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Chamber of Commerce Meeting -- June 5, 2003
at American Bank
Senator Randy Brogdon (above) addressed the Collinsville Chamber of Commerce
at their monthly meeting June 5th. He provided his perspective as a freshman
senator having just completed the legislative session. Senator Brogdon gave
samples of the diverse issues the legislators deal with daily. Many had to do
with tax and fee increases. Randy offered that from his perspective Oklahoma
had more of a "spending crisis" than a "budget crisis."
He indicated than although education accounted for about half of the state's
budget expenditures, education had typically been saved for last in the budget
process. He indicated that policy changes had been made in the legislature that
would help focus more attention early on critical budget issues. Senator Brogdon
also indicated that next year Oklahoman voters might have a chance to better
protect "rainy day funds" that had not been well protected preceeding
our current economic downturn. -- Ted Wright 6/5/2003
Marilyn Hardacre provided status on a number of Chamber of Commerce projects
and upcoming events. The Chamber is still trying to fill the sectetary position.
Progress is being made towards moving the Chamber into their new office at the
"old Bank" building on the southeast corner of 11th and Main. The
Chamber is attempting to restore the building's windows closer to it's original
configuration (as in the old postcard view above ...circa 1915?).
|Stan Sallee indicated
that there was a matching pair to the Chamber's sign (above) that was
installed at the High School several years ago. ODOT approval has been
received to install this second sign at the East entrance to Collinsville.
Marilyn Hardacre also
reported that the Chamber's new website is nearly ready (www.collinsvillechamber.net).
The Chamber will provide the Fourth of July Celebration in the City Park with
evening activities (either 4 to 9 or 6 to 9). Activities planned include a
jupiter jump, hotdogs and entertainment. The City of Collinsville will provide
the fireworks. The next Chamber meeting will be the City Employee Appreciation
Luncheon to be held at V.V.E.C.
Howe was intoduced at the Chamber meeting as the new Vice President at
Bank of the Lakes.
|Bill Thomas stated
that the Education Association's golf tournament was just a week away
and there were still teams needed to fill the available spots.
|When thanked for being at the Chamber meet, (after some absence), David
Million, (Tulsa World reporter) announced he had had a heart attack and
been through open heart surgery and was very glad to be here.
Bank of Oklahoma provided for the location, food and decorations for the luncheon.
Three Sisters Kitchen To Go
catered the luncheon.