, Muskogee, OK

December 9, 2012

Club news 12.09.12

By Dylan Goforth
Phoenix Staff Writer

— 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 interested in playing or learning to play duplicate bridge contact Ann Kent at (918) 682-3098, Mary Smith at (918) 682-2605, or Sandy Cole at (918) 684-9002.

Recent winners are:

• Nov. 26 — Dave Murdock and Fran Martin, first; Bonnie Jennings and Ruth Sharpe, second; and Betty Jordan and Bill Porter tied with Norma Kolmer and Linda Stearnes for third.

• Nov. 28 — Sandra Cole and Santa McWilliams, first; and Renee Tyrrell and Bill Porter tied with Mary Hoover and Minnie Sheffield for second.

• Nov. 30 — Ruth Sharpe and Bonnie Jennings, first; Dave Murdock and Fran Martin, second; and Norma Kolmer and Linda Stearnes, third.

• Dec. 3 — Mary Beyers and Werner Wagner, first; Ann Kent and Jane Lopes, second; and Norma Kolmer and Dave Murdock, third.

The club will have its Christmas party at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Please call Ann Kent, Mary Smith or Sandy Cole if you plan to attend.

Alpha Theta

Alpha Theta Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha International will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the home of Joan Eaton for its annual Christmas dinner and gift exchange. Members are reminded to bring a dish for the dinner, secret sister gifts, and non-perishable items for the local food pantry.

Discussions will be held on gifts given to students the chapter sponsors at Oklahoma School for the Blind. A report will be given on the volunteer work during the Muskogee Christmas Home Tour benefiting the District V project Kelly B. Todd and the concession stand work during the Arts and Crafts Show with proceeds for chapter philanthropic projects.

St. Joseph Seniors

St. Joseph Seniors will meet Thursday. The event is open to all members of St. Joseph Church 50 and up. Guests are welcome to attend.

A communion service will be at 12:10 p.m. in the Marian Chapel followed by a Christmas party luncheon in the church commons. Hostesses are Joan and Jim Pierret, Al and Roxie Flusche, and Jan and Bill Bradley. Those attending are asked to bring a special Christmas treat or finger foods dish for the luncheon.

There will be a party game and gift exchange. To participate, bring a $5 present wrapped or in a bag for the activity.

St. Joseph School students will provide a Christmas musical program directed by Marsha Thompson.

Keystone Study Club

Keystone Study Club will meet at 1 p.m. Monday at McIntees with Martha Tuteral as hostess. The program will be presented by Nancy Wilkinson with current events by Pat Acebo, Nancy Wilkinson and Carole Cole.

Muskogee Garden Club

The Muskogee Garden Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the gymnasium of St. Paul United Methodist Church for its annual Christmas brunch. Hostesses for the meeting are the club officers. Entertainment will be provided by a well-known special visitor.

Members are asked to bring unwrapped, new items — toys for children, or gifts for nursing home residents — for giving to the Salvation Army Angel Tree project.

Gardens are still needed for the June 2013 Muskogee Garden Club Tour. Anyone interested in submitting their or a friend’s garden can contact Marilyn Hinshaw at (918) 682-3601.

Information: Oyana Wilson, (918) 683-5380 or follow Muskogee Garden Club on Facebook.

Soroptimist International

Soroptimist International of Muskogee will be taking applications for the annual Violet Richardson Award until Dec. 20. The Violet Richardson Award is a $500 award given to recognize a female aged 14-17 for her volunteer service in the community or schools whose activities make the community a better place.

The heart of the Soroptimist mission is in making a difference for women and girls in the local communities and throughout the world. As part of that mission, the local chapter supports and encourages volunteer work by young women.

To obtain an application for the Violet Richardson Award, contact Pat Pack, (918) 683-4621, Vicki Rackley at, or Johni Wardwell, (918) 360-0803 or

Applications for the 2013 Women’s Opportunity Award are available and can be obtained from Vicky Spradling, (918) 686-7000 or; or Carole Fisher, (918) 683-2846 or

Soroptimist International of Muskogee presents the award which consists of $1,000 to assist a female head of household who is starting or continuing her education.

The Women’s Opportunity Award is part of the Soroptimist mission to make a difference for women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. The name “Soroptimist” comes from two Latin words which mean, “best for women”.

The application deadline for the Women’s Opportunity Award is Jan. 15.


 Tenkiller Women’s Club

The December meeting of Tenkiller Women’s Club will be held at noon Dec. 19 at the Hen House at Chicken Creek on Lake Tenkiller. The program will be presented by Donita Armstrong who will demonstrate scrapbooking ideas and easy gifts. The menu will be a salad/dessert pot luck. Those attending will bring food according to last names: A-K bring desserts and L-Z bring salads. Be sure to bring the recipe for each dish. All ladies are invited to attend.

Information: Peggy Gray, (918) 453- 7842 or Barbara Downard, (918) 457-3439.


The Muskogee Chapter of the National Association of Current and Retired Federal Employees will have its Christmas dinner at noon Thursday at Paul’s Diner, 3240 S. Country Club Drive.

Alyce Green, vice president, District II, NARFE, will install officers elected to lead the chapter in 2013.

Door prizes will be drawn. Reservations for dinner should be made to Ed Farris.

Information: Farris, (918) 682-8839.

Alpha Adelphi

Alpha Adelphi, a Muskogee High School student service organization, held a food drive recently. Members collected canned good for the food pantry at Muskogee’s First Baptist Church. Every girl in Alpha Adelphi brought 15 cans, and then the group went house to house in various neighborhoods asking for donations. Group members collected 795 cans.

Books Sandwiched In

The Muskogee Friends of the Library Books Sandwiched In program will be Wednesday at the Muskogee Public Library. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. followed by a book review by the Rev. Ann Brizendine at noon. She will review the book “Elizabeth The Queen — Life of a Modern Monarch,” by Sally Bedell Smith. A sandwich lunch with dessert and drinks will be served for $3. All guests are welcome.

Rev. Brizendine was born in Lubbock, Texas. She graduated from Austin College in Sherman, Texas, and received her master of divinity from Austin Presbyterian Seminary. She has pastored churches in Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas before moving to First Presbyterian in Muskogee. She is married and has three children and two granddaughters.

She is an avid reader in her spare time. She also teaches “Introduction to Christianity” at Bacone College.

Information: (918) 682-3287. 翷