Larry Lawrence accepts Lifetime Service award at the annual Chamber Banquet.

Larry Lawrence accepts Lifetime Service award at the annual Chamber Banquet.

BY TATYANA NYBORG
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESENTS OUTLOOK 2016 AT THE BANQUET
On Jan. 18, 2016, the Mannford Chamber of Commerce conducted the annual banquet at the Senior Citizen’s Center in Mannford, Oklahoma.
Creek County and the City of Mannford officials, owners and employees of local businesses, politicians, and out of town guests attended the banquet.
Michael Nunneley, City Manager of Mannford, presented 2016 City Outlook program to the attendees.
“There are three factors which effect economic development in Mannford. They are the factors that bring people to Mannford and make them stay here,” said Nunneley.
“The lakes or tourism is one of the reasons why visitors come to our town,” he continued. “That is why we are expanding park development, and we have added dozens of campsites.”
“The city housing program is designed to bring more residents to Mannford,” the manager said. “Within the past year and a half, we have built 40 new homes.”
“Additionally, the 40 unit Senior Housing Complex is currently under construction,” added Nunneley.
The apartment complex will be available for senior citizens 62 years and older. The rent will be $575-$600 per unit. The apartments will have features such as Cimtel services, granite counter tops, washers and dryers, elevators, safety alarms and heated tile floors.
“The cost of the construction is $5.6 million,” the manager stated. “We received a $5 million grant for that and the rest of it is financed by the city.”
Another big apartment complex is going to be built in the area next to Phelps Market, according to Nunneley.
The Mannford authorities also plan to grow retail business in the area.
“It is not a fast process,” said the manager. “We are negotiating with two different store chain companies, which sell soft goods, clothing, and furniture, on building a store close to Phelps Market.”
After the Outlook 2016 presentation, the Chamber of Commerce President, Amy Spess, gave awards to various individuals for their outstanding achievements.
Winn’s Cafe & Grill received “Business of the Year” award. The owners of the cafe, Clint Winn and Shea Mcmonigle, were recognized for their good customer service and amazing food, according to Spess. Winn’s Cafe & Grill also provided catering for the annual banquet.
Julie Griffin, Agribusiness Management Coordinator at the Central Tech, was given an “Over and Above” award for being active in both Mannford and Drumright Chambers of Commerce. Spess drove the banquet attendees attention to the numerous professional and personal achievments of Griffin.
Rita Bougher, 2015 Mannford Chamber of Commerce President, received “Leadership Excellence” award as one of the strong supporters of the Mannford Chamber within the last 13 years, according to Spess. Bougher has served as the President of the Mannford Chamber seven of the last nine years.
Larry Lawrence, who is currently retired, was proud to accept “Lifetime Service” award for his landscaping work to beautify Mannford.
Bougher gave awards to multiple individuals, including the Mannford Mayor Tyler Buttram, for supporting the Chamber and volunteering.
Traditionally, the Chamber of Commerce invites an inspirational speaker to an annual banquet. This year, it was Ted Owens, author of the book “At the Hang Up” and a retired basketball coach at the University of OKlahoma and historic Allen Fieldhouse. Adaptation of his book being made into a full length movie produced by Academy Award winner, Gray Frederickson of Godfather I, II, III and Apocalypse and Outsiders fame.
The main subject of Owen’s book are the important lessons which he learned during his life growing up on a cotton farm in Southwest Oklahoma during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl and during his sports career.
“You need to establish goals in your life and consider change,” the 86-year-old book author said.
“Leave the world better than it is,” Owens concluded.
The banquet attendees stood up and gave Owens a long ovation.

Julie Griffin, Agribusiness Management Coordinator at the Central Tech, was given an "Over and Above" award at the annual Chamber Banquet.

Julie Griffin, Agribusiness Management Coordinator at the Central Tech, was given an “Over and Above” award at the annual Chamber Banquet.


Clint Winn and Shea McMonigle accept Business of the Year Award at the Annual Chamber Banquet.

Clint Winn and Shea McMonigle accept Business of the Year Award at the Annual Chamber Banquet.


Mayor Tyler Buttram

Mayor Tyler Buttram