Tahlequah Daily Press

Features

December 11, 2012

Volunteering provides Austin new experiences

TAHLEQUAH — Singing is one of Angela Austin’s greatest joys, and one of her favorite of ways to volunteer.

This past weekend, she performed with the choir for the First Baptist Church Christmas music celebration, “Born Is The King.”

She’s been singing with this choir for the past seven years.

“I’ve done some volunteer work for the church, too,” Austin said. “The rewards of volunteering with the choir are wonderful. I have made new friends and gone to several appreciation dinners.”

She and her husband, Ron, have also volunteered teaching archery at the United Methodist Children’s Home, along with helping autistic children who attend Camp Gray Squirrel.

“Volunteers can be merry, because no one orders them to be more than they can be,” Austin said. “I would advise everyone who can spare the time to volunteer. You will make new friends, keep old friends and get experience doing new things.”

Qualities important in being a volunteer include being on time, having a neat appearance, a willingness to learn something new, and a desire to share experience.

“It’s also important to have the love of God in your heart and the joy of the Lord in your soul,” she said. “Don’t expect to be rewarded, smile as often as possible, and be friendly and inquisitive.”

Volunteering began early for Austin.

“I got started volunteering at home as a child,” she said.

She washed dishes, made the beds, baby-sat her siblings, shopped for groceries, cooked the meals and did laundry.

“My mother always lavished praise on me when I did a good job,” Austin recalls.

Helping her grandfather with the farm was also time she enjoyed.

“I fed the chickens, planted and sowed the garden, fed he pigs and washed and sold eggs,” she said.

As a young mother, she volunteered as a Girl Scout leader for two years when her daughters were in Head Start and kindergarten.

In December 2003, she moved to Tahlequah from Stigler at the encouragement of her daughter, Lilly Glenn Velotta.

“I love Northeastern State University and the Illinois River camp sites and float places,” she said. “I love to swim at NSU with my husband Ron Austin.”

Austin transferred college credits from Los Angeles City College in Business Administration and music to Northeastern State University.

“My daughter graduated from NSU, and told me there were more job opportunities here,” Austin said. “I’m still planning to finish my degree.”

Austin has three grown daughters, Holly, Lilly, and Gloria, born in Los Angeles. She met her first husband, Oscar Glenn, in 1979 in an adult education choir class held at Hollywood High School. He died in 1988.

“When I was married to Oscar Glenn, I was an unpaid mother and housewife, or rather, a volunteer,” she said. “The rewards have been immeasurable.”

She’s been married to Ron Austin about six years. She has several grandchildren from both marriages.

Austin also knows the value of volunteers who have contributed to the well-being of her and her family.

“I admire and appreciate all that our Sunday School teachers have done for my children and me, and our kitchen crew who cook up such delicious meals, and our choir directors, Andy Latta and Ellis Stout,” she said. “I admire and appreciate the Girl Scouts for teaching me how to sell cookies and lead the girls.”

 

To see the complete version of this article, subscribe to the Daily Press e-edition by following the link below.

Click here to get the entire Tahlequah Daily Press delivered every day to your home or office.

Click here to get a free trial or to subscribe to the Tahlequah Daily Press electronic edition. It's the ENTIRE newspaper (without the paper) for your computer, iPad or e-reader.

1
Text Only
Features
  • sp-symposium-art-panel.jpg Panelists discuss impact of Southeastern art

    Until recently, most people had a certain expectation of American Indian art – and it didn’t include images familiar to people in and around Cherokee County.
    “A lot of times, when people think about Native art, they immediately think of Plains art or Southwestern art,” said Roy Boney (Cherokee), Tahlequah artist and moderator of the panel discussion “Southeastern Indian Art: Building Community and Raising Awareness,” held Friday, April 11, at the NSU Symposium on the American Indian.
    Boney and the other panelists are frustrated by the divide between mainstream expectations of Native American art and their need for genuine self-expression.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • rf-Teacher.jpg Dickerson believes in putting the student first

    As a child growing up in Elk City, Cherokee Elementary teacher Debra Dickerson lined up the neighborhood children and animals to play school.
    “I’ve been a teacher ever since I could talk. My mother always said she knew where I was because she could hear me bossing everyone,” she said.
    The classroom then was a blanket tossed over limbs of her big cherry tree on Eisenhower Street. Recess was spent tree-climbing, running, riding in the bus (her red wagon) and being creative.
    “Those were the days before video games and TV,” she said.
    Dickerson, 2013-’14 Cherokee Elementary Teacher of the Year, believes a classroom should be a safe haven for children, because school is often the best part of their day.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • kh-trash-pickup.jpg Cleaning things up

