One of our community’s highest honors, Business Person of the Year, is given to a business leader to recognize the outstanding contributions made by an entrepreneur in our community. Our Business Person of the Year has committed a significant amount of time and capital to many services within the Newkirk community. Beginning his business in 2005, he has grown from pouring driveways and building porches to constructing roads and bridges across multiple states, but always returns to Newkirk, his home. Our 2019 Business Person of the Year is CEO of River Ridge Construction, Darren Wood.
Each of us has a duty to be a good citizen. Newkirk is only as healthy as its individual citizens. But what qualities mark a good citizen? First, a good citizen model’s good personal qualities universal to all good citizens. Honesty, Integrity, Responsibility, Kindness, Courtesy, Fairness. Every word applies to our 2019 Citizen of the Year. Second, a good citizen is Patriotic. A good citizen loves their country and by serving as a navy controller our Citizen of the Year is not only a patriot, but a veteran as well. Third, a good citizen is active in their community. By attending, and often funding community events, shopping locally, helping neighbors, attending church and sharing skills, talents, and resources our citizen has been active in Newkirk for decades. Fourth, a good citizen is well rounded. Well read, cultured, well educated. As a 1952 graduate of Newkirk High School and a 1961 graduate of Oklahoma State University, our Citizen of the year has been the past Chair of the State Chamber and a longtime regent for higher education. However you address our Citizen of the Year – brother, husband, father, grandfather, boss, mentor, neighbor, or friend, there is no doubt he has enriched your life and that you all agree with Newkirk Chamber of Commerce choice for Citizen of the Year 2019 – Mr. Ike Glass
The Newkirk Chamber met in the Chamber Office for their regular monthly meeting. Debbie Leaming, president, opened the meeting with the following in attendance: Marvin Johns, and Dawn Brakey, & Debbie Leaming, board members, and Glenna Blair, secretary. Kirk Brown, Roy Chaney, and Theda Sheets were absent.
The minutes were approved on a motion by Dawn, seconded by Marvin. The financial report was accepted after a motion by Marvin, seconded by Dawn. Glenna gave the secretary’s report.
Under old business, the Newkirk Pathway Project was the first topic. We have been assigned the crosswalk at 5th & Main to paint. We will meet on April 10th at 6:00. Debbie has the template and all of the supplies. Glenna will call Joe Anderson to see if the Lion’s Club would be interested in helping. The annual Appreciation Meal for area law enforcement, first respondents, and city workers will be held on the Court House parking lot on May 15, at 5:30 p.m. The chamber will provide the meal free of charge to everyone in the community who joins us in giving a BIG thank you to these employees. If the weather is bad, it will be moved to the Senior Citizen Center. Two Rivers Coop has been selected as the Business of the Month for April. We will meet Thursday morning, April 4, at 10:00 a.m. for a picture. The Chamber will have a booth at the Kay County Fair in Blackwell in Sept. to showcase our great community. Debbie is looking into items to give away to the kids and to entice new Chamber membership for the adults.
New business brought up the idea of adding the availability of rental property to our website. It was decided that we would approach the people who rent houses out but who are not members of the Chamber to see if they would be interested in joining. Then we will list those realty persons on our site. It was decided that we would again help with the July 4th celebration on the Court House lawn. It would be similar to the one last year. Glenna will check with Main Street along with Marybeth Glass and Dollie Testerman who were in on the planning last year. Debbie presented ideas for getting people into town for some fun activities. Several really fun things were mentioned and more information will be forthcoming.
Some dates that we don’t want to forget are:
April 10th—Paint crosswalk
April 13th—Trash Pickup
April 24th—Business Women’s Luncheon—12-1 at Stagecoach Restaurant
April 27th—Kickoff Event for Newkirk Pathway Project, 9-12 a.m. at the Court House. The Chamber will serve lunch.
May 4th—Community-wide Garage Sales
May 15th—Appreciation Meal for City workers and law enforcers, & EMT’s
Meeting was adjourned on a motion by Marvin, seconded by Dawn.
Glenna Blair, Secretary
The Newkirk Chamber board of directors met for the monthly meeting on March 4, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. Members present were Dawn Brakey, Kirk Brown, Roy Chaney, and Debbie Leaming along with Glenna Blair, secretary. Theda Sheets and Marvin Johns were absent. Debbie called the meeting to order and asked for a motion to approve the minutes. Dawn made a motion, seconded by Roy. Kirk moved that the financial report be approved and Dawn seconded the motion. In her secretary’s report, Glenna updated the board on current membership. Debbie volunteered to contact those businesses who have not paid or who might be interested in joining.
Under old business the Newkirk Pathway Project was discussed. The deadline for the crosswalk submission has been extended. Debbie will submit our plan. The tentative date for the Appreciation Meal for City employees and area law enforcement is May 15. Debbie and Jane Thomas will get together to confirm that this is a good date for everyone.
