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February 23, 2014

Club news 02/23/14


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Soroptomist

Soroptimist International of Muskogee will present Colleen A. White with its Violet Richardson Award, which honors young women for volunteer action. Ms. White, a 17 year old Eufaula High School senior, will receive a $500 award at the awards banquet to be held at 6 p.m. March 6 at Cowboy’s BAR-B-Q in Muskogee.

White is an active volunteer with the Gospel Rescue Mission where she volunteers monthly. She cooks and serves food to the homeless at the mission. She also helped organize the group, “Priceless”, through the New Community Church. Organized in 2013, it is focused on preventing sex trafficking and supporting those who have been rescued. They planned a rally for 2014 to help raise awareness and invited a spokesman from the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics/Human Trafficking Division to present a program discussing the issues of sex trafficking.

White will now advance to the Soroptimist South Central Region District II level, where a $1,000 Violet Richardson Award recipient will be selected. At that level, an additional $1,000 will be contributed in honor of the recipient to her volunteer organization. The program culminates with a $2,500 award to the finalist’s volunteer organization.

Founded in 1952, Soroptimist International of Muskogee is part of Soroptimist International of the Americas, an international volunteer organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. Muskogee members join with almost 95,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories to contribute time and financial support to community-based projects benefiting women. In addition, the club participates in Soroptimist International of the Americas’ major service project, the Women’s Opportunity Awards program—cash grants for women seeking to improve their economic situation through additional training and/or education.



Friends of the Library

The Muskogee Friends of the Library will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Muskogee Public Library.

The Books Sandwiched In program will feature Dealia Brown reviewing the book “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared,” by Jonas Jonasson.

Brown and her husband Wayne were transferred to Muskogee and like it so much they decided to stay and make Muskogee their home. They are both retired and enjoy traveling.

A sandwich lunch with drink and dessert for $3 will be available at 11:30 a.m. for members and guests. The book review will begin at noon after a short business meeting.



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:

• Feb.12 — Mary Hoover and Minnie Sheffield tied with Janice Chance and Helen Richmond for first.

• Feb. 14 —Linda Steams amd Norma Kolmer, first; Joan Chapman and Carol Ketchum, second; and Mary Smith and Ralph Parker third.

• Feb. 17 —Ann Kent and Jane Lopes, first; and Joan Chapman and Carol Ketchum, second.

On March 3 there will be a special seniors game for those who are over 55 by Dec. 31, 2013. STaC games will be April 7 and 11.



Three Rivers History Explorers

Living on her husband’s old family home place near Manard fueled Jennifer Spark’s interest in the Manard area between Tahlequah and Muskogee. Spark’s interest in history, literature, genealogy, geography, travel, art and all kinds of music had led her to a degree in History from NSU but until moving to Manard in 1991, she had no idea what an important role this little community played in Oklahoma history.

Spark will present a program about the Manard Bayou and the Manard Community at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Three Rivers Museum, 220 Elgin.

Three Rivers History Explorers is free and the public is invited.

Information: www.3riversmuseum.com or call (918) 686-6624 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.



Antiques and Collectible Club

The Muskogee Antiques and Collectible Club will hold the February meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the Muskogee Public Library.

The program will be given by Richard Carr on Fairly Lamps. Everyone is remined to bring an item for show and tell. Refreshments will be served.

Information: (918) 683-1908.



Toastmasters

Lindsey Williams introduced a Speechcraft to students at Bacone College on Wednesday night. According to the Toastmasters International website, “The Speechcraft program allows experienced Toastmasters to present the fundamentals of public speaking to non-members in an atmosphere of a Toastmasters club meeting.”

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

Information: http://wcs.toastmastersclubs.org



Beta Sigma Phi

Omicron Eta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Feb. 18 at Geno’s restaurant for its belated “Sweetheart Dinner.”

Afterward, they went to the home of Ima Jean Flusche for a short business meeting, dessert and gift exchange with secret sisters.

The meeting was called to order by President Thelma Terrill. She read thank you notes from Trinity Methodist Church Baby Basket for donations and Dolores Seward for the get-well wishes. Diane Rounds was welcomed back after a leave of absence. Projects for the year were discussed and decisions will be made at the March meeting.

 Kathleen McClasin was crowned Chapter Sweetheart for 2014 by outgoing Sweetheart Thelma Terrill.

The March meeting will be March 4 at Integrity Pathways and hosted by Laura Roets. The Communication Chairperson will notify members of any changes.