Thursday, 13 May 2021 22:51

May Tuesday Lunch at the Museum




The Historical Society is located at 303 Dewey Avenue in Poteau 

The Museum has over 20 rooms of artifacts, some items include Spiro Mound Artifacts, Runestones, Early pioneer artifacts, medical room, coal room, railroad room and many others.

A non Profit organization, the Historical Society relies on support of the community to stay in operation.

Come out Tuesday and support the museum and enjoy a great lunch. 

Take out available by calling 918.647.9330

For the Children: A Weekly Column by Joe Dorman, CEO – OICA


“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” -Theodore Roosevelt


I saw this post on a friend’s social media page. As Teddy is my favorite President, I was surprised that I had not seen this quote before. If you have read about him, this certainly describes his attitude and how he lived his life.

Equally in the spirit of this quote are the people who also want to see better, even if on different paths. That is what makes policy work an unusual beast; almost all want to see better results and opportunities for the people served, but various philosophies, party registrations, backgrounds, and viewpoints create different daily dynamics.

Recently, such an opportunity brought together various organizations and viewpoints toward one unified goal: improving the health of Oklahoma’s children by reducing obesity and increasing activity. Springing from Gov. Kevin Stitt’s cabinet, Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell volunteered to lead this conversation and find solutions.

Oklahoma’s top elected officials understand the problem faced by our state: 18.8% of youth ages 10 to 17 are obese, making Oklahoma the eighth highest among the 50 states and the District of Columbia for childhood obesity. This data comes from a project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation called “State of Childhood Obesity.”

Childhood obesity creates adult issues. The project showed 36.8% of Oklahoma adults are obese, placing us fourth highest out of the 50 states and D.C. Similarly, we are 13th out of 51 for adults with diabetes at 12.2%, and 37.8% of adults have hypertension, ranking us 12th out of 51.

The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) dedicated our annual Child Advocacy Luncheon to this discussion last week. We were fortunate to have Dr. Chan Hellman, one of our state’s foremost experts on children’s issues discuss the health impact faced from this issue and discuss the data behind this issue.

Lieutenant Governor Pinnell shared his vision for what we need to do as a state to improve our quality of health. Oklahoma’s 2021 Kid Governor Charlotte Anderson expressed her beliefs about how her peers can do more outdoors this summer and be active.

To complete the conversation, OICA was deeply honored to have Pro Football Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas provide insight on the work done by the “NFL Play 60” program and what the NFL is doing to help overcome this nationwide problem.

The mission ahead is clear: improving physical activity, increasing access to fresh produce and encouraging better habits through health education.

Thank you to all who are working on this issue, and especially to our speakers and attendees. Special thanks go to the sponsors: Complete Health Oklahoma, an initiative working to deliver better health outcomes for Oklahoma’s youth, and Paycom, an Oklahoma-based online payroll and human resource technology provider.

You can see the 90-minute recording at if you want to learn more, and you can contact us if you would like to join this important endeavor. OICA is hopeful this collaborative initiative will help deliver both policy and programs to help overcome these problems faced by Oklahomans.

To me, this is indeed the work worth doing, and it is good to see Oklahomans from varying perspectives working toward the same goal. I think Teddy would be proud of us.

  • About OICA: The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy was established in 1983 by a group of citizens seeking to create a strong advocacy network that would provide a voice for the needs of children and youth in Oklahoma, particularly those in the state’s care and those growing up amid poverty, violence, abuse and neglect, disparities, or other situations that put their lives and future at risk. Our mission statement: “Creating awareness, taking action and changing policy to improve the health, safety, and well-being of Oklahoma’s children.”

By Vera Nelson, Director of the Talihina Chanber of Commerce


Kiamichi Technology Center, Talihina Campus, will host the only Auctioneering School in the state of Oklahoma June 7th through the 12th.

On June 12th the final night of the course the auctioneers in training will participate in an auction.

They will sell items they purchased then donated to be auctioned off to the public. Funds earned from the auction will be donated to San Bois CASA, Inc.

These funds will go to support a battered, abused, or neglected child. San Bois CASA serves Pittsburg, Latimer, LeFlore and Haskell Counties.

With such a large area to cover funding is essential. This auction will not only be a lot of fun but will benefit this great organization.

