March 2020 Newsletter
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Hundreds Converge in Enid for Northwest District Livestock Show
The 86 th Annual Northwest District Junior Livestock Show is the biggest secret in Enid to anyone outside of the agricultural community. This week-long event brings hundreds of exhibitors and their families to town. This year 835 exhibitors are registered with over 2,300 animals entered.
“After months of feeding, grooming and working with their animal project, these students are ready to enter the show ring in Enid with the hope of walking out with a blue ribbon in hand,” said Jennifer Kisling, NWDJLS General Superintendent.
The show is open to the public and free to watch. “I encourage everyone to come out and support our area’s students as they compete,” said Kisling. “Even if you don’t know anything about the livestock industry, this is an opportunity to see some of the best and brightest youth in our area. The level of responsibility and respect in these students is unmatched. It’s fun to watch.”
Show Schedule
Wednesday, March 4: Cattle
Thursday, March 5: Sheep
Friday, March 6: Goat
Saturday, March 7: Swine Gilt
Sunday, March 8: Swine Barrow

Premium Sale and Dinner
Monday, March 9 at 5:30PM

For more information, check out the Livestock Show website and Facebook page !
Chamber Networking Event
~ Tuesday, March 3 at 12:00PM ~

1909 W Owen K Garriott Rd.


If you're interested in hosting a Business After Hours or Business Spotlight @ Lunch,
please contact Kalea Stafford at (580) 237-2494 or kalea@enidchamber.com.
Enid Day at the Capitol
The 13th Annual Enid Day at the Capitol was held on February 25. Over 60 Enid business and school leaders attended and helped host the event. Representatives from the Enid Chamber, ERDA, and the City of Enid participated in the networking breakfast along with officials from Enid Public Schools, Autry Technology Center and Enid's college campuses. Also attending were members of Leadership Greater Enid Class 29. Special thanks to Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell, Senate Pro-Tempore Greg Treat, Senator Roland Pederson and State Representatives Chad Caldwell and Denise Crosswhite-Hader for speaking to our Enid group. The primary discussion topics were education, healthcare and Oklahoma branding. We appreciate our legislators’ participation and support.

  Net Taxable Sales for Enid

December:

2018                  
$74,232,870
   
2019
$68,774,331

-7.35%
Calendar Year to Date:

2018                   
$856,499,922

2019
$810,827,240

-5.33%
Consider Contributing to Enlisted Military Appreciation Night
Vance Air Force Base (VAFB) has a tremendous impact on Enid’s economy. A large part of the base’s population consists of enlisted personnel. On Saturday, April 25th, 2020 the Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee will host this group for Enlisted Appreciation Night. Recognized by the Air Force as one of the finest displays of appreciation for enlisted personnel, the event demonstrates commitment and support for VAFB and helps acquaint military personnel with the Enid business community.  
If you would like to contribute or have any questions, please contact Kalea at 580.237.2494 or kalea@enidchamber.com. Businesses contributing cash or prizes will be recognized in our newsletter
and at the event.

Cost of Living Index 2019 Annual Average  

The Cost of Living Index measures relative price levels for consumer goods and services in participating areas. The average for all participating places, both metropolitan and non-metropolitan, equals 100, and each participant's index is read as a percentage of the average for all places. The composite index is based on six components - housing, utilities, grocery items, transportation, health care and miscellaneous goods and services.
Enid's average for 2019: 92.1
After 26 years, Joan Bauer, Chamber Office Manager, has retired. Thank you Joan for your outstanding service to the Enid Chamber, our members and the community! You will be missed.

The Chamber is also pleased to announce
that Brandy Hise has joined the Chamber staff.
Chamber Federal Legislative Trip to Washington D.C. in May
The Enid Chamber's annual federal legislative trip to Washington, D.C. is scheduled for May 11-14, 2020. Meetings at the Pentagon and meetings with our Oklahoma Congressional Delegation are planned. The Enid Chamber and the City of Enid will also host a legislative reception. The Legislative Trip is a great opportunity to support Vance AFB and discuss federal issues that impact Enid and Northwest Oklahoma.
Welcome New Chamber Members!
Children's Hospital Foundation
901 N Lincoln Blvd #305
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Phone: (405) 271-2260
Fax: (405) 271-1175
Website: chfkids.com
Reps: Chelsea Diehl, Vicki Ernst
Business Category: ORGANIZATIONS, HOSPITALS
US Cellular
5503 W. Owen K. Garriott Rd.
Enid, OK 73703
Phone: (580) 242-3200
Website: uscellular.com
Reps: Joe Gipson
Business Category: COMMUNICATIONS,
TELEPHONE COMMUNICATIONS-EQUIPMENT/SERVICE
LGE Class XXVIX Spotlight
GARRETT SHARP
Hometown : Enid, OK
Family: Married to Lauren Sharp 
Occupation/Profession: CPA / Accountant at Collins, Butler & Co., P.C. 
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? No matter what you do in life, give 100% and always treat others the way you want to be treated. 
What qualities do you look for in a leader? 
Courage and integrity to serve and have the ability to empower others around you. 
If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning a medal for? Grilling steaks and/or BBQ. 
Favorite thing about Enid? Small town feel, but plenty big enough to be successful.
RYAN ROYAL
Hometown: Arnett, OK 
Family: Married to my beautiful wife Jessica. We have 3 amazing kiddos, Reese age 11, Jase age 6, and Charli age 3 
Occupation/Profession: Director of Radiology at  INTEGRIS Bass Baptist Health Center , responsible for managing radiology services for the facility, including planning, organizing, staffing, directing and controlling all department activities. Adheres to National Patient Safety Goals as appropriate based on the level of patient contact. 
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? 
Growing up my mother always said, "Treat others as you want to be treated." 
What qualities do you look for in a leader?  A leader truly listens and communicates effectively. 
If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning a medal for? Playing Corn-Hole. My wife and I as a team would be contenders for a medal. 
Favorite thing about Enid? Bigger community with the small town feel.
JENNY OVERTON SMITHSON
Hometown: Minco, OK 
Family: I have been married for 26 years to John Smithson. We have a son-Traber who is a Freshman at OSU and a daughter-Bronte' who is a Senior at Oklahoma Bible Academy.
Occupation/Profession: For the first time since 2004 I am doing one job-I have been both a high school counselor and realtor. Last February I took over as the Broker at  Lippard Realty , and I did not return to school this year. I am very excited to transition into one job! 
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? My grandma told me as a little girl to never date a man I wouldn't want to be my mate. I have always remembered this and have passed it down to my children. 
What qualities do you look for in a leader? A person who empowers those around them, leads by example and is not afraid of doing the thankless tasks.
If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning a medal for? Playing old arcade games. Pac Man, Ms. Pac Man, Centipede, Galaga-you get the picture! 
Favorite thing about Enid? 
I love the variety of cultural activities that Enid has to offer. And being close to Stillwater is bonus;)
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