The Duncan Banner
It was the Comanche Chamber of Commerce’s turn to recognize those in its community who have made an impact on the city during the last year.
The Chamber held its annual banquet Tuesday night at the Asbury Complex and gave out four awards to outstanding volunteers and businesses in Comanche. This year’s Chamber Member of the Year was given to Beverly Clark.
“The winner of this award this year is just a saint and she helps out in so many ways,” said Trent Young, 2012-13 chamber vice president. “She heads up the Miss Comanche pageant every year and I don’t know how that would get done without her.”
Comanche’s Community Improvement Award went to Headrick Insurance and Tom Headrick accepted the award. Young said the business had put much time into making its building look nice and the employees still found plenty of time to help in the community.
Don Strange received the Community Service Award, a recognition Young said was long overdue to give.
“He is very involved and in multiple ways,” he said. “He has an endless amount of energy and is a big help with the Christmas parade each year.”
Finally, the Free Enterprise Award was given to Greg Clinkenbeard and Trey Clinkenbeard, owners of Delbert Supermarket. The business has expanded over the last year and Young said both men have a heart for the community.
Miss Comanche 2013 Chyan Houston handed out the awards throughout the evening and the meal, catered by Chuckwagon in Velma, was served by Comanche FFA members.
Installation of new officers also took place and are Bruce Akins, president; Dell Farris, vice president; Betty Bowen, secretary; and Janice Walker, treasurer.
Another highlight to the evening was guest speaker State Senator Josh Brecheen, who represents District 6. Brecheen owns a motivational speaking business and has provided inspirational presentations to thousands of people across the nation.
A graduate of Oklahoma State University and former Oklahoma FFA Association state president, the senator kept away from politic talk for the most part. Instead, he pushed for everyone in the audience to take a look at how the live their life.
“Remember the things that inspired you as a young person,” he said.
“You were going to be somebody and live a great adventure. What happens to us as we get in the mundane of life is we get lazy. We need to challenge ourselves.”
Akins finished off the evening by letting those in Comanche know that challenges and changes for the good of the community were what he and the Chamber are looking forward to in the next year.
“It’s a new era and things are happening here in Comanche,” he said. “We’re blessed and we’re not through yet.”