St. Joseph Altar Society

The annual Altar Society Social will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 17 in the Commons of St. Joseph Catholic Church, 321 N. Virginia St.

The program will begin at 2:45 p.m. All women of the parish are invited. Guests are welcome. A nursery will be provided. A donation of $5 would be appreciated.

Purpose of the Altar Society is to provide services and needed articles for the altar and to lend assistance to the spiritual and material needs of the parish. Some of the activities include: purchase altar vestments as needed, provide and care for altar linens, purchase articles needed for the sanctuary, adopt a nursing home at Christmas.

Major fund-raising activities include the Spring Salad/Quiche Luncheon in April and the cookie/candy sale in December.

Information: Elaine Bartlebaugh 478-9165.

Fort Gibson Genealogical and Historical Society

Wally Waits from Muskogee Public Library will be the guest speaker when Fort Gibson Genealogical and Historical Society meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church in Fort Gibson.

Waits is very knowledgeable about searching for your roots and can help with ideas of continuing a search if you are at a standstill.

The group meets the first Monday of each month and welcomes new members and visitors.

For directions or a ride, call Marcia Elliott at 478-3345 or Mable Taylor at 478-3845.

Kiwanis Club

Mike Webb, owner of Muskogee Bridge Co., will be guest speaker when Muskogee Kiwanis Club meets at noon Tuesday at Jasper’s Restaurant Annex.

Information: Bob James, 687-4642.

Green Country Duplicate Bridge Club

Three Green Country Duplicate Bridge Club games are offered each week at the Kiwanis Senior Citizens Center, 119 Spaulding Blvd.

Schedule for this week: 1 p.m. Monday, open game; 1 p.m. Wednesday, game restricted to players with fewer than 300 masterpoints; 1 p.m. Friday, open game.

Recent game results:

• Aug. 28: Mary Cousparis and Evelyn Oakley, first; Fran Martin and Jane Lopes, second; Helen Dahl and Jack Harris, third; Mary Smith and Dorothy Derr, fourth. Flight B winners: Dahl and Harris, first; Werner Wagner and Glen Sizemore, second.

• Aug. 30 overall winners, North/South: Ed White and Dick Fogle and Joe and Helen Richmond, tied for first; Ann Kent and Jean Mahan, third; Helen Dahl and Renee Tyrrell, fourth. Flight B winners: Richmond and Richmond, first; Bill and Nettie Kaad, second. East/West: Robert Thompson and Janice Chance, first; Martha Owens and Bill Porter and Troy and Wilma LaFevers, tied for second; Fran Martin and Mary Beyers and Shirley Leathers and Linda Stearns, tied for fourth.

• Sept. 1 winners: Mary Smith and Ralph Parker, first; Joan Chapman and Renee Tyrrell and K.C. Jones and Jim Jones, tied for second.

Visitors and newcomers are welcome. For information about games or to find a partner for the Monday game, call Jane Lopes at 682-0194; for the Wednesday game, Velma Sweet, 682-2848; for the Friday game, Mary Smith, 682-2605.


The annual Toastmasters Humorous Speech Contest was held recently at Glen’s Restaurant in Wagoner.

Paulette Lorsbach, Advanced Toastmaster Gold, was the first-place winner with her story “Local Yokel.” This is the fourth such win for her and she now will compete in the area contest and if successful will go on to compete in Oklahoma City at the Oklahoma Toastmasters District No. 16 contest. She has been a Toastmaster for 15 years and has completed all but one of the requirements to become a Distinguished Toastmaster.

Janis Converse, another contestant, entertained the audience with her story “You Never Know Who’s Watching,” a tale of the antics of teenage girls trying to avoid study hall. Beverly Hill, the final speaker, told of recently discovered similarities to her father with her story “Daddy’s Girl.”

The International Speech Contest for Toastmasters is held in the spring of the year and those winners can go all the way to the national finals.

Toastmasters is a not-for- profit educational organization whose goal is to enhance public speaking, listening and leadership skills. It offers a variety of educational materials for members who are serious in their quest.

Wagoner World Class Speakers meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Glen’s Restaurant in Wagoner. Meetings are free and open to the public.

Information: Virgil Rose at 348-5548 or Jeff Riggs at 485-5505.

DDD Investment Club

Kamlesh Aggarwal will host the DDD Investment Club at 6 p.m. Monday at her home. Members are reminded to bring dues for July, August, and September, and stock updates.

Information: Aggarwal, 260-5286, or 682-6201.

Disabled American Veterans

Disabled American Veterans will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the DAV building at 4815 W. Okmulgee Ave. The chapter meets the second Monday of each month.

A dinner will be held at 6 p.m.

Information: Kathy Durland, 682-3364.

Muskogee County Retired Educators Association

Muskogee County Association of Retired Educators will have its first meeting of the year at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the downtown campus of Connors State College, 227 N. Second St.

There will be an opportunity to meet District 13 Rep. Jerry McPeak, D-Warner, and District 9 Sen. Earl Garrison. Candidates for District No. 14 state representative, Democrat Jeff Potts and Republican George E. Faught, also have been invited.

Jayne Mershon, OREA Volunteer chairwoman, will present a program on “How Do I Qualify as a Volunteer?” She encourages each retired educator to keep a record of volunteer hours.

All retired support personnel and teachers are encouraged to meet with other retired educators and work together for the benefit of the community.

Officers are: Shirley Miller, president; Marilyn O’Reilly, vice president/program chairwoman; Sherry Hamlin, volunteer chairwoman; Esther Pate, public relations chairwoman.

Information: Pate, 869-9273.

Daughters of the American Revolution

NaDeane Taylor and Adelaide Johnson will host Daughters of the American Revolution at noon Wednesday at Jasper’s Restaurant.

Members are reminded to bring dues.

Information: Barbara Tobin, 683-8014.

Muskogee New Friends

Anne Pringle will host the Happy Quilters when they meet at noon Monday. Bring a sandwich and a project. Call Virginia Garison at 686-0277 for reservations.

• The Mahjongg group of Muskogee New Friends will meet at 11:15 a.m. Friday at Stan’s Pizza and Moore in Yorkshire Shopping Center, 1318 S. York St. Members may order from the menu, and reservations are not required. Information: Connie Huffman, 682-8682.

Muscogee Indian Community

A tailgate party is planned for 7:30 p.m. Monday when the Muscogee Indian Community has its monthly meeting at 111 S. Virginia St. All members are asked to wear a T-shirt of their favorite team.

Information: Georgia Frye, 685-0454 or 682-6912.

National Association of Retired and Current Federal Employees

The Muskogee Chapter of the National Association of Retired and Current Federal Employees will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Kiwanis Senior Citizens Center, 119 Spaulding Blvd.

Speaker for the program will be Kathryn Eaton, executive director of CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children Inc. CASA, a non-profit organization whose mission is to recruit and train volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children who, through no fault of their own, are in the juvenile court system, is celebrating its 10th year in Muskogee.

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

Information: Ed Farris, 682-8839.

To submit club news, mail your information to Features, Muskogee Phoenix, P.O. Box 1968 Muskogee, 74402-1968, fax 684-2865 or e-mail Deadline is Tuesday before the Sunday announcement.

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