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GFWC HEEKO members caravan to Pryor

Pawhuska’s GFWC HEEKO Club caravanned to Pryor last Monday to recognize Eileen Monger for her 50-year membership in the club. Shown in daughter Candy McBride’s home are (front row, left to right) Geraldine Enyart, Hester Ferguson, Patty Gambill, Sue Moyer, Julia Provance, Barbara McVey, Jenna Hague, Debbie Reed, Eileen Monger and Kathy Swan. (Back row) Barbara Strahm, Candy McBride, Nikki Lorenzo, Dean Shoemate, Arlena Trumbly, Joyce Ward and Dottie Allen.
Pawhuska’s GFWC HEEKO Club caravanned to Pryor last Monday to recognize Eileen Monger for her 50-year membership in the club. Shown in daughter Candy McBride’s home are (front row, left to right) Geraldine Enyart, Hester Ferguson, Patty Gambill, Sue Moyer, Julia Provance, Barbara McVey, Jenna Hague, Debbie Reed, Eileen Monger and Kathy Swan. (Back row) Barbara Strahm, Candy McBride, Nikki Lorenzo, Dean Shoemate, Arlena Trumbly, Joyce Ward and Dottie Allen.

Regaling the members of GFWC Heeko Club with her experiences, Eileen Monger presented the program, “Relocating and Moving at 80,” when club members gathered at her new home in Pryor for the March 11, meeting and a catered luncheon.

Monger told of relocating to their new home in Pryor, where her daughter, Candy, and husband Judge Terry McBride live. There was the packing and filling two moving vans, plus making numerous trips with their own loaded vehicle, and placing everything in their new home. Then she told of meeting new people, and said she had to speak first to them. It isn’t exactly like Pawhuska. She noted that her husband had a whole new coffee club audience to tell his “old” jokes to, and they are still funny.

Barbara Strahm presented Eileen with a bouquet of 10 carnations, each one representing five years of her 50-year service as a member of GFWC Heeko Club, since 1963, and being the only 50-year member. A quaint old saying was quoted, “God created man and rested, then he created woman and no one rested.” Although she now lives in Pryor, Eileen is still an active member of GFWC Heeko in Pawhuska.

GFWC Heeko president, Nicki Lorenzo, opened the business session with the salute to the flag and the Club Pledge, and thanked Eileen for being hostess. Geraldine Enyart offered a prayer.

Dean Shoemate, co-chair with Jenna Hague of the club’s Clean-Up Pawhuska committee, made the motion to open a separate special account for donations to be used only in the clean-up project, Geraldine Enyart seconded, and motion was approved. Jenna Hague told that they had been filling their pickup truck bed with sacks of trash that had been cleaned up around town, but a trailer was needed. A trailer was obtained, others donated cash to fix it, Terry Moore donated orange paint, and it is being used. Anyone within Pawhuska city limits who needs to borrow it, free of charge, to use to dispose of trash, can call 918-287-3862 or 918-287-4633.

The City has divided the town into areas, and seven groups have adopted areas to pick up trash. Hester Ferguson has applied for a grant to help fund it. Volunteers will work Saturday, March 16, 2013, picking up trash from the Community Center to the highway. March 30, 2013, will be celebrated as “The Great American Clean Up Day,” with gloves, bags and signs.

The meeting was adjourned following the recitation of the Clubwoman’s Collect, and the club members drove to Candy McBride’s house for a tea and to tour her beautiful house.

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