With this issue, we celebrate the start of our third year. It’s not overstating the matter to say a LOT has happened in this short time.

In February 2016, we featured the honorees of our first-ever Cleveland County Women of Influence, an honor we plan to continue. In October, we recognized our first group with an elegant dinner at Benvenuti’s Ristorante. University of Oklahoma head softball coach Patti Gasso delivered the memorable address on what constitutes a “Woman of Influence.”

Also last February, we raised money through donations and a silent auction benefiting the American Cancer Society at our 13th-Issue Celebration hosted by Royal Bavaria Restaurant. Sadly, this was the final event covered by our good friend and ultra-talented photographer, Linda Irie. Linda’s life was tragically ended the following month by a distracted driver on the Turner Turnpike; it has been a tough year going forward without her.

During 2017, we formed new and valuable relationships with three photographers: Teresa Byrd of TinyMite’s Photography, Amber Videa of Videa Studios and Ryan Lassiter of Defining Image. They, along with our amazing writers and most importantly our excellent editor, Jerri Culpepper, are responsible for the incredible content that you see each month.

Over the past year, we have celebrated the arts and home design; launched two new departments, Culinary Creations and Faith Reflections; and published a holiday gift guide. As I write this, we are hard at work on our 25th issue, which features the “Best of Cleveland County.” Many of you cast your votes for these businesses, and I know you will enjoy reading about them. We have lots planned for 2018, with stories and photos on fashion, food, design, health, money, and my favorite, community philanthropy.

We were honored in 2017 to feature and support many local organizations and agencies, including the Cancer Society, Sooner Theatre, Norman Philharmonic, Assistance League, Le Tour de Vin, Amethyst Women’s Circle, Food and Shelter Inc., Bethesda Inc., the Energy FC Sidekicks program, Full Circle Adult Day Center, ABLE, McIntyre Law (their annual Day of Kindness), Women’s Resource Center, Infant Crisis Services, Norman Arts Council, Nicole Jarvis Parkinson’s Foundation, and the Community After School Program.

We’ve also profiled some of our community’s veterans, who placed service to country above self and who continue to serve our community in many ways. This year we will feature first responders, too.

We look forward to continuing to serve our community. Let us know how we can support your endeavors, or how we can celebrate the service of a veteran/first responder you know.

A special thanks to our advertising partners that allow us to serve our community.

To each and everyone, may you have a blessed year!