OKMULGEE: Dr. Robert Hasselman, 78, medical doctor, died Saturday morning, June 17, 2017 in Tulsa. Services pending. McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee.
To quote the late Yogi Berra, "it's almost like deja vu all over again", because that's what happened to Tuesday's Lions Club program--another late cancellation. The only difference this time, we did not have another program waiting in the wings. However, it afforded President Morrow the opportunity to recap the Lions' activities at last week-end's Pecan Festival
The Great American Turtle Race was a roaring success, led by Lions Rusty Milroy and Beth Flud, in awarding a total of $200 in cash prizes for first, second, and third place winners in the boys division and the girls division.
The Oklahoma Lions Mobile Health Screening Unit was open Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We screened 85 adults and 58 children for the spot vision camera, with only three "failures" for the children. Our saving grace was that the OSUIT Nursing program furnished seven faculty/student nurses on both days. President Morrow told the club that we have contracted for the Health Screening Unit and the spot vision camera to be available for the projected air show in Okmulgee on September 30, and the OSUIT faculty/student nurses have again pledged their support.
The tent is already up on Highway 75 north of the Loop in front of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Housing Building for our fireworks stand. It is 60' X 40' so you can't miss it. We plan to open for business on June 24 and we encourage you to buy your fireworks from the Lions because ALL of our proceeds are returned to the community. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, so we ask for your support. And everybody gets the "family discount". "WE SERVE".
(Photo and information provided by Dean Craig).
July Schedule of Meetings
4 NO MEETING
10 Board Meeting Noon 1st Nat'l. Bank
11 Beth Rengel Former News Reporter/Author
Program Chair Heather Sumner
18 Colleen Fowler Lions Meadows of Hope
Program Chair R.C. Morrow
25 Clay Patterson N.E.O. Head Football Coach
Program Chair Beth Flud
The Pecan Festival Great American Turtle Race, sponsored by the Okmulgee Lions Club and led by Lions Beth Flud and Rusty Milroy, is history. While the Turtle Race and Belmont Stakes were both held on the same Saturday, I'm sure the kids whose turtles won first, second, or third place prize money are just as happy as the horse owners whose horse finished first, second, or third for them. First place turtles won $50, second place won $35, and third place won $15 for each of the boys division and the girls division. I don't know how they determined which turtle would be in which race, but I guess it was determined by an old colloquialism--"ya' dance with the one who brung ya'".
Winners in the boys division: 1st place--London Bruner, 2nd place--Kason Carter, and 3rd place--Markel Holloway.
Winners in the girls division: 1st place--Ciara Reagan, 2nd place--Mallory Karbowski, and 3rd place--Kimber Collins.
The winning turtles were spirited away before I could get their names and the location where they were released remains a secret, so you'll have to find your own turtle for next year's race. Doesn't kids make life fun? "WE SERVE".
(Photos and information provided by Mr. Tur-Tell).
Friday nurses. Pictured: Sitting, Kathryn Bible (faculty) and Mary Brown (student). Standing, left to right: Summer Williams (student), Marion McGeehee (faculty), Michael Hunter (student), Robin Motley (faculty), and Shawnna Wilhite (faculty). Missing from the picture but also in attendance was Jana Martin, Head of the Nursing Department.
OSUIT nursing students and faculty spent their day Friday and Saturday assisting the Okmulgee Lions Club manning the Oklahoma Lions Mobile Health Screening Unit during the Pecan Festival. They rolled up their sleeves and were eager and ready to go to work at the various stations to check for: visual acuity, glaucoma, blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, basic pulmonary (lung) function, bone density, and body fat composition. In addition, the Lions manned the spot vision camera (target age 6 months to six years) to check for: myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism (blurred vision), anisometropia (unequal refractive power), amblyopia (lazy eye), and anisocoria (unequal pupil size).
The Okmulgee Lions Club owes a deep debt of gratitude to these faculty and student nurses from OSUIT. We absolutely could not have had as much success without them, period. They all were such a delight to be around, even in a busy work environment and crowded quarters. Another feather in the cap for OSUIT--you certainly know how to pick the best students, only to be surpassed by the nursing faculty. A "GREAT BIG LIONS' ROAR" to you all. And the best part, it was all FREE, compliments of your local Lions Club.
