June 2017 Around Town 2

Amethyst Women’s Circle

Hosts Social, Inducts Members

Rivendell on the Lake resident Joyce Mauldin hosted a social April 29 for the Amethyst Women’s Circle, a fledgling group focused on making a difference in our community by funding scholarships for first-generation college students through the Oklahoma City Community College Foundation.

Two new members, Dr. Christie Burgin and Tiffini Tomlinson, were inducted into the Circle at the event. OCCC President Jerry Steward and Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs Kim Jameson offered passionate remarks about the positive effects of a college degree on a person’s life and about the number of OCCC students in desperate need.

The Amethyst Women’s Circle, founded by Mina Acquaye, Sherry Howell, Joyce Mauldin, Debbie Self and Lisa Smith, is an empowered group of energetic women working together to have a transformative impact on the lives of students who would otherwise not be able to afford to go to college. The group is reaching out to all women in the community who desire to make a difference in someone’s life.

To join the Amethyst Women in their mission or for more information, contact the OCCC Foundation at 682.1611, Ext. 7478.

One-of-a-kind Event April 21

Attracts Creative Interior Designers

The International Interior Design Association of OKC on April 21 hosted a one-of-a-kind design-oriented event at Gallardia Country Club. Similar events are held in each state, and feature teams of interior designers, architects and students who each turn a pair of materials used in interior design—tile, vinyl flooring, carpet, etc.— into an over-the-top outfit. Then each outfit is strutted down a 160-foot, cross-shaped runway.

The Designer’s Market team of interior designers and student interns were one of the proud participants this year, winning the “Designers Choice” award and the “Best in Show” for their Victorian-inspired ensemble. Constructed out of Arc-Com Upholstery fabrics, the hat portion of the ensemble weighed over 13 lbs!

Voting proceeds for the event went to Focus On Home. Working with other community agencies, Focus On Home is an Oklahoma City-based organization that supports deserving families in need by providing gently used, donated furniture and household necessities.

‘How-to Festival,’ Kids’ Cooking Camp

Among Events Scheduled at Libraries

A range of fun activities, from a book festival to a kids’ cooking camp, are being offered this month at the Pioneer Library System’s Cleveland County branches. Just a few of them are highlighted below.

Norman Central

Readers’ Extravaganza, 6:30 p.m. June 1–The ninth annual event is a book festival for teens or adults and includes themed decorated tables of books and DVDs plus discussion with librarians about their favorite ready from the past year.

Norman West

How-To Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 3–From instruction on how to use a 3-D printer to giving yourself a manicure, this come-and-go event has something in a variety of topics as local businesses and community organizations show off what they do best in an event for all ages.


Kids’ Cooking Camp, 10 a.m. June 6-8 or June 13-15–This three-day camp for ages 8-12 will give children a chance to learn several easy recipes for healthy snacks they can make during the summer. Parents are asked to enroll their children in only one of the two sessions of the camp.


Story Time at the Park, 10 a.m. on June 5, 12, 19 and 26–Children’s librarians will bring story times to Moore’s parks throughout June. They’ll be at Kiwanis Park June 5, Central Park June 12, Little River Park June 19, and Buck Thomas Park June 26.

Southwest OKC

Rilla Askew Author Visit, 6 p.m. June 5–Award-winning novelist Rilla Askew takes a hard look at American history with her latest work Most American: Notes From a Wounded Place. She will discuss the nine linked essays that make up the book.

Leadership Moore Class XIX

Graduates Tomorrow’s Leaders

The Moore Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Moore held their graduation ceremony for the class XIX on April 25 at the South Penn Campus of Moore Norman Technology Center. Representative Mark McBride and chamber chair Richie Splitt, CEO, Norman Regional Health System, along with Leadership Moore chairs Tish Norman, TNT Print, and Jennifer Edwards, REI, presented the graduates with their certificates of completion.

Graduates are Calvin Bohanan, Norman Regional Health System; Becky Cavnar, Anglin PR; John Claybon, Oklahoma City Community College; Jason Cotton, ADG, PC; Connie Daniels, Legend Memory Care; Leah Dees, Mid-America Christian University; Henry Dumas, Terri Helvey, Carla McKinley, Krista Scammahorn, all of the Moore Norman Technology Center; Lindsey Edemann, First United Bank-Moore; Candice Fournier and Kathy Hill, both of Bancfirst; Devon Harr, United Way of Central Oklahoma; Carrie Hoge, Springhill Suites; Carole Motley, Moore Chamber of Commerce; Lindsay Pennell, Midfirst Bank; Gareth Williams, Republic Bank; and Kelsey Williamson, Pioneer Library System.

Leadership Moore will be accepting applications for Class XX in mid-July. Applications will be available on the Moore Chamber website at moorechamber.com in mid-July and are due by Aug. 18. Applicants for the program must have the support and commitment of their business or organization. Applicants of emerging and established leaders are sought from all segments of the community. Individuals representing a broad community spectrum will be accepted as members of the Leadership Moore program.

The mission of Leadership Moore is to educate community and business leaders by providing experiences that will increase awareness, develop leadership skills and motivate participants to be actively engaged in Moore. The Leadership Moore program works to Inform leaders about the challenges and opportunities facing our community and to encourage solutions and collaboration; inspire leaders to become active in organization, community or statewide efforts that make Moore a better place to work and live; challenge leaders to increase their awareness about themselves and their state and to maximize their leadership potential; and provide an opportunity to network with a variety of individuals to strengthen personal and organizational clout.

The class starts with the Alumni Social in September and ends with the City of Moore enlightenment in April. Some of the topics covered include civic leadership, economic development, education and health care.