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Contact Membership Chair Jan Brown  jbrown8@cox.net
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YOU CHOSE

Results are in:  At the September 13 meeting members viewed the displays and heard the presentations of the representatives from four non-profit finalists: Cavett Kids, Homeless Alliance, Pivot Youth Services, and Sisu Youth Services. Members ranked the non-profits 1-4 as to how they wished our 2019-2020 grants to be distributed. The two non-profits that received the most 1s and 2s will benefit from the proceeds from Ladies in the news. Those selected for that were Pivot Youth Services and Homeless Alliance's floral program. The other two will each receive our smaller grants. Sisu Youth Services and Cavett Kids were selected for those. Awards will be given at our May meeting. Congratulations to these four worthy non-profits. OHC Screening Committee received a record 17 grant applications this year. All the applicants are amazing and worthy of support. To be selected as one of the OHC final four was quite a feat. So OHC members, let's each support ALL our fall and spring fundraisers so we will be able to give the biggest possible grant to each of our final four.


Grant Applicants requested:

Cavett Kids - funds for summer camp for growing number of campers  - benefits chronically ill kids at OU Childrens' Hospital

Homeless Alliance - Establishing brick and mortar florist shop which will train and employ their homeless clients

Pivot youth Shelter - the purchase of commercial grade washers and dryers for their residential on-site laundry room

Sisu Youth Services - assistance with incidentals such as college tuition and supplies, clients' fees for outside services and applications, transportation, incidental health need costs, transition into permanent housing costs, etc.




2019-2020 Fundraisers

Fall 2019
Theatre Night (Completed!!)
Wednesday 9/18, 7:30 p.m., $20
Carpenter Square, 800 W. Main, OKC, 
"The Legend of Georgia McKnight" 
 Lynnda Berryhill, lynndahome@sbcglobal.net

Fall Fling
Friday 11/1, 10-3, $35, 
Warwick Clubhouse in Warwick Estates 
Linda Craven, lindacravens@aol.com


Service Opportunity
Salvation Army Angel Tree -  work dates TBA
Madeline Foreman, mforeman645@yahoo.com


Spring 2020
Games for Dames & Dudes 
Friday 1/17/20, 10-3, $35
Warwick Clubhouse in Warwick Estates
Linda Cravens, lindacravens@aol.com

Paint & Sip 
Thursday 2/20/20, 7:30 p.m., $45
Warwick Clubhouse in Warwick Estates
June Howard, jbughoward1@yahoo.com; Cindy Petree, capcin@aol.com

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2018-19 Fall and Spring Fundraising Recipients:
Upward Transitions - $3,500
Suited for Success - $3,500
Buck$ 4 Bikes - $1,800
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LADIES IN THE NEWS 2020
54th ANNUAL LUNCHEON AND STYLE SHOW
APRIL 3, 2020
OKLAHOMA CITY GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB
Ladies in the News Chair:  Robin Stephenson-Batcher, rebel2go33@yahoo.com
Cathy Meyer, cathym1224@outlook.com 
Corporate Sponsorships Available
Non-profit beneficiaries are:  Pivot Youth Services and Homeless Alliance

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Ladies in the News 2019 Grant Recipients:
Girl Scouts - Western Oklahoma - $24,000
and
OKC YWCA Emergency Shelter -  $24,000

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OKLAHOMA HOSPITALITY CLUB

Celebrating 95 Years of Service and Philanthropy


Monthly e-news                                                                                                                                            November 2019

·      Fall Fling Friday November 1 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; $35 includes lunch; Warwick Clubhouse in Warwick Estates off NW 122nd and MacArthur Blvd.  Call Linda Cravens to make reservations 405-826-5390.  Invite your friends. This FUNdraiser will benefit Sisu Youth Services and Cavett Kids.

 

Bring bingo prizes November 8 for the Daily Living Center.

 

Send prospective members’ names and contact information to:

 Jan Brown, membership chair, jbrown8@cox.net

 

2019-2020 Fundraisers

·      Theatre Night - $1,960 raised. 

·      Fall Fling – Friday, November 1, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; $35 includes lunch; Warwick Clubhouse in Warwick Estates off NW 122nd and MacArthur Blvd.  Call Linda Cravens to make reservations 405-826-5390.  Invite your friends.

