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NEWS & EVENTS
Announcement about 'Boo on the Bricks'
The Oct. 31 event "Boo on the Bricks" held in downtown Pauls Valley has been canceled this year due to Coronavirus concerns, according to the Pauls Valley Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber consulted with leaders in the business community, area schools and city officials to determine that the event did not ensure safety for children or the adults who would pack the downtown streets for the annual Halloween event.
Instead, the Chamber encourages children's parents and residents to determine what's best for participation in the holiday involving trick-or-treating based on familiarity and safety in their own neighborhoods.
Bidding Farewell to Chamber President Wing
Sherri Wing, president and CEO of the Pauls Valley Chamber of Commerce, has stepped down from the position she has held for seven years to pursue a new career opportunity.
Wing’s last day is Oct. 3, and her last act will be her participation with a team to run the Pockets of Progress citywide clean-up in Pauls Valley.
The executive board expresses regret of her departure and appreciation for her diligent work to ensure the vitality of businesses and organizations in Pauls Valley.
“The Chamber Board members are saddened that we’ll be losing Sherri,” says Connie Upton, chair of the board. “She has been a tireless leader who always kept Pauls Valley’s best interest as a priority in everything the Chamber does.”
Wing, a native of Foster, OK, was appointed to the Chamber position in 2013. During her time with the Chamber, she revamped the annual Chamber Celebration, led in improvements of the Chamber conference room, moved the Chamber to an active internet and social media presence, led “Small Business Saturday” promotions, assisted with the annual Garvin County Job Connection fair, and managed the Chamber’s budget in the black each year, not counting Covid-19’s impact on the fiscal 2019-20 year.
Each year, she oversaw major projects including publication of the annual Community Guide and Business Directory; supporting the Chamber members; representing the city in local, regional and state entities; and planning and operations with others to produce numerous events such as the Okie Noodling Festival, BrickFest, the annual Chamber Celebration Banquet, Field’s Pie Day at the State Capitol, Boo on the Bricks, and Legislative forums.
In 2019, Wing in partnership with the City of Pauls Valley and others won the coveted Oklahoma Travel Industry Associatoin (OTIA) Red Bud Award for “Outstanding Event of the Year” and “Best Overall Marketing Campaign” because of the production of the popular Okie Noodling Festival. A year earlier, Wing was part of a team that won the Red Bud Award for “Best Partnership” for the festival.
This year, the Pockets of Progress effort is nominated for two awards from the Keep Oklahoma Beautiful because of her and her team’s efforts in the inaugural event in 2019. Additionally, she guided the Chamber to become a source of information for Small Business Administration and PPE loans to help sustain businesses during the Covid pandemic.
Wing is certified with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and holds an Institute for Organization Management (IOM) certification. She also serves on the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Executive (OCCE) Board of Directors, and is the in-coming chair for 2021. She has served on the OCCE Board of directors since 2016. In 2015, she was named “New Executive of the Year” by OCCE.
The board has begun a search process to name her successor for the 230-member business association. For more information, visit www.paulsvalleychamber.com. The Chamber office will operate with limited hours until her replacement is named.
NEW MEMBERS & RIBBON CUTTINGS
Covercraft Lends Help to Healthcare Workers
Covercraft Industries is lending its manufacturing and engineering capacity to quickly expand production of urgently needed Personal Protective Equipment, mainly gowns and masks, for healthcare workers and first responders fighting the Coronavirus pandemic.
“Covercraft’s expertise in working with non-woven specialty fabrics has allowed us to pivot our operations in the USA from crafting car covers, seat covers, and windshield sunscreens to helping provide hospitals and first responders with personal protective equipment incredibly fast”, says Clay Callan, President and COO of Covercraft Industries.
“Orders will begin shipping today and we have capacity to potentially build hundreds of thousands of units. As an industry leader in the product categories we manufacture, we felt it was our duty to step in and help our country in this time of need,” adds Callan.
Groups or organizations in need of these PPE products should contact Covercraft by calling (405)367-8930 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Field's Pies Featured
KWTV News 9 Oklahoma City features the delectable production that happens at Field's Pies, Pauls Valley. View the Nov. 21, 2019, feature here:
Celebrating Pauls Valley...