Monday, February 4, 2019

Chamber Banquet Recognizes Sallisaw’s Best

Buddy Spencer received the Chamber Member of the Year Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual chamber banquet Feb. 2.

Gus and Margaret Perry were given the Chuck Sainer Community Spirit Award. 

Family members of the late George Glenn, daughter Tracy Baker, from left, and great-grandsons Blake Jones and Grayson Grinstead, present the first George Glenn Memorial Presidents Award to outgoing chamber president Jeff Mayo.

The Sallisaw Fire Department was recognized as the Outstanding Festival Volunteer. 

Mike Meece, from left, Nan Stites, Rhonda Nicholson and Gary Schaefer were presented tokens of appreciation as outgoing chamber board members by Chamber Director Marty Green. Cheryl Mills is not pictured.

Members of the 2018 Leadership Sallisaw Class were recognized and 
presented graduation certificates.

As the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual awards banquet, “Focusing on the Future” last Saturday evening, it highlighted the work of the past year by dedicated chamber members.

The night belonged to Buddy Spencer, who received both the Chamber Member of the Year Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Presenters Gary Schaefer and Jeff Mayo both had nothing but kind words of Spencer’s dedication to the community and the betterment of the community and its citizens and businesses because of his tireless efforts.

Gus and Margaret Perry received the Chuck Sainer Community Spirit Award, while the Sallisaw Fire Department was named the Outstanding Festival Volunteer.

Tracy Baker, daughter of the late George Glenn, presented the first George Glenn Memorial President’s Award to Mayo, outgoing chamber president.

Incoming chamber president Marley Abell recognized outgoing chamber board members Mike Meece, Nan Stites, Rhonda Nicholson, Gary Schaefer and Cheryl Mills.

Leadership Sallisaw facilitator Nan Stites recognized the 2018 Leadership Sallisaw class, and announced new presenters for the 2019 class, which begins Feb. 21.

As guests watched a Year in Review video and dined on a delicious meal prepared by the Sallisaw Food Service staff, members of Sallisaw High School’s FFA chapter served drinks and refills.

Chamber Director Marty Green commended not only the award winners, but those helping behind the scenes to make the banquet a success.

“It was my first Chamber banquet and I thought it went very well,” Green said. “I wanted to extend a sincere ‘thank you’ to our banquet committee, who without their help, we could not have had a successful event.”

Pam Cloud, Managing News Director

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