·      Games for Dames and Dudes - Friday, January 17, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; $35 includes lunch; Warwick Clubhouse (see above)

·      Paint and Sip – Thursday, February 20, 6-9 p.m.; $45; BYOB and snacks to share; Warwick Clubhouse (see above)

·      Ladies in the News – Friday April 3, 2020, Luncheon & Style Show; $85; Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club, 7000 Grand Blvd, Nichols Hills

 

Upcoming Community Outreach:  Bike Buck$ and Bingo Prizes

In-kind and cash donations each month have benefitted numerous clients of local non-profits over the years.  This year we are partnering with a few of our favorite charities and some new organizations visited by the Screening Committee. 

This month bring (highlighted in green):

·      Buck$ 4 Bikes:  September – December    The price of a small bike - $35

·      Oklahoma Foundation for the Disabled – October- candy

·      Daily Living Center – November-bingo prizes.  Bring Nov.  8

·      Sunbeam Family Services’ Grandparents as Parents program – December-gas cards

·      SafeKids OK – January – May - life jackets or the cost of a life jacket-$15

·      A Chance to Change – January - welcoming waiting room items – K-cup coffee, water, packaged snacks, boxes of tissue

·      Savannah Station Therapeutic Riding Program – February-the price of a bag of horse feed-$17 and/or riding helmet $70

·      Genesis Project – March – TBA, probably boys clothing items

·      Citizens Caring for Children – May – TBA, probably children’s clothing or school supplies

 

Fundraising Beneficiaries 2019-2020

Pivot Youth Services and Homeless Alliance will benefit from our Ladies in the News fundraiser.  Sisu Youth Services and Cavett Kids were selected to receive the money raised from our other four money making events.

 

For volunteer information re: Salvation Army Angel Tree see last page #3 of this issue.

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Need more information?  Contact:

-FALL FLING: Linda Cravens, lindacravens@aol.com

-OUTREACH: Madeline Foreman, mforeman645@yahoo.com

-GAMES FOR DAMES: Linda Cravens, lindacravens@aol.com

-PAINT & SIP: June Howard, jbughoward1@yahoo.com; Cindy   Petree, capcin@aol.com

-LADIES IN THE NEWS FUNDRASING LUNCHEON APRIL 3,2020:

Robin StephensonBratcher, rebel2go33@yahoo.com; 

Cathy Meyer, cathym1224@outlook.com

-MONTHLY LUNCHEON MEETINGS NOVEMBER - MAY, NOON, 2nd Friday of the month, $20, GAILLARDIA COUNTRY CLUB 5300 GAILLARDIA BLVD. (MacArthur, north of Memorial Rd., OKC):

Linda Powers, donnie-linda@juno.com

 

NOTICE: Each month be sure to click either the ‘will attend’ OR ‘will not attend’ option on your emailed paperless post notice when you receive it. Hostess must have accurate count for lunch reservations.   

 

                2019 - 2020 Officers & Chairs

President Marlene Beery; Vice President Connie Weber; Recording Secretary Cathy Meyer; Corresponding Secretary  Barbra Case, Treasurer Dorothy Gray; Membership Chair Jan Brown; Historian/Photographer Susan Townsend; Chaplain  Shawn Jones; Hostess Linda Powers; Community Outreach  Chair Madeline Foreman; Screening Committee Chair Susan Howard; Paperless Post Chair Beth Cupp; Parliamentarian Linda Cravens

 

Ladies in the News – Chairman Robin Stephenson-Bratcher requests input from members on ideas for raffle baskets or items for our April 3 event.  The LIN team will do the contacting, but welcomes suggestions on what companies or orgs. to contact.  All input welcome. Send ideas to Robin – threesisters111@yahoo.com.

 

Additional OHC Giving Opportunities and Service

1.     Sisu, one of our 2019-2020 grant recipients, gives cleaning supplies to each youth resident they are able to connect to ‘permanent’ housing. OHC members may wish to purchase home cleaning supplies and donate to Sisu.  Contact Susan Howard rshoward@aol.com; 405-990-8036 to deliver.  They also have an ‘Amazon Wish List’ you can click on their website Sisuyouth.org.  Once on the website, click on ‘Donate’, then ‘Amazon Wish List’.

