CAUSE TO CELEBRATE
Event: Bob Funk Sr. was host for the Express Ranches “Big Event” held at the Express Ranch in Yukon. Funk is chairman and CEO of Express Employment Professionals and owner of Express Ranches. The 1,200 people who attended the gala were treated to a private concert by Randy Owen, lead singer of the band Alabama. George Nigh was co-host.
Purpose: The event is an annual thank-you party for Express Ranches' customers and marks the beginning of the annual cattle sales.
Other entertainment: Two sky jumpers displayed 12 foot-flags, one with the ranch logo and the other an American flag. Twenty active servicemen and women from Tinker Air Force Base unveiled another 76-foot by 50-foot American flag.
Honored guests: At the party were Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon, Ret. Lt. Gen. Tom Stafford and other active military members, Oklahoma Wounded Warrior members and invited recent weather challenged victims.
Menu: Chef Ralph Knighton prepared New York strip steaks and a large display of shrimp on ice carvings.
Speakers: Nigh, Funk, Shannon and Jarold Callahan.
THIS JUST IN
Special event: Ann and Burns Hargis were hosts at a special dedication ceremony at the Doel Reed Center for the Arts, Taos, N.M. The celebration and memorial ceremony honored the late Martha Reed, Jim Vallion, Ann and David Sutherland, Linda and Jim Parker, Lerri and Rick Cooper and other donors to the project. The center houses Oklahoma State University's Art Program in Taos, which is another location for interdisciplinary teaching and research, much (though not all) of which will focus on the arts. It will benefit OSU students, faculty, alumni and friends in New Mexico. It offers credit courses and life-long learner courses as well as seminars.
Venues: “Casa Sutherland,” the adobe home serving as the Center of the DRCA, and “Vallion Gathering Place,” a covered courtyard area, were dedicated during the evening. The center is the first of three buildings to be renovated. There will be small gatherings, seminars, talks and alumni events at Casa Sutherland. The second adobe home will be named “Casa Cooper,” and “Doel Reed's Studio,” which will not be renamed, will honor the Parkers' contributions.
On the program: Edward Walkiewicz, director of the Doel Reed Center for the Arts, gave the welcome and Albert Archuleta from the Taos Pueblo gave the blessing of the property. Kent Young, longtime Reed family friend, gave a memorial talk about Martha Reed. OSU President Burns Hargis gave the dedication and introduced the special honorees.
A MERRY CHRISTMAS
Holiday shower: Macy Beeler and Matt Smith who will be married in December were honored at a “Holiday Magic” shower and dinner in the home of Susan and Eric Eckman. Co-hosts were Alison and Scott Calhoon, Donna and Len Cason, Janet and Jim Jones, Kim and Mike Joseph, and Barbara and Bill Miller. They gave the engaged couple place settings of their Christmas china.
Christmas decorations: A silver tinsel Christmas tree with lime green and pink ornaments was set up, and the shower gifts were placed under the tree. Table decor included two silver deer with a hot pink tinsel wreath shaped like a heart and lime green striped tablecloths. White twinkle lights decorated the backyard fence and trees. For dessert Christmas cookies were served.
Special entertainment: A magician performed magic tricks.
Ho Ho Ho-ing: Guests included Diana and Jeff Beeler, Laura Peterson, Caleb Holmes, Martha and Matt Smith, Robin Dunaway, Amy and Vic Caudle, Anita and Michael Smith, Linda and Tom Klos, Linda and Ken Howell, Barbara and Bud Beeler, Erin and Blake Beeler, Mandy Beeler, Ashley Elkouri, Zachary Smith and Allie Martin.
Sip and See party: A Sip and See was held in honor of Samuel Louis Kalil IV of Fort Worth, Texas, in the home of local residents Saundra and Jim Farha, his maternal grandparents. The gathering was to celebrate Samuel's entrance into the church at St. Elijah Orthodox Christian Church. There were five generations present, including paternal grandparents, Pam and Sam Kalil Jr. of Fort Worth, and maternal great-grandparents, Nadia and Sam Shadid, and great-great grandmother, Adeeba Samara. There were also four generations named Sam.
Serving table: A traditional Lebanese cinnamon tea, called Meghli, was served, along with an assortment of sweet treats. A motorcycle diaper cake with a teddy bear rider was the centerpiece.
Guests: Among the guests were Katherine Shadid, Samara Cohlmia, Yevonne Homsey, Lillian Badeen, Leslie and Scott Samara, Andrea and Johnny Jones, Karla and George Cohlmia, Jennifer and Paul Shadid, Lydia and David Shadid, Cassie Kalil, Christopher Farha, Andrew Farha, Betty Kay Karim, Marilyn Meade, Betsy Hyde and Bonnie Naifeh, Sydney and Mickey Homsey, Cindy Homsey, Stephanie Shanbour, Vicki and Frank Shadid, Debbie Homsey, Dana Karim, Lana Cohlmia, Nick, Terri, and Anna Kakish, Juliana Samara and Rod Badeen.
TWICE THE FUN
Birthday party: Sam Flippo and Jack Flippo, identical twin brothers, were honored at 94th birthday party given by son Sam Flippo and Janell Davis in their home. Ice cream and birthday cake, along with hors d'oeuvres, was served to the 30 guests, which included Linda and Bill Schmitz and Sibyl Flippo.
A little history: The Guinness Book of World Records has acknowledged to the Flippos thatthe twins are the oldest living male twins on record, and the family is awaiting official documention. They were in World War II together and landed at Normandy Beach in the same landing craft. They were both wounded in France and sent to England for treatment. They both were aircraft airframe technicians for Boeing, Piper and Beech in Wichita, Kan., and began working at Tinker Air Force Base in 1962. They have seven children between them and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Sam and his wife, Sibyl (they were married in 1945), live in Midwest City. Jack lives in Harrah. His late wife Kathleen (they were married in 1945) died in 2011. The brothers were born in Arkansas and had six siblings. Both brothers are healthy and have lunch together twice a week. Both still plant gardens every year.
Occasion: The annual Daughters of the American Revolution state workshop was held in Norman with the theme “DAR University,” and there were forums for the members to attend. At the luncheon, members donated clothing for children from kindergarten to fifth grade attending the Positive Tomorrows elementary school.