When I started working to find advertisers and staff to launch Cleveland County Lifestyle back in July 2015, little did I know the tremendous effort that would be involved in getting the magazine off the ground. Everything finally came together in January 2016, and the following month, February, I was highly gratified when the first copies of the magazine showed up on my doorstep as well as in your mailboxes. As you may recall, the cover story was on the history of chocolate, and featured chocolate creations from several area businesses.
What a year it has been since that launch! Though I have lived in this area for many years, I’ve learned so many new things about this wonderful community in the process of starting and growing this magazine. I can say with all sincerity that this endeavor has been one of the hardest things I have ever done–but also very rewarding.
I hope that you will enjoy this, our 13th, issue, in which we celebrate Cleveland County’s “Big 12 Women of Influence.” The women featured in this issue represent a wide range of professions and interests, from nonprofit to business, from the media to education and mental health. The beautiful Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History was the venue for the main photo shoot. We plan to make this an annual affair, so be thinking now of women you’d like to nominate in 2018.
I’d also like to announce our 13th-issue celebration, slated for Feb. 21 at Royal Bavaria Restaurant and Brewery in Moore. This incredible event will double as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and will feature live music, German food, beer and wine; a silent auction; and several fabulous giveaways. Look on our Facebook page for further details. More networking opportunities will follow as we continue to grow.
Finally and most importantly, I wish to thank our readers for sharing their stories, our advertisers for trusting me with their valuable brands, and my magazine staff, especially my editor, Jerri Culpepper, and photographer, Linda Irie of Crimsy Photography.
We are a community of three cities (along with several smaller yet thriving townships), but we are also a community of one, tied together through fellowship and commerce.
In closing, I invite you, our readers and advertisers, to continue to share your story ideas with me and to provide general feedback through our Facebook page, facebook.com/ClevelandCountyLifestyle/. In addition, I am available 24/7/365; please let me know how I can serve you.