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The Assistance League of Tulsa’s 45th Anniversary and Open House on Sunday, February 21, was a wonderful experience.  It was amazing to see the magic that our members performed in transforming Bargains and the Operation School Bell areas into uncluttered beautifully decorated rooms that left enough space for our visitors to walk.  Of course, by Monday we had all of the “magic” put away and we were ready to work.

We were pleased that Mayor Dewey Bartlett and Victoria Bartlett were able to attend.  Mayor Bartlett read a Proclamation honoring our 45 years of service to the Tulsa Community.  They both learned about Operation School Bell and our partners.  It was a good opportunity to share information and Victoria asked if she could donate to Bargains…YES, of course.

Life Senior Services, Mental Health of Oklahoma and Emergency Infant Services were wonderful to bring items to share with our members and guests.  They stayed the entire time to help us celebrate.

The entry floral arrangement of blue iris was elegant and provided by Toni’s Flowers.   Merritt’s Bakery provided the cookies that added to making the middle room inviting.   Hospitality did some special magic in the middle room with decorations and a beautiful table of goodies.

We were pleased that some of our honored guests attended and some new folks dropped in.  We have three people who asked for information about joining and a young man, who is an attorney from Sapulpa, saw the trolley from the TU track and came to visit.  He was so impressed that he is going to volunteer to help with delivery to John 3:16 and with estate sale pick-up. We made new friends with Jay DeMuyncks’ Knights of Columbus group, who helped with the University of Tulsa’s parking lot.

Also, many husbands helped in our parking lot.   Other special helpers included two darling granddaughters belonging to Loretta Raschen and Jan Chilcoat.  Volunteers from the School of Arts and Sciences and the National Charity League worked hard on Saturday before our Open House.  We appreciate our volunteers.

The Open House was fun and proves again that this group of women can take any idea and turn it into something special.  There are too many names to mention and too many to thank, but you know who you are…



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