Collinsville, Oklahoma
January 17, 2009
Chamber Banquet

Dr. Kara Gae Neal Was Keynote Speaker
With CareerTech Update
Cory Slagle Takes Over As 2009 Chamber of Commerce President

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Dr. Kara Gae Neal (CEO and Superintendent of Tulsa Tech) discussed the new Tulsa Tech campus between Collinsville and Owasso east of Highway 169. Ground was broken recently with construction set to start in about 10 months. The campus will support about 650 additional students for Oklahoma's oldest and largest career and technology education institution in the CareerTech system. Today's Tulsa Tech has evolved greatly from the old "vo tech" days. High school juniors and seniors can receive free programs to learn employable skills and/or college credits (for only $8/hour). Adults can also keep up-to-date for their employers. -- (Previous Coverage: Dr. Neal)
Dr. Susan Babbit ended her year as Collinsville Chamber of Commerce President and Cory Slagle was sworn in as Chamber President for 2009.
Wilbur Lee Tucker provided the musical entertainment early in the program.
Mi'Shell Garrett (left, Miss Collinsville Outstanding Teen) and Brienne Vandiver (right, Miss Collinsville) were guests at the Chamber banquet Saturday.
Colton Scott sang the National Anthem.
The Chamber of Commerce has a brand new banner display for use at activities to promote Collinsville.
Pam Porter (center) swore in the 2009 Chamber of Commerce officers (L-R): Jim Dolton (Vice-President), Cory Slagle (President), City Commissioner Pam Porter, Ernie Davis (President-Elect), and Billie Francis (Secretary-Treasurer).
Dr. Neal addressed the Chamber and guests in the refurbished Collinsville High School Commons.
Dr. Neal was given an afghan depicting historic Collinsville buildings. The Collinsville Education Foundation has just a few of these gift items left.
Dr. Babbitt gave her farewell address in the form of a letter (after accepting the Chamber Member of the Year Award). CHS Principal Cory Slagle's acceptance speech stressed "Chamber Strong" asking for community involvement and passion.
Three Sisters Kitchen To Go (now owned by Pam Webb) provided the banquet meal.