The Holiday Season has now been kicked off……..

With last weekend’s activities we should all be in the spirit. 

Paula Harbuck led the charge on gathering some 40 entries for the annual Holiday Parade across the Pensacola Dam.  Kristin Dickerson from Channel 8 was the Grand Marshall for this event and got a ride in Mike Workman’s cute little sports car.  They were followed by the three Little Miss Catfish girls from the chamber Hook-N-Cookoff and escorted by the chamber girls Tiffany and Kristal.  All of our area emergency services were on hand to sound off the beginning of the parade, glad noone needed them.

As the sun set on the old pond it was time for the grand entry on the lighted boats that left from Cherokee Yacht Club and came all the way down the to dam and made two passes the entire length of the dam.  We counted Nineteen boats of all shapes and sizes, one of the larger boats was even made up to be a box all wrapped up for Christmas.  GRDA was on hand to lead them and keep watch as they circled around.  For those of us that live on the Langley Bluff this is one fun evening to be with friends and begin the season.

Then it looked as though the entire Grand Lake community turned their attention to the Big 12.  Oklahoma did it up right by winning and setting a new record for points scored in five games in a row. 

The Parades continued Sunday evening with a good showing through downtown Ketchum.  For the kids at both parades they probably got as much candy as they did at Halloween.  And if you have not gone through Ketchum and headed East to Pine Lodge you need to add this to your trips around the lake.  Art & June Box have out done themselves this year with lights on everything that does not move and some that used to.   As a kid it was always a tradition to go around my home town and see all the lights, going to Pine Lodge brought back those memories for me.

Work at the chamber continues as we prepare for our last board meeting of the year that will include getting committees organized for next year. If you would like to be involved in any of the chamber activities now is the time to let us know.  You do not have to be on the board of directors to get involved.  Doing this will also get you better known in the community and lend a hand in making this a better place to work, live and play.

Work has already started on our big event of the year, Casino Night, our title sponsor is in place and we will be having a ribbon cutting for them next Thursday December 18th.  At 4:00 PM we will gather at Grand Lake Casino for the kickoff that will be held March 7th at Cherokee Yacht Club.  Join us for a big thank you for their support.

January 22nd is our next Membership luncheon and it is one you will not want to miss.  Letters have been sent out to our federal and state senators and representatives to join us for a Town Hall style meeting.  Our meeting place is Oliver’s Twist and will start at 11:30 AM and will end around 1:30 PM.  This will give us time to hear from each elected official and ask questions.  Mark your calendars and call the office for reservations as soon as you can, as seating will be limited. Call the office at  918-782-3214

The Tulsa Boat Show is only 7 weeks away.  If your business would like to have your information available to some 60,000 people who attend this event, now is the time to get your brochures to the chamber office.  If you are not a member NOW is the TIME to join.