The community braved the cold weather and came together for the monthly Chamber of Commerce breakfast Thursday which was sponsored by Duncan Regional Hospital who talked about some of the programs they offer.
Before Duncan Regional Hospital (DRH) CEO Jay Johnson came up to talk about the programs, Duncan Chamber Chairman Rex Outhier announced two upcoming events.
The Duncan Chamber of Commerce Banquet will be held at 7 p.m. March 31 at the Simmons Center and the Southwest Legislative Reception will be held at 5 p.m. April 7 at OKC History Center.
Contact the Chamber office for more information on sponsorships and tickets.
Duncan City Manager Kimberly Meek was up next and gave a report on happenings in the city of Duncan. She had one big announcement that she was excited to give.
Meek told the crowd that in the spring Honeywell put in some lights which the city has decided to retro fit with LED fixtures to replace any issues for customers with Duncan Power.
Meek said that bids will start going out in the next month and she is excited that they can fix the issue once the bids are approved by council.
Johnson then took the first of two time slots for DRH and said they were proud to be the sponsor for this month’s breakfast.
Recognizing staff that was in attendance, Johnson said they have over 1,000 team members who work for the hospital and he also gave a little update on the project going at the hospital currently.
Johnson said that Roger Neal has done a great job working day-to-day to get the project up and going for DRH.
He also credited some of the doctors on staff and said there will be some great additions to the staff in the spring.
The last thing he announced is that DRH will open their first clinic in Comanche County in Elgin and will begin April 16 bringing the total presence of DRH to 10 communities.
In the popcorn minutes, updates came from Haljean Gillispie who talked about the Tax Preparation AARP is offering for citizens Monday through Wednesday until April 15 at Red River Technology Center.
An update came from Ian McEntire about the upcoming HALO week for Duncan High School with several dates available to support their week.
Carolyn Rodgers reminded that the Circle of Love fundraiser takes place this Saturday at 6 p.m. The event will be held at Duncan Golf & Tennis Club and will benefit the fundraising efforts for the project going in Fuqua Park.
DRH then had Dr. Michael Hemphill come up and speak about his department where he is excited to help with a community like Duncan.
Duncan Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Chris Deal brought up new Beautiful Day Foundation COO Katelyn Godfrey during the “Someone You Should Know” part of the breakfast.
Godfrey came from Georgia with her husband and has family ties in the Duncan and Empire area and said that she is excited to be back.
The last thing members of the community heard about was Duncan Little Theatre’s upcoming production of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.”
Six of the brothers were in attendance and announced the upcoming show is double casted with the first week of shows taking place Feb. 28-29 and March 1.
The second week will take place March 6 & 7 then they sang a song from the show which the crowd enjoyed before leaving the breakfast.
The Chamber’s next monthly breakfast will take place at 6:45 a.m. March 5, 2020 at The Simmons Center.