Altus Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100 members, and Altus Air Force Base leadership, welcomed new airmen, families, and recently deployed returnees with a big cook-out at Lucas Farms, on Monday, May 19, attended by about 280 people.
New AAFB members were greeted with a warm cowboy welcome and were treated to horse back riding, hay rides, a marshmallow fire pit, and hamburgers and hot dogs provided by Center Point Energy.
“We want to welcome all of you here tonight,” Eva Letha Lucas greeted members of AAFB. “The Committee of 100 has been made up of members of the Altus Chamber of Commerce, that we join separate in order to put on these functions three times a year for you. And we do it to welcome you to Altus. we want you to feel like this is going to be your home the next couple of years or however long you get to stay with us. We want you to feel like you are welcome.”
The committee’s vision is “that all newcomers to Altus will feel like they are at home during their assignment to Altus.”
Lucas then introduced Col. Bill Spangenthal, 97th Air Mobility Wing commander, who introduced base leaders, who then recognized new members.
The Committee of 100 was formed in 1984 while Linda Copeland was Chairman of the Board of the Altus Chamber of Commerce. The Purpose of the Committee of 100 is to welcome newcomers, students and those returning from the war effort and their families.
People who would like to participate in the Committee of 100 may call the Chamber of Commerce office at (580) 482-0210.