When the Newcomerstown Chamber of Commerce met in regular session May 17, chamber members had only good comments to say about the 89th annual awards banquet.

"I got a lot of compliments," Carolyn Woodring, chamber's first vice president, said about the event May 5. "Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves."

This year's theme was a Hawaiian luau fit with a roast hog -- prepared by Erma Fenton of Newcomerstown -- with all the trimmings. Those in attendance even sported Hawaiian leis and spunky sunglasses.

Treasurer Gary Chaney said there is about five pounds of the roast hog left. The chamber may sell the meat at an upcoming event.

Member Sherrie Eicholtz said it was nice to have the three Newcomer Award winners' business information announced.

In other business, members discussed the organization's by-laws. However, questions were asked and a committee will look into the guidelines further, prior to approval.

President Jim Friel announced the following committees and its members: New Business Welcome, Niki Wolfe and Carolyn Woodring; Cy Young Festival royalty contest, Melba Guy and Marlene Ross; Membership, Christy Penland-McMillan; Awards Banquet, Becki Allen; Awards, Woodring; and 200th Anniversary Celebration, John Barr, Elaine Mayenschein and Janet Chaney.

In reports from members:

* Debbie Rehard of the Cy Young Days Festival said there will be a new basket auction where only 10 limited edition baskets will be auctioned off. The first basket will be signed by special baseball star Vern Law.

* Mayenschein said the Newcomerstown Rotary's car show will be Saturday, July 24. The event is to raise money to fight polio.

* Barr of Buckeye Career Center presented the school's fall catalog.

* Eicholtz of Coshocton County Memorial Hospital said they are trying to recruit new physicians to the area.

* Woodring, manager of the Newcomerstown Hampton Inn, said the meeting room at the hotel has been reserved more days this year than last.

* Vane Scott of the Newcomerstown Historical Society said the organization is developing a Web site and will be ready by the next chamber meeting. He also scheduled a U.S. Navy destroyer ship's reunion in Newcomerstown next year.

* Ed Gibson of the Cy Young Youth League said baseball and softball teams are ready for the season. He also said there are four less teams this season as compared to last season.

The chamber's next meeting will be Monday, June 21 at noon at April's Country Kitch'n in Newcomerstown.