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GFWC-OK McAlester Fortnightly members are preparing to enter their Spring 2016 term as busy as ever. The Cornerstone Creations Department has led the club with Pinwheels for Prevention project under Prevent Child Abuse America. Fortnightly was awarded the national Creativity Award by Prevent Child Abuse America for their efforts from 2012-2014. Many thanks to the 12 members of this department of McAlester Fortnightly led by current Director, Kathy Hill.

Domestic Abuse Shelters benefitted from donations by SEOK members.

The Homemakers Department continues to collect Box Tops for Education and Campbell's Soups labels which will be donated to the William Gay Early Childhood Center. This Department donated funds and are bringing food items themselves. Proceeds are donated to the local Battered Women's Shelter supporting the GFWC International project of Domestic Violence Awareness.

The Ceramic & Crafts department held their Nov. fundraiser by providing brunch and numerous items for Silent Auction.

Casual Gourmet members continue work with E-Angels which provides clothing for school age children who are homeless or poor. There are now 7 closets located in different schools in the McAlester area.

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FortnightlyOfficers20122014_(640x369).jpgWelcome to McAlester Oklahoma's First Volunteer organization       The ninety members of our club are volunteers in Pittsburg County. We have five departments within which we meet on a monthly basis. We have a Spring Banquet once a year to be sure we all know each other. We conduct business when needed and always have fun. Read about the departments below to see which one you would fit into.

Our 2014-2016 Officers shown are: Val D. Secretary, Mary C. President, Reta Descher VP

SHOT@LIFE program was presented with a UN Representative who brought literature and accepted donations.

Mary Coker, President thanked hostesses for a delicious meal. A number of members will be memoralized during the GFWC OK SE District Meeting. Vicky Bolte, SE District President, invites everyone to attend in Durant, OK October 1, 2016


Mary Coker, President, Welcomed the group

Smiling giving Clubwomen for SHOT@LIFE

Breakfast buffet provided by Cornerstone Creations.

Kathy Hill, Director Cornerstone Creations, is the greeter!
 
Literary Department The Literary Department was founded in 1903 and federated in 1904. These dedicated ladies asked each citizen to pledge one dollar to create a library. The original register book is in existence at the McAlester Public Library today showing each individual signature and the amount they pledged. This group meets the first Monday of each month September through May. They review one book each month having a different member as moderator. We celebrate ladies in this group with over 50 years of service to our community. A member of this department is on the Board of the McAlester Literacy Council.
 
Homemakers
When the Homemakers Department was created in 1943, women kept their homes while their husbands earned a living. Today, these active ladies lead our community keeping us current with pertinent affairs. They meet the first Monday of each month, September - May. This group donates items each month to the Battered Women's Shelter. During their Holiday project, the ladies purchased items for 2 mothers and their 4 children at the shelter for their only Christmas. This group sang Christmas carols at retired members homes and at McAlester Hospice during the grand opening of the new facility. One member has over 50 years of service. She is Beth McClain. Kathy Brod, Past SE District Director is the Current Homemakers Director.
 
 
Casual Gourmet
Casual Gourmet was also founded in 1993. This group of ladies is known throughout our community for their decorating and cullinary skills. Many are members of our gardening societies also. Casual Gourmet hosts the bi-annual sabbath in memory of cancer victims in our area. This event is coordinated by McAlester Hospice, a non-profit organization and held at the "Little Chapel On The Hill" in McAlester, OK. This group of ladies volunteer their time and expertise to many organizations in our community including Meals on Wheels and various Soup Kitchens. This group represents Fortnightly on the Puterbaugh Memorial Center Board of Directors.This group meets the third Tuesday Sept. - May at the Puterbaugh Memorial Center at 11:30 a.m. Margaret Fields is Director of Casual Gourmet.
 
 

Ceramic & Crafts
Founded in 1962, this group meets the first Monday of each month Sept. - May in the Parish Hall of St. John's Catholic Church. This group creates a new craft each month of holds their yearly fund raiser the first Monday of each November. They have held their yearly silent auction which raised sufficient funds for donations to the Youth Emergency Shelter, Shared Blessings and Battered Women's Shelter. Kay Grumbine is the Director of this group.


 
 GFWC-OK MCALESTER FORTNIGHTLY
345 E. Adams St.  •  McAlester, OK 74501
phone: 918-426-1098

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