, event or conference?

Below are some of the highlights of what the CVB can do for YOU!

  • Provide Visitor Packets: Are you getting ready for a reunion, conference, meeting, or special event? Give the Lawton Fort Sill CVB a call for welcome bags and current information for your attendees.
  • Event Promotion: The Lawton Fort Sill CVB wants to help you promote your event. We'd love to include your event in our Calendar of Events and press release program.
  • Meeting & Convention Planning Assistance: Do you need to know where the meeting rooms are for 10-500 people? Call the Lawton Fort Sill CVB, we would be happy to get you all the information you need to make your meeting, event or conference a success. We can also help make sure your group secures the best rates and availability.
  • Itinerary Planning: Whether you need hotel accommodations, unique dining, entertainment resources, historic site visits, or transportation assistance, we'll make sure that your Experience is Excellent!
  • Bid Packets: Are you involved in an association that you would like to see bring their event to Lawton? We can prepare bid packets or proposals to help recruit this event to our community.

 

For more information, email Taylor Burgess, CVB Director, or Shannon Yarbrough, CVB Manager, or call 580-355-3541.

2018 Lawton Ranger's Rodeo

Posted by: Special Projects Manager on Friday, July 20, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (1)

 

  

The 80th Annual PRCA Lawton Rangers Rodeo will be held August 8-11th at the LO Ranch. Tickets are available at http://www.lawtonrangers.com/ or at the entry the day of.

 

The Lawton Rangers PRCA Rodeo is one of the top 50 rodeos in the U.S. Over 400 of the most skilled cowboys and cowgirls in the country will compete in tie-down roping, team roping, steer wrestling, bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding and barrel racing.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Redcoats Host Ribbon Cuttings

Posted by: Communications Manager on Friday, July 13, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

On July 9, our Redcoat Ambassadors welcomed Faith Fitness Cafe with a Ribbon Cutting!

Faith Fitness Cafe is located at 701 NW 17th St.

 

On July 13, our Redcoat Ambassadors celebrated Goodwill's grand re-opening with a Ribbon Cutting!

Goodwill's new location is at the old Hasting's building, located at 616 NW Sheridan Rd.

Breakfast B4 Business at BancFirst

Posted by: Communications Manager on Friday, July 13, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Thank you to BancFirst for hosting Breakfast B4 Business on July 10 at its 67th Street location! And thank to all those in attendance.

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Convention and Visitors Bureau End of the Year Results

Posted by: Communications Manager on Friday, July 13, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Annual Celebration Wrap-Up

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (1)

THANK YOU to our sponsors of the Annual Celebration and to those who celebrated with us! And congratulations to the 2018 Annual Celebration Awards winners!

We're looking forward to what the next year has in store.

Pictured are the winners of the 2018 Annual Celebration Awards. From left to right are Hossein Moini from Adventure Travel, Lifetime Achievement Award; Richard Pool, Wayne Gilley Ambassador Award; Dustin Hilliary from Hilliary Communications, Business of the Year; Yvonne and Jim Landmark from The UPS Store, Rising Star Award; Summer Hurleyjacks, Young Professional of the Year; Jennifer Ellis from Cosmetic Specialty Labs, Community Spirit Award; Debra Evans, Redcoat Rookie of the Year; Alicia Baughman, Redcoat Ambassador of the Year; and Barbara Curry, Shelia O. Lee Volunteer of the Year.

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Apache Casino Hotel

Arvest Bank

BancFirst

Cameron University

City National Bank

Classic Lawton Chevrolet

Comanche County Memorial Hospital

DenMar Services, Inc.

Hilton Garden Inn

IBC Bank

Laugh Out Loud

Lawton Constitution

Liberty National Bank

Pam & Barry's Team @ Remax

The UPS Store

Townsquare Media

Full Table Sponsors

AUSA - Lawton Fort Sill Chapter

Brox Industries

Billingsley Ford of Lawton

Burgess & Hightower Law Firm

Corvias

JAMARK

KSWO-TV

Southwestern Medical Center

Half Table Sponsors

Apache Casino Hotel

Base Camp Adventure Outfitters

Fidelity Communications

Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company

Leadership Lawton Fort Sill

Paul Warmuskerken-New York Life Insurance Co

Award Sponsors

Business After Hours Slated for July 19

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (1)

Join us for Business After Hours at 5:30 p.m. July 19 at the Surgery Center of Southwestern Medical Center. The center is located at 5608 SW Lee Blvd. For more information on Southwestern Medical Center, visit its website.

