Vacation Bible School begins June 26 at First United Methodist

Vacation Bible School at Jenks First United Methodist Church, 415 E. Main St., Jenks, will take place June 26-30, Sunday through Thursday.  VBS takes place in the evenings from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. for all 4 year olds through 7th graders (fall of 2016).

The theme this year is, “SURF SHACK – Catch the Wave of God’s Amazing Love!”  The children will travel through storytelling, music, science, art, recreation and snacks.  Parents are invited to the closing on Thursday evening.

Vacation Bible School is FREE!  Early registration is helpful.  Please register at  Just click on the Surf Shack picture!

Morning Spark program kicks off


Registration is now open for Morning Spark, a new program from the Jenks Chamber of Commerce focused on providing businesses with practical tips to find new customers, grow sales and streamline daily processes.

The first series of Morning Spark sessions will feature a social media bootcamp designed for small business owners. The program is divided into three sessions: Facebook, Instagram and Google, with each focused on practical tips for users of all skill levels.

The schedule is:

Thursday, May 5: Facebook and your business

Thursday, May 12: Instagram

Thursday, May 19: Google and beyond

All sessions begin at 8 a.m. at the Hive, and will last one hour.

The cost to attend is $10 per session, or $25 for all three. For non-Chamber members, the cost is $20 per session, or $50 for all three.

Registration is required. Email Sandi.Cox(at) to register.

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First Oklahoma Bank to host art show

First Oklahoma Bank invites people of all ages to enjoy an art exhibit featuring artwork by Russian orphans that will be on display starting mid-April in the Burt B. Holmes Fine Art Gallery in the lobby of the bank’s Jenks headquarters, 100 S. Riverfront Drive.

People may visit the bank’s Jenks lobby anytime from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, starting April 15 and extending through the end of the month.

The upcoming art show is the next in a series that the bank periodically opens to the public. A private reception to showcase the artwork and honor Orphan’s Tree will be held April 21 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the bank.

Founded in 2008, Orphan’s Tree helps orphans become productive and successful citizens while giving them hope for their future. The group’s mission is to break the cycle for orphans through the agency’s programs that focus on teaching orphans how to develop healthy relationships and sustain themselves.

The free art exhibit will feature about 50 pieces created by Russian orphans, ranging from ages 12 to 30. Pieces will include a variety of styles, including portraits, landscapes, architecture, pop art, real-life scenarios, florals, wood carvings and more.

Most of the artwork is from the personal collection of Tom Bennett Jr., First Oklahoma Bank’s Chairman, and his wife Sue Bennett, Senior Vice President and director of Investor Relations. For 17 years, the couple has taken mission trips to Russia, where they work with older adult and teenaged orphans who have aged out of the orphanage system.

“I’ve wanted to share these paintings for a long time. The plight of orphans is only getting worse and worse worldwide due to wars and oppression,” said Sue Bennett. “We’re trying to draw attention to this unique population of people and how orphans survive in the world.”

Creating art helps many orphans express themselves and understand their lives. It helps them process pain and express what is going on inside of them, Sue Bennett said. Most of the orphans whose art will be featured are self-taught artists.

However, several pieces to be displayed are the creations of Vladimir Shamarin, an orphan who became a trained artist and attended the Ilya Repin St. Petersburg State Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture.

For an orphan to even be accepted into the academy is an amazing feat. His artwork was so good that many of his teachers thought he was cheating and forced him to paint in front of them, Sue said.

For more information, contact Sue Bennett at 918-392-2525.


About First Oklahoma Bank

Started in 2009 with just six employees, First Oklahoma Bank has grown to more than 100 employees and more than $440 million in total assets. In addition to its Jenks headquarters at 100 S. Riverfront Drive, the bank also has branches in midtown Tulsa at 4110 S. Rockford Ave. and in Glencoe

Nationally-recognized business coach to speak at luncheon

April’s Monthly Luncheon will feature Tim Redmond, a business growth coach with expertise in executive coaching, team development and leadership.

The luncheon will take place at noon April 20 at the Hive.

