CRESTVIEW — From social and service to recreation, arts, fraternal and culture groups, more than 50 organizations, clubs, societies and associations are active in North Okaloosa County.
The Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce wants to gather all of the region's open-membership groups under one roof at one time to answer an often-asked question:
What's there to do around here, anyway?
A core group, including chamber President Dennis Mitchell, executive director Wayne Harris and community vice president Paul Lowery, gathered over hot wings at Uncle's Bill's Sept. 10 to discuss the idea.
Organizers include chamber Arts and Culture Committee chairwoman Rae Schwartz and News Bulletin staffers.
To plan the event — tentatively envisioned as a spring 2014 carnival at the Crestview Community Center — organizers want a complete list of all north county open-membership organizations.
A preliminary brainstorming session developed a list of almost 60 groups from the American Legion Riders to the Young Marines.
Organizers invite each local group to send its contact information to the chamber of commerce to develop a community-wide organizations database that will also be used to help new residents find their Crestview niche.
The Crestview News Bulletin wants to help the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce include all local open-to-the-public organizations, clubs and societies in an upcoming Organizations Showcase.
Send your group's name, main contact person, contact phone number and email address to Brian Hughes at the News Bulletin, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Groups may also contact Rae Schwartz at email@example.com.
Call the chamber of commerce, 682-7413, for more information.
Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Brian Hughes at 850-682-6524 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @cnbBrian.