Chamber to Host SWOK Business Expo

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

We're excited to announce that we will host our annual Southwest Oklahoma Business Expo on Sept. 13 at the Comanche County Fairgrounds!

Click here to sign your business up for a booth.

Click here to sponsor.

For more information, contact Sharleen Gehers at 580-355-3541.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Congratulations to Our Annual Celebration Awards Winners

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
One of the chamber’s biggest events of the year, our Annual Celebration is where we recognize the contributions to our volunteers.
One of those ways is by giving out awards voted upon by our membership. Below are the the winners of the 2018 Annual Celebration Awards!
 
 
Shelia O. Lee Volunteer of the Year
Sponsored by Apache Casino
 
Barbara Curry
 
 
Lifetime Achievement Award
Sponsored by Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.
 
Adventure Travel
 
 
Business of the Year
Sponsored by Leadership Lawton Fort Sill
 
Hilliary Communications
 
Rising Star Award
Sponsored by Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.
 
The UPS Store
 
Community Spirit Award
Sponsored by Paul Warmuskerken, New York Life Insurance
 
Cosmetic Specialty Labs
 
Redcoat Ambassador of the Year
 
Alicia Baughman
 
Redcoat Ambassador Rookie of the Year
 
Debra Evans
 
Wayne Gilly Ambassador Award
Sponsored by Base Camp Adventure Outfitters
 
Richard Pool
 
Young Professional of the Year
 
Summer Hurleyjacks
 

Join Us for Breakfast B4 Business at BancFirst

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

BancFirst will host this month's Breakfast B4 Business at 8 a.m. July 10 at its 67th Street location, 15 NW 67th St. BancFirst is a state chartered bank in Oklahoma. For more information on BancFirst, visit its website.

A Welcome from Albert Johnson, Jr.

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (2)

Dear Chamber Members,

It is my honor and privilege to serve the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and members as Chairman for 2018-2019. I am excited to work with the membership, chamber staff and Board of Directors as we strive to make Lawton Fort Sill better together.  

Henry Ford said, “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” Please consider coming together as we strive to create a common vision that is achievable. Imagine keeping together as we highlight our successes, and take action as we are working together to bring more jobs to our community.

Success for our chamber of commerce is finding a way to say “yes,” together. Your involvement with chamber programs, staff and the community will ensure our success. Collectively, let’s commit to seeing our community grow and taking the necessary steps, together, to ensure that growth.

Jesse Owens once said, “Find the good. It is all around you. Find it, showcase it, and you will start believing it.” We are blessed with a great community filled with great people, striving to be as good as they can be. Join the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce and the business community as we strive to find a way to say “yes” together.

 

Albert Johnson, Jr.

Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce Chairman

Cameron University Vice President for University Advancement

Friday, June 22, 2018

Chamber will close in honor of Independence Day

Posted by: Communications Manager on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

The Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce will close in honor of Independence Day on Wednesday, July 4.

The chamber will reopen for regular business hours 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, July 5.

Business After Hours at BrookRidge Retirement Community

Posted by: Communications Manager on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Thank you to those who attended Business After Hours on June 21! And special thank you to BrookRidge Retirement Community for hosting!

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Legislative Wrap-Up Luncheon

Posted by: Communications Manager on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

We had an informative time at the Legislative Wrap-Up Luncheon on June 15 at the Apache Casino Hotel.

Thank you to our local legislators who took time to answer our questions and the questions of those in attendance.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Community Concert to bring 'Motown Magic'

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

One June 29, the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce will not only host its Annual Celebration, but also a community concert featuring Yellow Rose Dinner Theatre performing "Motown Magic."

Motown Magic is a show inspired by the Motown sound that became popular in the 1960s. Motown is the combination of soul music with a distinct pop influence that inspired Barry Gordy to found Motown records in Detroit, Michigan on April 14, 1960. 

For the past eight years, audiences at the Yellow Rose theater have been raving about how James Morris, D. Hill, Darryl Moss and Dario Moss have brought back to life groups such as the The Temptations and the Four Tops and the Spinners. They even pay honor to the likes of Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. Tasha Sanders blows crowds away with her powerful vocals that includes songs like "Please Mr. Postman" and "My Guy." You do not want to miss the special show inspired by a special brand of music.

