Helen Ford Wallace
Features Society Editor

Helen Ford Wallace is a columnist covering society-related events/news for The Oklahoman. She puts local parties online with daily updates. She creates, maintains and runs a Parties blog which includes web casts. She is an online web editor for the Peope/Events page on NewsOK. She also has a Twitter and Facebook presence about Oklahoma City parties and maintains party photo galleries on NewsOK.She has written feature articles for The Oklahoman since 1957 (except for two years when she lived out of state) when she became a teen correspondent for the Oklahoma City Times. She was one of the first people, if not the first person, at The Oklahoman and throughout the country, to set up a modem at home to send columns on an Apple II computer. In the late 1970’s when she did this, the trend had not yet become a major part of the workplace.Current community activities include: Junior League of Oklahoma City board of directors sustaining advisor; Touchdown Club member, Oklahoma Heritage Association member, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum member, Sooner Club. Past activities are: Past Junior League President, Beaux Arts Ball Chairman, Associates Council member, Membership rush advisor for Delta Delta Delta and President of OU Mothers Club. Worked on Public School Foundation dinner events. Awards: Journalism Hall of Fame; Tri Delta Panhellenic Women of the Year; Oklahoma City Public School Foundation Annual Wall of Fame Humanitarian Award; Women In Communication Byliners Award; Dulaney Browne Libraries Award at Awards of Excellence for Oklahoma City University; Oklahoma Hospitality Club Ladies In the News honoree.


  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Nominations, please!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    Got an etiquette question? Email Helen at hwallace@oklahoman.com YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE!   By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace   QUESTION: Yesterday in a meeting (of a social group whose membership exceeds 100), the majority of the single slate of officers presented to be voted on were on the nominating committee. […]

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: Is it OK to nominate yourself for club election?

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE, For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    Yesterday in a meeting (of a social group whose membership exceeds 100), the majority of the single slate of officers presented to be voted on were on the nominating committee. Yvette Walker has the guest answer!

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: April 5

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@Oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Apr 5, 2015

    Spring Dinner, Reception, Patron Party, New Member Party

  • Parties Extra! Video!---Youth Services for Oklahoma County---"Reach For The Stars" Gala

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Sat, Apr 4, 2015

    Debbie Forshee, Emily Lang, Paige Dillard and Valerie Oakley on the set for Parties Extra! (Photo by Helen Ford Wallace).   [brightcove]4149315459001[/brightcove] Debbie Forshee and Valerie Oakley talk about the Youth Services for Oklahoma County’s  “Reach For The Stars Gala” on Parties Extra!

  • Boy Scout Dinner in Oklahoma City featured lots of flowers and Boy Scout knots

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Daffodils and tulips with a fishing pole. ( Photo by Kristopher Cox.)   There were 50 different bouquets of flowers on the 50 tables for The Last Frontier Council, Boy Scouts of America dinner at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum recently. Bebe MacKellar was in charge of decorations and Genea Vallion  and Kevin […]

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: Unexpected guest causes tension

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE, For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    The women of 20-40-60 Etiquette answer your tricky social questions. Devonne Carter has the guest answer.

  • Parties Extra! Video---Molly Shi Boren and Tripp Hall---OU, end of school activities, Arbor Day

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Molly Shi Boren and Tripp Hall

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: March 29

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@Oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Flowers, Red Earth Reception, Colonial Dames,

  • Parties Extra! Video---Positive Tomorrows---Cork & Canvas

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    [brightcove]4124920022001[/brightcove] Susan Agel and Dawn Byram talk about Positive Tomorrows and the Cork & Canvas fund-raiser on Parties Extra! Susan Agel, Dawn Byram and Todd Fraser in The Oklahoman’s video studio. (Photo by Helen Ford Wallace).  

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---She said no!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE!   By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace   QUESTION: How about when someone regrets an event? One of my good friends told me she could not come to my dinner party, and it was all that I could do not to ask her why. I felt like […]

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: Should I ask why friend declines dinner invitation?

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE, For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    One of my good friends told me she could not come to my dinner party, and it was all that I could do not to ask her why. I could not believe that she could not come. Should I have asked her why she was unavailable?

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: March 22

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@Oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    President's Ball, Art By The Lake, Order of the Owl, Luncheon,

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Tips included?

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

          YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace   QUESTION: We traveled to an-all inclusive resort over the holidays. Typically, most everything is included from meals to drinks. I felt it necessary to reward employees like servers and bartenders who went above and beyond to make […]

  • Parties Extra! Video---Entertaining and B.C. Clark

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    [brightcove]4109563263001[/brightcove] Coleman Clark and Terri Benear talk about the history of B.C. Clark and about the inventory in the stores for entertaining on Parties Extra! Coleman Clark, Terri Benear and The Oklahoman’s video producer Paige Dillard. (Photo by Helen Ford Wallace).

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: What to tip at a resort?

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE | Published: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    Is there a guideline or percentage in how much money to tip at an all-inclusive resort? Kathy Walker has the guest answer!

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: March 15

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    Wedding Shower, Baby Shower, Cocktails, Norman Party, Reception

  • Parties Extra! Video---Judy Love and Lisa Reagan Love talk about Lisa's new album and Love's Stores

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    [brightcove]4105539720001[/brightcove] Judy Love and Lisa Reagan Love visit The Oklahoman’s new video studio for Parties Extra!




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