, Muskogee, OK

June 22, 2013

Club news 06.23.13

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

St. Joseph Seniors

St. Joseph Seniors plan a fried chicken picnic luncheon complete with all the fixings on Thursday. All parishioners 50 and up and guests are invited to attend.

A communion service will be held at 12:10 p.m. in the Marian Chapel. The lunch will be served in the church commons after the service.

Hostesses for the meeting are Shirley Miller and Marilyn Morgan. It is the club’s the last meeting of the summer. The next meeting is scheduled for September.


At the club’s last meeting, Toastmaster Paulette Lorshbach demonstrated the importance of getting personal affairs in order with her speech, “Taking Care of Business.” Paulette began Toastmasters to improve her communication skills which are just part of the skills Toastmasters members learn.

Toastmasters meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of the month at Three Rivers Museum, 220 Elgin. The next meeting is July 2. Visitors are welcome.

Muskogee Antiques and Collectible Club

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

The program will be presented by Mike McClendon, president of the Muskogee Coin Club.

Everyone is invited to come and bring items for show and tell.  Refreshments will be served.

Information: Betsy Edwards, (918) 683-1908.

Sons of

Confederate Veterans

The Oklahoma Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans is pleased to announce the dedication of a monument to 190 Confederate Veterans buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Ardmore. It will take place at noon Saturday in the Confederate section at the north end of the cemetery. Ardmore was the site of the Confederate home in Oklahoma, and many of those residents are buried in this section. Oklahoma was one of the few states that allowed spouses to stay with their husbands, and many of them are buried in the section as well.

Guest speaker for the occasion is Dr. Bob Blackburn, executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society. The Oklahoma division has 21 camps across the state and over 300 members. A tent, chairs, bottled water and portable facilities will be furnished and attendees are encouraged to dress comfortably to deal with hot temperatures expected.

There will be a special part of the event to honor the Five Tribes and their contributions to the Confederacy.

Information: (918) 459-6869 or

Muskogee Friends

of the Library

The Friends of the Library will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday for the Books Sandwiched In program. Debbie Goodwin and Jeremy Jones will present a fun program on Entertaining Books for Summer Reading.

Goodwin has spent 24 years at Muskogee Public Library, where she started in the Children's Department and is now circulation manager. She graduated from Muskogee High School in 1982 and Northeastern State University in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She is an avid reader and collects Fenton Glassware.

Jones graduated from Muskogee High School in 2000 and NSU in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in management informational systems. He has been assistant manager in the Circulation Department of the Muskogee Library for the past five years. He and his wife, Jennifer, are avid readers and are active in the Wesley United Methodist Church.

The sandwich lunch will come with dessert and drink for $3. All guests are welcome and may join as friends of the Library for $5. Club membership is not required for the book review or to participate in the luncheon.

Muskogee County Genealogical Society

The Muskogee County Genealogical Society will have its monthly general meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Grant Foreman Room at the Muskogee Public Library. The society is having its annual “BBQ and Brickwalls” meeting. Club members should bring a side dish or dessert. Main course will be provided by MCGS and cooked by Sizzlin’ Bones BBQ Team.

Bring genealogy “Brickwalls,” and the club will have a round-table discussion on how to bust through those walls on finding ancestors.

Meetings are free and open to the public.

Muskogee County Scottish Rite Society

During the May luncheon of the Muskogee County Scottish Rite Society, the Society donated $5,000 to the Oklahoma School for the Blind to purchase new Braille computer equipment for the students. Presenting the check was Gene Dye, along with Mary Downing, Edward Hughes, Kim Crissler, Bruce Williams, Don Van Alstine and Scott Percifield. Accepting the check for the school was Scottish Rite Society member and representative for the OSB, James Adams.

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:

• June 5 — Mary Hoover and Minnie Sheffield, first; Rene Tyrrell and Alice Barham, second; and Grace Sweeney and Marialice Davis, third.

• June 7 — Mary Smith and Ralph Parker, first; and Carol Ketchum and Joan Chapman, second.

• June 12 — Dean Cousparis and Nettie Kaad, first; and Janice Chance and Helen Richmond were tied with Mary Hoover and Minnie Sheffield for second.

• June 17 — Fran Martin and Ralph Parker, first; and Joan Chapman and Carol Ketchum, second.

Two Sectional tournaments at the club ( STaC) were played.

Winners were:

• June 10 — Linda Stearnes and Bill Porter were first, accumulating 7.74 silver points. Dave Murdock and Norma Kolmer tied for second with Fran Martin and Joan Chapman.

• June 14 — Dave Murdock and Norma Kolmer were first and received 4.12 silver points; Mary Smith and Ralph Parker were second and received 2.44 silver points; and Alice Barham and Marcia Robinson were third and received 2.63 silver points.

These games are in competition with clubs from eastern Oklahoma, southern Kansas, western Missouri and western Arkansas with more than 75 tables in play.