2.     Sisu welcomes hot evening meals. No shellfish, no pizza, and no salad (too much pizza is a bad thing and kids don’t like salad).  Please check the meal train calendar on their website and sign up to provide a meal. Delivery time and number of servings is listed per date on website.  Sisuyouth.org, then click ‘Donate’, then click ‘provide a meal for the youth’ or  ‘Here’ under ‘Sisu Meal Train’ paragraph.  Select an available date and list the meal you will provide. They also accept gently used clothing.

3.     OHC serves the Salvation Army by manning its Angel Tree stations at Penn Square Mall and Quail Springs Mall each Christmas season in late November or early December. To volunteer for these 3-4 hour shifts, please contact OHC Community Outreach Chair Madeline Foreman mforeman645@yahoo.com Salvation Army will send her the available volunteer dates, hours, and locations, then she will coordinate with you.  Paired with a partner this is time well spent either assisting shoppers choose a child’s or senior’s name for gift purchasing or accepting and bagging gifts purchased.

 

 

 

 

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Monthly e-news                                                                 October 2019

Send prospective members’ names and contact information to:

 Jan Brown, membership chair, jbrown8@cox.net

 

2019-2020 Fundraisers

·      Theatre Night Report- $1,960 raised.  Sisu and Pivot youth were able to attend thanks to those who donated tickets.

·      Fall Fling – Friday, November 1, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; $35 includes lunch; Warwick Clubhouse in Warwick Estates off NW 122nd and MacArthur Blvd.  Call Linda Cravens to make reservations 405-826-5390 or purchase tickets at the Oct. 11 meeting.  Invite your friends.

·      Games for Dames and Dudes - Friday, January 17, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; $35 includes lunch; Warwick Clubhouse (see above)

·      Paint and Sip – Thursday, February 20, 6-9 p.m.; $45; BYOB and snacks to share; Warwick Clubhouse (see above)

·      Ladies in the News – Friday April 3, 2020, Luncheon & Style Show; $85; Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club, 7000 Grand Blvd, Nichols Hills

 

Upcoming Community Outreach:  Bike Buck$ and Candy

In-kind and cash donations each month have benefitted numerous clients of local non-profits over the years.  This year we are partnering with a few of our favorite charities and some new organizations visited by the Screening Committee.  

This month bring (highlighted in orange):

·      Buck$ 4 Bikes:  September – December    The price of a small bike - $35

·      Oklahoma Foundation for the Disabled – October-Halloween candy

·      Daily Living Center – November-bingo prizes

·      Sunbeam Family Services’ Grandparents as Parents program – December-gas cards

·      SafeKids OK – January – May - life jackets or the cost of a life jacket-$15

·      A Chance to Change – January - welcoming waiting room items – K-cup coffee, water, packaged snacks, boxes of tissue

·      Savannah Station Therapeutic Riding Program – February-the price of a bag of horse feed-$17 and/or riding helmet $70

·      Genesis Project – March – TBA, probably boys clothing items

·      Citizens Caring for Children – May – TBA, probably children’s clothing or school supplies

 

YOU CHOSE!!

At the September 13 meeting members had the opportunity to meet, hear, and see the results of the screening committee’s summer work.  Representatives from four non-profits sat up displays and spoke to educate us on their charitable orgs.

Awards will be presented at out May meeting.  The results are:

Pivot Youth Services and Homeless Alliance will benefit from our Ladies in the News fundraiser.  Sisu Youth Services and Cavett Kids were selected to receive the money raised from our other four money making event.

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Need more information?  Contact:

-FALL FLING: Linda Cravens, lindacravens@aol.com

-OUTREACH: Madeline Foreman, mforeman645@yahoo.com

-GAMES FOR DAMES: Linda Cravens, lindacravens@aol.com

-PAINT & SIP: June Howard, jbughoward1@yahoo.com; Cindy   Petree, capcin@aol.com

-LADIES IN THE NEWS FUNDRASING LUNCHEON APRIL 3,2020:

Robin StephensonBratcher, rebel2go33@yahoo.com; 

Cathy Meyer, cathym1224@outlook.com

-MONTHLY LUNCHEON MEETINGS OCTOBER - MAY, NOON, 2nd Friday of the month, $20, GAILLARDIA COUNTRY CLUB

5300 GAILLARDIA BLVD. (MacArthur, north of Memorial Rd., OKC):

Linda Powers, donnie-linda@juno.com

 

