The Duncan Banner

September 6, 2013

Chamber chairman Shaffer: 14 new members added

Derrick Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Between 50 to 75 people attended Thursday’s community breakfast hosted by the Duncan Chamber of Commerce & Industry. The large number of people created the unique problem of having to add another table to the room.

The people were there to support various groups, whether they were a Leadership Duncan class (many members of Class XVIII were there) or promoting Duncan Little Theatre or various other organizations.

During the breakfast, Chamber Board chairman Jerry Shaffer said the Chamber had added 14 new members since the last breakfast, which took place in May.

A customary part of the morning event is for area groups to talk about their upcoming events. Kelly Nelson representing the Stephens County Humane Society was among those people.

Nelson talked about the eighth annual Bark in the Park event, which is a fundraiser for the Humane Society. This year’s event will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 21 at Fuqua Park.

“We’re days away from our biggest fundraiser,” Nelson said.

DLT members also attended the breakfast to promote their upcoming show “The Dixie Swim Club,” which is set for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21, 22, 27 and 28, at the Simmons Center Theatre.

The DLT cast performed the first half of the show as a contest piece at state and regional competitions. This will be the first time the cast will perform the entire show. And it will be the 2013-14 season kickoff.

“This show has five of the most talented actresses,” Sharon Burum, who is directing the production, said.

Burum was also among the people introduced as Leadership Duncan Class XVIII. A few members from Class XVI and Class XVII introduced projects their classes are working on.

Curtis Thornton of Class XVI talked about his class’ project to replace the fence around Kiddieland Park. Thornton said the project should be completed by the end of the year.

Trina Madden and Artemio Ibarra with Class XVII discussed their upcoming project to raise funds for Women’s Haven. Their class will be hosting a golf tournament at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 27 at the Duncan Golf and Tennis Club.

Susan Nutt, Class XVII member, said her class wanted to challenge other Leadership Duncan classes to get involved in the golf tournament.

Additionally, several other events were highlighted during the community breakfast.

Mike Stuckert, representing the Save the 905 organization, said Saturday would be another work day for the group, which is working to restore the Rock Island 905 locomotive in Fuqua Park.

The organization members will meet at 8 a.m. Saturday and will use various vehicles to pull the train 10 feet about 9 a.m.

Stacy Cramer Moore touched base on the upcoming Western Spirit Celebration, which is set for Sept. 13 and 14 at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center.

Moore said Sept. 13 will be Senior Day and will feature Bingo. Both days will feature live music and various booths.

Darcy Reeves talked about the season kickoff to the Chisholm Trail Arts Council’s CTAC Live series. The first show will be “Walkin’ the Line” at 7:30 Sept. 14 at the Simmons Center.