Who/what/where: The Oklahoma Association of American Mothers Inc.'s 2013 Mother of the Year, Jan Schechter; 2013 Young Mother of the Year, Sherry Sage, and Oklahoma's Mother of Achievement, Alyssa Trepagnier, were honored at a ceremony in the Blue Room of the state Capitol. The Mother and Young Mother of the Year will attend the National Convention in New York City later this month.
Why: American Mothers, Inc., a national organization of mothers, selects the National Mother of the Year and National Young Mother of the Year annually from candidates in the United States, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The group founded Mother's Day in the United States and it recognizes the important role of motherhood through education programs and community outreach.
JOSE HAS A BIRTHDAY
Dinner: Pam and Bill Shdeed were hosts at a small birthday party in their home honoring Jose Freede. The Shdeeds and Tom McDaniel talked about Jose and how much she meant to them and the people at the party. Their families, children and adults, had celebrated with Jose for the past five years and decided to invite the same group with adults only.
Dressed to party: Jose wore a red suit and red glasses.
Flowers/cake: Purple orchids decorated the tables and dinner was chicken and rice and grilled vegetables. The large birthday cake was lemon chiffon.
Seen: Tricia Everest, Julie and Scott Shdeed, Barbara and Bud Beeler, Cathy Freede, Brenda and Tom McDaniel, Debby and Paul Dudman, Louise and Clay Bennett, Dana and Chris Gordon, Margaret and Dan Owens, Christy and Jim Everest, Mary and Colin FitzSimons, Jeannette and Dick Sias, Jerriann Altshuler, Katie and Brooks Altshuler were among those at the party.
HONORING LARRY PARMAN
Cocktail party: Larry Parman, new Oklahoma Secretary of State, was honored at a cocktail party in the home of Sandy and Stewart Meyers. Co-hosts were Carol and Don Kaspereit. Family members and friends gathered to congratulate Parman and his wife, Darlene, on his new position.
Flowers/food: Bouquets of tulips, hydrangeas, lilacs, roses and orchids were gathered in large vases and silver bowls and the hors d'oeuvres consisted of buffalo chicken dip, mini-bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches, marinated salmon, tenderloin sliders and sugar cookies.
People: Seen at the event were Barbara and Ralph Thompson, Avis Parman, Jackie Hall, Kaye and Ed Cook, Mary and Gary England, Hedra and Harry Merson, Gary and Betty Huckabay, Debra and Scott Senner, Jann and Blaine Schwabe, Ellen and Don Lisle, Anne Gray, Kathy and Dan Keating, Nancy and Bob Ellis, Marilyn and Jim Case, Kanela Huff, Lisa Voegeli, Cindy and Mike Shelby, Janie and Jon Axton, Gale and Lee Bollinger, Toby and Phil Walker, Cindy and Bob Barnard, Betsy and Stan Parman, Scott Parman and Jean Ann Parman.
PANHELLENIC WOMEN OF THE YEAR
Luncheon: Members of The Greater Oklahoma City Alumnae Panhellenic Association composed of 18 sorority alumnae clubs honored their Women of the Year at a luncheon at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club. Scholarship recipients, past association presidents, past Women of the Year and sponsors were introduced. Theme was “Sisters … Coast to Coast.” Amy Edwards was master of ceremonies and Lisa Blackburn is president.
Honorees: Kathy McCracken, Pamela Williams, Julie Blacksten, Lana Franks, Suzanne Symcox, Jessica Schwab, Suzanne Reynolds, Shannon Price, Ramona Paul, Michele Fruits, Sylvia Roberts, Jennifer Shadid, Barbara Perry, Lisa Synar, Camille Wittenhagen, Jane Harlow and Amber Tytenicz were honored at the event.
Decorations: Centerpieces were map-covered trunks and map-covered vases filled with calla lilies and hydrangeas. A couple of paper mache “world travelers” created by art students at Luther High School greeted guests as they arrived.
Scholarships: Proceeds from the luncheon fund scholarships in Oklahoma for area women.
Officers: Officers of the group include Blackburn, president; Millonn Lilly, event chairman/ vice president; Suzanne Bockus, secretary; Amy Edwards, historian; Michelle Nisbett, treasurer, and Suzy Smith, member-at large.
Seen: Katie Davis, Jose Freede, Linda Lowe, Dee Dee Chumley, Lela Sullivan, Linda Rodgers, Karen Luke, Bette MacKellar, Connell Branan, Aimee Harlow, Betty Crow, Sunshine Myers and Kim Wallace.
OKLAHOMA HUMANITIES AWARDS
Awards dinner: The annual Oklahoma Humanities Awards Event was held at the Oklahoma History Center. Two special programs were presented: Oklahoma's State Poet Laureate, Dr. Nathan Brown, recited a poem and Oklahoma's State Scholar for the Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit, New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music, Dr. Hugh Foley, led songs.
Award winners: Arn Henderson, FAIA, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Humanities Award; Dr. Harbour Winn, Oklahoma City University, Public Humanities Award; Richard A. Grounds, PhD, Director, Euchee (Yuchi) Language Project, Sapulpa, Humanities in Education Award; PLS The Big Read: The Joy Luck Club, Pioneer Library System, Community Leadership Award, and Five Tribes Story Conference, Five Civilized Tribes Museum, Muskogee, Outstanding OHC Project Award.
Seen: Emily Virgin, Steve Eddy, Debbie and Dr. Bob Blackburn, Brent Skarky, Joyce and Bailey McBride, Ralph McCalmont, Jeanne Hoffman Smith, Stacia and David Gillett, Mary Blankenship Pointer.
HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY B.C. CLARK JR.
Celebration: B.C. Clark Jr. celebrated his 100th birthday at his home recently with 46 relatives including his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and their spouses. The family celebrated his birthday on a Saturday afternoon, complete with balloons and birthday cake, and had dinner at Quail Creek Country Club that evening.
His birth date: B.C. Clark Jr. was born April 4th.
At the store: In honor of his centennial birthday, BC Clark Jewelers and the rest of the Clark family invited the public to stop by any of the store locations for birthday cake and to sign a birthday card in his honor. He was active in the family jewelry business until he was 94 years old and currently is chairman emeritus of BC Clark Jewelers.
What/where: Oklahoma native Richard Rosser's “Piggy Nation The Musical” officially opened its off-Broadway production at the Snapple Theatre Center, 50th and Broadway, in New York City.
Seen: Among those enjoying the humor and songs were Linda Rosser, Sara Jane Rose, Jay Shanker and Rachel Rose.
After hours: Following the performance, Richard hosted the cast and crew at the Irish pub two doors from the theater.
Our own Piggy Nation: Check the Sunday Oklahoman Comics for the weekly Piggy Nation cartoon by Richard Rosser and Shane Sowell, illustrator.
HONORING THE RUMSEYS
Reception: Marianne and Thomas Rumsey, teachers at Casady School, retired June 2012 after 30 years at the school, and a group of parents recently honored them with a come-and-go reception in the home of Rachel and David Holden. Co-hosts were Tina and Elby Beal, Sody and Robert Clements, Millie and John Hightower, Adelaide and Bill Liedtke, Marcia and Mack Morgan, Kathy and Hal Brown, Jamie and Clay Farha, Cheryl and David Merritt and Jill Walker.
Gift: Dr. David Holden spoke and presented them with a framed Jim Keffer original oil painting of the Casady chapel. The plaque read “With highest regard and appreciation, the Casady students and their families.” Marianne taught first grade at Casady and is still tutoring students and Thomas Rumsey taught British and European history and was the collegiate adviser.