BILLINGS, Okla. —
The annual Christmas Parade was the main topic of new business when Billings Community Chamber of Commerce members met Oct. 24 at the Billings Community Center.
A motion was made and approved to set 11 a.m. Dec. 15 as the time for the parade.
Prizes will be given for Best Float, Best Pet Costume, Best Participant Costume and Best-Decorated Bicycle and ATV. Drawings will be held for turkeys, hams and Billings Bucks following the parade.
Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus are scheduled to attend the festivities. Rick Hartz reported the town Christmas tree would be put up Thanksgiving week or the week following.
At the start of the meeting, President Rick Hartz welcomed members Helen Hartz, Robert Hartz, Pat Brand, Frances Moss, Lewain Learned, Candy Oller, Andrea McCluskey, Jane Ann Inge and Gerri Cochrane Leming.
The flag salute was led by Lewain Learned, and Rick Hartz offered the prayer to begin the monthly meeting. Jane Ann Inge read the minutes of the Sept. 19 meeting, which were approved.
Pat Brand presented the financial report, which was also approved. Andrea McCluskey reported the Welcome Wagon had not visited any new Billings residents, but had presented a “Buck For Luck” to Toni and Steve Kroll for the opening Wick’s Restaurant on Main Street in Billings. Rick Hartz was advised to send picture and article to newspapers. Helen Hartz informed the group that the Yard of the Month Award was not given out for October.
The Billings Wheat Country Festival was discussed under old business. The group consensus was this was one the best Wheat Festivals ever. Kay Evans commended the Hartz Family for all the hard work and time it had put into organizing the festival, and Candy Oller for the wonderful job in advertising the event. Evans also reported the Chamber actually made money from T-shirt sales this year, and there were still 10 Wheat Festival T-shirts left to sell.
A motion was made, and approved, to donate the shirts to be put into boxes sent to military members of the community by the Billings Baptist Church women’s Sunday school class. Many members offered to donate their shirts as well if more were needed for the boxes.
Suggestions were made by the group to improve next year’s festival, including possibly rearranging the schedule, addressing electricity issues in the community building, and possibly adding signs and information booth content.
Helen Hartz read a thank-you note from Shelly Stutchman, of Enid, commending the Chamber on the event. Stutchman also said many crafters mentioned they would be returning to the event next year.
In school news, Rick Hartz reported the Billings FFA students attending the National FFA Convention were representing Oklahoma in the Veterinary Medicine and Science Division Competition.
In town hall news, Rick Hartz reported city workers still were working on the sewer lagoon, and water lines were holding up, though would be tested soon. In addition, there was word oil companies will be crossing the water lines in 16 different places.
The Billings Community Chamber of Commerce meets at noon the 3rd Wednesday of each month at Billings Community Center. Everyone one is welcome to attend.
Nov. 10: Landrun Jackpot Cattle Show at the Perry Fairgrounds.
Nov. 14: Billings Community Chamber of Commerce meeting.
Nov. 20: Billings Christian Church Bazaar.
Dec. 15: Billings Christmas Parade.