The public is welcome so come out and see state and world champion auctioneer’s work.

To add to the festivities the Talihina Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Shrimp Boil with desserts and a drink just before the Auction.

They will be serving from 5pm until 6 pm. Tickets for the meal will need to be purchased in advance. For more information on the Shrimp Boil contact the chamber at 918-567-3434 or email at . Looking forward to seeing you there.

Sunday, 02 May 2021 21:08

National Music Week 2021

May 3-10 is National Music Week. The event is sponsored by the National Federation of Music Clubs and is celebrated each year during the first full week in May (the first Sunday through the second Sunday). This year's theme is "Music...A Magic Carpet." The sub-theme for May 2-9 is " a Storyteller."

According to the National Federation of Music Clubs' website: 

"National Music Week was first observed in 1924, with 452 cities and towns participating.  Before that there had been sporadic observances — a Music Day in Dallas, Texas, in 1919; a Music Week in New York in 1920, with the late Otto Kahn as Chairman and such outstanding musical figures as Arthur Bodansky, a conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, and Dr. Walter Damrosch, conductor of the New York Symphony Orchestra, serving on the committee.  The Federation’s connection with Music Week began at that time. Mrs. Julian Edwards, then president of the New York Federation of Music Clubs served on the committee, and Mrs. John F Lyons, then president of National Federation of Music clubs, served on the first National Music Week Committee in 1924.

Charles M. Tremaine, the catalyst who noted all these sporadic observances, and who first conceived the idea of a National Music Week, wrought his dream into reality.  He was head of the National Bureau for the Advancement of Music.  From 1924 to 1947 he formulated the program, carried on the executive work, and made music Week internationally famous.

May 4-10, 1924, Charles M. Tremaine guided the first synchronized celebration of National Music Week.  Otto H. Kahn, patron of the arts and for many years Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Opera Company, was the first National Chairman.

Since 1924, when President Calvin Coolidge served as the first Honorary Chairman, each of our nation’s Chief Executives has given his moral support to this annual observance.

Additional information on the history of National Music Week may be obtained in the book “National Music Week” by Charles M. Tremaine.

"National Music Week gives us an opportunity to focus the attention of all Americans on music as a dynamic means of communication between people and a satisfying channel of personal expression. music, not more than ever a national need, can serve as a great force for maintaining peace and harmony among peoples. In the words of National Music Week’s founder, Mr. Charles M. Tremaine,

“Music Week is, to some extent, different from all the other special ‘weeks.’  It is a ‘drive’ for music by the friends of music, but is also the occasion for participation in and receiving of pleasure, thus making it independent of any propelling force from behind.  It gathers its momentum as it goes along from the enjoyment it brings.  Its strength comes from the universal, yet sometimes unconscious human need for music, and participation ranges all the way from the elaborate concert and pageant to the simple home musicale with a place on the program sometimes even for the five-finger exercise beginner.  Music, permeating the atmosphere, enters many new places where it is welcome.”

Music is one of the most sublime of human pursuits, and is subscribed to by all races and creeds. Its use promotes understanding, friendliness and sympathy among all people. Through music, the composer expresses a variety of moods; the listener experiences a mystical awareness that transports him from the cares and troubles that beset humanity. Music is the language of all peoples. Whether used nationally or internationally, music is a great force in creating peace and harmony."


Monday, April 26- Roasted Turkey, Seasoned New Potatoes, Fire Roasted Corn, Mediterranean Black Bean Salad.

Tuesday, April 27- Pot Roast, Mashed Potatoes, corn-on-the-cob, Carrots, Rolls, Loaded Baked Potato Soup.

Wednesday, April 28- Speciality Sandwiches, Broccoli Cheddar Soup.

Thursday, April 29- Chili Dogs, Chili Cheese Fries/Tots, Open Face Chili Cheeseburger, Frito Chili Pie.

Friday, April 30- Indian Tacos, Fry Bread, Fish Tacos.

Saturday, May 1- Grill and Salad Bar Only.

Press Release

Philanthropist of the year and 13 student scholars honored at event

(STILLWATER, Oklahoma, April 22, 2021) — Audiences in-person and online gathered for the 2021 Women for OSU Symposium at The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts. The event featured keynote speaker Leigh Anne Tuohy, a philanthropist and author who inspired Sandra Bullock’s role in the blockbuster hit “The Blind Side.”

