Chamber member Daniel McGrew reported he had contacted the Fort Sill public affairs office to inquire about using that installation's band, only to be told that because of the word "Christmas," they could not participate. They did say that if the chamber would change the title of the parade to "Holiday," they would play for the event. Chamber members agreed they'd rather march without music than compromise the name of the parade.
Deskin submitted the area businesses and organizations that will have floats for the occasion: Meeks Farms, Trophies Plus, Tree House Embroidery, Cotton Patch, First Baptist Church, Methodist Church, Tipton Health Center, Senior Citizens, Pinson Farms, 4-H, FFA, Tipton Valley Honey, PTO, and Box, Inc., from Frederick.
Elementary Principal Bobby Ward announced the Students of the Month: elementary -- Cheyenne Hancock, Angel Gonzalez, Kirby Brooking, Joey Shands; middle school -- Allison Meeks and Will Boyd; and high school -- Brandon Munro and Jennifer Albrick.
The chamber voted to donate $75 to the elementary school to help buy costumes for the all-school Christmas program. The money will go toward purchase of costumes and stage props.
Student Council President Courtney Sharp thanked the chamber for its donations that allowed the council to compile and distribute eight food baskets to the needy during the Thanksgiving holidays. She asked for help with Santa's Breakfast, which the council will serve to the elementary students before the Christmas holidays. The money will be used to purchase the food and a gift book for each attending student. The chamber agreed to donate $100 toward that venture.
The chamber also voted to cover all expenses for the annual lighting contest sponsored by the Tipton Garden Club.
Currently, the Tipton Chamber of Commerce has a membership of 80.