The community concert will begin at 8:30 p.m. June 29 at the Apache Casino Hotel after the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce's Annual Celebration. Ticket costs for the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce's Annual Celebration and Community Concert are $60 for the Annual Celebration and Community Concert; $40 for VIP Community Concert; and $30 General Admission Community Concert. Tickets are currently available for purchase at First National Bank and Trust locations, TownSquare Media, The UPS Store on 2nd Street, Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce and online at the chamber’s website.

Click here to purchase Annual Celebration tickets online.

Click here to see what sponsorship opportunities are available.

For more information, call the chamber at 580-355-3541.

 

Yellow Rose Dinner Theatre "Motown Magic" Group

Be a host of Breakfast B4 Business

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
Hosting Breakfast B4 Business is the prime way to get 40 plus members of Lawton's business community through the doors of your business.
The Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce has multiple dates open for your business to host Breakfast B4 Business.
 
Contact Sharleen Gehers to schedule your business to host Breakfast B4 Business.
 

Bill Smith Memorial Golf Tournament

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

On June 8, the Lawton Fort Sill Co-Op will hosted its annual Bill Smith Memorial Golf Tournament at the Fort Sill Golf Course.

This tournament is in memory of Bill Smith, a community leader and long-time chairman of the Lawton Fort Sill Co-Op Executive committee. Smith organized the first Co-Op golf outing in April of 1992. It continues to represent the true spirit of the Lawton Fort Sill Co-Op. Local businessman Kelly Harris was the chairman of this year’s event.

This year's tournament featured 13 teams. First place team was Goodwill, second place was Goodyear Team 1 and third place was Goodyear Team 3.

 

 

 

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Annual Celebration will Honor Volunteers

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

One of the chamber’s biggest events of the year, our Annual Celebration is where we recognize the contributions of our volunteers. A wrap-up of the previous year is given by the outgoing chair and a vision of the future is given by the incoming chair. Awards are given out for Shelia O. Lee Volunteer of the Year, Wayne Gilley Award, Business of the Year, Rising Star Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, Community Spirit Award, Young Professional of the Year, Redcoat Rookie of the Year and Redcoat of the Year.

This year's Annual Celebration will take place June 29 at the Apache Casino Hotel. Following the chamber's Annual Celebration will be a Community Concert featuring Yellow Rose Dinner Theatre performing "Motown Magic." Ticket costs for the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce's Annual Celebration and Community Concert are $60 for the Annual Celebration and Community Concert; $40 for VIP Community Concert; and $30 General Admission Community Concert. Tickets are currently available for purchase at First National Bank and Trust locations, TownSquare Media, The UPS Store on 2nd Street, Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce and online at the chamber’s website.

Click here to purchase Annual Celebration tickets online.

Click here to see what sponsorship opportunities are available.

For more information, call the chamber at 580-355-3541.

Apache Casino Hotel

Arvest Bank

BancFirst

Cameron University

City National Bank

Classic Lawton Chevrolet

Comanche County Memorial Hospital 

DenMar Services, Inc.

Hilton Garden Inn

IBC Bank

Laugh Out Loud

Lawton Constitution

Liberty National Bank

Pam & Barry's Team @ Remax

The UPS Store

Townsquare Media

Full Table Sponsors

AUSA Lawton Fort Sill Chapter

Billingsley Ford of Lawton

Brox Industries, LLC

Corvias

JAMARK

KSWO-TV

Half Table Sponsors

Apache Casino Hotel

Fidelity Communications

Base Camp Adventure Outfitters

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co

Leadership Lawton Fort Sill

Paul Warmuskerken - New York Life Insurance

Award Sponsors

 

BrookRidge to host Business After Hours

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

BrookRidge Retirement Community will host this month's Business After Hours starting at 5:30 p.m. June 21. Located at 7802 NW Quanah Parker Trailway, the retirement community specializes in combining elegant amenities with the comforts of home. For more information on BrookRidge Retirement Community, visit its website.

Breakfast B4 Business at Sam's Club

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Thank you to those who joined us for Breakfast B4 Business on June 5 and a special thank you to Sam's Club for hosting!

