Monday, November 21, 2022 - The Sallisaw Pastor’s Fellowship received the November Chamber Member of the Month award during Sallisaw's monthly Chamber meeting. Treye Girdner, chamber president, (left) presented a plaque to Fellowship members (from left) Austin Carrigan, United Faith Church, Jim Hollifield, First United Methodist, and Steve Myers, First Christian.
"The Sallisaw Pastor’s Fellowship contributes to the community in many ways each year. For over thirty years, the members have remained faithful to the vision of the group’s founders in many ways. Two of their largest projects include back-to-school outreach and Christmas outreach," Girdner said.
The back to school outreach project involves getting school supplies into the hands of children who are in need. Last year, they were able to provide over 107 teachers and 100 support staff with gift cards to purchase needed items for their classrooms.
During their Christmas outreach, the Sallisaw Pastor's Fellowship work together to provide over 150 families with meal baskets and over 280 children with Christmas gifts.
This month’s keynote speaker was Kenyatta Wright (above) with the Greater Tenkiller Association. Wright explained a proposed lodging tax for bed and breakfasts and Airbnbs located in Sequoyah County.
Wright stated, "Everyone hates the word tax, but this is a tax that wouldn’t affect you unless you stayed at one of the Airbnbs or bed and breakfasts located in Sequoyah County. It’s a line item that our county commissioners can utilize for beautification within the county but also for tourism marketing."
The announcement of events included the storefront decorating contest judging, which takes place on December 12, along with the home decorating contest judging, which will occur during the evening hours on December 12. The home decorating contest will be divided into city wards.
In other announcements, the Sallisaw Farmers Market will be holding a Christmas Market in December.
"As most of you know, we have a wonderful farmers market here in Sallisaw. Vendors offer a variety of items, from fresh farm eggs and homemade foods to jams, woodworking, and homemade household products," Sallisaw Mayor Ernie Martens stated. "This year we have decided to host the first ever Christmas Farmers Market on December 10 in downtown Sallisaw. The public is invited to come out to the Christmas Market as vendors set up from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., which leads right up to the city’s 2022 Christmas parade."
Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer
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