Another great big Lion's roar goes out to our leader, President Lion R.C. Morrow, for coordinating the scheduling of the Oklahoma Lions Mobile Health Screening Unit and all the nurses through OSUIT. Not to be left out, the Lions who spent hours assisting: Ron Martin, Jim Vaughn, Dan Anderson, Beth Flud, Sandy Patterson (Morris Lions Club), Dr. Tom Alexander, David Fetgatter, Raymond Kennedy, Dean Craig, James Thompson, Gary Volz, Jim McClendon, Rusty Milroy, Leroy Parker, Marianne Payne, and of course R.C. Morrow, who spent most of both days at the Unit (along with several of the aforementioned). "WE SERVE".
(Photos and information provided by Dean Craig)
Saturday nurses, left to right: Shannon Craft (student), Jamie Diggins (faculty), Heather Hasenmyer (volunteer), Rachel Bracken (RN), Jodi Campbell (faculty), and Chris Martin (faculty).
Carol Hull went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday June 11, 2017 at the age of 82 years after a brave battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
She was born January 21, 1935 in Oklahoma City to Loren and Xenia Timmons. She was graduated from Northwest Classen High School class of 1953 and attended Oklahoma State University in Stillwater where she met her future husband JJ Hull Jr. of Beggs.
Carol and Jim were married on November 7, 1954 in Oklahoma City and made their home on the Hull family ranch in Beggs.
Their union was blessed with three sons James J Hull III, William Loren Hull and John Michael Hull.
She enjoyed attending OSU football games for many years with her husband, sons and good friend Joan Eaton.
The family built a cabin near Eagle Nest New Mexico where Carol camped with her family as a young girl. They enjoyed many vacations skiing and hiking in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains; and Carol looked forward to the great shopping in Taos, Red River and Santa Fe!
Carol was a member of the Delta Zeta sorority at OSU. She was a member of the Okmulgee Service League, was a Pink Lady at the Okmulgee Memorial Hospital, member of the First Baptist Church Choir, and was a Cub Scout Den Mother. She enjoyed playing golf, loved to take bus trips and travel in the US and Europe.
Carol was preceded in death by her parents Loren and Xenia Timmons, her husband JJ Hull Jr and her sister Kay Cooke.
She is survived by her three sons and their wives, Jim and Denise of Broken Arrow, Bill and Carol of Beggs, and John and Brenda of Broken Arrow. Seven grandchildren: Courtney Hull of Evergreen CO; James Hull IV of Broken Arrow, Chelsea Mayes of Edmond, Quinton Hull and Loren Hull of Beggs; Chris Hull and Patrick Hull of Broken Arrow; and two great grandchildren Xander and Jasper Mayes of Edmond. Also three nieces Cathy Damen of Broken Arrow, Sharon Young of Harrah and Teresa Springer of Bethany.
Carol raised her sons with a gentle, loving spirit but had a firm hand when it was needed. Her family and friends will miss her sweet smile and lovely laugh; but we know her final home is heaven as it should be.
The family wishes to express sincere thanks to Brookdale Assisted Living in Broken Arrow and Hospice of Green Country for their excellent, compassionate care of Carol.
A celebration of her life will be held 10:00 A.M.,Thursday, June 15, 2017 at First Baptist Church of Okmulgee with Dr. Dennis Taylor. Interment will be follow at Resurrection Cemetery 7500 W. Britton Rd, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Friend may visit the funeral home Wednesday, June 14, 2017 from 12:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Family will be receiving friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Hospice of Green Country, the OSU Foundation or a charity of your choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee.
By Wesley Coburn - ONN
For Trevor Coburn, 14, attending the 18th annual UCO Endeavor Games in Edmond at the University of Central Oklahoma this past weekend was an “incredible experience.”
He won archery gold on Friday morning using equipment provided by Pat’s Archery in the Youth Outdoor Open
Compound division with a two-round score of 261 points, overcoming a fierce amount of wind.
Coburn is a homeschooled freshman from Beggs, and a member of the Okmulgee County Sharks. Also representing the Sharks was 8-year-old Savannah Sturdivan.
The Endeavor Games Series of competitions is a stepping stone to the Paralympics, which are hosted about a month after the Olympics conclude in the same city. According to their website, the goal is to “provide those with physical disabilities an opportunity to display their talents in a proper and competitive setting against individuals with similar disabilities.” Besides the UCO games in Edmond each June, there is also the Turnstone Endeavor Games each April in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with more events likely to be added in the future.
