Our membership is composed of individuals committed to supporting our local business community. At a minimum, these individuals attend monthly meetings and special events throughout the year. Some join special committees and even fewer lead these committees or our members, serving as Officers on our Board of Directors. Each year, we honor the service of members who, out of the goodness of their heart and their love of our community, do so much more.
Please join us in honoring the achievements of two long-time chamber members and officers:
Virginia Sasser of Sasser & Co. Antiques and
Dustin Bledsoe of Payne County Bank
Thank you both on behalf of the chamber, our local business industry and our community.
They say that when you experience success, it is your responsibility to send the elevator back down for others. Because of the example and mentorship of members like Virginia and Dustin, we have a team of new leadership eager to continue their good work in our community.
With that, I introduce to you, your new 2023 Perkins Community Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors:
President - Terrill Story, Hey Sister Boutique
1st Vice President - Mark Wilson, EQ World USA
2nd Vice President - Kyle Brandon, Rustic Wraps
Secretary - Carissa Weitman, Wandering Brew
Treasurer - Leah Smith, Payne County Bank
Economic Development - Craig Nichols, Stillwater Martial Arts
Tourism - Casey Martin, Farmers Insurance
Historic Preservation - Cassie Wilson, Realtor & Partners in Education
Ex Officio - Chris Petermann, Payne County Bank
We are excited to be joined by many non-chamber members this evening as we honor the nominees and winners of six prestigious community awards. It’s important to note that all nominations come from your neighbors - the chamber members in our community. Someone, somewhere saw the good that you do… and was inspired enough to take the time to nominate you for an award this evening… and you probably had no idea anyone was even watching!
Congratulations to all of our nominees - and thank you for the good that you do, when you think no one is watching.
The Delmar Niles Community Service Award recognizes a chamber member who has shown dedication and commitment through years of community service. The nominees for the 2022 Delmar Niles Community Service Award are:
The Sherri Gordon Community Service Award recognizes a citizen of Perkins who contributes to the betterment of our community. The nominees for the 2022 Sherri Gordon Community Service Award are:
The Best New Business Award recognizes a local business that has significantly impacted and improved our community in a short amount of time (opened within the last calendar year). The nominees for our 2022 Best New Business are:
Oak Park Retreat Center**
The Best Existing Business Award recognizes a local business that has contributed to the betterment of our community for many years. The nominees for our 2022 Best New Business award are:
Payne County Stockyards
The Best Organization Award recognizes a local organization that has significantly impacted and improved our community over the past year. The nominees for our 2022 Best Organization award are:
Oak Park Retreat Center**
Our Daily Bread
Partners in Education
Perkins Church of Christ
The Citizen of the Year Award recognizes a community member who has made an outstanding commitment or contribution to the Perkins community. The nominees for our 2022 Citizen of the Year award are:
Max & Diann Rudd**
If you are interested in being part of the change you want to see in Perkins, our membership is open to all area businesses, as well as individuals. Your manpower, ideas, and resources are welcome here.