Redmond is the CEO of Redmond Growth Initiatives, an organization designed to help businesses grow profits while also becoming a venue for personal development.  His “get big results in a short amount of time” approach to coaching and leadership training has made him a sought-after keynote speaker across the nation.  

The cost to attend is $15 for Chamber members, $20 for non-members. RSVP to nick.demoss(at) by 4 p.m. April 18.

Luncheon to address Vision vote

The Jenks Chamber of Commerce’s March luncheon will feature a discussion of the upcoming Vision for Jenks vote.

The luncheon will take place at noon March 16 at the Hive, 115 S. First St. in Jenks.

Jenks Mayor Kelly Dunkerley will present information about the projects slated for the April 5 ballot and attendees will have a chance to ask questions about the proposal.

The cost to attend is $15 for Chamber members, $20 for non-members.

RSVP to nick.demoss(at) by 4 p.m. March 14 to attend.

Craig Bowman Farmers Insurance returns as presenting food truck festival sponsor

Bowman FTF Logo

Craig Bowman Farmers Insurance has returned to present the 2016 Jenks America Food Truck Festival, scheduled for Saturday, May 7.

The festival will take place 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. in downtown Jenks.

In its fourth year, the Jenks America Food Truck Festival draws thousands of visitors to downtown Jenks to enjoy the region’s most popular food trucks, live local music and shopping.

Sponsorships are still available. Click here to find out how your business can get involved with one of the most popular festivals of the year.

Visit to see the latest information on this year’s festival.

Cox joins Chamber staff

Please welcome Sandi Cox to the Jenks Chamber of Commerce staff. SandiCoxHeadshot

Cox joined the staff Feb. 22 as the Director of Member Services.

In that role, she will be connecting with new and existing members to enhance the Chamber membership experience.

Cox said she was looking forward to interacting with the business community.

“I grew up in a family of small business owners, and I’ve seen firsthand the dedication required to be successful,” she said. “I’m excited to get to know the members of the Jenks business community and begin connecting them to the resources the Chamber offers.”

A native of Sand Springs, Cox comes to the Chamber from Griffin Communications, where she served as the marketing services coordinator.

She holds a degree in broadcast journalism from Oklahoma State University. 

She can be reached at sandi.cox(at)

February luncheon: Creating a Culture of Engagement with Elizabeth King

Have you heard the phrase “People don’t quit jobs – they quit bosses?” This statement is actually true. According to a recent study by Dale Carnegie, 75% of workers who voluntarily left their jobs did so because of their bosses and not the position itself.

As business leaders, it’s important to retain your top talent and reduce churn. So how can you become a better leader and create stronger relationships with your employees?

Join the Jenks Chamber of Commerce at the Hive, 115 S. First St. on Wednesday, February 17 for Creating a Culture of Engagement. This presentation will discuss the impact of leaders on employee engagement, the real factors that motivate employees, and how you can influence and better engage your team. Attendees will walk away with action steps to improve your leadership skills and increase employee engagement.

Elizabeth King, APR, is a public relations professional with nearly 20 years of experience in community relations, employee engagement and education, fundraising and foundation administration, internal and external communications and event management. For more information, visit

About Elizabeth:
Elizabeth King, APR, is a public relations professional with nearly 20 years of experience in community relations, employee engagement and education, fundraising and foundation administration, internal and external communications and event management.
A native Oklahoman, King is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans’ award winning school of mass communications and earned her Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) from the Public Relations Society of America. She was named Young Professional of the Year by the PRSA-Tulsa Chapter in 2005.
King has worked in both the nonprofit and corporate sectors and understands the unique challenges and opportunities in both environments. Her experience allows her to utilize her talents to create strategies that bridge the two communities.
Throughout her career, King has been an active community volunteer with a passion for education and children’s issues. Volunteer organizations include Family & Children’s Services, Emergency Infant Services, Junior Achievement of Oklahoma, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Tulsa and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma.


RSVP to nick.demoss[at] by Monday, Feb. 15 to attend.

The cost to attend is $15 for Chamber members, $20 for non-members.