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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Leap of Kindness Day in SW Oklahoma February 29, 2020!

Posted by: Communications Manager on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (3)

Take A Leap of Kindness For This Year's Leap Day! In honor of Leap Day, we are encouraging residents to take a leap of kindness and perform small acts of kindness throughout the day! 

 

Tell Us Your Plans

 

General Ideas  

Send someone a handwritten letter or postcard.

Bring someone a souvenir.

Cook someone a meal.

Bake someone treats.

Put your phone away (especially if you’re on it a lot).

Do someone’s laundry.

Make someone a playlist.

Give someone a book you think they’d like

Give someone a hug

Write a list of things you love about someone.

Tell someone they are appreciated

Babysit, dogsit, or catsit for free.

Go out of the way to offer someone a ride.

Visit someone at a hospital

Send someone a care package

Take someone to the movie.

Take someone on a spontaneous adventure.

Throw someone a surprise party.

Bring doughnuts or desserts to work.

Leave a positive sticky note on someone’s desk.

Take someone out to lunch.

Lend out your umbrella when it’s pouring outside.

Make two lunches for work and give one away.

Take someone to a mani, pedi, or massage.

Teach someone a recipe.

Random Acts of Kindness For Strangers

Leave quarters at the laundromat.

Pay the toll for the person behind you.

Give someone a compliment.

Leave a larger than normal tip.

Buy someone behind you in line their morning coffee.

Pay for someone’s groceries behind you.

Give up a good parking spot.

Send a box of our fave donuts, bagels, or muffins to a construction site.

Smile at someone… just because (even Mother Teresa said, “We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.”).

Hold the elevator or door open.

Let someone behind you at the supermarket check out first.

Send dessert to another table.

Give up your seat on the bus or subway.

Give up your window or aisle seat for someone who has a middle seat.

Bring your bank teller some chocolates.

Help someone struggling with heavy bags.

Give someone a flower or bouquet / Bring flowers to a nursing home.

Help someone take a photo.

Take time to give someone who looks lost directions.

Stop and help someone with a flat tire.

Carry a $5 gift card with you and give it someone randomly.

Help someone load their groceries.

Give someone else the last piece of pizza

Let someone else get seated before you at a busy restaurant.

Share your table with someone at a busy food court. 

Don’t overthink your random act of kindness!

Even the simplest things can make a big difference!

 

LEAP OF KINDNESS PARTICIPATING BUSINESSES
 
Museum of the Great Plains offering Free Admission Day!
 
Armed Services YMCA Park Clean Up
 
Lawton Public Schools Kindness Week

Lawton Food Bank 

Canned pasta (like spaghettios, ravioli)

Canned meats

Soups

Boxed meals like hamburger helper, etc. 

Cereals/Oatmeal

Egg noodles

Jelly in plastic containers

Dry/shelf stable milk

Instant mashed potatoes

New/gently used books for kids of all ages

 

Let's Get Social! Share Your Acts of Kindness Throughout The Day!

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Meet Our State of Arts Guest Speaker Glen Henry!

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Glen” Henry grew up in Stonington, Connecticut, and can best describe his career as a lifelong pursuit of arts education and the arts.  He moved to Lawton in 1983, working as the arts coordinator for the Lawton Public Schools until 2001.  For fifteen years he then served as the State Director of Arts Education at the Oklahoma State Department of Education.  After retiring from his state position, Glen has been teaching adjunct at Cameron University in the areas of Sculpture, Advanced Sculpture, 3-D Design and Computer Graphic Design.  He has a BA in Arts from the State University of New York at Oswego, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Arizona State University.

 

STATE OF ARTS IS ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH AT THE HILTON GARDEN INN

SPACE IS LIMITED, REGISTER TODAY!

 

Register Here 

Healthy Bites--Herbed Chicken Marsala

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Ingredients

Four 4-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breast cutlets

 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

1/3 cup whole wheat flour

 

1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

 

3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth

 

1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil; not rehydrated), finely chopped or very thinly sliced

 

1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary

 

10 ounces white button or cremini (baby bella) mushrooms, sliced

 

1/3 cup sweet marsala wine

 

2 teaspoons unsalted butter

 

1 to 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

 

Place the chicken cutlets between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and pound with a meat mallet (or the flat side of a chef's knife) until about 1/3 inch thick. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

Put the flour on a medium plate. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Dredge the chicken in the flour to fully coat, shaking off any excess. Add the chicken to the skillet and fry until fully cooked and golden brown, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a platter and tent with foil to keep warm.

Add 1/2 cup of the broth, the sun-dried tomatoes and rosemary to any remaining drippings in the skillet and cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute to plump the tomatoes. Add the mushrooms, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and cook until the mushrooms are soft, about 5 minutes. Add the marsala and bring to a boil. Add the remaining 1/4 cup broth and the butter and simmer until the butter is fully melted, about 30 seconds.

Spoon the mushroom mixture and sauce over the chicken, sprinkle with the parsley and serve.

