by Kristy Sturgill
Staff Writer, Claremore Daily Progress
More than 100 individuals attended Claremore Collective’s official launch on Thursday night at the Will Rogers Memorial. Leaders of the young professionals group introduced themselves and their visions, and greeted the interested participants.
“This is a really impressive turnout and we are really excited about it.” Jacob Krumwiede, assistant director of Will Rogers Memorial and crew leader for the entertainment and arts work crew.
Krumwiede reminisced on the “Save the Belvidere” ribbons that were once used in the community to preserve a historical landmark. While he was only in first grade, the efforts of the community inspired him to pursue culture and history, both in education and in his career.
Claremore Collective consists of five different crews. Members can participate in one or several different crews. The crews are arts and entertainment, attraction, development, government relations, and next generation leadership.
All of the meetings, except the government relations work crew, meet at the North Block Common at 115 south Missouri Street. The government relations work crew meets at the Rogers County Courthouse.
The arts and entertainment work crew meets the first Thursday monthly from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The attraction work crew meets the first Thursday monthly from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The development work crew meets the last Thursday monthly from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m. The government relations crew meets the first Friday monthly from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m. Next generation leadership meets the first Wednesday monthly from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m.
The meetings will begin the first week of February. The first monthly mixer will be Feb. 4 from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.
Crystal Campbell is the executive director of Claremore Collective. She recently led the initiative to renovate Will Rogers Park and build the new splash pad.
“This is our city, our home and out quality of life,” said Campbell. “Working together we can become the model of how it gets done. I am a firm believer when opportunities meet hard work, the possibilities become our greatest successes.”
She said that Claremore Collective is looking for members of all types, including professionals in various types of industries, stay-at-home parents, and individuals in various career levels.
“We cannot knock down all the walls that need to be knocked down without valuable support. We need people in all professions,” said Campbell.
A local pastor of Real Life Church, Kendrick Oakley, attended the event and is interested in the opportunity to be involved.
“I have a passion for the City of Claremore, I am interested in all the groups, so I will probably — over the course of time — try to connect with each group” said Oakley.
For more information about the organization, visit claremorecollective.com .