South Grand Chamber year in Review
The South Grand Lake Area Chamber of Commerce just completed one of the most successful years in the history of the 40 plus year old organization. As in the past, the three major events hosted by the chamber, the Bootleggers Ball, the Grand Lake Open Golf Tournament and the legendary Hook n’ Cook-Off were extremely successful. The chamber also embraced important lake issues and continued the distribution of a book dedicated to the history of Grand Lake: The Crown Jewel of Oklahoma.
The book project was collaboration between the organization and Micki Weeks, the widow of the late Jim Weeks, who authored a book on the miraculous history surrounding Grand Lake. The book was initially introduced at the 2014 Tulsa Boat, Sport & Travel Show. The hard-back covered coffee table style book has been a hot item with Grand Lakers and was/is priced at $50.00. There are still a few copies remaining and available for sale. Contact the chamber office at 918-782-3214 to claim one of the few remaining copies.
Two major issues the chamber embraced during 2015 included supporting the Grand River Dam Authority in restoring Grand Lake’s off-season lake level to a safer level and the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the completion of the Pensacola Dam.
Chamber executive direct Rusty Fleming said, “The annual draw-down of Grand Lake had been festering for years and to finally achieve some relief is a grand accomplishment and we salute the GRDA for responding to a large majority of lake users on this issue. We take pride in knowing we were instrumental in recruiting other organizations and communities to support this measure.”
Fleming added, “Although the current relief granted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is being called temporary, we think the end is in sight for a permenant solution.”
The Grand River Dam Authority has long been an important part of the economy of northeastern Oklahoma as it has grown to a 500 million dollar company which employees nearly 550 people in above average paying jobs in the area. This success has enabled the authority to provide the services and support which includes public safety, permitting and closely monitoring water quality which is such an important asset to Grand Lake.
According to Fleming, the chamber considers the GRDA an equal business partner in gowning the economy of the Grand Lake area and the chamber was delighted to be a partner in the 75th anniversary celebration with activities included in August and October.
During the weekend of August 7th, activities included Cake & Ice Cream compliments of the authority on Friday night, a concert on the water featuring six bands, a Boat Parade, Wakeboard & Ski, Demonstration, and Rock Crawler Event. In October, a by invitation formal dinner was held inside the historic Pensacola Dam with several VIP speakers, including the Oklahoma Speaker of the House, Jeff Hickman
As good as 2015 was, 2016 even looks better. The chamber has established dates for their three major project fund-raisers with the Bootlegger’s Ball set for April 2nd, the Hook n’ Cook-Off set for June 11th and the Grand Lake Open Golf Tournament set for September 26th at Shangri-La Resort. For additional information, visit the chambers web site at www.southgrandlakechamber.comor contact them via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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South Grand & Duck Creek - Nestled in the lush green rolling hills of Northeastern Oklahoma at the southern end of Grand Lake are Langley, Ketchum, Disney, Duck Creek, Cleora and Bernice. South Grand You can find a wide array of businesses from quaint little retail shops, get a way cabins, golf courses, marinas, dining and more. Many are specialists in pampering both you and your family. Need more extreme outdoor adventure? The three major spillways below Pensacola Dam have become a well-known Rock Crawling spot offering all types of terrain from “mild to wild” hosting some of the most extreme rock crawling in the country. For those who are into trail riding, several trails leading through the woods range from casual single track through the trees, muddy swamp areas to nasty loose hill climbs. Enjoy rock crawling any time of the year and don’t forget to check out the numerous competitive events held during the year. During the summer take a leisurely lakeshore boat cruise and you find some of the most luxurious real estate ranging from private homes to condominiums. While taking your cruise you will surely see families and friends gathered to enjoy all that lake side living offers, from playing in the water to playing on shore, relaxing in boats and along the shoreline. Folks of all ages as well as every make and manner of watercraft slowly cruise through these lake coves. When the mood strikes or the docking space becomes available, the boat bumpers are tied on and the party begins. In Dripping Springs watch the fearless cliff-jumpers take on the thrill of diving into 50-foot water from the 60-foot cliff and cheer their courage.
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