Leadership expert to address May luncheon

The Jenks Chamber of Commerce’s May luncheon will feature leadership advice from a nationally-accredited expert on the subject.

The luncheon will take place at noon on May 17 at the Hive, 115 S. First St. in Jenks.

Scott Elliott is a certified Franklin Covey Facilitator for Tulsa Tech’s Leadership Institute. He recently retired from a distinguished 28 year military career, the last 20 years in which he served as a Facilitator/Trainer in the fields of Recruiting & Retention, Education & Training, Human Resources Management and Law Enforcement/Security. He graduated with honors from Southern Nazarene University with a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership.

The cost to attend is $15 for Chamber members, $20 for non-members and non-RSVP’d guests.

RSVP to nick.demoss(at)jenkschamber.com by 5 p.m. May 15 to attend.

Belk seeks non-profits for Charity Sale Event

Looking for a great way to raise money for your favorite non-profit organization?

Then you’ll want to be a part of Belk’s semi-annual Charity Sale Event on April 29th.

Participating charities raise money by selling tickets for $5 each, which entitles purchasers to attend a private 4-hour sale featuring 15-70% off rarely discounted brands storewide. The entire $5 from every ticket sold goes to the participating charity so it’s a great fund-raising opportunity. The more tickets you sell, the more money you’ll raise.

Tickets sales for this hugely popular event have begun so if you belong to or know of a charity interested in participating, please call Cindy at 918-447-6823 ext 202 for more information and pick up you participating form today!

February Luncheon: ‘Put Your Best Voice Forward’

In her entertaining and informative talk “Put Your Best Voice Forward,” Rena Cook shares insights on the correlation between voice and success. 

The luncheon will take place at noon on Feb. 15 at the Hive, 115 S. First St. in Jenks.

Tracing her history from Jenks High School drama teacher, to university professor, to internationally-acclaimed voice and speech trainer, Rena shares strategies and techniques that will have you speaking more confidently, breathing more deeply and standing a little straighter.

She holds an MA in Voice Studies from London’s Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and an MFA in Directing from OU.

Learn more about Rena here.

The cost to attend is $15 for Chamber members, $20 for non-members and non-RSVP’d guests.

RSVP to nick.demoss(at)jenkschamber.com by 5 p.m. Feb. 13 to attend.

Chamber president receives IOM designation

Jenks Chamber of Commerce President Josh Driskell graduated last week from the Institute for Organization Management, receiving his official IOM designation.

The IOM designation signifies an individual has completed 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management.

The Institute for Organization Management is a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

Driskell attended and graduated from the program at the University of Arizona campus in Tucson. He was also honored as the speaker on behalf of his graduating class.

Learn more about the IOM program here.

January Luncheon to feature State of the Schools address

Jenks Superintendent Dr. Stacey Butterfield will deliver her annual State of the Schools address at the Chamber’s luncheon on Jan. 18.

The luncheon will begin at noon at the Hive, 115 S. First St. in Jenks.

Dr. Butterfield will provide an update on several major projects underway in the district, as well as a look ahead for Jenks Public Schools.

The cost to attend is $15 for Chamber members, $20 for non-members and non-RSVP’d attendees.

The deadline to RSVP is 5 p.m. Jan. 16. RSVP to nick.demoss@jenkschamber.com to attend.

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Nominations now open for Chamber awards

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Do you know a person or business who deserves to be honored at the 2017 Inaugural Banquet? Now’s the time to nominate them!

There are six nomination forms available:

Community Impact Award

Restaurant of the Year

New Business of the Year

Retailer of the Year

Business of the Year

Young Professional of the Year

Click the links above to download the nomination form for each award.

Nominations are due December 20. Nominees will be notified and will have until Jan. 5 to return the award applications.

Finalists for each award will be notified the week of January 9, and the winners will be announced at the Inaugural Banquet on Jan. 19 at the Oklahoma Aquarium.

Jenks breaks ground on Downtown Commons

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City leaders and school board members broke ground on Tuesday, September 20, for the development of the Jenks Downtown Commons. The ceremony took place at the construction site for the park, which is currently a parking lot owned by Jenks Public Schools, at 220 E. A Street.

The primary goal of the project is to provide public green space and a gathering place for Jenks residents, students and visitors at a location near downtown Jenks and Jenks High School. Additionally, the park and two recently completed parking lots will increase public parking downtown Jenks.

“Jenks City Council and Jenks Public Schools share a vision to connect the high school campus and downtown Jenks so students, parents, employees, Jenks citizens and visitors have easy access to education, culture, arts, music and athletic activities,” said Jenks’ Mayor Kelly Dunkerley. “This public park, along with other improvements to the downtown Jenks area such as the Hive arts building and planned alleyway improvements, enhance the connection between Jenks Public Schools and downtown Jenks.”

The park will feature a stage, green space, public restrooms, bike racks and additional parking. The project also includes upgrades to the alleyways including lighting, paving and landscaping.

Demolition construction began on September 6, 2016, and will be completed in early 2017. Construction of the Jenks Downtown Commons is being funded via Vision 2025 funds.

“Parks support public health, the economy, the environment, education and community cohesion,” said school board president Melissa Abdo. “All of Jenks and Jenks Public Schools will benefit from the addition of this park. We are thrilled to be a partner on this project and to have this type of space in our community.”

Click here to see photos from the ceremony.

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Editor’s Note:

In November 2015, the Vision Authority approved the City of Jenks Downtown Park project, which consisted of the construction of:

  • An event park at 220 East A Street that includes a stage, green space, public restrooms, bike racks, and public parking spaces.
  • Public parking lot at 312 East B Street.
  • Public parking lot on A Street immediately east of the rail tracks (110 West A Street).
    It has been determined that school and community events at the park and general downtown vicinity would benefit from improvements to alleyways and streets. Such improvements include but are not limited to the installation of removable bollards on adjacent streets and alleyways, improved lighting, pavement improvements, sidewalk installation and upgrades and landscaping.

Downtown Commons park project moves forward

The City of Jenks, Jenks Public Schools, and Tulsa County are partnering to construct the Downtown Commons Park and two new parking lots in downtown Jenks. Tulsa County Vision 2025 is funding the project.

The first phase of the project, 75 new parking spaces at A Street and 1st Street and B Street and 3rd Street, is complete. The second phase of the project includes the construction of the Downtown Commons Park. The park will provide public green space for community and school events as well as new parking at 2nd Street and the adjacent alley.

Beginning Tuesday, September 6, 2016 the existing municipal parking lot located on A Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets will be closed along with the alley north of Main Street for the construction of the new Downtown Commons Park.

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