Kiowa Chamber has Busy Year Planned for 2016

By REX ZIMMERMAN

The Kiowa Chamber of Commerce kicked off a new year as it elected officers and started planning events for 2016. The meeting was held Tuesday, January 12, at The Sideline.

Janet Robison and Cindy Archuleta were elected Co-President for the Chamber while Pam Cox was re-elected Secretary and Bob Cox was re-elected as Treasurer. Bob Hays was again named as Chamber Historian. Members of the Board of Directors are Faye Conaway, Bob Pedigo, Bill Watson, De Coyle, Nicole Kraft, Shawna and John Schupbach, Keith Rathgeber, Roger Robison, Laurie Hiltner, Carol Meyer and Deb Cox.

Some of the upcoming events planned for 2016 are the Easter Egg Hunt and games on March 26, Labor Day activities on Sept. 5 and the Christmas Open House on December 4. Pioneer Days will also be held in the Spring but dates haven’t been established as of yet.

More Lights Planned

Chamber members also discussed upcoming projects for the year which include adding more Christmas lights to the downtown Centennial Park as they seemed to be enjoyed by the community. The Chamber also thanked all the businesses and groups that decorated the light poles for the holiday season. They said several people commented on how festive they looked.

The Chamber is also beginning its 2016 dues collection soon. It was noted that Labor Day alone takes over $3,800, but with dues, donations and volunteers it was again a huge success last fall.T