Cheryl Franklin

Grove Sun

Plans are underway for the 2010 Pelican Festival to be held in Grove in September.

The Grand Lake Association, during its regular meeting last week, discussed some of the details of the annual festival, which will once again include a parade.

The resurrection of the parade last year brought new life to the dwindling attendance in recent years. Parade committee Chairman Dave Helms said he hopes they will have even more participation this year.

A new parade feature will be a golf cart category, which will allow residents to decorate and parade their golf carts in the parade.

The group is working on a possible prize for best golf cart.

Grand Lake Association is also moving ahead with new tools and technology designed to promote the Grand Lake area.

The GLA is partnering with Grove Area Merchants Association to help with some of the entertainment and the GLA is hoping to bring in a popular entertainer to help draw more crowds to the festival.

Executive director Tad Jones gave the board a sneak preview of the new website which includes video options for participating GLA members. Jones reported that membership renewals have been sent out with the new brochure and new rates. GLA members were also encouraged to recruit new members themselves for an opportunity to move up a level on the membership options.

Jones also discussed the rates for producing a video promoting Grand Lake through Rogers State University. The board discussed fundraising options to help defray the costs of the video, which will be a minimum of eight minutes long. The board agreed to research the project further.

Plans are also being made for next yearís Visitors Guide. Alternative size formats were discussed along with distribution options since the person who helps distribute the books has resigned the position.

In other business, the board named Lori Starks, GRDA Programs and Lake Relations Coordinator to the board to replace Jim Martinís position. Martin had a stroke several months ago and is no longer able to serve on the board.

The board also heard some discussion supporting going forward with the vote for a hotel/motel room tax in the city of Grove. The measure was voted down the last time it was brought before the voters. City officials have postponed setting a date for a vote on the tax since they did not want it to go to the voters at the same time of the jail tax proposal, which will be held again in August.

Jones said that although members of the board are in favor of the occupancy tax, they are concerned about the possible plans of establishing a Convention and Visitors Bureau since promoting tourism is the GLAís primary function and he feels it would be duplicating services.

The Grand Lake Association serves the four county area of Delaware, Ottawa, Craig and Mayes.