, Muskogee, OK

February 9, 2013

Club news 02.10.13

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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:

• Jan. 30 — Winners were Bill Porter and Alice Barham in first place, Marialice Davis and Grace Sweeney were second;

• Feb. 1 — Joan Chapman and Carol Chapman in first place, Dave Murdock and Norma Kolmer were second, and Betty Jordan and Jane Lopes were third;

• Feb. 4 — Norma Kolmer and Dave Murdock placed first, Bonnie Jennings and Ruth Sharpe were second.

Muskogee Area Quilters Guild

The February meeting for the Muskogee Area Quilters Guild will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Nash Hall at the First Presbyterian Church, 5th and Broadway. The program will be Cathy Jacobs from Quilt Styles Shop in Glenpool. She will be talking about quilting items and classes the shop offers. She will have items for sale. Come see what’s new in quilting. There will not be a learning opportunity at this meeting.

Information: Paula Foster, (918) 478-3334.

Delta Sigma Theta

2013 marks the “Centennial Celebration of Sisterhood, Scholarship and Service” for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Members of the Muskogee Alumnae Chapter have provided service to our community since September 1949. The newsletter lists activities commemorating this special year each month. If you want the newsletter, send an email to


Sons of Confederate Veterans

The Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp #307 will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Muskogee Public Library, 801 W. Okmulgee Ave. The public is invited.

The historical program will be presented by George Fletcher. The program will cover the life and times of General Albert Pike. Descendants of Confederate soldiers are eligible for membership in the SVC.

Information: (918) 459-6869 or

Kiwanis Club of Muskogee

The Kiwanis Club of Muskogee will meet at noon Thursday at Cowboy’s Bar-B-Q, 401 N. York St. The speaker will be Mark Winter, executive director of McCoys.

Information: Bob James, (918) 687-4642.


The Muskogee chapter of the National Association 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 attorney Forney R. Sandlin, who will discuss wills and living trusts. There will be a door prize. All federal employees, members and guests are invited.

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

Daughters of the American Revolution

The Muskogee Indian Territory Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the DAR Room of Lucy Peters Hall on the Bacone College Campus. Lunch will be served at a cost of $8 per person.

The meeting will come to order at 1 p.m. In recognition of the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” during February, Wren Stratton will present the program about Women’s Heart Health. Visitors are welcome.

The National Society Daughter of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history and support better education for our nation’s children. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American Independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 165,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations. To learn more about the work of today’s DAR, visit

Information: (918) 348-2397 or

Epsilon Sigma Alpha

Alpha Theta Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha International will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the home of Marjorie Szabo. Jonita Mullins will present the educational with refreshments and business meeting to follow. President Joan Eaton will discuss plans for the state project tour scheduled for Feb. 23 at the Oklahoma School for the Blind.

A District V meeting will be held with election of officers for the 2013–2014 year. District V chapters are encouraged to participate in the bake sale with proceeds to benefit Kelly B. Todd Center. Reports will be given by Philanthropic Chairperson Chris Roberts and Ways and Means Chairperson Billye Lackey.

Plans for the March social will be presented by Peggy Pate and Kara Carnagey. Alpha Theta members are reminded to bring non-perishable food items for a local food pantry.

Information: Joan Eaton, (918) 687-5396.

Muskogee County Retired Educators

The Muskogee County Retired Educators will meet at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Muskogee Art Guild, 315 Court St.

The group will celebrate Black History Month by honoring longtime educator Sylvester Franklin. Special guest speaker will be James White. Ed Hendersonwill give the Devotion. Scotty Reed and Roberta Henderson will be hosteses. Members are encouraged to attend this special meeting.

Alpha Kappa Alpha

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., celebrates 85th birthday. Alpha Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. has the distinction of being the oldest chapter in Oklahoma, because it was established in Muskogee, Oklahoma in 1928. The Charter members were Mrs. Francis Escoe, Mrs. Mabel Garrett Riley, Ms. Annabelle Maddux-Dillard, Mrs. Larue Blaine-Corbett and Mrs. June Austin-Perryman. The chapter has managed to hold its membership consistently for 85 years never missing a regional or national meeting and maintaining its obligations on the local and national level.