                          2019 - 2020 Officers & Chairs

President Marlene Beery; Vice President Connie Weber; Recording Secretary Cathy Meyer; Corresponding Secretary  Barbra Case, Treasurer Dorothy Gray; Membership Chair Jan Brown; Historian/Photographer Susan Townsend; Chaplain  Shawn Jones; Hostess Linda Powers; Community Outreach  Chair Madeline Foreman; Screening Committee Chair Susan Howard; Paperless Post Chair Beth Cupp; Parliamentarian Linda Cravens

                     

Ladies in the News – Chairman Robin Stephenson-Bratcher requests input from members on ideas for raffle baskets or items for our April 3 event.  The LIN team will do the contacting, but welcomes suggestions on what companies or orgs. to contact.  All input welcome. Send ideas to Robin – threesisters111@yahoo.com.

 

Additional OHC Giving Opportunities and Service

1.     Sisu, one of our 2019-2020 grant recipients, gives cleaning supplies to each youth resident they are able to connect to ‘permanent’ housing. OHC members may wish to purchase home cleaning supplies and donate to Sisu.  Contact Susan Howard rshoward@aol.com; 405-990-8036 to deliver.  They also have an ‘Amazon Wish List’ you can click on their website Sisuyouth.org.  Once on the website, click on ‘Donate’, then ‘Amazon Wish List’.

2.     Sisu welcomes hot evening meals. No shellfish, no pizza, and no salad (too much pizza is a bad thing and kids don’t like salad).  Please check the meal train calendar on their website and sign up to provide a meal. Delivery time and number of servings is listed per date on website.  Sisuyouth.org, then click ‘Donate’, then click ‘provide a meal for the youth’ or  ‘Here’ under ‘Sisu Meal Train’ paragraph.  Select an available date and list the meal you will provide. They also accept gently used clothing.

 

        Love and condolences to Carolyn Sanger and her family on the death of her grandson, killed in a car accident.


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Monthly e-news                                                                                                                                                                                                                           September 2019

New Members

Take time to welcome our seventeen new or newly rejoined OHC members at our September 13 meeting.  Some joined in June while others were confirmed at the August board meeting.  They are: Glenda Huffman, Susan Edwards, Christine Johnston, Donna Lamberti, Sally Limber, Beverly Morgan, Lynda Shreve, Tania Smith, Paula Thornton, June Caruthers, Laura Bruner, Meg Stamatis, Julia Bays, Gloria Frasher, Shelley Mason, Kathy Rhodes, and Rachel Bradley.

 

If you know someone who may be interested in joining OHC, send her name and contact information to Jan Brown, membership chair, jbrown8@cox.net.

 

2019-2020 Fundraisers

Committees have been working throughout the summer to organize and prepare our five fundraising events this season.  Through these annual events we raise money for the grants we give to the selected non-profits.  As you recall, we gave $57,000 last season to four outstanding charitable organizations.  We were able to do this through the hard work AND monetary contributions we as OHC members made.  In addition to fundraising for grants, members have the opportunity each month to donate In-Kind items to additional Oklahoma non-profits.  Your yearbook lists the month, charity, and needed items.  Members may always write a check or give cash in lieu of bringing a tangible item.  This newsletter will also carry that information so each of us may plan ahead and prepare our donations according to schedule. As one members says “we are blessed that we are on the giving side.” 

 

Various service opportunities for members will be announced during the year as well.  We are a giving, doing, serving club who likes to meet monthly for lunch to greet each other, learn through educational programs, and celebrate our success in ongoing outreach and donations to the recipients of caring Oklahoma non-profits.  Please plan to play an active role in our club this season.

 

Theatre (Theater?) Night

No matter how you spell it, this fundraiser has proven to be a fun evening for our club members and guests.  The performance of The Legend of Georgia McKnight is September Wednesday 18, 7:30 p.m. at Carpenter Square, 800 W. Main, OKC. Purchase your $20 tickets at our September 13 luncheon.  Board members are asked to purchase 3-5 tickets and non-board members are asked to purchase at least two tickets.  If you cannot attend that night, please purchase and donate your tickets to OHC. They will be given to clients of a non-profit.  Cash bar and snacks will be available that evening.

 

Fall Fling – Friday, November 1, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; $35 includes lunch; Warwick Clubhouse, in Warwick Estates off NW 122nd and MacArthur Blvd.