The symposium celebrated the impact and philanthropy of the Women for OSU community and honored 2021 Philanthropist of the Year Cathey Humphreys and 13 outstanding student scholars. Women for OSU also announced inaugural grant recipients for its new Partnering to Impact initiative, which provides funding for on-campus projects in the areas of health and wellness, campus beautification, education, and arts and culture.

Student scholarship recipients

This year’s scholars were selected in honor of their contributions to not only their communities but to Oklahoma State University as well. These students have shown an incredible commitment to helping others through compassion, work ethic and dedication to philanthropic efforts:

Jerret Carpenter — Poteau, Oklahoma; Natural Resource Ecology and Management, 2023

• Lara Hays — Claremore, Oklahoma; Agribusiness and Animal Science, 2023

• Bree Kisling — Enid, Oklahoma; Agricultural Communications, 2023

• Kaitlyn Lane — Beulah, Colorado; Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering: Pre-Med, 2022

• Savannah Nicks — Tulsa, Oklahoma; Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, 2022

• Mallie Reuter — Stillwater, Oklahoma; Nonprofit Management, 2022

• Wesley Sims — Stillwater, Oklahoma; Management Information Systems, 2022

• Jessica Van Nimwegen — Allen, Texas; Animal Science: Pre-Vet, 2022

• Garrin Williams — Manhattan, Kansas; Human Development and Family Science, 2023

Carly Dunn — McAlester, Oklahoma; Human Development and Family Science Ph.D. Student, 2024; Sandra K. Trennepohl Women for OSU Endowed Scholarship

• Lucia Kezele — Gallup, New Mexico; Applied Sociology and Psychology, 2023; Ike and Marybeth Glass Women for OSU Scholarship

• Rachel Kim — South Korea; Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, 2022; Sheryl Benbrook Women for OSU Scholarship

Ashlyn Morris — Poteau, Oklahoma; Animal Science: Pre-Vet Medicine, 2022; Wirt June Newman Memorial Scholarship

Philanthropist of the Year — Cathey Humphreys

For more than a decade, Cathey Humphreys and her husband, Don, have given Oklahoma State University students the world.

The Dallas-area couple has been instrumental in advancing global programming at OSU, providing countless study abroad experiences for students and creating a legacy of selfless giving along the way. Inspired to give based upon their own travels, they have also created endowed faculty chairs and student scholarships in the OSU School of International Studies as part of the Branding Success campaign.

“Global programming at OSU would not be where it is today without Cathey,” said Randy Kluver, dean of the School of Global Studies and Partnerships. “Her vision and generosity have made a profound impact on hundreds of OSU students, providing them with the means to encounter and begin to understand the people and cultures all over the world.”

Keynote Speaker — Leigh Anne Tuohy

Those who watched the virtual event also heard from Leigh Anne Tuohy, philanthropist and inspiration for “The Blind Side” book and movie.

Tuohy is recognized as a strong-willed and caring woman, although her story truly began when she married college sweetheart Sean Tuohy in 1982. Together, they were raising two children, Collins and Sean Jr., when they added a new member to their family in 2004 by legally adopting a teenage foster child they had already taken in and considered family. They raised him, gave him the opportunity to get the education they knew he deserved and encouraged his passion for football. With Tuohy’s limitless love, support, and protection, that once homeless 17-year-old boy grew to be none other than NFL Super Bowl Champion Michael Oher.

Tuohy and her family’s inspirational journey are proof that when we give a bit of ourselves to other people, we can make the world a better place and perhaps, even save a life. Tuohy is a philanthropist, mentor, interior designer and a New York Times best-selling author. Her newest release, Turn Around: Reach Out, Give Back, and Get Moving, challenges readers to rethink what it really means to be a generous person. She dives deep into what it means to give sacrificially, abundantly and immediately within your own community.

”If you're listening to me, you have the ability to make a difference in someone's life," Tuohy said. "There are small things everyone can do.”