The local chapter under the excellent leadership of Mrs. Aanje Wilkerson, will celebrate its birthday with a dual theme of Founders Day and Black History Month at 12 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16, at the Muskogee Civic Center, 425 Boston Street. Former members as well as sorority members from throughout the state will be invited to participate in the festivities. Also to be honored are the oldest Black church in Muskogee, the oldest black male and female and the oldest black owned businesses as well as fraternal organizations. Ms Avalon Reece, who is a sorority member, will be especially honored as the first Black City Council woman in Muskogee and Mrs. Muriel Saunders, also a sorority member, will be honored as the longest serving black on the Board of Education for the Muskogee Public Schools.

Ladies in the local chapter have a lengthy history of serving the community. Mrs. Juanita Adams served on many boards and Mrs. Jamie Robertson was truly a pioneer in the field of early childhood education. Mrs. Antoinette Harrison was also a lady of tremendous service to the Muskogee community. Throughout the years, Alpha Kappa Alpha women have been involved in Service to all mankind and have made invaluable contributions to the youth and citizens of Muskogee.

Tickets for the event will be $20.00 and will go on sale Feb. 5. For more information please contact Mrs. Aanje Wilkerson at (918) 682-8126.

Checotah Lions Club

Members of the Checotah Lions Club will meet at a new time and a new place starting March 14. Club members will begin meeting in March at the Fellowship Hall at the Church of Christ at 309 E. Gentry on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at noon. The club has been meeting on the first and third Thursdays at Charlie’s Chicken. Lions will convene at Charlie’s one more time on Feb. 21.

Lions said the move was necessary so they could have a larger meeting place to accommodate more members and visitors and make it more convenient to present a variety of programs. The change to the second and fourth Thursdays of the month was necessary so club meetings would not conflict with a ladies’ group that meets at the church on the first and third Thursdays. The Lions expressed their appreciation to the management and employees of Charlie’s Chicken for the fine service they have provided.

Lion Mitch Foreman has volunteered to plan, prepare and cook the meals at the Church of Christ location. Several Lion members have volunteered to help Foreman with the meal preparation and clean-up.

Lions International was founded by Melvin Jones, a Chicago businessman in 1917. In 1925 at the International Convention, Helen Keller inspired the Lions to assist vision impaired persons throughout the world and become “Knights of the Blind.” Lions accepted that challenge and began helping people with vision problems throughout the world. Lions International has grown to be the largest service organization in the world with 45,500 clubs and over 1.3 million members in 205 countries around the world.

The Checotah Lions Club was chartered on Nov. 18, 1921. Lions Club officers for 2013 are Dr. B. K. Glover, president; Dr. Mick Meador, first vice-president; George Wilson, second vice-president; Yvette Hatridge, secretary; Robert Jennings, treasurer; Mitch Foreman, tailtwister; and A. D. Stone, Lion Tamer. Board members include Jim Mayes, Joe Butenschoen and Mark Calavan.

Although the Checotah Lions make a variety of charitable donations to the community, it has followed the international organization’s pattern by concentrating on helping vision impaired people in the area. The local club helps a number of people each year pay for eye exams and purchase eyeglasses. The club also makes donations to the Dean A. McGee Eye Institute and the Lions Eye Bank. Other charitable projects the club does is to provide scholarships to Checotah High School seniors and helps to support the Lions Boys Ranch in Perkins.

The Angel Tree project also is a significant local project. School counselors identify “angels” in need for the Lions and angel cut-outs representing each needy child are placed on the Angel Trees, which are normally located at Armstrong Bank, Atwoods, Peoples National Bank, and Wal-Mart. The public is asked to purchase gifts for these “Angels.” Lions Club members purchase gifts for those who aren’t selected by the public. Lions are very careful that no child is left out and that every Angel receives Christmas presents. The highlight of the project is when Santa Claus, who is a Lion, personally presents the gifts to the children. Lion Yvette Hatridge loves the Angel Tree project and has chaired it for the past three years.

Other local benevolent projects the Lions have supported in the past include Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, Checotah Education Foundation, Boys State, the Lady Wildcats in their fund raising effort for the Masonic Children’s Transportation Fund, and the annual Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Chili Cook-Off.

New members are always needed to help with Checotah Lions projects. Visitors are welcome at the meetings on the second and fourth Thursdays at the Checotah Church of Christ Fellowship Hall, 309 E. Gentry Ave.

Keystone Study Club

The Keystone Study Club will meet in the home of Barbara Newell at 1 p.m. Monday with Barbara Newell presenting the program. Current events will be presented by Dorothy Fite, Betty Gibson and Nan Glenn.