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Copyright 2006 -- Collinsville, Oklahoma

Collinsville, Oklahoma
Jan. 28, 2006
Chamber of Commerce Installation
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Tony Casillas
(OU & Dallas Cowboy) Addressed the Chamber & Guest
Mayor Stan Sallee, Tony Casillas, and out-going Chamber President James Duggar.
Steve Howe Will Be The Chamber's 2006 President
Note: I missed significant portions of this banquet while also covering the Baseball Dinner (w/ Coach Gary Ward). The Chamber installed new officers and made their annual awards. I'll try to get a list of the awards and update this page later. -- Ted 2:45pm Sunday (see below)
Former Oklahoma Sooner and Dallas Cowboys football star Tony Casillas met Collinsville's future Mayor (Stan Sallee) in 1983 at the University of Oklahoma where they were both students. Tony thanked the Sallee and Bayouth families for a long time friendship. Casillas' speech to the Collinsville Chamber stressed "perseverance leads to success".
Tony Casillas was the guest speaker for the Chamber of Commerce Installation Banquet Saturday Jan. 28th at the CHS Commons..
CHS Principal Cory Slagle greeted Tony Casillas after the banquet and reminded Tony they had played football against each other as youth in Tulsa.
Tony Casillas played for four NFL teams and won 2 superbowls with the Dallas Cowboys. He related his steps along the road as a youngster in Tulsa, switching from baseball to football, success at East Central High School and OU before the National Football League.
The Other 2006 Chamber of Commerce Officers:
Terry Due -- President Elect
Larry Shafer -- Vice-President
Billie Francis -- Secretary-Treasurer
2005 Chamber of Commerce Awards
Gold Key Award Cherokee Nation, Subway (for making a substantial investment in our community)
Youth Award Jim Carney (in appreciation of your time and effort with the youth of our community)
President's Award RCB Bank, Joetta Cox, Darling International, Beth Ann Langston, American Bank of Oklahoma, Bank of the Lakes (in appreciation of your support of the Collinsville Chamber of Commerce)
Member of the Year Krista Oslin (for going above and beyond the call of duty in your service to the Chamber)
Ambassador Award Stan Sallee, Bob Wolfram, Ted Wright (in appreciation of your outstanding representation of Collinsvile in a positive light outside the community)
Community Service Award Brad Francis, Susan Babbitt, Linda Pavey, Marilyn Hardacre, Tharyn Nachtigall (in appreciation of your contributions and dedication to the community)
Education Award Alberta Bonebrake, Karen Rowden (in appreciation of your dedication to the education of our youth)