Members of the community gathered at the Stamford High School Cafeteria on Thursday, March 1 to celebrate Stamford at the 2018 Stamford Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet. Stamford was not only celebrated but also inspired to be “Better Together.”
The keynote speaker Kelly Bland, executive director of tourism for Osage County in Oklahoma, shared an inspirational message about how communities are truly better together even despite obstacles. Even in Stamford, Texas, Bland said the community has great potential to be better together and dream big.
“The Chamber is excited to help Stamford be better together this next year,” Caitlin Richards, executive director of the Chamber said. “We hope everyone is inspired to find ways to be better together within our community.”
Stamford was also celebrated through the awards portion of the banquet. The 2018 Outstanding Senior Boy, Caden Mathis, and 2018 Outstanding Senior Girl, Cassie King, were both recognized for their outstanding representation of Stamford with a $50 Amazon gift card generously donated by Central Texas Farm Credit.
The Stamford Volunteer Fire Department was recognized at the 2018 Citizen of the Year for their dedicated service to the Stamford community. No matter when the call comes they stand readily able to care for the community.
The 2018 Business of the Year, Cowboy Country Museum, was recognized for their commitment to preserving and sharing history with Stamford. Through socials for Stamford’s elders and family fun nights, Museum Director Luci Wedeking and Museum Coordinator Jewellee Kuenstler are only just getting started with the big plans they have for the future of the Cowboy Country Museum.
Executive Director Caitlin Richards also recognized this year’s board of directors. They are: Cary McClintock from Big Country Electric Cooperative, Patsy Richards from Stamford Healthcare System, Callie Smith from the Stamford American, Michael Steele from Walmart, Luci Wedeking from the Cowboy Country Museum, Amanda Vega from Stamford Insurance Agency, Gabe Mendez from Stamford Healthcare System, Jessica Decker from Oreana Communications, Kevin Corzine from Kevin Corzine Farms, and Titania McGee as an individual member.
The Chamber would also like to say a special thank you to the Blue Jean Café for catering the evening’s meal of grilled chicken and alfredo.