In a state of the Chamber address Thursday night, President Jeremy Doggett reported 234 members of the Pratt Area Chamber of Commerce, about the same as in 2012. A new committee has been established in an attempt to increase membership.
He noted that 2013 has been a year of change, with Executive Director Jan Scarbrough's announcement in August that she would resign. She has, however, remained on the job to ease the transition.
In September, the Pratt Area Economic Development Board made the decision to pull away from the Chamber.
The job description has been rewritten and the Chamber is actively seeking a new director for a part-time position.
"We have a bright future, even through the change," Doggett said. "I don't think you will notice any change in the ways you experience benefits as a Chamber member. We have room to grow and expand in other areas and explore new ideas with a new director."
Distinguished business awards were presented to Kevin and Sandy Evans, owners of Rolla Rena Skate Center and Dale Withers, owner of Southwest Truck Parts, Inc.
Recreational opportunities for young people in Pratt are limited, Doggett said, but Rolla Rena helps fill the void, with free skating events for kids, a PCC skate night that is well received, and other special events.
Southwest Truck Parts Inc. has been in Pratt for 50 years and also has divisions in Ponca City, Enid and Woodward, Okla. Under Withers' leadership, the business sponsored community fireworks displays for many years and holds a summer mud run, with proceeds donated to community needs.
Scarbrough was recognized for serving the Chamber for three and a half years and for "going above and beyond, putting in a lot of extra effort to keep us on track," Doggett said, as he presented her with a photograph of Lemon Park Lake to help her remember her time in Pratt.