By Susan Stone
News Star Report
Four area students were recently presented with Scholarships from the Stratford Chamber of Commerce at the Chamber’s monthly meeting Thursday, May 12, held at the new Oklahoma Heritage Bank Building.
Stratford Seniors Nick Cosby and Tracy Wells and Vanoss Seniors Cody Baggerly and Sarah Henson were chosen for the scholarships.
“Out of all the applicants these four students stood out above all the others,” said Fred Stephens, Stratford Chamber President
Sean McKinney also showed the work he has done on the new Chamber website. He is still waiting on pictures and additional information before the site is complete and up and running.
Businesses who would like to place an advertisement on the website can do so for $50.00 per year.
Grant Ward, Oklahoma Heritage Bank President, then addressed those in attendance.
“Oklahoma Heritage Bank believes in Stratford and its people,” Ward stated. “That is why we are so dedicated to helping our community.”
Ward proposed the idea of starting a Coalition of Friends for Stratford committee to get together once a month or so and discuss ideas and concerns to help Stratford keep growing and become a better community.
“This committee is not something that will compete with the Chamber or City Council. It is simply going to be a committee to come up with ideas and help the town, its people and the Chamber and Council,” he added.
Ward said if anyone would like to be a part of this committee, please contact him or Stephens at Oklahoma Heritage Bank.
Christy Elkins form the State Department of Commerce also spoke at the meeting. Her job is to help small towns like Stratford grow and become better.
Elkins said the Coalition of Friends committee is a great idea and she will help in any way needed to see that Stratford reaches its full potential.
The next Chamber meeting will be held at noon on June 9 in the American Legion Building. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.