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pink_rose.jpgGFWC Sorosis of Sulphur March Meeting  

GFWC Sorosis of Sulphur met Thursday, February 13, 2014, at Kelly Bates’ home. Members recited the Collect before partaking in a delicious luncheon prepared by Kelly Bates, Caren Bates, LaDonna Kay Chaffin, and Rene Anne Kennedy.

Shannon Monk, Principal at Sulphur Elementary School, presented the program about education. She spoke about state testing and especially about the third grade reading requirements. Many members asked questions and a lively discussion ensued.

President Mary McLemore conducted a business meeting following the program.

Mary reported that the GFWC Oklahoma Statistical Reports were completed. A summary of that report is available.

The Scholarship Luncheon in May will be at Carolynn Johnsons’ home. The date will be determined depending upon the Senior Awards program date. The scholarship recipient is Brycelynn Johnson. Mary asked for suggestions for fundraising. Jennifer Quidas and Kelly Bates reported that they had attended the LEADS workshop. New Business: The Club voted to donate $100 to Sulphur High School for prom prizes.

April 24 is designated as GFWC Federation Day. Do we want to participate in a clean-up day? Kelly suggested we take a personal interest in a particular area and maintain it throughout the year. Traci Jones suggested that we could bring children to help also. Mary McLemore suggested re-starting the Library patio project.

Linda Hurst made a motion that we give $25 to the Sonic carhop who helped with the March of Dimes collections. Approved.

Announcements: Our next meeting will be at the Library. Keith Man will be our speaker. Our GFWC Oklahoma State Convention will be held sometime in May.

The meeting was adjourned.

A Collect for Club Women

Keep us, O God, from pettiness;
Let us be large in thought, in word, in deed.
Let us be done with fault-finding and leave off self-seeking.
May we put away all pretense
And meet each other face to face,
Without self-pity and without prejudice.
May we never be hasty in judgment
And always generous.
Let us take time for all things;
Make us to grow calm, serene, gentle.
Teach us to put into action our better impulses,
Straight forward and unafraid.
Grant that we may realize it is
The little things that create differences,
That in the big things of life we are at one.
And may we strive to Touch and to Know
The great, common human heart of us all,
And, O Lord God, let us forget not
To be kind.

  • Mary Stewart 1941

    Mary Stewart, a Colorado school principal, wrote the words to the Collect in 1904 as a personal daily prayer. Mary titled her poem "A Collect for Club Women" when it was first published because she felt it might have special appeal to clubwomen. According to Mary, "The first women's organization to hear or use the Collect or to print it in its year books and biennial reports was the General Federation of Women's Clubs." Prior to her death in 1943, Mary Stewart's own account of the history of the Collect was recorded. During GFWC President Dorothy Houghton's administration (1950-1952), the American Home Department published Mary's history along with an interpretation of the text and suggestions for using it in GFWC programs. (2009 General Federation of Women's Clubs 202/347-3168 Used with permission)

    DOAV Hall of Trees

    The GFWC Sorosis of Sulphur Club won first place in the DOAV (Davis Organization against Animal Violence) Hall of Trees held at the Arbuckle Historical Museum in Davis. The GFWC Sorosis tree was decorated with birds, broom weed, red berries, and ribbons. The project started the holiday season off with fun and good spirits.

    The Club also helped decorate the Arbuckle Historical Society (Sulphur) tree. The AHS tree was decorated with historical pictures framed in decorated jar rings.

    Pictured above are Ladonna Chaffin, Louise Borders,

    Carlene Long, Brenda Cavins, and Carolynn Johnsonl

    Carolynn Johnson entered her Breyer Christmas horses collection and earned a first place award.

    Ladonna Chaffin works to help decorate the Arbuckle Historical Society tree.

     Hand in Hand Make Sulphur Grand

    In cooperation with the “Hand in Hand Make Sulphur Grand” Garden Club campaign, members of GFWC Sorosis, Arbuckle Historical Society, and Masonic Lodge #144 worked together on Tuesday, April 24, to do their part in improving Sulphur. The groups met at the Arbuckle Historical Museum at 1:00 P.M. then walked to previously assigned areas north of Main Street to pick up litter, remove weeds from sidewalks, and clear debris collected along curbs. Also, several individuals cleared weeds from the Museum’s flowerbeds to be readied for new plantings. At the end of the experience, the groups were hot and tired but were satisfied that they had contributed to improving their hometown.

    GFWC Sorosis Members: Back Row-Liz Crews, Gertrude Burnside, Fran Boles, Carolynn Johnson, Brenda Cavins, Sandra Mitchell, Lori Hagan, Marsha Brock. Front--Kelly Bates, Dusty Dog

    March of Dimes

    GFWC Sorosis Members volunteered at the water stations for the walk. Sorosis also made a donation to the March of Dimes.

     2012-2014 Club Donations

    The GFWC Sorosis Club of Sulphur donated to several charities throughout the club year. Below is a listing of those donations:

    • Parker Library Story Time donation in remembrance of Anne Mosness, $100
    • INCA $100
    • Operation Smile, $100
    • Heifer Project, $120
    • Arbuckle Historical Society, $100
    • Davis Oklahoma Animal Volunteers Shelter, $100
    • Parker Library Summer Reading Program, $100
    • Carrie Hunt Sorosis Scholarship, $500

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