After her inspiring keynote address, Tuohy also sat down with several Women for OSU leaders for an in-depth panel discussion. The panelists included Julia Benbrook, emcee; Jami Longacre, chair of Women for OSU; Denise Webber, CEO of Stillwater Medical Center; and Blaire Atkinson, president of the OSU Foundation and honorary member of the Women for OSU council. The panelists shared details of their own experiences as women. From strengths to weaknesses, each of them told honest, open and inspiring stories from their own lives.

Partnering to Impact

In 2020, Women for OSU announced Partnering to Impact, a donor-funded grant program to support the university in a way that strengthens engagement with Women for OSU Partners. Since the start of the program, OSU faculty and staff submitted numerous proposals to fund unbudgeted projects that align with the program’s main initiatives. The Women for OSU Partners have chosen the following grant recipients as the inaugural year winners:

• Basic Needs Security at OSU | John Mark Day, Ed.D., director of Leadership & Campus Life

• “Belonging,” A Film to Inspire Teaching Social Acceptance in the Classroom | Amanda W. Harrist, Ph.D., College of Education and Human Sciences professor

• Partnering to Impact Nature Trail | Dr. Lou Anella, director of The Botanic Garden at OSU and Ferguson College of Agriculture professor and Dr. Adrine Shufran, OSU insect adventure coordinator and Ferguson College of Agriculture associate Extension specialist

• Sarah Coburn Residency at The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts | Clint Williams, McKnight Center director of development

When you join the Women for OSU Partners, you help fund important projects like this year’s grant recipients. Visit to learn more about how you can make a difference.

Visit to learn more about Women for OSU. To find out how you can get involved, please contact Michal Shaw, director of Women for OSU and assistant vice president of donor relations at the Oklahoma State University Foundation, at .

About the OSU Foundation

The Oklahoma State University Foundation serves as the private fundraising organization for OSU, as designated by the OSU Regents. Its mission is to unite donor and university passions and priorities to achieve excellence.


About Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant university that prepares students for success. OSU has more than 34,000 students across its five-campus system and more than 24,000 on its combined Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, with students from all 50 states and around 100 nations. Established in 1890, OSU has graduated more than 275,000 students to serve the state of Oklahoma, the nation and the world.

 A Weekly Column by Joe Dorman, CEO – OICA


April 19th is a day Oklahomans will always remember. We owe that in large part to responsive government officials who possessed foresight to ensure we remember “those who were killed, those who survived, and those changed forever.”

The tragedy stemmed from an extremist domestic terrorist who detonated a truck filled with explosives in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, killing 168 Oklahomans, including 19 children, 15 of which were in the America’s Kids Day Care Center, and three pregnant women. An estimated 646 people were in the building. Five of the casualties came from outside the building, along with countless injured and traumatized.

In the decade after the bombing, schools were criticized for not requiring the bombing to be covered in the curriculum of mandatory Oklahoma history classes. The state’s Priority Academic Student Skills did not require students learn about the bombing. On April 6, 2010, Gov. Brad Henry signed a law requiring the tragedy be part of the curriculums for Oklahoma, U.S., and world history classes.

Governor Henry said, as he signed the bill, “Although the events of April 19, 1995 may be etched in our minds and in the minds of Oklahomans who remember that day, we have a generation of Oklahomans that has little to no memory of the events of that day. We owe it to the victims, the survivors. and all of the people touched by this tragic event to remember April 19, 1995 and understand what it meant and still means to this state and this nation.”

The terrorist, from his twisted point of view, believed that the bomb attack was a “win” for him, saying before his execution that the score was 168 to one, noting he extinguished 168 lives, and we can only execute him once.

That is what hatred creates; a villain who knows children will be harmed by his act, and then does it anyway.

This was not the first tragedy to affect our state, and it unfortunately will likely not the last. Oklahoma has experienced heartbreak from natural disasters and manmade devastation: events caused by willful acts of hatred, racism, anti-government sentiments, or whatever motivation must not be forgotten, nor have the proper lessons taught about these individuals.

State lawmakers and Governor Henry saw to that with the Murrah bombing, but other events also need proper discussion.

It was 75 years before a state commission was created to study the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. In 1996, state Rep. Don Ross and Sen. Maxine Horner wrote and passed legislation authorizing formation of the Oklahoma Commission to Study the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921.