 

Games for Dames and Dudes - Friday, January 17, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; $35 includes lunch; Warwick Clubhouse (see above)

 

Paint and Sip – Thursday, February 20th, 6-9 p.m.; $45; BYOB and snacks to share; Warwick Clubhouse (see above)

 

Ladies in the News – Friday April 3, 2020, Luncheon & Style Show; $85; Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club, 7000 Grand Blvd, Nichols Hills

 

Community Outreach

In-kind and cash donations each month have benefitted numerous clients of local non-profits over the years.  This year we are partnering with a few of our favorite charities and some new organizations visited recently by the Screening Committee. Your 2019-2020 year book lists the schedule as to month and org.  This newsletter will fill in the blanks prior to each meeting. Those orgs. benefitting this season are: 

·      Buck$ 4 Bikes:  September – December    The price of a small bike - $35

·      Theater tickets donated to selected non-profit - September

·      Oklahoma Foundation for the Disabled – October-Halloween candy

·      Daily Living Center – November-bingo prizes

·      Sunbeam Family Services’ Grandparents as Parents program – December-gas cards

·      SafeKids OK – January – May - life jackets or the cost of a life jacket-$15

·      A Chance to Change – January - welcoming waiting room items – K-cup coffee, water, packaged snacks, boxes of tissue

·      Savannah Station Therapeutic Riding Program – February-the price of a bag of horse feed-$17 and/or riding helmet $70

·      Genesis Project – March – TBA, probably boys clothing items

·      Citizens Caring for Children – May – TBA, probably children’s clothing or school supplies

 

 

YOU CHOOSE

At the September 13 meeting members will have the opportunity to meet, hear, and see the results of the screening committee’s summer work.  Representatives from four non-profits will set up displays and speak to educate us on their charitable orgs.  Come early to meet the reps. Read the materials at their displays.  Ask questions. Listen attentively to their oral presentations.  See finalists below.

Bring a writing utensil. At the end of the meeting ballots will be distributed listing the four orgs. in alphabetical order.  Rank the non-profits 1-4 how you wish our 2019-2020 grants to be distributed.  The two non-profits receiving the most 1s and 2s will benefit from the proceeds from Ladies in the News.  The other two will each receive our smaller grants.  Awards will be presented at out May meeting.  Ballots will be tallied and the non-profits informed.  Only members present that day may vote.  No absentee voting with one exception:  Screening committee members who ATTENDED THE IN-PERSON VIISTS may vote absentee.  If this is you, contact Susan Howard, rshoward@aol.com

 

For information contact:

 

-THEATRE NIGHT: Lynnda Berryhill, lynndahome@sbcglobal.net

-FALL FLING:Linda Cravens, lindacravens@aol.com

-Outreach Madeline Foreman, mforeman645@yahoo.com

-GAMES FOR DAMES: Linda Cravens, lindacravens@aol.com

-PAINT & SIP:June Howard, jbughoward1@yahoo.com; Cindy   Petree, capcin@aol.com

-LADIES IN THE NEWS FUNDRASING LUNCHEON APRIL 3,2020:

Robin StephensonBratcher, rebel2go33@yahoo.com; 

Cathy Meyer, cathym1224@outlook.com

 

MONTHLY LUNCHEON MEETINGS SEPTEMBER - MAY, NOON, 2nd Friday of the month, $20

GAILLARDIA COUNTRY CLUB

5300 GAILLARDIA BLVD. (MacArthur, north of Memorial Rd., OKC):

 

2019-2020 Grant Finalists

Cavett Kids - funds for summer camp for growing number of campers  - benefits chronically ill kids at OU Childrens' Hospital

Homeless Alliance - Establishing brick and mortar florist shop which will train and employ their homeless clients

Pivot youth Shelter - the purchase of commercial grade washers and dryers for their residential on-site laundry room

Sisu Youth Services - assistance with incidentals such as college tuition and supplies, clients' fees for outside services and applications, transportation, incidental health need costs, transition into permanent housing costs, etc.

Send news for e-news to Susan Howard rshoward@aol.com

                                   

                        2019 - 2020 Officers

President – Marlene Beery

First Vice President – Connie Weber

Recording Secretary – Cathy Meyer

Corresponding Secretary – Barbra Case

Treasurer – Dorothy Grey

Recording/Membership – Jan Brown

Historian/Photographer – Susan Townsend

Chaplain – Shawn Jones

Parliamentarian/Advisor to the Board – Linda Cravens