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April 25, 2014

Bowen gets top honor at Comanche Chamber banquet

COMANCHE — The food was served and winners were announced Thursday evening at the Comanche Chamber of Commerce Banquet.

The big winner of the evening was Betty Bowen, who won Chamber Member of the Year. Bowen was recently voted to be the new vice president of the chamber, and will begin her term in June.

“She has always helped with activities in the Chamber,” Bruce Akins, outgoing president of the Comanche Chamber, said. “She has been a spokesperson for many events and has been a part of this chamber for many years.”

Jeanne McGowan and Pam Dobbins won the Community Service Award, beating out incoming president of the Comanche Chamber of Commerce Trent Young for the title.

The Community Improvement Award this year went to Comanche Public Schools for the building of a fitness center.

“We want the Community Improvement Award to go to an organization that has improved the quality of business and life for Comanche,” Akins said.

The Free Enterprise Award was earned by Ryan Woody, the new owner of Thompson Pharmacy in Comanche.

At the end of the night, Bruce Akins passed the gavel to the new officers of the Comanche Chamber of Commerce: President Trent Young, Vice President Betty Bowen, Secretary Lisa Padgett and Treasurer Janice Walker.

Chuckwagon BBQ out of Velma filled the night with food and local country group Cowboys at Heart served as entertainment for the evening.

Door prizes, including gift cards, harmonicas, flower arrangements and books were given out as well.

Bob Waitman, originally scheduled to be the keynote speaker for the evening, was unable to attend as he was taken to the hospital the night before in regards to a bladder infection.

Overall, Akins said the night is a way to improve the community.

“This is all about community spirit,” he said. “We want to promote Comanche businesses by having informal meetings and asking people what the chamber can do to improve this town.”

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