To Bee or Not to Bee

The answer? An inaugural Corporate Spelling Bee to raise funds for the Rogers County Literacy Council.

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: Education | Issue: May 2009

Claremore First United Methodist Church members (from left) Roma Estes, Sharon Brown and Pastor Janelle Brammer study their spelling lists in preparation for the Rogers County Literacy Council’s To Bee or Not To Bee Corporate Spelling Bee set for June 13.

To bee or not to bee? That is the question. The answer? An inaugural Corporate Spelling Bee to raise funds for the Rogers County Literacy Council.

Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 13 for this exciting event that will pit three-person teams against each other to see who is the best S-P-E-L-L-E-R in Rogers County. The bee will take place at the Route 66 Banquet Room, next to Pizza Time Buffet, located north of Claremore on Lynn Riggs Blvd., beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 1 p.m.

The event will be a fun, competitive-style spelling bee designed especially for businesses, civic and church groups, organizations, and interested citizens. Teams of three will be seated together and may confer on the spelling of the given word before giving their answer. Spouses, guests and friends are encouraged to cheer on their favorite team.

With a maximum of 20 teams, groups are encouraged to enter early. The entry fee is $100 per team. Deadline to register is June 5, 2009.

Teams are limited to three individuals, with no age restrictions. “We recommend you find good spellers,” says Christie Ballard, spelling bee committee chair. Multiple teams from the same company or organization are allowed. Once a team is registered, the word list will be sent to the team captain. “Over 90 percent of the words for the competition will be taken from this list,” Ballard adds.

During the Honey Bee Round, each team will be given the same word. Teams will have 30 seconds to confer and write down their answer. One point will be awarded for each correct letter. Once a wrong letter is written, the rest of the letters of that word do not count for points. After an allotted number of words are given, points will be tallied, and the top three teams will advance to the Ultimate Stinger Round.

Mulligans can be purchased before each round. Honey Bee mulligans are $25 with the option to skip a word and get credit for it. Three mulligan options will be available for the Ultimate Stinger Round: $25 – pick a different word; $15 – phone a friend; $10 – consult an audience member.

A prize will be awarded to each participant and to the team with the best team spirit (costumes are good), and the traveling award will go to the Grand Champion team for one year of bragging rights.

In addition, Larry Cloos, owner of Pizza Time Buffet and Route 66 Banquet Room, will donate $1 to the Literacy Council for each adult buffet purchased that day. Cost is $7.50, which includes all-you-can-eat pizza, pasta, salad, dessert and a drink.

The Rogers County Literacy Council is a private non-profit organization offering literacy services to people 16 and over who wish to learn to read. For more information about the RCLC or the spelling bee, email  eat1@eau1eav1eaw1 or call the office, located at 1515 N. Florence in the Will Rogers Library in Claremore, at (918) 277-4331. Office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, contact

Rogers County Literacy Council

1515 N. Florence
Claremore, OK 74017
(918) 277-4331


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About Author Carol Beck-Round

After 30 years in public school education, Carol Round retired and moved from Grand Lake to Claremore, Oklahoma in 2005, where she writes a weekly faith-based column which runs in 14 Oklahoma newspapers as well as several national and international publications. Three volumes of her columns have been compiled into collections: A Matter of Faith, Faith Matters and by FAITH alone. She has also written Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God and a companion workbook, The 40-Day Challenge. This past year she has written three children’s books, a series called Nana’s 3 Jars, to teach children about the value of giving, saving and spending money. All of Carol’s books are available through Amazon. In addition to writing her weekly column, authoring books and speaking to women’s groups, she writes for Value News. She also blogs regularly at When she is not writing or speaking, she loves spending time with her three grandchildren, working in her flowerbeds, shooting photos, volunteering at her church or going on mission trips overseas, and hiking. She is also an avid reader and loves working crosswords and trying to solve Sudoku puzzles.

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