A number of Henryetta students unwound after the exciting game Friday night at the Fifth Quarter held at the First Baptist Church. Some 30 teens attended the evening's events that included games, food and a worship service. Valorie Lewis was the guest speaker telling how she grew up in poverty but met the right people at the right times through God's help to give her hope and a future.
She challenged the teens to be aware of those around them who might be in a similar circumstance of hopelessness and for them to be the one who shows them the hope that is found in Christ.
Margaret Parks, Gene Meredith, Judy Williams, and Judith Drennan were hostesses for September 15 meeting of the Okemah Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution at Pepino’s Restaurant in Okemah. Regent Velda Jo Bradley reported that the Okemah Chapter was well represented at the Oklahoma DAR State Workshop held in Tulsa at the Double Tree Hotel in August by six members, Sherry Case, Joy Hlavaty, Ann Jackson, Kay Cook, Rebecca Hold, and herself. The workshop was very informative, and she was presented with two certificates for the chapter: one for distinguished community service and the other for outstanding accomplishments on our chapter achievement report. September 17 – 23 is Constitution Week and Margaret Parks, assisted by her daughter, Jenny Cody-Knopp, gave a most interesting program on the signing of the Constitution. Jenny is descended from the youngest signer of the Constitution, Jonathan Dayton (1760-1824), who was 26 when he signed the document, and the city of Dayton, Ohio, was named for him. The Constitution was greatly influenced by George Washington and is the most famous legal document ever written. Many other countries pattern their constitution from the United States Constitution. Members present were Sheldon Starr, Rebecca Hold, Geneva Bertges, Mary June Cashman, Theo Crawley, Virginia Sharpe, Carolyn McDaniel, Linda Hampton, Vice-Regent Ann Jackson, and Regent Velda Bradley; prospective members Patricia Funchess and Jenny Cody-Knopp; guests Pam Ferrell, George Knopp and Glenn Sharpe; and hostesses Margaret Parks, Gene Meredith, Judy Williams, and Judith Drennan. The next meeting will be hosted by Velda Jo Bradley October 20, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. at Pepino’s Restaurant in Okemah. The program, “Diversity within DAR,” will be presented by Judith Drennan. Any woman 18 years old or older who can prove she is descended from a Revolutionary War Soldier or Patriot is eligible to join the Daughters of the American Revolution. Prospective members are welcome to attend our chapter meetings. Contact Regent Velda Jo Bradley, 918-623-1550, or Registrar Rebecca Hold, 918-652-7092, for assistance. More information is available on the DAR website, www.dar.org.
Michelle Brown from Henryetta will meet with Congressman Markwayne Mullin and Senators Jim Inhofe and James Lankford to discuss the need to support an increase in federal funding for cancer research. She will also ask them to co-sponsor legislation that supports patients’ quality of life and to support legislation that would close a loophole in Medicare that often results in surprise costs for seniors when a polyp is found during a routine colonoscopy. Brown is Oklahoma’s State Lead Ambassador (SLA) for ACS CAN and a longtime cancer patient advocate. Over the past 20 years, she has had several family members and close friends lose their battles with cancer. “One in two men and one in three women will hear the words ‘you have cancer’ in their lifetime. We need a full and unwavering commitment from Congress to take action to help prevent and treat cancer,” said Brown. “We want our lawmakers to know that volunteers from Oklahoma, and from every state across the country, are counting on them to take a stand.” She will be joining some 750 cancer patients, survivors, volunteers and staff from all 50 states and nearly every congressional district in Washington, D.C. They are acting as part of the annual American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) Leadership Summit and Lobby Day. Advocates will urge Congress to take specific steps to make cancer a national priority and help end a disease that kills 1,600 people a day in this country.
The Henryetta Church of Christ food pantry got a boost Saturday morning. Around 100 hungry area residents came to the Masonic Lodge for a bean dinner with funds going back to the food pantry. The local lodge will match the amount raised by the dinner making it possible to keep residents from going hungry.
Every year the Henryetta Food Pantry at the Church of Christ provides meals for people who would otherwise go hungry. A bean dinner is scheduled Saturday, Sept. 19 at the Tulledega Masonic Lodge to keep the pantry shelves stocked. Set from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the dinner will be an all-you-can-eat meal for $5. On the menu will be beans, cornbread, slaw and a variety of desserts. The lodge hall is at 402 East Trudgeon.