Each meeting the Chamber recognized two of our member-businesses as the Business of the Month. These businesses are asked to provide a small write-up / summary of there business, which is featured in our newsletter, on the Website, and on the Chamber's Facebook page.
Resilient Payne County: (Non-Profit/501-C3)
Resilient Payne County (RPC) is an organization of volunteers, professionals, educators, business owners, agency personnel, policymakers and parents who are passionate about preventing childhood adversity and building resilience. The resilience movement began on April 4, 2017 when approximately 100 plus viewed the Documentary Resilience: The Biology of Stress & Science of Hope sponsored by seven hope-based non-profit agencies including United Way of Payne County and OSU Center for Family Resilience. The initial organizational meeting was in June 2017 with seventy community volunteers. We became the non-profit RPC in July 2019. Our goal is to share information, exchange ideas, learn and work collaboratively across our county to raise awareness about adverse childhood experience and develop solutions that support trauma-responsive and resilience-building practices in our county. We want to increase the capacity to create a compassionate and resilient county where all children and families thrive. We have a number of committees that community volunteers serve including Policy, Health, Education, Law Enforcement/Judicial, Youth, Helping Hands and Early Childhood. More information please see our website www.resilientpaynecounty.org .
Board Members: Dr. Carolynn MacAllister, President; Sheri Carter President-Elect; Lowell Barto, Treasurer; Faith Sarver, Secretary; Denise Weaver; Terry Carpenter; Martha Higgins; Justin Hoenshell; Kelsey Proctor; Kelli Rader; Missy Sorrentino; Kira Frisby; Caryl Talley; Wendy Taylor; Cathy Walker; Dr. Gay Washington
To be a trauma informed community, a community needs to collaborate with all sectors of our community - counseling centers, schools, policy makers, police, non-profits, judicial, education, health professionals, business and community groups. To move from a trauma-affected community to a resilient, healing and healthy community where children and families can thrive takes a culture change. RPC knew we had to do it in grassroots, community-oriented way.
Building community resilience in Payne County, Oklahoma and America where children are exposed to a wide range of adverse childhood experiences – including abuse, neglect, domestic violence, drug/alcohol addiction, mental illness or parental divorce but also includes adverse community environments, such as lack of opportunity, limited economic mobility, the associated effects of poverty- joblessness and homelessness. Together - adverse childhood experiences and adverse community environments are the “Pair of ACEs.” Here in Ok and Payne County where 22 percent of children have experienced 4 or more ACEs, we need all community members in Payne County to be aware of how each person in the community can make a difference.
Lucas Grounds State Farm:
Lucas Grounds State Farm was established in March of 2015. Our entire team is rooted here in Stillwater and we pride ourselves in each member being involved in this community we call home. We hold a standard of providing exceptional service for all interactions, and take great satisfaction in knowing we offer products from the number one home and auto insurer in the country. We very recently moved to our new location at 2121 W 6th Ave here in Stillwater, Oklahoma and would love to show you around. Come see us!