SALLISAW CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Racing Toward the Future, while cherishing the Past.
Annual Awards Banquet is
Annual Christmas Parade Planned
Brings Large Crowd
Indian Capital Technology Center a The date of the Sallisaw Chamber of
The Annual Chamber of Commerce Commerce Annual Awards Banquet will
Parade Winner Again!
Christmas Parade was perhaps the be Saturday, February 7th at Choctaw Blue
largest in recent history. With over Ribbon Downs. As in the past, there will
JANUARY 2009 ISSUE
45 entries, 30 of them being floats, be a social time from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Sallisaw Chamber of
Commerce parade enthusiasts had plenty to with the banquet starting promptly at 7:00
Judy Martens, Executive enjoy. The Chamber would like to p.m. Individual tickets remain at $25 each,
Vice-President thank the following businesses for and corporate tables at $250. The
sponsoring this years parade: Chamber is excited to welcome Mr. W.A.
Inside this Issue Peters Agency Care Management, Drew Edmondson, Oklahoma’s Attorney
LLC, Cherokee Casino-Sallisaw, General as our keynote speaker. Mr.
Sequoyah County Times, Health Edmondson was elected in 1994 and re-
and Wellness Center and B.H.C.
of Oklahoma. Our special thanks
elected to the office in 1998, 2002 and in
2006, winning over 60% of the vote.
goes to all float entries for taking Under his leadership the attorney general’s
*Documentary to air
2 throughout state
their time to make the parade very
special for everyone in attendance.
We hope to see all of you again next
office has helped reform the death penalty
appeals process, established victims’
*Petition Circulated services and vigorously represented rate
year! Remember, without YOU, payers with utility companies. This year’s
there is no parade. Earlier that day, theme for the Annual Banquet will be our
the Chamber gave away $4,000 in slogan: “racing toward the future, while
*Farmer’s Market cash to seven lucky shoppers who
3 becomes reality participated in the Shop Sallisaw
Campaign making Saturday,
cherishing the past.” By doing this, the
Chamber would like to recognize as many
past presidents as possible. To do this, we
*January meeting December 13th a great day for many
focuses on City need your help as many of the old records
in Sallisaw. To date, this is the are not available. If you, or someone you
largest amount given away for this know, is a past president of the Sallisaw
campaign. Our thanks goes to the
4 Chamber of Commerce, please let us know
*Upcoming Events 40 local businesses who sponsored so we can send them an invitation. As a
this event by donating $100 to the special treat this year, we will be
“pot” of money. The Shop Sallisaw entertained by three local celebrities who
SALLISAW Campaign is designed to encourage shall remain nameless until that evening.
A CITY OF CHARACTER! shoppers to keep their shopping You won’t want to miss this, we promise!
dollars in Sallisaw during the
holidays and thus increasing the
Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce
amount of sales tax revenue
301 E. Cherokee
PO Box 251 collected by the City. If the size of
Sallisaw, OK 74955 the crowd at the drawing is an
1-918-775-2558 indication of our success, we were
sallisawchamber.com successful in our efforts as we
e estimate between 1500 and 2000
people attended. Thank you again
to all who participated by either
shopping Sallisaw or contributing to W.A. Drew Edmondson, Oklahoma
the cash given away Attorney General
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Chamber Welcomes New it because the Chamber Board feels
Crystal Darkness Board Members that the citizens do have the right to
Broadcast Slated Each year four new Sallisaw Chamber vote on the issue. At this time, 49
of Commerce Members are elected to other counties in Oklahoma have
The Sallisaw Police Department in Liquor by the Drink, including
conjunction with several agencies a three year term as a Board of
Director. This year those elected are: LeFlore County which passed it in
including the Chamber of November in the general election.
