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March 17, 2008

Well, I’m proud to be... ‘True’ or ‘transplanted,’ Okies celebrate Muskogee

Connecticut transplant loves being an involved Okie

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Volunteer works shifts to community

Slauenwhite said he still volunteers his time to promote Bacone College and Murrow Indian Children’s home, but his travels are less frequent.

“Now they have paid people who do what we used to do for free,” Slauenwhite said, noting Bacone’s improvements and growth during the past few years. “This college has really taken off academically, physically and financially.”

While his work with Bacone has slowed, Slauenwhite said he stays busy volunteering with a number of civic organizations.

“Anybody who says there isn’t anything to do in Muskogee isn’t looking very hard,” Slauenwhite said. “I’ve never been so busy in my life.”

Slauenwhite cited such things as the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, the museums in Muskogee, Honor Heights Park and the special events there, like the Azalea Festival and Garden of Lights.

“We send gift subscriptions of Oklahoma Today to our friends in Connecticut so they can get a picture of what Oklahoma is like and what there is to do.” Slauenwhite said. “Once they get here, they want to come back.”



Q&A;



HOW DID YOU COME TO BE AN OKIE FROM MUSKOGEE?

My wife and I were members of the American Baptist Church in Connecticut. We became Volunteers in Mission for the church and represented Bacone College in New England and other eastern states. In the winter we would spend a month working here at the college. Eventually, they asked us to move here.



WHAT DO YOU DO WITH YOUR FREE TIME?

I am active in several organizations: I am president of the Morning Optimist Club, a Gideon, a Civitan, I volunteer at the Tourist Information Center, and serve on the board of the Civic Center.



HOW DO YOU MAKE A LIVING IN MUSKOGEE?

I retired from the insurance business in 1998.

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