American Association of University Women

American Association of University Women

Deanna Patterson, Grayson County election administrator, will speak to members of the Texoma Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) when they meet at noon on Dec. 2. Members and guests should arrive as early as 11:30 a.m. at the dining room in the Wright Campus Center at Austin College and carry their lunches next door to the Moseley Room.

Patterson will provide an update on the recent elections and changes to Texas voter registration laws.

President Randi Tanglen will conduct the business meeting and will present information about the TEDx Women Viewing Party at Austin College on Dec. 6. The Texoma AAUW branch is one of the sponsors of the viewing party. Austin College History Professor Dr. Jackie Moore will be one of 15 presenters in Dallas whose speeches will be watched at the AC viewing party as they are being presented in Dallas. This year’s theme for TEDx events is "Invented Here. The Dallas event at the Winspear Opera House is one of more than 150 TEDx events around the world on the same day that will celebrate invention in all its forms – not just technology and physical objects, but also solutions to poverty, approaches to peacemaking, and expressions of art. TED is a non-profit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers speak at TED conferences. Many talks are later available free at .

Membership in the AAUW is open to all graduates holding an associate or higher degree from a qualified educational institution. Current undergraduates are eligible to join as student affiliates. For more than 120 years AAUW has empowered women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. It is one of the world’s largest sources of funding for women graduate students.

Colbert Historical Society

COLBERT, Okla. — The Colbert Historical Society recently met to finalize details of the annual Cocoa & Carols event on Dec. 19.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in downtown Colbert. It will feature music by the Colbert High School choir and the East Ward music departments. Hot cider will be served by the Historical Society members.

In other new business, members will be making brochures to be placed at the new Choctaw Travel Center. The brochures will encourage visitors into the historic Colbert area and to view the society’s photo gallery at the Historical Center, 101 N. Burney in Colbert. The society will be sponsoring a January birthday party for residents at the Southern Pointe Living Center in Colbert.

An invitation has been sent to Bill Duckworth, a local historian, to present a program in January on the Chickasaw Nation and Territory. The public will be invited to attend the session. The date, time and location will be announced in coming weeks.

The society’s Historical Center is available for visitors to view photos and look through other historical information on display. Though all copies of the special book "Colbert 1845-1982" have been sold, there are a few still kept at the center for reference. For information on the center, call 580-296-2385.

Society officers are: Wyota Hannan, president; James Hannan, vice president; Marylin Miller, secretary; Faye Carroll, treasurer; Laverne Bledsoe, immediate past president; and Sally Moon and Mary Kathryn Hodge, committee persons.