, Muskogee, OK

March 9, 2013

Club news 03.10.13

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

Keystone Study Club

Keystone Study Club will meet Monday in the home of Sandy Rosson. The program will be presented by Martha Tuteral and current events by Ann Kent, Ann Kuykendall and Jane Lopes.

Fort Gibson Genealogy and Historical Society

The Fort Gibson Genealogy and Historical Society will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the United Methodist church. The club will have finger foods and desserts at Monday’s meeting, allowing for more time to do research and listen to the speaker.

Are you stuck in your quest? Mickey Hagan, vice-president and program chairman, will be in charge of the meeting and she said she would like to get everyone started on their quest to find out about their ancestors and how to put it down on paper, according to a media release. Hagan has been on many trips to find out about her ancestors and is still searching. She has 38 books on her families. She would like for everyone to bring all the surnames they are searching for. She has discovered many ways to find out about families and will share them.

Bring your papers and old pictures as the club shares how to get started or how to get more information. The genealogy library will be open at 5 p.m.

Information: Marcia Elliott, (918) 478-3345 or Mable Taylor, (918) 478-3845.

Muskogee County Historical Society

The Muskogee County Historical Society will hold its monthly lunch meeting at 11:30 a.m., Thursday at Charlie’s Chicken, 2601 Chandler Road.

The speaker will be Travis Owens, manager of Cultural Resources Planning & Development for Cherokee Nation Businesses in Tahlequah. Owens will discuss opportunities for local tourism such as the Supreme Court Museum, John Ross Museum, Cherokee Nation Prison Museum, Sequoyah’s Cabin at Vian and the Will Rogers Museum & Dog Iron Ranch in Claremore as well as some Civil War sites.

He will also answer questions about bus tours to Cherokee, N.C., which includes stops at sites in Arkansas, Tennessee and Georgia.

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

Muskogee County Retired Educators

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

Faye Waits, coordinator for We Care Transportation, will present a program regarding the services the organization offers. Also, Rachel Brewer, agent with Liberty Mutual Insurance, will discuss various benefits available to retirees.

Pat O’Reiully will give the devotion, and Marilyn O’Reilly will serve refreshments. Members and prospective members are encouraged to attend.

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.

The club will sponsor a class for learning duplicate bridge starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Kiwanis Senior Citizens Center. It will be taught by Smith, who is an accredited American Contract Bridge teacher.

Recent winners are:

• Special senior game North-South — Barbara Sallee and Betty Elder, first in A and first overall; Ruth Sharpe and Bonnie Jennings, second in A and third overall; and Flora DeBartolla and Werner Wagner, third in A and first in B;

• Special senior game East-West — Linda Stearns and Bill Porter, first in B and second overall; Dave Murdock and Norma Kolmer, second in B and fourth overall; and Ann Kent and Jane Lopes were third in A.

• Feb. 27 — Mary Beyers and Wilma Mahaffey, first; and Renee Tyrrell and Bill Porter, second.

• March 1 — Marcia Robinson and Alice Barham tied with Joann Poirier and Lisa Poirier for first, andRuth Sharpe and Ann Kent were third.

Toastmasters International

One of the benefits of being a Toastmaster is the monthly Toastmaster magazine. It’s packed full of articles on public speaking and leadership skill articles. One recent article deals with taming stage fright. Who hasn’t had stage fright at some point in their life? The article discusses ways to deal with physical symptoms such as flushing or shaking when speaking. It also addresses how a speaker can get over feeling that the audience is passing judgment on him or her. So if you have ever experienced stage fright, consider attending a Toastmasters meeting to learn skills that will help you get over your fears.

Toastmasters meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of the month at 6:30p.m. at the Three Rivers Museum, 220 Elgin, in Muskogee. The next meeting is March 19.


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 Misty Dinegarten, of the U.S. Marshall Service in Muskogee.

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

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

Alpha Theta Chapter 1038

Alpha Theta Chapter 1038 of Epsilon Sigma Alpha International will meet Wednesday in the home of Elise Jimison. Educational Director Marjorie Szabo has announced that Shiron Butterfly Ray will be the speaker at 7 p.m. Ray will give the history of the Bare Bones Festival and present information on current and future plans. The Bare Bones Festival will be April 5-14 at the Muskogee Civic Center. Clu Gulagher will be inducted into the Hall of Fame and will also be the grand marshal of the Azalea Parade on April 13.

President Joan Eaton will call for reports from the ways and means chairperson and the philanthropic chairperson. A report will be given on the recent District V meeting held in Muskogee. The Nominating Committee will present the slate of officers for the 2013-14 year. Members are reminded to bring items for the local food pantry.

Muskogee Area Quilters Guild

The March meeting of the Muskogee Area Quilters Guild will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Nash Hall of the First Presbyterian Church, Fifth and Broadway streets.

The club will be having a yard sale, so bring quilt related items to sell, and shopping at others’ tables is allowed. Items should be priced before the meeting, and change will not be provided. There will also be a Scrappy Quilt Pattern review.

The learning opportunity will be a fast, easy way to make a receiving blanket and will start at 5:30 pm in Nash Hall. Bring a needle, thread (any color), small scissors, a few pins, a marker or pencil and a small square or triangle ruler. The fabric will be pre-cut and ready to pin together.

Information: Sharon Roberts, (918) 704-0869 or Paula Foster, (918) 478-3334.