Commerce are coordinating an Mike Neer, National Bank of Sallisaw,
Kathy Harrell, Director, Carl Albert The committee has established that
effort to bring awareness of the approximately 1400 signatures are
dangers of methamphetamines to the State College, Sallisaw Campus,
Cheryl Mills, Cookson Hills Electric needed to bring the issue to a vote.
residents of our area and throughout At this time, no statistics are
the State of Oklahoma. A 28- Cooperative and Gary Schaefer,
B.H.C. of Oklahoma. The new available on how many have been
minute documentary will be secured. What does passage of
broadcast on all CBS channels in President of the Chamber is Marley
Abell, First Financial Center. Please Liquor by the Drink mean to
Oklahoma on Tuesday, January 13th Sequoyah County residents? It
at 6:30 p.m. Several locations are welcome these individuals and
encourage them as they lead your means that possibly in the future we
being set-up for people to view this would have the opportunity to
program and also hear testimonies Chamber of Commerce.
recruit many restaurant chains and
of former addicts and comments other tourism attractions to our area
from law enforcement officials. The Liquor by the Drink who otherwise would not locate
main location in Sallisaw will be the Committee Circulates here. Some restaurant owners who
Sallisaw High School Gymnasium Petition have elected to apply for a liquor
preceding the Sallisaw-Roland In October a committee comprised of license upon the passage of the issue
Basketball Game, with a discussion countywide business owners was in their county find that their foods
time following in the Commons formed in an effort to receive enough sales, alone, increase by as much as
Area. Also, a satellite location will signatures on a petition giving the 20%. This increase means more
be held at Indian Capital voters of Sequoyah County the right to sales tax revenue for the city and
Technology Center in the Seminar vote on the issue of Liquor by the county to use for the improvement
Room. None of us can afford to Drink. This committee is not of roads, fire protection and law
miss this. Each of us has been supported by the Sallisaw Chamber of enforcement, etc. Upon passage in
touched in some way by this terrible Commerce which has chosen to Durant, the Bryan County seat,
drug. Take time to watch this and remain neutral on this issue. officials have noted that their sales
become better educated as to how it However, it is note worthy to say that tax revenue has increased more than
affects our lives. a petition is available in the Chamber 8% annually. It is also noted that in
Office for anyone who wishes to sign Lincoln County, which passed the
issue in 2006, has seen no increase
in alcohol related citations issued by
Executive Board – 2009 law enforcement. Again, the
President – Marley Abell, First Financial Center Chamber is neither endorsing or
President Elect – To Be Elected opposing Liquor by the Drink, but
Treasurer – To Be Elected does feel that the citizens have the
Past President – Debbie Edgmon, BorgWarner right to vote on the issue. If you
would like more information on this
Board Members – 2009 issue or would like to help circulate
Larry Randolph – Charlie’s Chicken
a petition please feel free to contact
Dwight Spencer – Blue Ribbon Auto Group the Chamber Office.
Holly Martens – Sequoyah Memorial Hospital
Jeff Allred – Journey Church Vision Quest 2020
Kasey Moran – TRAC, Inc. Complete
Dale Wood – Armstrong Bank
Mike Neer – National Bank of Sallisaw
The stakeholders who chose to give
Cheryl Mills – Cookson Hills Electric Cooperative five nights of their time to see a
Gary Schaefer – B.H.C. of Oklahoma better Sallisaw ahead, completed
Kathy Harrell – Carl Albert State College – Sallisaw Campus their task on Monday, December
Buddy Spencer – President, SIC-Blue Ribbon Auto 15th. Now, the next phase of the
Bill Baker – Ex-Officio Member-City Manager process will begin. Jodi Lewis from
Shannon Vann – Ex-Officio Member-Mayor OCI along with Lisa Clark from
Ron Wyrick – Ex-Officio Member-Superintendent of Schools ODOC will meet with the original
Buddy Spencer – Ex-Officio Member-Blue Ribbon Auto
Steering Committee and the Goal
Judy Martens – Executive Vice-President
Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce
Leaders within the next few weeks
to begin the implementation process
of all suggested goals.
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December Meeting Fun
Community News for Everyone Attending HERE WE GROW AGAIN!
