, Muskogee, OK

February 8, 2014

Club news 02/09/14

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Muskogee Noon

Lions Club

The Muskogee Noon Lions Club will host its annual Pancake Day from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 5 at the Muskogee Civic Center.

The cost is $5 for all you can eat pancakes, sausage and drinks.

Proceeds benefit sight conservation for those in need of eye exams and glasses, Parkview School, Muskogee County 4-H Club, scholarships for Parkview, Muskogee and Hilldale students, and several other non-profit organizations like Ark of Faith and the Kelly B. Todd Cerebral Palsy and Neuromuscular Center.

Tickets are available from any Noon Lions Club member or at the door. Muskogee Noon Lions Club has been serving the community for 98 years.

Oklahoma Home and Community Education

Oklahoma Home and Community Education will have its monthly meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the OSU Extension building at the fairgrounds. Everyone is welcome. A day trip for the spring will be planned.

Information: OSU office, (918) 686-7200 or Janice Barnett, (918) 482-3902.

Muskogee Area Quilters Guild

Join the Muskogee Area Quilters Guild at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church as the club welcomes LeAnn Weaver with her program entitled “Breaking Down Barriers: How to Dissect and Rebuild Difficult Blocks.”

The program will detail how to take a very difficult block, look at from another angle, dissect it, and reconstruct into an easier piecing method. This will take the mystery out of a quilt that you really wanted to make but couldn’t figure out how with the skills that you have.

The club meets every second Thursday.

Daughters of the American Revolution

The Muskogee Indian Territory Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 12:30 p.m. in the DAR meeting room in the Lucy Peters Room at Bacone College Campus. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. and the business meeting at 1 p.m. The program will be given by Penny Chastain on literacy.

DAR was founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., and is a non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children. Visitors are welcome.

Information: (918) 348-2397.


The Muskogee Chapter of the National Association of Current and Retired Federal Employees will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Kiwanis Senior Citizens Center, 119 Spaulding Blvd.

Guest speaker will be Dr. Paul F. Grice, who will discuss his birth and early life in Egypt. A door prize will be drawn. All Federal employees, members and guests are invited.

Information: Ed Farris, (918) 682-8839.

Keystone Study Club

Keystone Study Club will meet Monday at the home of Gail Farmer. The program will be given by Martha Tuteral, with current events by Newell, Rosson and Stoodley.

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:

• Jan. 25 — Janice Chance and Helen Richmond, first; Bill Porter and Nettie Kaad, second; and Grace Sweeney and Marialice Davis, third.

• Jan. 31 — JoAnn Poieier and Lisa Poirier, first; Mary Smith and Werner Wagner, second; and Ruth Sharpe and Fran Martin, third.

There was no game on Feb. 3 because of inclement weather.


Toastmasters International Website has many great tips for a person who is preparing to give a speech. One tip from the website is to choose a topic you care about. When you choose a topic you care about you have the opportunity research that topic which will help you develop a better understanding of the topic and help you support your stance on the topic.

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


Epsilon Sigma Alpha

The Alpha Theta Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at The Branch, 505 N. Muskogee Ave., Tahlequah, for a Valentine’s dinner. Members are encouraged to invite guests to attend this February social. Please RSVP to Marjorie Szabo.

The District V Meeting and State Project Tour is scheduled for Feb. 22, at the Oklahoma School for the Blind. The March State Council meeting will be March 8, at Freddie’s Restaurant in Sapulpa. The next chapter meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 12 in the home of Peggy Pate.

Muskogee County Historical Society

The Muskogee County Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Las Fuentes Mexican Restaurant, 501 N. Main.

The program will be by members, “Sharing Memories and Family Items.”

There will also be a discussion of the 2014 calendar and election of the 2014 officers.

Information: Ellen “Cowboy” Johnson, (918) 453-9842.

Wagoner Masonic Lodge Number 98

Wagoner Masonic Lodge Number 98 recently installed Larry W. Lewis, 32-degree-Mason, to lead their lodge through 2014. Larry has been a member of Masonry since 1972 and has held the offices of Senior Deacon, Junior Warden, Senior Warden and now Worshipful Master. He is excited about serving as worshipful master. “Masonry teaches that each person has a responsibility to make things better in the world and that has been the goal in Wagoner since 1895,” said Larry in a media release. The Masonic Lodge was organized in Wagoner in 1895, one year before Wagoner became the first town in Indian Territory to incorporate.

Today, Wagoner Lodge No. 98 has approximately 130 members including 30 living past Worshipful Masters. The title “worshipful master” is sometimes confusing to those not familiar with Masonry. Masonic use of the term “master” originated in the guilds of the Middle Ages when the person most skillful was called the master. Mush Masonic vocabulary dates from that period. The term “worshipful” is actually derived from Old English and means greatly respected. For instance, “worshipful” is still a term used in England and Canada to refer to such officials as mayors of cities.

Worshipful John Doe means the same thing as Honorable John Doe. The title “master” refers to the chief officer of a lodge of Freemasons. In layman’s terms, “worshipful master” means the chief officer of the Lodge for the seam reason the leader of the first violins in an orchestra is called the Concertmaster, or a highly skilled electrician is called a Master Electrician or the leader of a Boy Scout Troop is called a Scoutmaster.

Larry is a retired educator; spending 30 years in the teaching field and serving in various offices of local teachers’ organizations. Larry was the machine tool technology instructor at Indian Capital Technology Center in Muskogee for 28 years of his 30-year career. He was also co-owner of Fin-Way Pattern Shop in Muskogee for many years with his dad and brother.

He graduated from Muskogee High School and has a degree from Southeastern State University. Today, Larry fills his days working the family cattle ranch with his wife, Barbara. He also enjoys spending time with his granddaughter, Kodie, who is a freshman at Hilldale High School. Larry and Barbara attend Christian Chapel in Muskogee.