 

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Co-Op to host annual Bill Smith Memorial Golf Tournament

Posted by: Communications Manager on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

On June 8, the Lawton Fort Sill Co-Op will host its annual Bill Smith Memorial Golf Tournament at the Fort Sill Golf Course with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

This tournament is in memory of Bill Smith, a community leader and long-time chairman of the Lawton Fort Sill Co-Op Executive committee. Smith organized the first Co-Op golf outing in April of 1992. It continues to represent the true spirit of the Lawton Fort Sill Co-Op with local businessman Kelly Harris as chairman of this year’s event.

Co-Op members will be paired up with their military counterparts to form teams for a four-person scramble. Green fees are $35 and include cart fees. For more information, contact Sharleen Gehers, special projects manager for the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce, at 580-355-3541.

Young Professionals of Lawton Start New Year

Posted by: Communications Manager on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Young Professionals of Lawton is fresh off its One Year Celebrations and is gearing up for a new year! Here's what Young Professionals of Lawton has coming up:

June Social

  • June 14
  • 5 p.m.
  • Escapologist, 602 SE Wallock St
  • Followed by Mike's Sports Grille, 517 E. Gore Blvd

July Social

  • July 12
  • 5 p.m.
  • Los Tres, West Side Location, 6106 NW Cache Rd

OKC Dodgers Baseball Game

  • July 27
  • Free to Young Professionals of Lawton members
  • $15 for non-members
  • More information will be available closer to time.

For more information on the events listed above, contact Young Professionals of Lawton Board Member Albert Rivas, 580-574-7305.

Interested in becoming a member of Young Professionals of Lawton? Visit the organization's website.

Chamber Annual Celebration and Community Concert Tickets Now on Sale

Posted by: Communications Manager on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

 

Ticket costs for the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce's Annual Celebration and Community Concert are $60 for the Annual Celebration and Community Concert; $40 for VIP Community Concert; and $30 General Admission Community Concert. Tickets are currently available for purchase at First National Bank and Trust locations, TownSquare Media, The UPS Store on 2nd Street, Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce and online at the chamber’s website. Click here to purchase tickets for the Annual Celebration. Click here to purchase tickets for the Community Concert online.

For more information, contact the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce at 580-355-3541.

Full Table Sponsors - Apache Casino Hotel, Arvest Bank, BancFirst, Cameron University,

City National Bank, Hilton Garden Inn, IBC Bank, Lawton Constitution, Liberty National Bank,

Pam & Barry's Team @ Remax, The UPS Store, Townsquare Media

 

Half Table Sponsor - Corvias

 

Award Sponsor - Fidelity Communications

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Armed Forces Day Wrap Up

Posted by: Communications Manager on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (2)

Thank you to those who volunteered and celebrated with us during this year's Armed Forces Day Luncheon and Parade!

 

Click here to view more photos of Armed Forces Day Luncheon.

 

Click here to view more photos of the Armed Forces Day Parade.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Sam's Club to host June Breakfast B4 Business

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Sam's Club will host this month's Breakfast B4 Business at 8 a.m. June 5! The membership-only warehouse chain is located at 802 NW Sheridan Rd. For more information about Sam's Club, visit its website.

Legislative Wrap-Up Luncheon slated for June 15

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

This year's Legislative Wrap-Up Luncheon will include a Q&A with state legislators and questions will be taken from the audience. 

The luncheon will be an opportune time to learn about legislation within the Oklahoma Legislature.

Click here to RSVP online.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Lawton and SWOK Represented at Tourism Conference

Posted by: Communications Manager on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

On May 14-15 the tourism industry from all across Oklahoma joined together for the annual Oklahoma Conference on Travel and Tourism at Oklahoma City University. The conference is a way to learn the latest trends, tactics and tools to succeed in the travel industry - from learning how to maximize cooperative marketing efforts, to creating an authentic tourism story to best practices in digital marketing.

Lawton and Southwest Oklahoma were well represented at the Oklahoma Conference on Travel and Tourism. The Lawton Fort Sill Convention and Visitors Bureau Director, Taylor Burgess, the Hilton Garden Inn’s Director of Sales, Christi Chambers and many members of Great Plains Country attended the conference.

“I really look forward to bringing the tools I learned at this years conference back to our local community and help grow our CVB and continue to attract visitors,” Burgess said.

Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma Todd Lamb was one of the speakers at the Oklahoma Conference on Travel and Tourism.

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