, Muskogee, OK

April 6, 2013

Club news 04.07.13

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

Keystone Study Club

The Keystone Study Club will meet Monday in the home of Dianne Haralson. Jan Wilkerson will present the program and current events will be by Martha Tuteral and Jan Wilkerson.

Muskogee Area Quilters Guild

There will not be a regular meeting this month of the Muskogee Area Quilters Guild.

Instead, the club encourages everyone to attend “A Garden of Quilts” quilt show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 23rd and Broadway streets.

Admission is $5. There will be many quilts to look at, demonstrations, quilt vendors, door prizes, boutique, raffle tickets to our quilt, and lunch to be served by the Women of St. Paul. The raffle quilt will be given away on Saturday afternoon.


Toastmasters train members to speak in public, and it also trains members to give constructive feedback.

Feedback is given in a respectful, positive way that encourages change and growth.

 Toastmasters meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Three Rivers Museum, 220 Elgin. Join us for our next meeting on April 16.

The club will have a “meet and greet” during its regular meeting to encourage new members. Wine and cheese will be served.

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:

• March 27 — Janice Chance and Helen Richmond, first; Mary Hoover and Minnie Sheffield, second; and Bill Porter and Dean Cousparis, third.

• March 29 — Dave Murdock and Norma Kolmer, first; Renee Tyrrell and Linda Stearnes, second; and Lisa and JoAnn Poirier, third.

• April 1 — Ruth Sharpe and Bonnie Jennings, first; and Norma Kolmer and Jane Lopes, second.

Soroptimist International

Soroptimist International of Muskogee, a local volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls, hosted the 2012 awards banquet at Cowboy’s Restaurant on March 7 to honor two women who strive to make the world a better place.

Soroptimist Kim Winston presented the “Woman of Distinction” award to Eileen VanKirk. VanKirk has 30 years experience in designing, implementing, and managing school-age programs and community partnerships. She is currently employed by Muskogee Parks and Recreation as the Director of the Youth Volunteer Corps of Muskogee, a service learning organization fro youth grades 6-12. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Afterschool Association.

VanKirk is also certified as a Youth Work Methods Trainer by the Center for Youth Program Quality and is providing this training to youth service program staff in the community.

A $200 contribution was made to Youth Volunteer Corps honoring VanKirk as Soroptimist “2012 Woman of Distinction.”

The Women’s Opportunity Award program was established in 1972 to assist women with primary financial responsibility for their families to obtain the skills training and education necessary to improve their employment status and standard of living for themselves and their family. Soroptimsts Carole Fisher and Jaushlyn Hoover presented a certificate and $1,000 to a single mother of one working a full-time job and two part-time jobs while attending college for her degree in financial management. The financial award can be used for any costs associated with educational efforts.

Tahlequah Aglow Community

The Tahlequah Aglow Community Lighthouse Meeting, “Finding Peace in a Society Gone Wild!” will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Tahlequah Public Library’s Carnegie Room 120 S. College Avenue.

Kaye DePinto will be the guest speaker.

A former hospital chaplain and registered nurse, DePinto is a mother and grandmother. She also is a widow, who lost her husband Tom, after being married for 46 years.

Tenkiller Women’s Club

The Tenkiller Women’s Club will hold its April meeting at noon on April 17 at the Princess Restaurant in Flintridge. The program will be presented by Nancy and Steve Tharp. They will present a slide show of their river cruise through Europe. Attendees will order from the restaurant menu.

Reservations must be made by April 15th by calling Glenda Greene at (918) 316-8804 or Barb Downard at (918) 457-3439. All women are invited to attend and, if desired, become members.

Members are reminded to bring non-perishable items for the Baptist Food Pantry.

Epsilon Sigma Alpha

Alpha Theta Chapter 1038 of Epsilon Sigma Alpha International will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the home of Wanda Martin. Agenda items include finalizing plans for the 2013-14 installation of chapter officers, attending the Oklahoma State Convention “ESA Treasures of the Sea” in Norman April 26-28, and working at the St. Jude Dream Home.

Members are reminded to bring non-perishable food items for the local food pantry.


Three Rivers Abate is sponsoring a free motorcycle inspection from 8 a.m. to noon April 20. Riding season is here, so get your motorcycle inspected for free. Inspection will be in the Homeland parking lot on the corner of U.S. 69 and Okmulgee Avenue.


Chapter 13 of PEO will meet on April 23 at Sarah Coburn-Rothemel’s home. Sarah will give a musial program. We will caravan together and meet at the McDonald’s on the turnpike at 10 a.m.

Muskogee County Historical Society

The Muskogee County Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Golden Corral, 423 W. Shawnee. Members are responsible for their own lunch.

Kim Jones, deputy director and curator of the Tulsa Air & Aviation Museum, will provide the program. Jones will speak about the history of aviation in Oklahoma with the use of a Power Point presentation. He also has some new information on the important role Hatbox Field played in developing aviation in Oklahoma.

Officers for 2013 were elected at the February meeting: Ellen “Cowboy” Johnson, president; Uiva Tubbs, vice president; Sue Smith, secretary; and Mary Downing, treasurer.

Information: Johnson, (918) 453-9842.

Delta Sigma Theta

The Muskogee Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., will host its annual Salad Luncheon and Silent Auction on April 14.

The event will be from 1 to 3 p.m the Muscogee Indian Community Center. The center is located at 335 N. 4th Street (across the street from Arrowhead Mall). The public is invited. Tickets cost $10 each.

No part of the net income or contributions are utilized for the benefit of or is distributed to members, or officers, a large portion of the proceeds will be used to create a scholarship fund for teenage girls.

Muskogee Alumnae Chapter has been serving the community and surrounding areas since 1949.

Information or tickets: (918) 360-7883.


The Ombudsman program is looking for volunteers.

The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program serves residents in nursing, assisted living and residential care homes. The program is administered by the Aging Services Division of the Department of Human Services under the authority of the Older Americans Act and the Oklahoma Long-Term Care Ombudsman Act.

An Ombudsman volunteer helps improve the quality of life and the quality of care available to residents of long care facilities. The goal of the Ombudsman program is to have volunteers at every long-term care facility.

The Eastern Oklahoma Developmental District(EODD) Area Agency on Aging provides supervision and support for the volunteers. Scott Harding, Ombudsman supervisor for EODD Area Agency on Aging, trains the volunteers in problem solving and communication, the process of aging and long-term care facility regulations. Training manuals for volunteers are provided by the Ombudsman Program.

To become a volunteer, the applicant must:

• Be concerned about older persons and their needs.

• Be able to work with different types of people without being judgmental.

• Be able to accept training and supervision.

• Be able to spend at least two hours a week as a volunteer.

• Be free from conflict of interest.

Information: Scott Harding, (918) 682-7891.


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

Guest speaker will be Scott Robinson, director for the Muskogee Port Authority.

A door prize will be drawn. All federal employees, members and guests are invited.

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