When people retire, some plan to make a difference as volunteers.
A volunteer might work one morning a week or one morning a month. Some even view it as their patriotic duty.
Sueann Freeman, who recently retired after 43 years of teaching, planned to volunteer at three places: Tahlequah City Hospital, the CARE Food Pantry and Feed My Sheep, which hubs at the First United Methodist Church.
“It’s something I wanted to do for me, for personal satisfaction,” Freeman said.
She started volunteering in February.
“I don’t have to get up at 6 in the morning anymore,” Freeman said.
Her daughter, Heather Foster, works at TCH as supervisor of centralized scheduling, and Freeman wanted to join the hospital auxiliary. She enjoys meeting and visiting with people.
Volunteers work half a day at a time, she said.
“It’s a chance to have my Starbucks fix every week,” Freeman said, smiling.
Freeman worked in a variety of schools before finding her niche at Talking Leaves Job Corps, where she spent 30-1/2 years.
“The students were needing something, someone to listen to them,” she said.
She found out quickly the stories she’d heard – that the kids were mean – weren’t true.
“I didn’t find that at all,” Freeman said. “I spend 30 years telling people they needed to get to know the students. In any school, there are good ones and bad ones and those in between. I was able to make a difference.”
When she opens up the TCH gift shop Friday mornings, she looks around to see what needs to be done and what’s new.
“This morning, I put out candy. We have probably the best selection in town of candy,” she said.
To be a volunteer at TCH, a person has to fill out an application. There are three areas in the hospital to volunteer: surgery waiting, admissions and the gift shop. Auxiliary members also volunteer at Remarkables downtown.
“We need volunteers,” Freeman said. “Volunteers need good people skills, are helpful, patient, smile and are ready to work.”
The last Monday of each month, she volunteers at the CARE Food Pantry because that’s the busiest week. She fills orders when people come in and takes the sacks out to them. And she helps with sack lunches.
“They need help, too,” she said.
At Feed My Sheep, held at the First United Methodist Church, she serves meals every Thursday at 6 p.m., and makes dessert when asked.
“Weekly the same people are repeats; they come every Thursday night,” Freeman said.
Volunteering keeps you busy and connected to the outside world, she said.
“Everybody needs a reason to get out, get up and get dressed,” she said.
When people retire, some plan to make a difference as volunteers.
Moulton touts importance of history
Northeastern State University’s motto is “Gather here. Go Far.” The phrase aptly applies to Dr. Gary Moulton.
Moulton, graduate of NSU and University of Nebraska Thomas C. Sorensen Emeritus Professor of American History, is perhaps the country’s leading authority on the history of Cherokee Principal John Ross, as well as being selected to review and edit the writings of Lewis and Clark.
Dr. Brad Agnew, chairman and professor of the NSU History Department, called Moulton the “world authority” on Ross.
Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation awards $30K
Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation recently awarded more than $30,000 to TPS teachers for education projects.
Tibbets: Art an important cultural element
The incomparable beauty of nature inspires Dennis Tibbits to paint.
“I believe my love of the Illinois River, especially the Barren Fork, has greatly influenced the type of material I prefer doing,” said Tibbits.
His love of landscapes – “riverscapes,” as he calls them – began about the same time he started floating the river in the 1970s as a student at Northeastern State University.
Tibbits, an instructor and clinical supervisor of Speech and Language Pathology at NSU, graduated from Stilwell High School in 1971. He earned a bachelor’s degree from NSU in 1975 and a master’s degree from the University of Arkansas in 1976, both in speech-language pathology. He came full-circle when he took a teaching job at NSU in 2007, after doing clinical speech pathology for more than 30 years.
In the early ‘70s, he did his first oil paintings and three of them hang in his house today.
Senior Citizens dance makes mark in history
It was nearly 14 years ago when Charles Scott and Dorothy Crawford were sitting across the table from each other having lunch at the Tahlequah Senior Citizens Center, when Charles spoke up and said, “I think I’ll go see the mayor and city council and get a senior citizens dance started.”
Bright colors in for spring fashion
The occasional snowflake may still be floating down from the sky, but bright colors and textures are making local boutiques and stores look like spring has already arrived.
Bright colors, loose-weave accessories in scarves, jackets and vests and dresses are beginning to replace winter items in display windows and on the racks.
Neon and leopard prints are always on hand at Obsession Boutique, said owner Amanda Harris.
Floral and tribal prints, corals, melon and mint green and sequins for bling are beginning to brighten the store on cute sundresses, skinny jeans, leggings, and jeggings, said Harris.
- Polar Plunge raises thousands for Special Olympics More than 110 participants from local schools and organizations took part in Saturday’s Polar Plunge for the Special Olympics at Arrowhead Resort on the Illinois River. They raised a total of $15,400 for the athletes to buy uniforms and help with travel and lodging for the Oklahoma Special Olympics in May. Participating were groups from Cherokee Nation, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah Police Department, Tahlequah Public Schools, and others.
Ross shares gospel in variety of settings
Pastor Sean Ross uses a variety of classes to teach the word of God to his congregation, whether at church, a nursing home or elsewhere.
“Our church is small and precious. We enjoy singing the old hymns, as well as new praise. We are looking to grow in the Lord and in his favor,” Ross said.
Light Workers heal human energy
Light Workers are healers, but not in the traditional medical sense. They heal human energy.
Tinsley’s family an inspiration for teaching
Lessons from life on the farm are teaching tools for Greenwood’s newest Teacher of the Year.
Second-grade teacher Kym Tinsley’s family is important. In the summer, she works on Canyon Ridge Farm, owned by her parents.
“I use the experiences from the farm life in my classroom on a daily basis, through writing, reading, and math,” she said.
She has a happy, colorful and friendly classroom. She recently greeted two children at the classroom door with a smile. As she interacted with them, asking questions about a story, they searched for clues and find answers.
Tinsley rewarded each girl with a compliment, based on their answers and asked more questions. The girls searched for answers once more.
For Tinsley, children are definitely the best part of teaching,
Grass fire erupts near Welling
Members of the Tahlequah and Welling fire departments knocked down a grass fire on Saturday, Feb. 15 on Bright Star Drive. The blaze threatened buildings and blackened several acres before firefighters were able to contain it.
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