New business brought up the spring city-wide garage sale. The group decided on Saturday, May 4. Glenna will let the City office and newspaper know of the date. The group selected Two Rivers Co-op as our Business of the month for April. Debbie got an application for a booth at the Blackwell Fair. The cost is $100.00. We will decide at a later date what we want to do as far as brochures, pictures, giveaways, etc. Debbie announced that the Main Street Annual meeting and dinner will be held on March 14 at the Senior Center.
Kirk moved and Dawn seconded the motion to adjourn.
Glenna Blair, Secretary
The Newkirk Chamber Board of Directors met at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5. Members present were Roy Chaney, Marvin Johns, Dawn Brakey, Debbie Leaming, and Kirk Brown along with Glenna Blair, secretary. Theda Sheets was absent. Debbie called the meeting to order followed by approval of the minutes on a motion by Marvin, seconded by Debbie. Roy moved and Marvin seconded that the financial report be accepted. Motion carried. Glenna gave the Secretary’s report.
The first order of business was to elect a new board member, Dawn Brakey.
Members reviewed the Police and Fire Appreciation event. It was suggested that we try to set a recurring date and make it a family event. Glenna will send thank you notes to Cheekyburger, Bruce Horinek, G&B Auto, and Gene Scheiber for their contributions. Everyone agreed that our Halloween Trunk or Treat celebration was a huge success. It was suggested to start 15 minutes later and end 15 minutes earlier. Some kind of PA system is needed and maybe a stage of some sort for the costume judging. Glenna reported that she is getting the Christmas Parade lined out using volunteers from the past. Kirk presented a map of what is planned for Newkirk if the grant goes through for a walking path. The City will hopefully give the Chamber permission to provide some things along the way to enhance it and entice participants.
January 22, 2019 was selected as the date for the annual Chamber Banquet. It will be held at the Newkirk Senior Center at 6:30 p.m. The theme will be “A New Tomorrow”. Members were advised that there is a meeting scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 15, at 5:00 p.m. at the Library for the City, Main Street, and the Chamber.
Meeting was adjourned on a motion by Marvin and seconded by Dawn.
The Newkirk Chamber of Commerce met in the Chamber office for their monthly board meeting. Debbie Leaming, president, called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Those in attendance were board members Marvin Johns, Roy Chaney, Kirk Brown, & Theda Sheets, secretary Glenna Blair, and Pioneer Tech rep. Dawn Brakey. The minutes were approved on a motion by Roy and seconded by Theda. Marvin moved that the financial report be accepted and Theda made the second. Glenna gave the secretary’s report. She asked the board to approve ordering Halloween toys from Oriental Trading to hand out on Halloween to the Kindergarteners and also at Trunk or Treat. Roy moved to allow up to $50.00 and Theda seconded the motion which passed.
Under old business the group evaluated Charlie Adams Day. Our vendors were up a little but pop and water sales were down because of the cool weather and the crowd was down a little. There was discussion on what to do with the leftover pop and water and the group decided that we might want to sponsor an appreciation event for area police, fire personnel, and first responders. Debbie will check on a date with the City office. The Chamber will sponsor Trunk or Treat on the Court House parking lot on the 31st. Several businesses and churches will be participating. Debbie will get flyers to the school to go home with the kids. Glenna will get judges for the costume contest and Debbie will get the prizes. There was discussion on flowers to help beautify Main Street. Kirk had talked to the City about watering and they don’t have the manpower for that but they will consider purchasing nice pots. We could probably get business owners to help water along with the possibility of area clubs or organizations that need to do community service.
The annual Christmas Parade was discussed under new business. The theme this year will be “Magical Christmas”. It is scheduled for Saturday, December 1, at 6:00 p.m. Glenna will talk to the Choir director at school to see about the kids caroling.
Meeting was adjourned after a motion by Marvin, seconded by Theda.
The meeting was called to order by president, Debbie Leaming. Other board members present were Kirk Brown, Marvin Johns, and Roy Chaney. Theda Sheets and Karla Cheek were absent. The minutes of the last meeting were approved after a motion by Marvin, seconded by Kirk. Roy moved that the financial report be accepted. Marvin seconded the motion. Glenna Blair gave the secretary’s report which was accepted on a motion by Kirk, seconded by Roy.
The first order of business was the Halloween Trunk or Treat. Debbie has talked to the businesses and churches about participating. The excitement seems to be growing. A costume contest will be included. Plans for Charlie Adams Day were finalized. Items discussed were the number of vendors, drink booth worker schedules, and persons responsible for setup supplies. Main Street was approached by the Chamber to help with putting up banners on Main Street. Glenna reported that their Design committee will order some for the 4th of July.
