91ST ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET & MEETING
JANUARY 18, 2018
John D. Neal was the Musical Entertainment for the evening. John is an up-and-coming musician, who was recently employed at Chamber Member Beasley Technology, and currently serves as the Contemporary Worship Coordinator and Youth Director at Chamber Member First United Methodist Church. He is also a frequent guest on HOME with the KUSH girls radio show, on KUSH 1600 AM Radio.
2017 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNERS:
JAMES AND LINDA WASSON
Tammy Wasson, delivering the Lifetime Achievement Award Winners introduction speech (pictured left); 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Winners James and Linda Wasson (pictured left) - Photos submitted by Jim Perry, Cushing Citizen
The 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award winners were James and Linda Wasson. Their daughter, Tammy Wasson (pictured left), introduced the winners to the crowd, and read a terrific speech she wrote about her mom and dad's wonderful life of giving to others and to the Community. The Wassons are truly deserving of this award, and it was such an emotional and beautiful moment!
2017 VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD -
TWO WERE GIVEN OUT TO:
CUSHING POLICE DEPARTMENT
CUSHING FIRE DEPARTMENT
Cushing Police Department received one of the Volunteers of the Year Awards, for their outstanding Volunteer work with the Special Olympics; Safety Alliance of Cushing; helping at all NonProfit Organization Festivals and Events; Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon and Month; and so much more for our community. Accepting the award on behalf of the Cushing Police Department was Police Chief Tully Folden (Pictured Left).
The Cushing Fire Department received the other Volunteer of the Year Award. They also go above and beyond the call of duty with their Volunteerism in our Community. They dedicate a lot of their time with the Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon and Month; Safety Alliance of Cushing; Cushing Chamber Tomorrow's Leaders Committee; The Economic Development Foundation Board of Directors; on several other Board of Directors; help at NonProfit Organization Festivals and Events; and lots more for our Community. Accepting the award on behalf of the Cushing Fire Department was Chief Chris Pixler and Deputy Chief Derek Griffith (pictured right).
2017 SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS:
KUSH 1600 AM RADI0
Top Right Picture:
Joyce Abrams, Sales Rep. & Station Producer; Molly Payne, Station Manager; Mary Kelly, Licensee/SalesRep.; and Jim Wilhelm accept the 2017 Small Business of the Year Award for KUSH 1600 AM Radio.
Top Left Picture: KUSH Radio's Molly Payne unrolling her acceptance speech, because, as she stated: "As my daughter says, I can talk for three hours at a time, so get comfortable, this may be the only acceptance speech I'll ever get to give"! :)
Bottom Picture: KUSH Radio's Joyce Abrams' reaction, and Ms. Mary Kelly's reaction, to Molly's "Speech".
For 65 Years KUSH Radio has been serving the Cushing and surrounding areas by providing up-to-date news, weather, music and entertainment. In spite of peaks and valleys of the economy, changes in the way information is received and disseminated - and even personal tragedy, KUSH has continued to be a viable and important asset to the community. They have a weekday morning show, HOME with the KUSH girls, which has evolved into a well-known platform for local information. From Business Owners, to City Leaders, to students and musicians - everyone is welcome on air with their stories and talents. They have even had Billy Corgan with the Smashing Pumpkins on, and are now in the pursuit of trying to book Willie Nelson for the morning show. They do LIVE location remotes; extremely involved in Chamber activities and committees; and have, for many years, had the Executive Director for the Cushing Chamber on every Tuesday Morning from 8 am - 9 am, to talk about all things going on in the Chamber. This is an invaluable resource for the your Chamber. They encourage their team members to be a part of the community it serves, through involvement in civic organizations, volunteering at events, etc., as well as passing along information to its listeners and readers. These reasons, among many others, is why KUSH 1600 AM Radio received the first of its kind, the Small Business of the Year Award for 2017.
LARGE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNER:
Pictured left: Scott Clark,Enbridge Mid Continent Region Director, accepting the award on behalf of Enbridge Energy. (Picture submitted by Jim Perry, Cushing Citizen)
Pictured right: Cushing Chamber Executive Director Tracy Caulfield with Scott Clark, Enbridge Mid Continent Region Director, with 2017 Large Business of the Year Award for Enbridge.
"Thomas Wolfe's novel
You Can't Go Home Again doesn't ring true for Enbridge Mid Continent Region Director Scott Clark. Clark, who returned to Cushing, Oklahoma after moving away 22 years ago, took center stage at a recent Cushing Chamber of Commerce and Industry Awards Banquet, where Enbridge was presented with the award for Large Business of the Year.
Enbridge was recognized for its strong commitment to the local community, including volunteer efforts of employees, sponsorships of events, and grant programs that provide funds for various community projects, including equipment and training for first responders. "It's great to see Enbridge and its employees involved in so many things in Cushing," Clark told the crowd of over 200 attending the awards dinner. "There are good, hard working people in Cushing and I'm proud of Enbridge's efforts to be a recognized partner in the community."
One of the most recent and successful events in Cushing was the United Way Black Cat Open golf tournament which Clark pushed for until it became a reality in October 2017. That event alone raised nearly $12,000 for the local United Way. Enbridge was recognized for its indigenous outreach in Oklahoma and sponsors the Native American Heritage Day Festival in Cushing each year. Enbridge sponsors numerous other local organizations, including the Special Olympics of Oklahoma, Cushing Regional Hospital Foundation, Cushing Pride, and the American Legion Post 108. Employees have volunteered time serving on local boards and commissions, community clean-up projects and other activities to make Cushing an even better place to live.
They are also very active in the Cushing Chamber of Commerce, whether it be through sponsorships for events/Festivals/Programs, and through the Board of Directors, where Brent Rush, Community Engagement Adviser, Mid Continent Region, is currently the VP of Finance on the Volunteer-Based Board of Directors for the Cushing Chamber, they are always able to be a solid supporter of the Cushing Chamber and its Mission.
2017 OUTGOING BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Pictured Left: 2017 Pres. Dana Jones, handing Outgoing Board Member Larry Brewer, Matrix Services his appreciation award. Pictured Right: 2017 Pres. Dana Jones, handing Outgoing Board Member Jody Cundiff, NGL her appreciation award.
Pictured left: 2017 Pres. Dana Jones, handing Outgoing Board Member Heather Brennan, Central Technology Center, Her appreciation award, and sharing a laugh! Pictured Right: 2017 Pres. Dana Jones, handing Outgoing Board Member Giakob Beasley, Beasley Technology, his appreciation Award.
PASSING OF THE GAVEL
2018 President of Board of Directors Kerri Marks, Amedisys, giving 2017 President of Board of Directors Dana Jones, Mullins Salvage/The Hose House, her Presidental Gavel Award, thanking her for her service as 2017 President of the Board of Directors.
2018 PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS,
KERRI MARKS, AMEDYSIS
2018 President Kerri Marks is excited for this year. She plans to take to the Board of Directors ideas to have a Senior Health Fair; Friday Friends of the Chamber through Facebook videos; bring back Quarterly Women in Business Luncheons; and more great ideas. Her theme for this year is "For a Healthy Community..We can together!"