My Cup Runneth Over

I’m reminded each year about this time of all the good people we have in our community. Something about cold weather and holidays seem to bring out the best that is in us. It makes my heart happy to see others giving of their time, money and talents to serve others.

I think about the folks volunteering to help with the many events our community puts together. Whether it be a parade, festival or Breakfast with Santa, there are folks giving up their time at home to make these things possible. Of course there are those folks that give their time to the Food Bank to help feed others or distribute warm coats to some of the kids in our community. Again, they put others before themselves. Those free dinners that are offered at some of our local churches, well no one is getting paid to do those things. Those folks are giving up their time and often their money to feed others and spread some joy throughout our town.

Many of these folks are thanked but unfortunately some are not. Some helpers may go unnoticed although I can bet they aren’t volunteering for the accolades. Either way, I think it is our duty to tell them thank you for the gifts they offer our community regardless if we are the beneficiaries of their time. My community (and yours) is a better place because of all these people. Your community (and mine) is better for those who give up their hard earned money to buy food, coats or supplies so that others may enjoy them. They climb in that Santa seat year after year because it brings joy to children and adults in this community or ring the bell for the Salvation Army because it’s the right thing to do.

These are the people I am proud to know. They take part in making things better for our community, they take part in the solution and not the problem. You’ll rarely find them bashing others because they don’t agree but lifting others up regardless of their differences.

It is my wish that as you read this you know which category you belong to. Are you lifting others up or tearing them down? Are you helping out with things around town or encouraging those who do? And if not, what is holding you back? It’s not always easy, I can promise you that but the reward is worth it. The reward is seeing the smiles on others faces or knowing they have something to eat this evening. The reward is knowing you helped with something that brought a few more tax dollars to our community or confirmed the innocent belief in Santa Clause for a child. The reward is knowing that when someone sits down to Thanksgiving dinner they will count you on their list of blessings.

I can tell you that personally my list of blessings has a whole lot of names on it. Names that run through my head at various times, faces I see at events or walking down the streets. My cup runneth over, what’s in my cup may not be perfect but I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Don’t Forget: Be Kind. Be Heard. Be Local.

Felisha Crawford,
Executive Director

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Thank You

I just don’t know if a person can say thank you enough. I bet I have said thank you a million times over the past few weeks while planning and being at the Cotton Festival & Chili Cook Off. Thank you to those who help plan, those who work, those who entered and those who attended. It takes an army of people to put together events like this one and I often find a lot of familiar faces in that process. Saying thank you to all these folks is something I just don’t think I can say enough.

So yes, I’m going to be brave and attempt to list all those people that had a specific job to do last Saturday or leading up to it. Each thing these people did helped to ensure that our festival was a success and everyone who attended enjoyed their time.

Our planning committee is where I will start, Thank You to Michelle Green, Shane Kendrix, Tiffany Bagwell, Kent Smith and Ben Crawford. Then there is the Trade Day & Downtown Market crew who take a load off of my shoulders by handling that whole section of the Courthouse lawn… Thank you to Jay & Katherine Sharp and their children work so hard to bring us good food and good vendors. Without Gilbert Nuncio and Gwenna Prescott delivering folks to Tillman Producers Gin, Brandon Winters and Brandon Varner couldn’t show them the ins and outs of the gin. The Van der Laan family always makes sure we have a pretty little dairy cow to help declare our winner in Cow Patty Bingo and Sweet Caroline did her job well this year. Of course I have to thank all of our chili cook off teams, we’d be awfully hungry if it weren’t for them! So thank you to the Frederick Fire Department (Champs & People’s Choice Award winners), BancFirst (1st Runner Up), 2nd Wind Chili (2nd Runner Up), 183 Flat Country Store, Denver Olsen, First Baptist Church, Kole & Kinzer Barnett, Maria Olivas and SW Ag Services. Thank you also to those four folks who judged our contest, I’ll let you remain anonymous!

Now to all those who helped make our Little Miss Cotton Boll and Maid of Cotton pageants happen. Tiffany Bagwell makes my life easier, period and I am so thankful for that. All those precious little girls and their parents as well as support system make it worth the work each and every year. This is my second year at the Chamber but my 5th year helping with the pageant, I enjoy it so much. Cacy Caldwell and Amie Jensen took on the task of getting all the numbers straight in a hurry and Vinson Orr saved us by running the sound system. He is like my guardian angel, always there when I need help. Add in some donations from Bagwell Crop Insurance, Box Inc, Pinky’s Flowers & Gifts and Tillman Producers Coop with some love from our emcee Miss Frederick Logan Coleman and you had one heck of a show.

Remember all those tables and chairs we used? You can thank Gary Tyler at the Great Plains Technology Center and the Tillman County Historical Society for those. Gam Arumagum and crew with the City of Frederick made sure we had trash cans and traffic cones to keep things orderly on the Courthouse lawn that the County Commissioners allow us to use. Thanks to all of those guys for chipping in.

