This year's Pelican Fest promises to bring some exciting new features, according to Grand Lake Association Executive Director Tad Jones, including a murder mystery theatre dinner at Royal Bay in Grove.

"We are really looking forward to hosting a murder mystery dinner theatre this year at the Pelican Fest, which will be held at Royal Bay," said Jones.

"We are working with a group from Tulsa on this and it is going to be a very exciting, very fun addition to the already great event."

Seating is limited and will be done on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, contact Royal Bay in Grove.

The board discussed the recently held golf tournament and this year's membership drive, which is currently underway.

"We are in the middle of a decent membership drive, not a lot of new members but we are still working on it. We are at about the same percentage of new members as we were at this point in last year's drive," Jones said.

"The golf tournament was a success. We raised just over $14,000 and after expenses we earned about $9000 for the GLA, which is great. We had great press coverage of the event, which was very helpful, and the weather was great. We were very pleased with the turnout and would like to do it again next year."

The board voted to approve the appointment of Dewayne Convirs, owner of D-Day Adventure Park located in Wyandotte.

"I am very pleased to be a part of the GLA Board of Directors. I hope to bring a positive contribution to the board and I would like to thank you for inviting me to be a part of it," Convirs said.

The board also approved the Oklahoma Multicounty Organization contract, making the organization eligible for state funds.

In other business, Jones informed the board that the GLA would have booths set up at the Dam Jam in Pryor and the Claremore Chili Fest, both scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10.