There were ten events in total: indoor and outdoor archery, cycling, powerlifting, air rifle shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, table tennis, track and field, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair softball.
Event locations included Cheyenne Middle School, Santa Fe High School, UCO’s Hamilton Field House, the UCO Wellness Center and the Mitch Park YMCA.
Coburn also competed in sitting volleyball, where his team took fourth place, just missing the bronze medal by two points, in addition to the 20-meter air rifle shooting, which he was runner-up in last year. Sturdivan competed in air rifle shooting as well.
Green Country Technology Center to host Okmulgee County training July 11, 18 and 21, 2017
Okmulgee, OK, June 5, 2017: i2E, Inc., a nonprofit that assists Oklahoma’s emerging small businesses and seven state partners including the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Cherokee Nation, Choctaw Nation, Oklahoma Business Roundtable, the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science & Technology (OCAST) along with REI of Oklahoma, Inc. announce the GrowOK initiative.
The GrowOK program is designed to explore the product/market fit of a new business concept. Applications are open for members of rural and tribal Oklahoma who have a concept for a business or an existing business. Each program includes three two-hour, in person classes, with outside activities to be completed by the participating company/entrepreneur. During the GrowOK program, participants will evaluate customer segments, product market fit, risks and competition, initial paths to market, how to reach potential customers, implementing customer feedback, setting metrics for success and introduction to startup capital. The goal of the GrowOK program is to increase jobs in rural Oklahoma. The project is funded by a grant from the US Economic Development Association (EDA) and is offered at no charge to qualifying participants.
The GrowOK program condenses a process that could take up to six months into a 5 week program which requires participant commitment to attending the 3 class sessions, July 11, 18 and 21, 2017 from 4:30-6:30 pm in the Panter Education Center on the campus of Green Country Technology Center. Participants also are required to engage in three individual follow-up calls (30-60 minutes/week) and complete all assignments associated with the program, including customer discovery calls. At the end of the 5 weeks, the i2E staff compiles a recommendation based on the GrowOK outcomes that serves as a springboard for the company to take action. More information and application is available online at www.growok.org. The deadline for application for the July session is June 27, 2017.
by: Tina Pierce LMFT
I have a drawer in my kitchen that I affectionately call the catch all drawer. I have tried multiple times to organize this drawer and it seems to be a mess again by the end of the week. If I am honest, I am not even sure what all is in this particular drawer. In fact, that is the first place I look if l loose something. There was at least one time that I found my car keys in there. Unfortunately, that drawer sometimes reflects my inside world. Often we go through life pretending we are ok and normal but inside we are hurting, sad, and overwhelmed.
How do you face the world with confidence when you struggle with doubts and pain on the inside? The truth is, you don’t. At least not on your own. The hardest world to live in is the one on your couch with only Ben and Jerry. What you need the most is a friend that you can trust. Someone you can call when it feels like the world is crashing down around you. Someone that needs you too. A friend that you can laugh and cry with in the good times and the bad. Someone willing to forgive you and give you a second chance when you fail. A friend that stands the test of time. If you have a friend like that, give them a call and say thanks for always standing by my side.
If you want a friend like that, start by being that kind of friend. Show others love and respect even when they do not deserve it. Be a shoulder to cry on, a joke to laugh at, and a warm friendly face. Then the hard part, be vulnerable, honest, and open. No one wants to be friends with someone that is always perfect and put together or fake. Be real and be you. Because you are ok. You are a friend worth having.
Tina Pierce LMFT
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It is always good to have a 15-minutes-of-fame program because that means we are adding more members to our ranks. Such was the case Tuesday for Lion Charles Otto, representing the newest member. Unlike the Okies in "Grapes of Wrath", Otto was born in California but migrated with his parents to Oklahoma in 1946, locating in a small town southeast of Ada. Otto's mother was originally from Oklahoma, and that is why they came here from California. His father bought 40 acres and thought he would be a farmer, but it didn't work out very well. There were some "rehabilitation" programs available back then, so his father took advantage of them and became a teacher, until he felt the "call" to preach and became a Methodist minister. Which, Otto explained, was the reason they lived in several different towns during his growing-up years before graduating high school in Copan.
