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Crowe recognized at monthly chamber meeting

Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce President Treye Girdner (left) with Larry Crowe (right)

Monday, April 2, 2022 - The Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce held their monthly membership meeting on Wednesday, April 27 at the ICTC event room. Several important announcements were made during the meeting.

The first announcement was made to members by Marley Abel. Abel explained that the chamber board is currently updating their bi-laws regarding membership requirements and duration, which will be voted on at this month’s meeting.

Marley Abel provided a brief overview regarding updates to bi-laws for new chamber board members.

"Instead of voting for four members each year, we would instead be voting for three going forward. Basically, what we are doing is making sure that we have representation from every bank in town automatically without having to vote. Our banks are very beneficial due to their volunteer pool throughout the community," Abel stated. "In addition, we will be adding CASC, ICTC, and Cherokee Nation as ex-officio members. Although these organizations would not be able to vote, they do play a vital role in our community, so their attendance and participation in meetings is extremely beneficial."

Chamber president Treye Girdner provided an update on the upcoming Diamond Daze festival. Girdner stated, "We had close to 60 vendors set up for the last Diamond Daze event, and as of 10:00 a.m. this morning we had 104, which is almost double what we had last year."

An update was given regarding the City of Sallisaw’s annual July 4 celebration. The firework show for 2022 will take place on Monday, July 4 at Sallisaw High School.

A special check presentation was awarded to Jerry Johnson with the Sallisaw Youth League. The Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce has donated money for the past three years to go toward the state tournament held annually at the end of June and first of July at the Sallisaw Sports complex.

Larry Crowe with Crowe companies was presented as April’s Chamber member of the month. Crowe has been in the real estate business since he was 21 with a total of 58 years. One of Crowe's recent projects is the old Sallisaw Middle School which he has taken and created "The big toy wheel and motor museum".

Girdner applauded Crowe and stated, "He took a place that was no longer suitable for our children and made something that we could be proud of for our community."

Joel Kintsel, Oklahoma department of veteran’s affairs (ODVA) executive director, was the keynote speaker. Kintsel stated, "I love coming to Sallisaw because I know this is a town that really cares about Veterans and it shows." Kintsel invited chamber members to the jobsite of the new veteran’s center to take a tour after the meeting to see the progress that has been made on the new VA center.

Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer

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