On Monday, November 3, the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce announced that Governor Sarah Palin will be the keynote speaker for their Chamber Annual Banquet & Membership Meeting. This event will take place on February 5, 2010. It starts at 6:30 pm and will be held in the Salina Bicentennial Center arena. Tickets to the event will be sold first to members of the Chamber. Then beginning on December 2, the remaining tickets will be available to the public.
On Monday, Craig Andres at KSN3 wrote:
Big news was announced Monday as a big name is heading to Kansas. Sarah Palin is
set to speak in the state and some might be surprised at who landed the big get.
The Salina Chamber’s Annual Banquet is known for attracting big names
from former presidents to foreign dignitaries and sports legends. But this year,
they’re bringing in someone at the center of America’s current political
With her recent resignation as Alaska’s governor and a highly anticipated book coming out next month, the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce says Palin is perfect for its Annual Banquet.
“Still, what Sarah Palin seems to be doing is news throughout the country, we think it will be an evening where people show up and they maybe don’t quite understand what’s going to be talked about and that should be interesting,” said Daran Neuschafer, chairman for the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce.
The February banquet, and specifically who the speaker will be, is something residents like Dennis Collier say they look forward to.
“Sarah Palin has the ability to excite people at large whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat or Independent and you don’t know what Sarah Palin is going to do next,” said Collier. “She was Governor and then she resigned and now she’s here in Salina.”
“She is interesting and in high demand,” said Salina Chamber president Dennis
“Whether you love her or disagree with her, we think the response
will be great.”
Lauver said Palin was clearly identified as a front-runner early in the chamber’s speaker selection process. In past years, the banquet has featured Bob Costas, Cal Ripken Jr., Dr. Joyce Brothers, Colin Powell and former President George H. W. Bush.
According to Dennis Lauver, the Chamber’s President and CEO, ticket sales are “exceptionally brisk.” Most likely, the main floor tickets will sell out to chamber members today, leaving gallery tickets available to nonmembers. Nonmembers who contact the Chamber are being put on a waiting list. Pricing and contact information for obtaining tickets is available on the Chamber website at http://salinakansas.org/Sarah_Palin.pdf.
According to the website, Governor Palin is represented by the Washington Speakers Bureau.
Palin tickets selling well (Salina.com) http://www.salina.com/news/story/palin-11-3-09
Salina Area Chamber of Commerce Announcement http://salinakansas.org/Sarah_Palin.pdf
Sarah Palin set to speak in Salina (Wichita Eagle)http://www.kansas.com/news/top/story/1038369.html
Sarah Palin to speak in Salina (KSN3) http://www.ksn.com/mostpopular/story/Sarah-Palin-to-speak-in-Salina/AX-Wt_iu00Gu8nEH0hWCpQ.cspx