    Lowrey was part of the Cherokee Nation’s Career Service Center contingency of 11 volunteers. Other volunteers cleaned up trash along the roadway from the Cherokee Casino to the NSU campus.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • SR-NinthAmendment.jpg Right to privacy leans partly on Article 9

    While the other articles of the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights are straightforward – at least, enough for Americans to bicker over in court – the Ninth Amendment might cause a bit of confusion.
    It reads: “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”
    There are no rights enumerated, and it might be difficult to argue one’s Ninth Amendment rights in court, though it has been done successfully.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • stickball-2.jpg Stickball

    The American Indian Science and Engineering Society and Native American Student Associationat Northeastern State University hosted a traditional stickball game as part of closing cultural activities during the 42nd annual Symposium on the American Indian Friday. Participants included, from left: Nathan Wolf, Disosdi Elk and Chris Smith.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • green-bldng.jpg City council to discuss ‘green building’

    Tahlequah City Council will hold a special meeting Friday, April 11, at 5:30 p.m. to discuss, among other items, applying grant money to renovate the city’s “green building” at the corner of Water and Morgan, near Norris Park.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • alcohol-info.jpg Alcohol screening can be critical

    It has been decades since Prohibition brought Americans gangsters, flappers and speakeasies, but statistics for alcohol addiction are staggering.
    Millions of Americans suffer from alcohol addiction and abuse, which affects families and friends.
    Today, April 10, is the annual National Alcohol Screening Day, and raising awareness through education, outreach and screening programs is the goal, according to the website at www.mentalhealthscreening.org.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • jn-CCSO-2.jpg Law enforcement agencies to get new facility

    Area law enforcement agencies will soon have a new training facility in Cherokee County.
    The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office is building the new training room near its gun range, located north of the detention center. Sheriff Norman Fisher said tax dollars were not used for the building.
    “This is something we’ve been trying to work on, and it was built with no money from the taxpayers,” said Fisher. “It was paid for with drug forfeitures and gun sales.”

    April 9, 2014 2 Photos

  • Holiday Inn.tif Promise Hotels to build Holiday Inn Express prototype

    Tulsa-based company Promise Hotels broke ground recently on the nation’s first new Holiday Inn Express & Suites prototype. The new 46,000 square foot, 80-room hotel will be in Tahlequah near the intersection of South Muskogee Avenue and the highway loop.
    Construction will begin immediately with an anticipated completion date of February 2015. The $7.22 million hotel will feature a new contemporary look with an indoor pool, sauna, fitness center, and larger meeting room.

    April 9, 2014 3 Photos

  • rf-Volunteer-Harris.jpg Music still in the blood of retired music teacher

    Volunteer opportunities Harris supports include Court Appointed Special Advocates of Cherokee Country, Feed My Sheep, and directing the Go Ye Village Women’s Choir. She’s also served for many years as musical director of Tahlequah Community Playhouse.

    April 8, 2014 1 Photo

Poll

What to you think of a state Legislature proposal to forbid cities from raising the minimum wage? Choose the closest to your opinion.

The federal government should set the minimum wage across the board.
States should be allowed to raise their minimum wages, but not cities.
Both states and cities should be allowed to raise their minimum wages.
Cities should be allowed to raise their mimum wages, but not states.
There should be no minimum wage at all.
Undecided.
     View Results
Tahlequah Daily Press Twitter
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Tributes Mark Boston Bombing Anniversary Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge US Supports Ukraine's Efforts to Calm Tensions Suspect in Kansas Shootings Faces Murder Charges Ukraine: Military Recaptures Eastern Airport Raw: Storm Topples RVs Near Miss. Gulf Coast NASA Showcases Lunar Eclipse Pistorius Cries During Final Cross-Examination The Boston Marathon Bombing: One Year Later Michael Phelps Set to Come Out of Retirement First Women Move to Army Platoon Artillery Jobs Sex Offenders Charged in Serial Killings Police: Woman Stored Dead Babies in Garage OC Serial Murder Suspects May Have More Victims Family: 2 Shot in Head at Kan. Jewish Center Raw: Horse Jumping Inspires 'Bunny Hop' After Attack, Officials Kill 5 Bears in Florida Popular Science Honors Year's Top Inventions ND Oil Boom Attracting Drug Traffickers
Stocks