Newkirk Chamber of Commerce Chatter February, 2021
According to Punxsutawney Phil, there will be 6 more weeks of winter. Brrr! Stay safe friends!
The Chamber appreciates all of our loyal website sponsors. To show how much we value them, we will be highlighting each of them on our social media platforms. This month we are featuring Bilger Mini-Storage. Garry Bilger is the owner and he has 4 locations of storage units in Newkirk with 203 units all together. They are well-maintained. You can contact Garry at l04 W. 7th or phone 580-362-2257.
Three of our Chamber board members have retired from the board. We will miss Roy Chaney, Marvin Johns, and Kirk Brown, and we appreciate all that they contributed to our board. We look forward to working with our new members, Scott Kempenich, Newkirk Schools Superintendent, Adam Longcrier, Newkirk Fire Chief, and Shannon Smykil, Epic School Teacher.
CONGRATULATIONS!! The Chamber wishes to congratulate the Newkirk Tiger Cheer Squad on their 3rd State Championship in a row! Kim Wilson is the cheer coach and this is her sixth state championship in her tenure at Newkirk Schools.
Merry Christmas from your Newkirk Chamber of Commerce!
The winner of our Favorite Elf Contest was Mary Austin. She, along with our other elves, raised a total of $167.54. This amount was then matched by the Chamber to donate to the Angel Tree project at Equity Bank. Many thanks go out to Mary, Scott Kempenich, Adam Longcrier, Serena Welch, and Ryan Smykil for helping us raise money for this worthwhile project.
The Newkirk Chamber will be starting our Membership Drive in January. Did you know that we have different levels of membership? Individuals can join for as little as $10.00 as an associate member with no voting rights. Other individuals pay only $25.00 per year. The cost for businesses with 4 or less full-time employees is $75.00. Large businesses with 5 or more full-time employees pay $125.00.
2020 Christmas Parade
The Chamber's 2020 Christmas Parade was a huge success. The theme this year was "The Twelve Days of Christmas". The 1st place trophy went to Newkirk FFA. The 2nd place winner was Equity Bank. Kay Electric took home the trophy for 3rd place.
NEW Chamber Board Members
The Newkirk Chamber will be voting on 3 new board members in January. Nominees are Shannon Smykil, Adam Longcrier, and Scott Kempenich. They will replace retiring members Roy Chaney, Kirk Brown, and Marvin Johns. The meeting will take place in the Chamber office at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, January 4th.
We regret that the annual Chamber Banquet has been canceled for 2021 due to the ongoing pandemic.
Our mailing address is: Newkirk Chamber of Commerce 114 S Main St Newkirk, OK 74647-4512
The Newkirk Chamber held 2 ribbon cuttings recently. Wild Wood Wedding & Event Center, located west of Newkirk, is owned by Spike and Jennifer Henderson. Check out this awesome venue on Facebook @ Wild Wood Wedding & Event Center, Newkirk, OK or visit their website wildwoodweddingsok.com.
RattleCan Bike Shop, owned by Scott Barrows, is located at 515 S. Elm in Newkirk. They service ATV’s and bikes. They can wrap or custom cage Razors. They build trailers and about anything with a motor and wheels.
The Chamber is taking nominations for its next Citizen of the Year. Ballot boxes are located at Apple Market, Newkirk Public Library, Main Street Bakery, and Equity Bank. The deadline for voting is January 29th. The winner will be announced in February.
Our annual Christmas Parade was held on December 5th and was a huge success. The Theme this year was “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. Newkirk FFA took home the 1st Place trophy, with 2nd and 3rd going to Equity Bank and Kay Electric Cooperative, respectively. The crowning of our Snow Princess and Prince took place at the Kay County Courthouse before the parade. Jayden Miller, sponsored by Newkirk Elementary School, was crowned prince, and Ellie Mae Evans, sponsored by Peckham School and Bootleg Hill Firearms, was selected princess.
The Chamber would like to announce that we were able to write a check for $331.34 to Newkirk Women's League to help support their Angel Tree Project. The money was collected (and matched by the Chamber) by voting for your favorite elf and Mary Austin helped us raise the most money. We also appreciate our other elves, Scott Kempenich, Adam Longcrier, Ryan Smykil, and Serena Jones who helped make this such a success.
Brace your elves! Christmas is coming! Using your jingle bills or change, vote for your favorite Elfie! Donations will be matched up to $250.00 by Newkirk Chamber of Commerce. All proceeds to benefit Newkirk's Angel Tree. We will have 5 elves, aka Newkirk community residents, for whom you can vote from Nov. 2 thru Dec. 2. You can vote at Equity Bank, Apple Market, and Newkirk Chamber of Commerce.
To all of our members: If you are running specials for the holidays or setting different hours, let us know and we will advertise those for you. Doing deliveries or curbside service? Let us know about anything special going on.
To show our appreciation for your membership, if you joined the Chamber during 2020 we are offering 3 months of advertising on our website for free. After that, the cost is $100.00 per year. We will contact those of you who joined in 2020 with information on what you need to do. This will also apply to any new members during 2021.
For Newkirk Businesses looking for answers about the Grant funds and SBA loans available, here's a link to the Guide to the CARES Act. It covers the Paycheck Protection Program, Emergency Economic Injury Grant, and Debt Relief Program.