Cook’s Note

This recipe uses regular whole wheat flour, but for a slightly more refined coating, whole wheat pastry flour can be substituted.

 

 For more recipes like this, please visit www.foodnetwork.com 

Sunday, January 5, 2020

DISASTER SAFTEY & PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION

Posted by: Communications Manager on Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
Monday, December 30, 2019

Making the Customer Service Experience Magical Sponsorship Opportunities

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

MAKING THE CUSTOMER SERVICE EXPERIENCE MAGICAL WITH JOHN FORMICA

FEBRUARY 15TH AT APACHE CASINO HOTEL 9A.M.-11A.M.

Naming rights sponsorship for the event $2500.00 (SOLD OUT) 

Lead Sponsorship - $1500

- Corporate table for 8 attendees

- A 2-minute on-stage commercial (provided by sponsor)

- Logo on each table; Inclusion of approved materials/giveaways in welcome bag - Exhibitor booth

- Logo on promotional flyers

- Mention from stage during the event

- Logo on-screen during event

 

Brunch Sponsor - $1000

- A 2-minute on-stage commercial (provided by sponsor)

- 4 seats at a reserved table

- Inclusion of approved marketing materials/giveaways in attendee welcome packet - Exhibitor booth

- Mention from stage during the event

- Logo on breakfast and lunch tables

- Logo on-screen during event

 

Break Sponsor - $500

- Business name on snack tables during the break - 2 seats at a reserved table

- Mention from stage during the event and break

- Logo on-screen during event

Create Your Own Sponsorship

Pick benefits from the list below that you feel would be most effective for your  

business. Pricing will be determined based on the benefits chosen.

- Extra Ticket

- Exhibitor Booth

- Logo on screen

- Logo on marketing material

- Gift in event bag

- Logo on registration table - Video commercial (provided by sponsor)

- Stage time

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Dennis at dwade@lawtonfortsillchamber.com or call (580)-355-3541.

 

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Meet Our Keynote Speaker, The Ex-Disney Guy, John Formica!

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (1)

SPONSORED BY BILLINGSLEY FAMILY OF DEALERSHIPS

John Formica, (The “Ex-Disney Guy”), is a leading authority on tourism, hospitality and service industries alike, while fast becoming a highly sought after internationally known keynote speaker, business and team trainer and small business consultant. John has inspired audiences across the globe with over 3,000 keynotes and seminars to associations, business communities, health care professionals, colleges and students, showing them how to create a Disney-like culture, positive leadership, team relationships, small business growth and transforming any existing service level into a Magical customer experience.

Prior to speaking, John acquired over 25 years of experience in top management positions with service industry leaders including:

  • Walt Disney World Resorts® • Hyatt Hotels
  • Hilton • Adam’s Mark • Sunrise Senior Living

During his 10 years at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, John managed their top luxury resort properties and implemented “Disney’s” philosophy on creating a superior customer experience and people management to lead his teams to achieve:

  • Highest guest satisfaction ratings among all Disney World Resort Hotels.
  • Selected to Co-chair and assist in the company-wide rollout of “Disney’s Guest Satisfaction Program.”
  • Delivered presentations for the Disney Institute on “Customer Loyalty” to audiences, companies and business professionals from all over the world.

Today, John is “America’s Customer Experience Coach” and has been featured on the NBC Morning Show, FOX, ABC, CBS, Univision, Business Journals, Radio and recently the Virgin Atlantic In-flight Magazine, after completing two successful speaking tours in Australia and named “Australia’s Best Customer Experience Coach” . John shares his incredible 25 plus years of hospitality and service industry experiences and success strategies to empower leaders, teams and audiences to achieve extraordinary results. John’s unique coaching style and ability to create change, has successfully helped hundreds of leaders, small businesses, local communities and business professionals build brand loyalty for life, attract more customers and create “Whistle While You Work” Team Environments.

John’s highly requested keynotes and presentations have earned a reputation for being high energy (sometimes theatrical) enthusiastic, creative, applicable and highly motivating.

 

If you are looking for an exciting speaker to make your event special, you need not look any further. John is truly magical and will tailor all of his presentations and seminars to your event and audience’s real life challenges.

Under John’s leadership and passion for the customer experience, his team’s accomplishments include:

  • Zagat Award for the Top-10 Resort Hotel in the U.S.
  • Pinnacle Award Winner for a Top 5 Convention Hotel in North Carolina.
  • Improved Resident Care Satisfaction Scores from a “C” to an “A” grade.

