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Chamber board endorses school bond

The Jenks Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors voted at their last meeting to support the Feb. 14 Jenks Public Schools bond election.

The bonds are not projected to increase taxes. The Feb. 14 vote will include two bond issues totaling $10.4 million. Bond funds will be used to provide district-wide equipment, safety improvements, textbooks, technology, improvements to the middle school athletic fields and classrooms for secondary students.

Josh Driskell, president of the Jenks Chamber of Commerce, urged voters to support the measure.

“Jenks Public Schools are recognized among the best in the state and nation thanks to the continued support of the community,” he said. “These projects will continue to provide the excellent return on investment we’ve all come to expect.”

Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Feb. 14.

Click here to confirm your registration, find your polling place and view sample ballots. 

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.

Leaders celebrate 2016, look ahead to 2017

We had a great evening celebrating the achievements of 2016 and looking forward to 2017! Congratulations to all those nominated for awards- our winners were:

Young Professional of the Year: Cody Brumley, FBC Jenks

New Business of the Year: FlyingTee

Retailer of the Year: Biergarten Wine & Spirits

Restaurant/Bar of the Year: The Cigar Box Whiskey Bar & Tap House

Community Impact Award: Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO)

Business of the Year: Tedford Insurance

Ed Gerchman Leadership Award: Pat Thomas

The George Tedford Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Jenks High School’s Sarah Thiessen, and Jenks Public Schools Chief Information Officer Bonnie Richert Rogers was honored for her service as her service on the Chamber’s Board of Directors ended. Craig Bowman celebrated a successful year as Chair of the Board of Directors, and Greg Helms of Gshelms & Associates Architecture was inaugurated as 2017 chair.

See photos here.

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Food Sponsor

Coldwell Banker Select – Barbara Bilby

Special thanks to Josh Stout for donating this year’s silent auction piece. “Purgatory” is a 10″x20″ original oil on canvas knife painting.

About Josh: After his steady rise and scorching sales record, Oklahoma artist Josh Stout continues to catch the attention of collectors across the US. As one of the top selling regional artists, Josh has a packed calendar… from booking shows and fundraisers, to speaking and demonstrating live at events across the area, or maybe its just supporting 1 of his 5 children at the local basketball game.

“Purgatory” 10″x20″ Oil on Canvas, created with knife blades

To learn more about the artist, visit joshstoutart.com.

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.

Driskell named chair-elect of statewide board

Jenks Chamber of Commerce President Josh Driskell has been chosen as Chair-elect of the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Executives group.

Known as OCCE, the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Executives is a professional development organization for chamber leaders across the state. Its members strive to encourage the highest professional standards for men and women in chamber of commerce management.

Driskell was elected at the annual conference in Shawnee Nov. 2. He will assume the chairmanship following the 2017 conference.

State of the City luncheon November 16

Jenks Mayor Kelly Dunkerley will deliver the State of the City address at the Jenks Chamber of Commerce’s November luncheon.

The luncheon will begin at noon Nov. 16 a the Hive, 115 S. First St. in Jenks.

The address will provide an update on several major projects underway in Jenks. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions following the address.

Dunkerley was re-elected to the Jenks city council in 2013 and became mayor in 2015. Prior to his election to city council, Dunkerley served on the Jenks Planning Commission and the Jenks Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

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

RSVP to nick.demoss(at)jenkschamber.com by 4 p.m. Nov. 14 to attend.

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HallowMarine returns October 27-31

Once a year, for only five nights, the Oklahoma Aquarium opens its doors to trick-or-treaters of all ages to enjoy a safe, fun and just a little spooky Halloween event! HallowMarine 2016 runs from October 27-31, 6:30 to 9:00 each night and features all indoor trick-or-treating, giant pirate-themed inflatables, carnival games, carnival games and a toddler-friendly Pee-Wee Pirate Zone. Guests of all ages will also have the chance to win tickets to a preview event for a new sea turtle exhibit opening next year, by visiting a special selfie station near the construction site.

Tickets for HallowMarine are $10 for adults and $7 for children with members receiving $1 off HallowMarine admission. All prices are discounted from regular Aquarium admission, so it’s a unique chance for everyone to see the largest collection of bull sharks in America, stingrays, otters and hundreds of other aquatic animals. Our sponsors, Cox Communications, TulsaKids Magazine, K12, Dutton Travel and Balancing Act Accounting LLC make HallowMarine possible. For more information please visit our website www.okaquarium.org.