, Muskogee, OK

October 7, 2012

Club news 10.07.12

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

Lupus Support Group

The Muskogee Lupus Support Group held its first meeting Thursday. The group meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at MCCOYS, 4009 Eufaula Ave.

Family members are welcome, along with others who may have an auto immune disease.

The next meeting is Nov. 1.

Information: Dana Winters, (918) 348-5591 or

Fort Gibson Genealogical and Historical Society

The Fort Gibson Genealogical and Historical society will meet on at 6 p.m. Monday at the United Methodist Church in Fort Gibson. The library will be open at 5 p.m. for those who wish to do research.

The speaker is Wally Waits, who retired from the Muskogee Public Library and currently writes a blog on the history of Muskogee and surrounding areas. His topic is “The deconstruction of the 1911 Water Reservoir on Agency Hill.”

This month is pizza month, which the club provides. Others may bring desserts or anything to go with pizza.

For a ride or information:  Marcia Elliott, (918) 478-3345 or Mable Taylor, (918) 478-3845.

Muskogee Area Quilters Guild

The October meeting of the Muskogee Area Quilters Guild will be 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Nash Hall of the First Presbyterian Church in Muskogee.

The program will be Roberta Thomason from the Fabric Patch Quilt Shop in Gore. She will show techniques for making the “Four-Patch Posey Quilt” and will have fabric, patterns and quilting items from her shop for sale at the meeting.

The learning opportunity will start at 5 p.m., and you will be learning to make a fancy spider web with colorful thread and a regular sewing machine. Bring a 10x10” piece of fabric and the rest will be supplied.

Anyone interested in quilting is invited to attend.

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


Alpha Theta 1038

Alpha Theta 1038 of Epsilon Sigma Alpha International will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the home of Ruth Jo Carnagey. Kara West will serve as co-hostess.

Agenda items include a report from Philanthropic Chairperson Chris Roberts on the pizza party held for students at the Oklahoma School for the Blind on Oct. 1. Chris will also report on five students at OSB who will be sponsored by Alpha Theta. Marjorie Szabo will present an educational on the the theme “Life in Muskogee Oklahoma—the best kept secret.”

Ways and Means Chairperson Billye Lackey will discuss the recent concession stand work at the Civic Center. Parliamentarian Ruth Jo will ask for input from members on any needed bylaw changes. All officers and chairpersons will be called on for reports.

President Joan Eaton will lead a discussion on a donation to be made to a charity in honor and memory of long time member Betsey Standridge. Joan will remind members of upcoming meetings and plans will be made to attend the Oct. 13 District V meeting in McAlester and the Nov. 3 State Council meeting to be held in Norman.

Members are reminded that the discussion on the Vi Gardner Scholarship will continue regarding the number of scholarships to be awarded and how to publicize this scholarship.

Information: President Joan Eaton, (918) 351-8309, Ardyce Briggs, (918) 682-5485 or Kara West,

Omicron Eta Chapter

Omicron Eta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Oct. 2 in the home of Charlotte Watkins.

The meeting was called to order by President Martha Tuteral with members reciting the opening ritual. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. The treasurer’s report was given and approved. After a short business meeting Debbie Schrader presented a very interesting program for the members.

The program was presented by Debbie Schrader on Meals on Wheels, which is one of the chapter’s projects for the year. Each member brought canned goods to replenish their food supply. Debbie gave a brief history of Meals on Wheels. She related that the program was approximately 15 years old and had feed many people over the years. There are no restrictions on who may receive the meals which are delivered twice a week. There are no paid employees. The cooks, food buyers and delivery team are all volunteers. Meals on Wheels is sustained by donations only and does not receive any Federal or State help. Debbie stated this has been a very rewarding and fulfilling part of her life.

The November meeting will be at the home of Stephanie Flusche, hosted by Ima Jean Flusche. Stephanie will present a program on Scrap Booking. The Communication Chairperson will notify members of any changes.

Chapter B of PEO

Chapter B of PEO will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the home of Cindy Ketcham. Hostesses are Jennifer Moore and Angie Weaver. The program will be given by Jill Abdallah, a Mark Kay consultant.


Through Oct. 25, M.A.R.C. will be participating in a special Avon fundraising campaign, from which the proceeds will be used to offset the costs of M.A.R.C.’s special Olympics group while it travels to and participates at the State Special Olympic games in Oklahoma City and Stilwater.

Various Avon products will be available for purchase from members of M.A.R.C. Checks are acceptable, payable to M.A.R.C. for its special Olympics program. Payment upon order of these products is required.

Information: Cynthia Wise, (918) 577-0201 or Beverly Byrd, (918) 683-4728.


Optimist Club

The Muskogee Morning Optimist Club held its installation dinner for the 2012-13 officers and board members on Sept. 27 at Baker’s Catfish Cafe.

The new officers were sworn in by District Lt. Gov. and past President Joshua Cotten. The new officers are S’Lee “Bud” Hinshaw, president; Frank Smith, president elect; Cynthia Kane, secretary; and Tanya Staggs, treasurer. During the ceremony, Barbara Staggs was presented with a plaque naming her as Optimist of the Year.

The club meet at 6:30 a.m. every Wednesday at Hornback’s Cafe, Cherokee and Peak streets. Guest speakers are in attendance and the public is invited to attend.


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, 110 Spaulding Blvd.

Guest speaker will be Kerin Barngrover, Blue Cross/Blue Shield program representative in Tulsa. She will address the group regarding the 2012 open season for health benefit plans.

Open season, Nov. 12-Dec. 10, is the period when federal employees, retires and spouses may select a health plan or change options. Members will learn the cost of health insurance plans for 2013. A door prize will be drawn. All members, federal employees and guests are invited.