Lastly, I’d like to say another thank you to Ryan Ade, John Amyx, James Heap, Shannon Vanderburgh, Eddie Whitworth, Cacy Caldwell, Ben Crawford and Delia Crawford for helping keep things straight Saturday in the money and supplies department. They manned the Chamber booth and did their very best to keep things rolling along smoothly. Saturday was a group effort of epic proportions and I’m proud to say this is something the Frederick Chamber of Commerce does well.

We ended our evening at the 2nd Annual Big Pasture Classic Ranch Rodeo which was a resounding success. So hat’s off and thank you to Ethan Treadwell and the Tri-County Cattleman’s Association… you all did an amazing job of putting together a great event.

Don’t forget: Be Kind. Be Heard. Be Local.

Felisha Crawford, Executive Director

Cotton Festival & Chili Cook Off

There are so many great activities coming up in Frederick that I cannot remember them all, I have had to make myself a small cheat sheet to keep in my pocket so I can answer questions correctly when asked. This is such a great problem to have! So let me quickly tell you about a couple of them coming up within the week.

Dr. Hyunsoon Whang will perform a piano recital in the Ramona Theatre Friday, Nov 3 at 7 pm. Dr. Whang has performed around the world as well as accumulating many awards and achievements for her music. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a beautiful performance as well as help broaden our horizons. Admission is donation only for the concert. For the VIP seating, dinner and concert, call Bobby Jackson 580-305-7447 or Cacy Caldwell 580-335-1499 with the Frederick Arts & Humanities Council.

Also let me remind you about the upcoming Cotton Festival November 4. The Chili Cook Off starts at 11 am until we run out, usually before 1 pm; the duo I, the Undersigned will take the stage at noon; a tour of the Tillman Producers Cotton Gin start at noon; Little Miss Cotton Boll & Maid of Cotton Pageants will be at 1 pm, Chili Cook Off as well as Trade Day & Downtown Market. All events will take place on the Courthouse Square and surrounding area.

Registration for Chili Cook Off teams is still open and is $30, you can find forms at the Chamber office or online at www.frederickokchamber.org. Over $1,500 in cash will be given away to the winner, 1st & 2nd places as well as People’s Choice award winner. Tickets to sample and get a bowl of your favorite are $7 and available from the pageant contestants.

Questions? For the chili cook off please contact Shane Kendrix at 580-335-1456 or the Chamber of Commerce at 580-335-2126 or frederickcc@pldi.net, for Trade Day & Downtown Market contact Jay Sharp at 580-335-7847.

The Big Pasture Ranch Rodeo will be back for a second year at the Tillman County Rodeo Arena south of the Fairgrounds. The Ranch Rodeo begins at 5 pm with other activities taking place throughout the day. Admission is one canned food item for the Tillman County Food Bank or a toy for the local Toys for Tots program. If you have any questions give Ethan Treadwell a call at 580-335-1013.

The always popular Rotary Mexican dinner will be Monday, November 6 from 5-7 pm in the Prather Brown Cafeteria. Tickets are $7 and available from Rotarians or at the door. Do not miss out on this delicious food for a good cause!

Tuesday, November 7 from 4-7pm will be the ever popular Girls On Main event. This is an evening filled with food, fun and shopping around Frederick. Several local retailers will come together to help ladies get some shopping done, enjoy some refreshments, visit with friends and have a chance at $100 in Chamber Bucks. Look for the posters around town or head to Facebook for a list of retailers on our Girls On Main event page, pick a starting place and have some fun!

Don’t forget: Be Kind. Be Heard. Be Local.

Felisha Crawford, Executive Director

So Much To Do

Coming up October 28 the next installation of the WWII Airborne Demonstration Team Jump School and Open Hangar Day is happening. This will be the second year for the October Jump School. In years past they had Jump School and Open Hangar Day in January and July however if you don’t already know this…it’s really cold in January. So cold in fact that 70 year old girls like Boogie Baby or Wild Kat don’t like to fly as much and parachutist don’t exactly like jumping into the sky that is a lot colder a few thousand feet up. Makes sense to me.

So now we will have festivities in October as well as July. Jump School will be October 21-28 ending with Open Hangar Day on the 28th from 8 am to 2 pm. Everyone is invited out to visit with the team members, look around the Hangar and heck, visit with each other.

There is also another opportunity I’d like to tell you about. In addition to being an attendee of Open Hangar Day you can become a member of the Ground Crew. For $50 per year you can help support the Team without jumping out of an airplane. Or for $10/month you can become a member of the Ground Crew and provide a little more support to the team for maintenance and other activities. The monthly plan can be deducted right out of your checking account. Stop by the Chamber office and I will get you all taken care of.

I also want to remind you about the 10th Annual Cotton Festival & Chili Cook Off on November 4. The chili cook off awarded over $1,550 in cash last year This year’s cook off is on schedule to do the same. If you think you have the winning chili consider entering, the registration fee is $30. You supply the chili and an extension cord and we’ve got the rest. Chili will be served starting at 11 am until 1 pm or we run out.

