, Muskogee, OK

November 24, 2013

Club news 11/24/13

— Club news runs on Sundays. The deadline for club news is noon Wednesday.

Eastern Star

Muskogee Hope

The Eastern Star Muskogee Hope Chapter 401 will have the installation of officers for 2014 at 1 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Masonic Lodge.


The AAUW Tahlequah Branch met at noon Friday at the Help-In-Crisis office, 205 N. College Ave., Tahlequah. Margaret Cook, Executive Director, presented the services Help-In-Crisis offers, some of the common misconceptions about victims of domestic violence, and ways individuals or groups in the community can assist the agency in meeting victim’s needs.

Cook has been with Help-In-Crisis since 1998 in various capacities and stepped in to the directorship position in January 2013 after completing her law degree.

Help-In-Crisis aids victims of domestic violence and their children, rape victims, incest survivors, and potential suicide victims. It offers assistance in Adair, Cherokee, Wagoner, and Sequoyah Counties. These services include: Domestic Violence Shelters, 24-Hour Crisis Hotline, Court Advocacy, Sexual Assault Services, Sexual Assault Prevention, Child Abuse Prevention Counseling, Supervised Visitation, Positive Choices Batterer’s Intervention Program, and a Children’s Advocacy Center.

The Encore Resale Shop, which opened in 2009, sells gently-used donated items. This store provides revenue for Help-In-Crisis programs as well as sales tax revenue for the community. By volunteering in the store, women in the HIC shelter have the opportunity to learn retail and marketing skills to help them obtain employment once they leave. Women and children in the shelter are given vouchers for the items they need to start a new life.

Anyone interested in the program or in joining AAUW is invited to attend the club’s meetings. AAUW’s mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

Student affiliation is open to anyone who does not already hold an undergraduate degree and is enrolled in a two-or four-year regionally accredited educational institution. Because Northeastern State University is an AAUW College/University Partner Member, students may receive a free e-Student affiliation.

Beta Sigma Phi

Omicron Eta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Nov. 5 in the home of Charlotte Watkins for their November meeting. The meeting was called to order by President Thelma Terrill with members reciting the opening ritual. The minutes of the previous meeting and the treasurer’s report were read and approved. The members voted to contribute to the Baby Basket and The Arc of Faith. These are two of the various charities selected by members to support. A canned food shower for Meals on Wheels will be held at a later date. For the program, Laura Roets gave a presentation on how to use Power Point on the computer.

The December meeting will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 in the home of Pat Lee. This will be the club’s Christmas party and Secret Sister gift exchange. The Communication Chairperson will notify members of any changes.

Three Rivers

History Explorers

Three Rivers History Explorers will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Three Rivers Museum, 220 Elgin.

This month the program will be presented by Pam Paden Tippet, author of “Run Rabbit Run: The Life, The Legend, and The Legacy of Edna ‘Rabbit’ Murray ‘The Kissing Bandit.’”

Tippet always believed that she should document her Grandma Edna’s life history. She began writing it in an old journal in 1979. Without any resources, she wrote the stories that she remembered her grandmother telling her. Many years later, Tippet dragged the old journal out and began some serious researching surprising herself at how accurate her memories from childhood were. Tippet’s searching, researching, and diggin’ up bones eventually revealed the shock of her life. “Run Rabbit Run” turned out to be a much bigger book, at 660 pages, than she had ever imagined. It tells a lot, and it is true.

The author will have her book available for purchase and will be available to sign.

Three Rivers History Explorers meet monthly. Meetings are open to all history explorers, young and old.

Information:, or (918) 686-6624.

Green Country Duplicate Bridge

Green Country Duplicate Bridge meets at 12:30 p.m. each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Kiwanis Senior Citizens Center, 119 Spaulding Blvd. Newcomers are welcome. If you are interested in playing or learning to play duplicate bridge, call Ann Kent at (918) 682-3098, Mary Smith at (918) 682-2605, or Sandy Cole at (918) 684-9002.

Recent winners:

• Nov. 13 — Janice Chance and Helen Richmond, first; and Sandy Cole and Santa McWilliams, second.

• Nov. 15 — Jane Lopes and Betty Jordan, first; JoAnn Poirier and Lisa Poirier, second; and Ralph Parker and Mary Smith, third.

• Nov. 18 — Joan Chapman and Mary Smith, first; Martha Tuteral and Jane Lopes, second; and Dave Murdock and Norma Kolmer tied with Ralph Parker and Fran Martin for third.


Toastmasters inducted new members on Nov. 19. New members are Patria Johnson, Bud Hinshaw, Angela Martindale and Shenia McNac. If you are interested in Toastmasters now is a great time to join.

Toastmasters meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of the month at Three Rivers Museum, 220 Elgin.


Support Group

Eastern Oklahoma Development District (EODD)/Area Agency on Aging welcomes any and all caregivers to a Caregiver Support Group on the last Wednesday of every month at 1 p.m. The Caregiver Support Group is located at the First Baptist Church, 111 S. Seventh St. in the parlor room. Feel free to come and share.

Information: Stacy Williamson, (918) 682-7891.