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

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:

• Sept. 19 — Sandra Cole and Santa McWilliams, first; Joann Webb and Margie Ray, second; and Grace Sweeney and Marialice Davis tied with Mary Beyers and Bill Porter for third.

• Sept. 21 — Ruth Sharpe and Bonnie Jennings, first; Alice Barham and Marcia Robinson, second; and Jane Lopes and Betty Jordan, third.

• Sept. 24 — Linda Stearnes and Norma Kolmer, first; and Dave Murdock and Jane Lopes, second.

• Sept. 26 — Bill Kaad and Minnie Sheffield, first; Janice Chance and Helen Richmond, second; and Sandra Cole and Santa McWilliams, third.

• Sept. 28 Mary Smith and Ralph Parker, first; and Linda Stearnes and Norma Kolmer, second.

• Oct. 1 — Ruth Sharpe and Bonnie Jennings had a 77.5 percent game for first, and Dave Murdock and Ann Kent were second.

There will be special games on Nov. 5 and 9 with silver points being awarded.

Keystone Study Club

Keystone Study Club will meet at 1 p.m. Monday in the home of Ann Kent. Charlotte Crank will present the program. Dianne Haralson, Nan Glenn and Jane Lopes will present current events.

Muskogee Civitan Club

The Muskogee Civitan Club held its installation and awards banquet for 2012-13 at Cowboys BBQ on Sept. 29.

The new slate of officers and board members are: Malcolm Moore, president; Karen Greer, president elect; Stephen Ezell, secretary and Betty Jean Honea, treasurer. Board members include Betty Franks, Ron Slauenwhite, Leon Waters, Esther Vaughn, Winnie Bowman ad Kay Borovetz.

The officers and board members were sworn in by Don Garrison, past Muskogee Civitan President and an officer of the Civitan International. Numerous award were given during the ceremony including plagues to the previous president and secretary.

The club meets at noon on the first and third Tuesdays of every month at the Civitan Park Clubhouse, 3301 Gibson.

Information: Stephen Ezell, (918) 616-5692.


Kiwanis Club

Muskogee Kiwanis Club met Sept. 27 at Cowboys BBQ for 2012–13 officer installation banquet.

Denise Deason-Toyne, division 31 lt. governor of Texas-Oklahoma district, presided as installation officer.

 Officers installed were T. J. Ellis, president; Oscar Field, past president; and Dan Clem, secretary/treasurer.

Directors are Bob James, Glenn Young, Paul Grice, Bob Fisher and Jim Stark.

The Muskogee Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Thursday at Cowboys.

Delta Sigma Theta

The Muskogee Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated had a successful voter registration drive Sept. 29 at Arrowhead Mall. The group signed up 33 people, two of which were 18 and 81 years old, first time voters.

On October 20., the group will partner with Women of Worth (W.O.W) of New Balm Outreach Ministies to present its second annual Cancer Awareness Seminar at the Muskogee Public Library. The event is free and open to the public. It will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will be held in the first floor conference room.

Guest speakers include a representative from the Cancer Treatment Centers of America. There will also be door prizes and refreshements.

The Muskogee Alumnae Deltas will wear a pink ribbon each Friday in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Friends of the Tahlequah Library

David Gerard will be discussing his prize-winning family novel “God’s Acres” at the second monthly program sponsored by the Friends of the Tahlequah Library at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Gerard, an NSU graduate, worked as a reporter and editor for the Muskogee Phoenix for 15 years, the last five as opinion editor. From 2001 to 2010, he wrote weekly personal columns, “Sketches from Three Rivers.” The columns were popular in the Muskogee area, and a number of other papers in the state and country reprinted them. For three of those years, his columns won best personal column from the Oklahoma Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalism.

“God’s Acres” received the 2011 fiction award from the Oklahoma Center for the Book. In the novel, 6-year-old Bud tells the story of his family’s relocation from St. Joseph, Mo., to a small farm just outside of town. The 12-acre homestead represents the idyllic life for Bud’s mother, the story’s central figure — a woman driven by unwavering religious beliefs and a rigid work ethic — but it turns out to be the source of much heartache. Bud speaks with an endearing earnestness and bits of laugh-out-loud humor and ultimately achieves a complex tale of family relationships.

Gerard is also the author of “Judge Not,” a murder mystery, and “Sketches from Muskogee, Oklahoma,” a collection of his Phoenix columns.


T-3 Governor Lindsey Williams was the guest speaker at the meeting of World Class Speakers recently. His topic “Moments of Truth” is from the Successful Club Series from Toastmasters International headquarters. After his presentation, James Merrell conducted the Table Topics session, which is an impromptu speaking portion for the meeting.

Paulette Lorsbach will represented the club in the Division T Humorous Contest in Tulsa on Saturday, where the winner from that Division goes on to compete at the state level.

The club will be hosting a demonstrtion meeting at 11 a.m. Oct. 22 in the new party room at Hamlin’s. The area governor will be attending, along with other officers from the Tulsa area.

This meeting is open to the public and there is no fee for attendance. The World Class Speakers club meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at the Three Rivers Museum, 220 Elgin St.

Information: Paulette Lorsbach, (918( 687-8887 or Virgil Rose, (918) 577-2873.


Women’s Club

The October meeting for the Tenkiller Women’s Club will be at noon Oct. 17 at the Princess Restaurant.

The program will be a slide presentation the gold leaves of Colorado, presented by Don and Jean Bowman of the Tahlequah Camera Club. Everyone welcome.

Information and reservations: (918) 316-6797.

Muskogee County Historical Society

The Muskogee County Historical Society will hold its annual picnic at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Fort Gibson Historical Site under the old gum trees.

David Fowler, interim director, will discuss the upcoming calendar of events for the Fort Gibson Historic Site.

Information: Ellen “Cowboy” Johnson, (918( 453-9842.