NEW MEMBERS FOR:
Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce Oct.- Nov.- Dec.- 2008
Farmer’s Market to be December Membership Meeting
Formed was once again held at the First Cazadore’s Mexican Restaurant
United Methodist Church on Encompass Home Health
For the past couple of years many Wednesday, December 10th. The Mr. Stanley Collins
of our residents have expressed an group was entertained with
interest in seeing a farmer’s Christmas music by a select group Thank you for joining the
market come to Sallisaw. After of students from Liberty Chamber. Your commitment to
an article was placed in Elementary. Table decorations making Sallisaw a better and more
YourTIMES fifteen people donated by: The Green House, prosperous community is
offered to be a part of this Flower Cottage, Brenda’s appreciated.
organization. At this time, two Flowers, Karen’s Krafts and Gifts
monthly meetings have been held and Candy Bouquet were given
with much progress being made away as door prizes. Delicious food
toward this becoming a reality in was catered by Aroma’s. A special
the spring. Mrs. Carol Wood and thank you goes to the staff of the
Ms. Amanda Cornett are heading Methodist Church for always Sun Loans, Inc. – Armstrong Bank
up the organization which is now hosting us in a warm and cheerful Carson Plumbing – U Design It
called “Sallisaw Farmer’s way. Blue Ribbon Auto Group was ARVEST Bank – Felt’s Shoes
Market”. Guidelines for chosen as the December Chamber Cookson Hills Electric Coop
participants have been established Member of the Month. This Western Sizzlin’
as well as the location which will meeting is always full of holiday fun Tonya Maxwell – TRAC, Inc.
be the parking lot directly east of for everyone in attendance. Stites Quality Construction
Sallisaw Lumber Co. The group is Stanley Tubbs Library
working closely with the City of Choctaw Blue Ribbon Downs
Sallisaw regarding codes and Basin Oil & Transport
restrictions and Tony Yates, Health & Wellness Center
Agriculture Extension Agent on Dept. of Human Services
health code and organizational Oakridge Assembly of God
issues. Dates and hours of Church
operation are roughly March 1st Wal-Mart – J.T. & Mary Jo Stites
through October 31st, Saturday’s Wright’s Home Services
Blue Ribbon Auto Group chosen as
and Sunday’s 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 Bud Smithson
Member of the Month Oklahoma Information Center
p.m. Individuals wishing to sell
their products should contact the
January Meeting will Thank you for renewing your
Chamber of Commerce.
Feature City Officials membership with the Chamber. With
Ribbon Cuttings held in your continued support, we can work
On Wednesday, January 28th the together in the growth and development
November Chamber of Commerce will host the of our great community.
The month of November was a monthly Membership Meeting
busy one for the Chamber of which will be held at Ole’ South
Commerce as several new Restaurant. Our keynote speakers
businesses to the community will be Mr. Bill Baker, City
added their membership into the Manager and Mr. Shannon Vann,
Chamber. We would like to Mayor. These two gentlemen will
welcome each of these to our bring us an update on what projects
organization: Cazadore’s were completed in 2008 and what The mission of the Sallisaw
Mexican Restaurant, Napa Auto the City has planned for 2009. Chamber of Commerce is to
Care Center, The Pit Stop and enhance the economic vitality of
Encompass Home Health. Each Orderliness the Sallisaw area while striving to
of these businesses provide vital “As the beams to a house, as create the best quality of life
services for our community. We the bones to the microcosm of possible for our citizens.
are glad to have you as a part of
the Chamber! man, so is order to all
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Jan. – Feb. 2009
January 14 Chamber Board Meeting – 12:00 noon,
Our sincere thanks to: Western Chamber Bldg.
Sizzlin’ and Clif’s Pharmacy for
sponsoring our December ’08 January 21 SIC Board Meeting – Annual Meeting 12:00
Character Banners and noon, Chamber Bldg.
Harrison Quik Signs and
Professional Home Hospice for January 28 Chamber Membership Luncheon – Ole’ South
sponsoring the January ‘09 Restaurant, 12:00 noon
banners. You are truly
February 4 Carl Albert Foundation Meeting – 12:00 noon
January Character Trait February 7 Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce Annual
Orderliness Awards Banquet – Choctaw Blue Ribbon
Arranging myself and my Downs – Banquet Hall – Social Time 6:00 p.m.
surroundings to achieve Banquet 7:00 p.m.
February 11 Chamber Board Meeting – 12:00 noon
Chamber Conference Room
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Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 251
301 E. Cherokee
Sallisaw, OK 74955
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