Under new business it was decided to sponsor the fall city-wide garage sales on Saturday, October 1. We will get a banner for each end of town to advertise. It will say, “City-wide Garage Sales this Saturday” so that it can be displayed in the spring and fall. Debbie is helping with posting on Facebook and we are gaining more interest. There was a lot of discussion on what the Chamber can do to help our existing businesses and reach out to new ones to fulfill a need in the community.
The meeting was adjourned on a motion by Marvin, seconded by Kirk.
The Chamber Board met on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the Chamber office. Members present were Kirk Brown, Roy Chaney, Marvin Johns, Debbie Leaming, and Theda Sheets, along with secretary, Glenna Blair and Dawn Brakey, representative from Pioneer Tech. Karla Cheek was absent. Also, one guest, Jerry Straw attended. Debbie called the meeting to order. Marvin moved that the minutes be approved and Theda seconded the motion which passed. Kirk made a motion and Roy seconded it to accept the financial report. Motion was approved. Glenna gave the Secretary’s report. She handed out shirts with the Chamber Logo to board members. She reported that 2 canopies had been purchased to use at events such as Charlie Adams Day. The Christmas banners that will be displayed on Main Street were shown and approved. Business Partner for August-September will be Black Jacks Bait N Tackle & Prairie Cricket Quilts. Press releases were sent to NHJ and PC News seeking vendors for CA Day. Roy moved that the report be approved and Marvin seconded.
The Business After Hours that was held recently was the first topic under Old Business. Everyone agreed it was a huge success. It was suggested that we might start earlier next time as a convenience to those that get off work at 5:00 so that they don’t have to go home and come back. Debbie reported that she will go to the different churches to see if they are willing to participate in a “Trunk or Treat” on the Court House parking lot for Halloween.
The board voted to do Community Sponsorship Ads monthly in the Newkirk Herald Journal after a motion by Debbie and seconded by Theda. Also under new business was Charlie Adams Day. It was decided that we would not do radio advertising this year, but would do press releases in the Newkirk and Ponca City newspapers to seek vendors. Kirk offered to pick up the stock tanks, and ice as well as tables. Glenna will provide chairs and contact Jiffy Trip about providing ice. She will also order pop and water from Apple Market. Glenna will get someone to pick it up and take to the event. Debbie commented on a letter from ODOT about a transportation grant to help with sidewalks and walking paths. Her son Andrew is using a drone to film in Newkirk to emphasize the need in Newkirk. The board is considering an afternoon Christmas parade for the kids this year. More will be discussed at a later date.
Marvin made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Theda.
The meeting was called to order by president, Debbie Leaming. Other board members attending were Marvin Johns, Kirk Brown, Theda Sheets, and Roy Chaney. Karla Cheek was absent. Glenna Blair, secretary, and Dawn Brakey, Pioneer Tech. rep. were also in attendance. The minutes were approved on a motion by Marvin, seconded by Theda. The financial report was reviewed and Theda moved that it be approved and Kirk seconded the motion. Glenna gave the secretary’s report which was approved on a motion by Theda, seconded by Roy.
The “God & Country” 4th of July Celebration was the first topic of old business. Everything is in order and Debbie and Rick will pick up the ice from Jiffy Trip that morning. The Christmas banners and brackets for the downtown area were discussed and it was decided to up the cost to $500.00. Business After Hours post cards have been sent out to the businesses. It will take place on July 12th at 6:30 at the Newkirk Senior Center. Lisa Kubik will sponsor the event. Debbie got gift certificates for door prizes from Apple Market and Locke Auto Parts. She also arranged to have flowers sent to Lisa for sponsoring the evening.
Under new business, we need to do a ribbon cutting for JP Plumbing. It will take place on Tues., July 3, at 10:00 if that works for Jesse Perry, owner. We need tents to use for our drink stands at Charlie Adams Day. Roy made a motion to purchase 2 8’X8’ or 10’X10’ popup tents in blue or white at a cost of no more than $400.00. The motion passed after a second by Marvin. Debbie announced that she gave a presentation for the Chamber at the July City Meeting and funding was approved for the Chamber for the new fiscal year beginning July 1. The board selected the Newkirk Herald Journal as the Business of the Month for August. There was discussion on Halloween and the possibility of having a Trunk or Treat event in the Court House Parking Lot. Debbie will contact the churches in the community to see about them joining with the Chamber to provide kids a safe place to trick or treat. Debbie suggested that we put an ad in the Back to School issue in the NHJ and that the Chamber be a drop-off place for school supplies.
The next board meeting will be Tuesday, August 7, 2018. The meeting was adjourned on a motion by Theda, seconded by Roy.
Glenna Blair, Secretary