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April 29, 2014

Akins passes the Comanche chamber gavel after three years

COMANCHE — With the passing of a gavel to incoming president Trent Young, Bruce Akins ended his three years as the president of the Comanche Chamber of Commerce.

Akins, a loan officer at the First National Bank in Comanche, started as the president of the chamber in 2011, though he first joined the chamber the year before.

Akins said when he first began as president, only three people were regularly attending meetings, though that changed drastically by the time he stepped down. At the chamber’s April 2 meeting, there were 26 people in attendance.

Akins attributed this to a clean-up campaign he brought about in the town as well as finding ways to get others involved.

“We painted all the street curbs and decorated the light posts,” Akins said. “We have a Christmas parade, an Easter egg hunt and the chamber does a pep rally for the school each year.”

He even brought more businesses into the town during his tenure as president.

“Since the 2013 chamber banquet, 11 new businesses have come to Comanche,” Akins said.

Among those businesses are Buzzard’s Nest Trading Post, R&C Rib Shack, R&R Embellishment and Mud Creek Creations.

Akins said he has encouraged businesses to get involved with the chamber in order to bring them into town.

Though he is stepping down as president, Akins said he still plans to be involved in the Comanche Chamber of Commerce.

Incoming president Trent Young, a member of the chamber for five years as well as Pastor at Patterson Avenue Baptist Church, said it would be difficult to fill Akins’ shoes, but he hopes to keep the enthusiasm going.

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