The pageants will begin at 1 pm with the Little Miss Cotton Boll which includes girls in grades 1-3. The ten young ladies competing are: Harley Dunlap, Addilyn Newton, Jaida Norris, Tambri Smith, Alina Burleson, Taijah Hankieson, Liana Garza, Aspen Russell, Zoee Tyler and Kaleigh Nichols. The eight young ladies in grades 4-6 competing in the Maid of Cotton are Ellie Ade, Kamille Garza, Amery Newton, Karli Olsen, Timber Mefford, Jada Munro, Brailee Munro and Delaney McIntyre. These young ladies are also selling Chili Cook off tickets. Tickets are $7 each and provide you with a sample of each chili and a bowl of the chili you choose as your favorite. This also helps determine the People Choice winner of the Chili Cook Off.

Another fun feature of the Cotton Festival is Cow Patty Bingo. Eric Van der Laan brings one of the bovine beauties from Van der Laan dairy into town to do her “business”. Whoever’s square her “business” lands on is the winner. Tickets are on sale from Chamber board members for $5 each or 5/$20. The winner will receive $200 in Chamber bucks.

A free tour of Tillman Producers Coop Gin will depart at noon from the intersection of 9th & Floral Ave. Transportation is provided and those wishing to attend should sign up at the Chamber booth on the west side of the Courthouse. Entertainment will be from 11 am – 1pm and will feature I, the Undersigned from Weatherford OK. All events will be held on the Tillman County Courthouse square.

Trade Day & Downtown Market will make a journey one block north to coincide with the Cotton Festival. All of the craft vendors, specialty item sales and food vendors you’ve come to love including a few more will be there. In addition, Trade Day will feature a Car Show with all proceeds benefiting the Tillman County Food Bank.

If you’d like to enter the chili cook off please contact Shane Kendrix at 580-335-1456 or the Chamber of Commerce at 580-335-2126 or frederickcc@pldi.net, for Trade Day & Downtown Market contact Jay Sharp at 580-335-7847 or Erika Martinez at 580-305-2389.

The Big Pasture Ranch Rodeo will be back for a second year at the Tillman County Rodeo Arena south of the Fairgrounds. The Ranch Rodeo begins at 5 pm with other activities taking place throughout the day. Admission is one canned food item for the Tillman County Food Bank or a toy for the local Toys for Tots program. If you have any questions give Ethan Treadwell a call at 580-335-1013.

Join us on Saturday November 4th for a day you won’t forget!

Don’t forget: Be Kind. Be Heard. Be Local.

Felisha Crawford, Executive Director

Issue Alert!

Just last week I posted something on Facebook on behalf of the Frederick Memorial Nursing Home. The contents of that I’ll get to in just a few lines but first I need to pause so we can all laugh for a minute.

The header for the post was “Issue Alert” along with a plea to take action. I wrote it, added the information and posted it. A few minutes later I looked at it and laughed, for a while. Isn’t every post we put on Facebook or any social media really just an “issue alert”? It’s not always a bad issue but still, it is what it is. I hope this strikes you as funny as it did me, if not, then you are probably rolling your eyes thinking about the “issue alert” you could post about the crazy Chamber lady. Either way, be kind with your “issue alerts” today and every day.

Now back to the serious stuff. The information I received from MNC is regarding the Legislative special session and what cuts might be issued in order to fill the gap in the state budget crisis. Yes, it is a crisis. These cuts affect many things throughout the state, not all cuts will affect each and every one of us but as citizens of this state, we must be aware of them all.

The one sent to me is regarding Medicaid cuts. It is feared that “the OK Health Care Authority is preparing to slash funding for Medicaid programs and providers by 9 percent, beginning December 1, 2017”. This is a response to the failure to fully fund health care services in Oklahoma. This cut would further hurt our very own facility in Frederick as well as hundreds across the state in addition to a variety of other healthcare providers even those at Frederick Memorial Clinic.

The letter goes on to say that so far Oklahoma nursing homes have been cut $93M annually with 116 nursing facilities in Oklahoma closing. This additional 9 percent could potentially cause the closure of half those remaining in the state. I don’t know about you but we cannot take anymore blows to healthcare in Frederick Oklahoma. We have too many good people working hard to resurrect services while sustaining others, I do not want their hard work to be in vain because our state cannot fund vital services.

If you have paid any bit of attention to the news lately you will know that healthcare is not the only vital service being beat up by the state budget failure. It is our duty as voters and citizens of this state to speak out for or against those things that are necessary. It is our duty to reach out to our elected officials and let them know our wishes as their constituents. Just posting “issue alerts” on social media is not enough. They may be fighting for the same things we are but if they can argue that x-number of voters called their office to express an interest, it might sway an official from another district. Action speaks so much louder than the typed word.

I encourage us all to take part in the system that was set up so many hundreds of years ago to represent us all. It is our homes, our education and our future that are at stake.

Don’t forget: Be Kind. Be Heard. Be Local.

Felisha Crawford, Executive Director