By: Debra West | Category: Rogers County | Issue: November 2021
The Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club is Oklahoma’s oldest, continuous chartered club. Established in the summer of 1899 at Oowala, in the Cooweescoowee District of the Cherokee Nation in Indian Territory, it began as a ‘past-time club’ for Native women returning home in the summers from seminaries and colleges. Today, the club remains active in cultural preservation and community service. Based in Claremore, the membership’s dedication to Cherokee and local history is inspiring and commendable. More than a century since its inception, the women of the Pocahontas Club still gather to preserve Cherokee values.
The Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club Higher Education Scholarship Recipients for the upcoming 2021-2022 academic year are:
Madison Gray from Porter will be attending the University of Central Oklahoma
Erica Taylor from Pryor will be attending The University of Tulsa
Kylea Anderson from Inola will be attending Northeastern State University
Halle Tatham from Pryor will be attending Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College
Carson Draeger from Chelsea will be attending the University of Central Oklahoma
Kylea Terrell from Checotah will be attending Connors State College
Chas McClain from Stilwell will be attending Carl Albert State College
Hannah Henson from Tulsa will be attending Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA
Remington Ward from Locust Grove will be attending Oklahoma State University
Lauren Bulcroft from Claremore will be attending Missouri University of Science & Technology
Jesse Rader from Claremore - RSU - Foreman Faulkner Scholarship Endowment
Cloe Dennis from Claremore - RSU - Foreman Faulkner Scholarship Endowment
Jasper Rader from Claremore - RSU - Foreman Faulkner Scholarship Endowment
Rayna Rock from Muskogee - RSU - Foreman Faulkner Scholarship Endowment
Rachel McKisick from Catoosa - OSU - Dawson-Nelson Akanadi Endowed Scholarship
Tiffany Stover from Nowata is the first recipient of the Imogene King Crutchfield Scholarship and will be attending Northeast Technology Center in Pryor.
The Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club sponsor ten Cherokee students, male or female, entering college or vocational school, with a $600.00 per academic year scholarship, along with one recipient of the Oklahoma State University Foundation, Dawson-Nelson Akanadi Endowed Scholarship Fund, four recipients of the Rogers State University Foundation, Foreman Faulkner Scholarship Endowment and one recipient of the newly formed Imogene King Crutchfield Scholarship. Join us in congratulating these outstanding students and wishing them success in their academic endeavors.
The Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club will also be hosting our annual “Hats off to Will Rogers” birthday celebration, and wreath laying ceremony at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore, OK on Nov. 6, 2021. Mark your calendars. For more information contact Ollie at 918-760-7499.
Introducing the Board of Directors for 2021, President Cray Bauxmont-Flynn, Vice President Steve McClellan, Secretary/Treasurer Clarice Doyle, and members Steven Burrus and Kay McSpadden. The Board of Directors is focusing on the Club’s mission. They will be working on strategy, helping us set goals and objectives, overseeing programs and activities, and steering our organization toward a sustainable future.
Our club strives to keep our traditions alive and moving into the future. We are the caretakers of our culture, our heritage and our community.
Thank you to Cherokee Nation Businesses, to Cherokee Nation Community & Cultural Outreach Program, to the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, to the Oklahoma Arts Council and to the many individuals who support, encourage and help us achieve our goals and bring cultural awareness to our community.
For more information contact Ollie Starr at 918-760-7499 or eat1@eau1eav1eaw1, Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club, P.O. Box 3252, Claremore, OK 74018 or visit our website www.indianwpc.org.
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