The Salina Area Chamber of Commerce met last week to plan the Christmas parade.
This year’s theme is “A Down Home Country Christmas.” The parade is Dec. 8 at 6 p.m.
Roger Johnson presided as the new chamber president. He said the chamber needs another position for a director on the chamber board.
Last month, new officers were elected as required by the bylaws.
The gun raffle that ended in September was a great success. Chamber members discussed having another one next year.
Gail Fox reported that poles and the new sign for the Paradise Tree in Springer Park are ready. The old fence around the tree has been removed to be replaced with a new one. The Paradise Tree was the first tree planted in Oklahoma. The trees were planted by Auguste Pierre Chouteau, son of Major Jean Pierre Chouteau who founded Salina in 1796. The Paradise Tree along with other shrubs were imported from France around 1822 to landscape the luxurious two-story log home “ La Grande Saline” that Chouteau built at the site of the trading post near present day Salina.
The chamber would like to spend $10,000 on fireworks for Independence Day next year. This year, the chamber and Salina American Legion spent $3,000 each on fireworks.
For the Dam J.A.M. bicycle tour next year, the chamber would like to have signs up along the route about the town’s history.
There was a discussion about moving Carl Belew Day to Cowboy Trader’s Day. This September, Carl Belew Day was the same day as the car show and burnout. Carl Belew was a famous county songwriter and performer.
Chouteau Days gathered $5,890 in donations and had $6,121.60 in expenses. The horse shoe pitching contests and other events raised $6,569, which left the chamber $447.40 in profit.
Diana Burns talked about the Christmas parade and display of lights around town. She said that Blue Springs Church has volunteer members to place decorations and lights around town, but she needs more volunteers. Burns said she would like to have a prize competition for businesses that have Christmas decorations, $75 for first place, $50 for second place, and $25 for third. The chamber approved the contest.
Registration forms for the parade will be available at Jiffy Stop, Lakeside Bank and the Salina Public Library. Forms must be turned in by Dec. 1 at noon. It is free to enter the parade. The First Baptist Church of Salina will have a chili supper after the parade.
The chamber approved removing Cyndi Johnston’s signature from the bank account with Lakeside Bank and replacing her with the signature of Roger Johnson, the new president. Cyndi Johnston, the former president, resigned last summer.
The chamber received a $665 donation from the Pryor Area Foundation.
Other coming events include the Biker Toy Run to be held at The Red Zone bar on Nov. 10. The toys will be donated to needy children at Christmas.