Helen LaVonne (McCollum) Halliburton

The following is from a letter sent to Jeff Riley at OK History by McAlester Fortnightly [mcafortnightly@gmail.com]

Dear Jeff,

The life of Helen LaVonne (McCollum) Halliburton was celebrated during her funeral service October 18, 2016 in McAlester Oklahoma. As stated in the attached memorial, her daughters presented LaVonne’s GFWC President Quilt to GFWC McAlester Fortnightly to be donated to the Oklahoma History Center in memory of LaVonne’s life of selfless service to her community and state.

Photo of LaVonne presiding during the October 2-4, 1987 South Central Region meeting held in Tulsa, OK, along with Alice Clark Donahue, GFWC International incoming President as Keynote Speaker.

Published in GFWC.org NEWS & NOTES January, 2015: “In Memorium: Alice Clark Donahue It is with great sadness that we must report the passing of Alice C. Donahue (1988-1990), 37th international president of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, on December 18, 2014. During her administration, Alice promoted GFWC’s Centennial celebration and held the organization’s first video teleconference. Planning for the future was a major administration priority, and during her term GFWC published the Strategic Membership Plan. Her administration theme was “A Past to Remember-A Future to Mold.” Our thoughts go out to Alice’s friends and family.”

Apache Study Club Quilt Block signed by Mary Joyce Swanda, Kathryn Gallagher and Carol Crews.

Beth McClain lovingly holds this quilt accepting for GFWC McAlester Fortnightly. Beth is a current and 64 year member of the Homemakers Department, 1986-1988 past president of GFWC McAlester Fortnightly.

International Outreach Newsletter

[please note file format posted is PDF. If you need the Word format, please contact Miriam or Metra]
Hi Ladies,

Attached you will find not only our July 2017 Issue 4 of the International Outreach Newsletter but also a wonderful Operation Smile speech by Eileen Driscoll, International Outreach CSP Chairman for GFWC/CT.

Eileen Driscoll Speech on Operation Smile

International Outreach July 2017 Issue 4

Both the newsletter and the speech are in Word format so that you are able to use any of the information contained in them for your own use. Please feel free to do so.

And, remember please share any fundraisers that you have done or are doing for our international partners. Write up your fundraising ideas and send them to me for our next issue coming out in October.

Yours in Federation Friendship,

Janet Trombetti
International Outreach Chair
Aide to the NER President
GFWC Warwick Women’s Club
401-943-4328 home
401-465-4768 cell


Okay, folks, I had to crop the video because our site only allows for 50mb clips. This one has been compressed to around 10mb.  If you want the longer one, and have a place I can upload it to, contact me.

Video is courtesy of Athena Costilow.

Miriam and Patty presenting Easter Seals with FOUR, that’s, one more than three, two more than two, and three more than one FABULOUS, FANTASTIC, STUPENDEOUS, AMAZING INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH TRICYCLES for the Easter Seals Daycare Program. Are the Women of Oklahoma GFWC wonderful or what???

Seeing Red

The following article was sent in by GFWC McAlester Fortnightly.

The Heart Truth® educational session for women celebrated with the centerpiece of The Heart Truth as The Red Dress®, “Go Red Day” for women’s heart health awareness is a success.

This National Wear Red Day® celebration is a biennial event, which is organized by GFWC McAlester Fortnightly. Proceeds benefit American Heart Association of Tulsa, OK, which provides informational brochures and Red Dress Pins for this event. Proceeds also benefit Club scholarship and leadership development programs.

Our attached program includes Salad Luncheon, Physician Education, Style Show from 8 local dress shops and many Door Prizes donated from our community.

Dr. Jinok Chung, Cardiologist with Oklahoma Heart Physicians, narrated a powerpoint presentation explaining women’s heart health with statistics stating women tend to be busy and don’t take time for their own health.

Full article and photo page available in March 5, 2017 edition of MCALESTER NEWS CAPITAL

Wear Red Article March 5, 2017

Margaret Fields, Director Casual Gourmet Dept. and Ellen Wilson, Board Treasurer, greet and register participants.

GFWC OK members l-r: Kay Grumbine Scholarship Chairwoman, State President Miriam Costilow, guest Anne Mathiews, members Neva Mitchell & Judy Goodyear, GFWC OK Past President Rita Sanders, & member Kathy McGilberry create salad plates.

Michelle Priddle, GFWC McAlester Fortnightly Board Secretary, presents her chocolate, strawberry cheesecake celebrating GFWC’s involvement with The Heart Truth® sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health.

GFWC OK Past President Rita Sanders, models one outfit from the 24 shown during the Style Show