After high school, Otto joined the U.S. Navy and spent some time on an aircraft carrier, U.S.S. BonHomme Richard, CVA-31. Upon his discharge from the Navy, he came to Haskell, where his parents were living at that time. He was employed by National Tank in Tulsa and began his career of 45 years as a welder. The last six of those years were spent with IC Bus Company, also in Tulsa. Otto retired, and he and his wife bought some acreage in the Twin Hills area, spending a lot of time improving the land. They eventually sold the acreage and moved to Okmulgee.
Needing "something to do", he worked for Walmart for six years, laughingly stating that he put bicycles together, but later admitting that was not all he really did. Nevertheless, we are glad to have this new member join our ranks and we certainly can find something for him to do.
On a related note, the 100-year celebration glass was won by Lion Kyle Powell on the ninth name drawn. We still have a few more slots for a few more good men and women. Come give us a try! "WE SERVE"
Pictured left to right: President Lion R.C. Morrow. Lion Charles Otto, and Program Chairman Lion Ron Martin.
(Photo and information provided by Dean Craig)
Pictured is Program Chairperson Lion Beth Flud, Paul Schatte, and President Lion R.C. Morrow. - Photo by Dean Craig
Tuesday's Lions Club meeting was another "Made in Oklahoma" product program by Paul Schatte (pronounced Shot-ee), Vice-President and part-owner of Head Country BBQ Sauce in Ponca City. This story, and history, has it's beginnings in World War II by Donovan "Bud" Head, a cook on a Navy destroyer, who served his own recipe sauce to the men on the ship. After coming home from the Navy, Bud and his wife Freda produced the popular sauce from their ranch house, and neighbors would line up with their fruit jars. In 1977, it became too much to handle, so Bud passed along his secret recipe to a nephew, Danny Head. Bud probably never imagined his sauce would become a staple at backyard BBQ's across 26 states and 18 foreign countries. Head Country is now Oklahoma's #1 selling BBQ sauce and the Ponca City plant produces 6,000 gallons of the sauce per day.
Paul Schatte grew up in Texas and he and his wife attended a college in Nebraska to become teachers. He was a classroom teacher for nine years and a Principal for 11 years before meeting Danny Head in 1990, when Schatte began competing in competitive championship BBQ contests. Schatte is a 15 year veteran of professional competition and won the Jack Daniels World Championship Cook-off in Tennessee in 1994. He won the Reserve Grand Championship American Royal Invitational in 2004 and has over 25 State Championships.
In June 1999, Danny Head convinced Schatte to join the Head Country competitive BBQ cook-off team, which he did, and became an employee of Head Country. Nine years later, Schatte bought a half-ownership in the plant and the restaurant. About three years ago, an equity group (which included a son of Tulsa resident and former NFL professional player Steve Largent) bought most of the company, with Schatte retaining a partial-owner share of the plant, and Danny assuming ownership of the Head Country BBQ Restaurant. However, the restaurant had to change the name due to copyright ownership and is now called Danny's BBQ Restaurant.
According to a recent survey, Head Country BBQ Sauce is #10 in the top 50 sauces marketed, even though they are in only about 12% of the grocery stores, unlike most of the major brands labeled under world-wide companies. Pretty good for a company which celebrates 70 years next month, and only has 27 employees They have expanded the product line to include (other than original); Hot flavor, Hickory Smoke flavor, Championship Seasoning (or dry rub), and Premium Marinade.
At the conclusion of his program (not to be out-done by the likes of the Dr. Phil show), Mr. Schatte announced that everyone gets a free bottle of sauce or seasoning. So, when the dismissal gong rang, we were lined up like pigs at the trough to pick up a free sample. What a pleasure to have Paul Schatte as our guest and help celebrate 70 years of success from another "Made in Oklahoma" company, Head BBQ Sauce. Now, y'all pick up a bottle or two of this juice, ya' hear?
On a related note, three Lions (Craig Brydges, Kyle Powell, and Christie Baldridge) were awarded special 100-year celebration pins for sponsoring a new member during this year. The 100-year commemorative glass was won by Lion Robert Bible on the third name drawn. We still have three more to give away, so ALL Lions should make an extra effort to be present for the drawing. We are still searching for a few more good men and women to join us. "WE SERVE"
(Photo and information provided by Dean Craig with excerpts from an internet article by Lance West).