 

Register here 

Friday, December 20, 2019

Healthy Bites-- Garden Vegetable Soup

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

INGREDIENTS 

4 tablespoons olive oil

2 cups chopped leeks, white part only (from approximately 3 medium leeks)

2 tablespoons finely minced garlic

Kosher salt

2 cups carrots, peeled and chopped into rounds (approximately 2 medium)

2 cups peeled and diced potatoes

2 cups fresh green beans, broken or cut into 3/4-inch pieces

2 quarts chicken or vegetable broth

4 cups peeled, seeded, and chopped tomatoes

2 ears corn, kernels removed

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup packed, chopped fresh parsley leaves

1 to 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

 
  1. Heat the olive oil in large, heavy-bottomed stockpot over medium-low heat. Once hot, add the leeks, garlic, and a pinch of salt and sweat until they begin to soften, approximately 7 to 8 minutes. Add the carrots, potatoes, and green beans and continue to cook for 4 to 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add the stock, increase the heat to high, and bring to a simmer. Once simmering, add the tomatoes, corn kernels, and pepper. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook until the vegetables are fork tender, approximately 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from heat and add the parsley and lemon juice. Season, to taste, with kosher salt. Serve immediately.
Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Healthy Bites- Chicken Kebabs with Fried Green Tomatoes and Black-Eye Pea Salad

Posted by: Communications Manager on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

INGREDIENTS
BLACK-EYED PEA SALAD:
1 c. canned black-eyed peas
3/4 c. shredded carrots
3/4 c. quartered cherry tomatoes
c. diced celery
3 tbsp. chopped sweet onion
3 tbsp. Torn fresh basil leaves
4 tbsp. bottled roasted red pepper vinaigrette dressing
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. Pepper
FRIED GREEN TOMATOES:
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. Pepper
green tomatoes
2 tbsp. milk
large eggs
1 c. yellow cornmeal
1/4 c. vegetable oil
CHICKEN KEBABS:
slice bacon
boneless, skinless chicken breasts halves
16 slice lemon
16 large fresh sage leaves
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. Pepper
1 tbsp. olive oil
 
DIRECTIONS
 
  1. Black-eyed pea salad: In bowl, toss all salad ingredients.
  2. Fried green tomatoes: Sprinkle salt mixture over tomato slices. Dip slices into egg mixture then cornmeal to coat; dip coated slices a second time into egg, then cornmeal. Heat the oil in large nonstick skillet over high heat. Fry tomatoes 6 to 8 minutes turning once; drain on paper towel.
  3. Preheat broiler. Lay a bacon quarter over each chicken piece. Thread 4 metal skewers with lemon slices, bacon-topped chicken pieces, and sage leaves. Season with salt and pepper; drizzle with olive oil.
  4. Broil kebabs, bacon-side up, 7 minutes, until chicken is cooked through. Serve with salad and tomatoes.

For more recipes like this, please visit delish.com

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Healthy Bites- Chicken Taco Avocado Boats

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

Ingredients

 

  • 4 chicken breasts, cubed
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 1/2 TBSP BHHY's taco seasoning
  • 1/2 TBSP lime juice
  • 4 Hass Avocados, halved with pits taken out
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • shredded cheese, sour cream, and red pepper flakes for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the oil and then cook the chicken until golden brown and cooked thoroughly. The last 2 minutes of cooking the chicken, lower the temperature to medium-low and sprinkle the lime juice and taco seasoning on the chicken.
  2. While the chicken is cooking, scoop out about 1/2 of the flesh inside each avocado half using a spoon. (I use these "extras" for guacamole!)
  3. Once the chicken is finished cooking, place the chicken meat inside the avocado boat, quickly sprinkling with cheese to allow it to melt. Sprinkle with tomato, onion, and red pepper flakes, and dollop with sour cream. Enjoy it messy!

 For more recipes like this, please visit blessherheartyall.com

Friday, December 13, 2019

State of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Guest Speaker, Commissioner White

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

TERRI L. WHITE, MSW
COMMISSIONER FOR THE OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH
AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES
Terri White, commissioner for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance
Abuse Services, serves as the CEO for one of Oklahoma’s largest state agencies. She is a
passionate advocate for individuals experiencing mental illness and addiction. Because of her
leadership, ODMHSAS has become nationally known for its children’s behavioral health
services; community-based treatment programs for adults; technological innovations such as
“telepsychiatry;” and the integration of behavioral health care into primary healthcare settings.
White was the first woman to be appointed Oklahoma Secretary of Health, serving in that
capacity for then Governor Brad Henry from 2009 to 2011.
She received a Henry Toll Fellowship with the Council of State Governments in 2015. In 2014,
White received the “Kate Barnard Award” from the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of
Women, created to honor outstanding women who have made a difference in Oklahoma
through public service.
She is a three-time honoree of The Journal Record's “50 Women Making a Difference.”
In 2017, she was named “Compassionate Citizen of the Year” by the Oklahoma Foundation for
the Disabled. Also in 2017, the University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences awarded
her its Distinguished Alumnus honor. In 2011, she was inducted into OU’s Anne and Henry
Zarrow School of Social Work Hall of Fame, and is volunteer faculty with the University’s School
of Medicine. White received both her Master of Social Work and Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

from OU.

 

State of Mental Health & Substance Abuse is on Wednesday, January 8th.

Space is limited, register TODAY!

 

Register Here