From that, leaders like Sen. Judy Eason McIntyre and Rep. Jabar Shumate wrote legislation requiring the massacre be taught but did not see this become law. Finally, Sen. Kevin Matthews and other Oklahoma leaders announced just last year the state was moving forward with embedding the story of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre into the curriculum of all Oklahoma schools through State Department of Education policy.

The lesson of all this is “those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” While history’s mistakes might make us uncomfortable, we must learn the lessons the mistakes taught us. Only by doing that will future generations know and understand the reasons for those mistakes and ensure they are never repeated.

  • About OICA: The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy was established in 1983 by a group of citizens seeking to create a strong advocacy network that would provide a voice for the needs of children and youth in Oklahoma, particularly those in the state’s care and those growing up amid poverty, violence, abuse and neglect, disparities, or other situations that put their lives and future at risk. Our mission statement: “Creating awareness, taking action and changing policy to improve the health, safety, and well-being of Oklahoma’s children.”

Press Release

Bank of Oklahoma staff battling lifelong asthma to climb 800 stairs at outdoor Fight For Air Climb to raise money to end lung disease, COVID-19

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – (April 6, 2021) – Overcoming years of breathing treatments, allergy complications and the loss of loved ones due to lung diseases growing up, local Oklahoma bankers Justin Dick and Susan Davis Jordan understand the importance of lung disease research. That’s why they’ve created the team Bank of Oklahoma (BOK) Climbers to raise money and awareness in the American Lung Association’s outdoor Fight For Air Climb on May 1.

Team captain and local board member, Dick was just six years-old when he lost his father to lung cancer and has been receiving treatment with a specialist at the Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic for 31 years.

“I have been under the treatment since I was 4 years old for severe asthma and allergy complications,” Dick said. “Research and treatment have resulted in me having little to no symptoms and minimum issues for the last decade.”

Also living with asthma, Jordan’s passion comes from her close involvement with allergies, asthma and COVID-19, which she was very sick with. She’s thrilled to see this year’s climb moving outdoors.

“The great thing will be the level of comfort for participants, volunteers, and spectators by having the event outdoors.” she said.

The seven-person team of BOK Climbers raised over half of their $1,000 goal for this year’s climb thus far.

“The dollars raised and the dollars put to use are nearly identical in value,” Jordan said. “The ALA is able to touch the lives directly and indirectly of so many people that it is well worth anyone’s time and effort to lend a hand and make their mission possible.”

Registration for the Fight For Air Climb on May 1 is $30 and includes a $100 fundraising minimum. The event includes tackling just shy of 800 stairs at University of Central Oklahoma’s Wantland stadium. Participants have the option to Climb Your Way and complete their climb virtually if they’re unable to attend the event.

Money raised at the Fight For Air Climb will fund the Lung Association’s efforts to end lung cancer and lung disease, as well as support the Lung Association’s COVID-19 Action Initiative. The COVID-19 Action Initiative is a $25 million investment to address COVID-19 and protect against future respiratory virus pandemics. The initiative works with public and private entities to increase research collaboration and develop new vaccines, detection tests and treatment therapies.


About the American Lung Association

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit:

American Lung Association

1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872)

For Child Abuse Prevention Month, San Bois CASA will host a BBQ Fundraiser Meal in Poteau on April 15, 2021


San Bois CASA would like to encouraging people to pre-order the meals so they can get an idea about the number that they will need to make.

Chad Yandell will be making the bbq and baked beans, and Jan Gragg will do the dessert.

Please let me know if you have any questions.



Children and youth who have experienced abuse or neglect are among the most vulnerable populations in America. A child in foster care may have faced physical, psychological or emotional trauma and years of uncertainty as they wait to go home, be adopted or simply see what happens next. All that chaos has long-term effects. Having a caring, consistent adult to listen and put a child's best interests before all others' can make all the difference. That's where a CASA comes in - a Court Appointed Special Advocate.


The CASA Model.
CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to advocate for children’s best interests. They stay with each case until it is closed and the child is in a safe, permanent home.

Volunteers work with legal and child welfare professionals, educators and service providers to ensure that judges have all the information they need to make the most well-informed decisions for each child.

Our best-interest advocacy is driven by the guiding principle that children grow and develop best with their family of origin, if that can be safely achieved. Most of the children we work with are in foster care, but some are with their family of origin. And, most children who leave foster care do so to return to their family.

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