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March 1, 1996

A young lady who grew up in Perry is among nine who were recognized recently by the Red Lands Council of Girl Scouts as "distinguished women" for their outstanding contributions in areas of the arts, business, education, homemaking, media, philanthropy, science and volunteerism. Cynthia Cope, daughter of Christine Trussel and the late Alfred Trussel of Perry, was selected as the outstanding woman, and therefore a role model, in business.

Cynthia, a 1966 graduate of Perry high school, is regional manager for external affairs for Southwestern Bell, with offices in Oklahoma City. She has been with the company since 1972 and has been in the Oklahoma City office about 17 years. She has had an interesting career while climbing the phone company's corporate ladder.

The Red Lands Council, which covers the greater Oklahoma City area, has chosen outstanding Oklahoma women for these awards the past six years. Among those sharing the honor with Cynthia this year is First Lady Cathy Keating, the first to be chosen for the field of leadership. Shirley Bellmon, a former first lady, received the business award in 1993, so you can see Cynthia is in pretty good company. This year's nine honorees were introduced to the Girl Scouts of Red Lands Council at a formal tea.

Speaking of Cynthia reminds me that Southwestern Bell's offices in Oklahoma City are located in the former Central high school building. The school had a proud history but was closed several years ago due to its age and a shifting population core in Oklahoma City. Fortunately a good corporate citizen like the phone company purchased the building and converted in into an outstanding example of historic preservation. With dozens of other company executives and office employees, Cynthia was in the building last April 19 when a bomb demolished the Murrah Federal Building some six blocks away. The old school escaped with only minor damage and no serious injuries among its employees there.

Wade and Marilyn Voise are flabbergasted by the generosity being demonstrated on their behalf after that recent fire which consumed their home and all their belongings. The Morrison and Perry communities, along with many others, have just opened their hearts to the Voises. They moved into a rented home this week but had to decline offers to help with the job. "We didn't have anything to move," Wade explained.

Morrison folks are sponsoring a big benefit event for the family Saturday night. Gifts of appliances and other utilitarian articles will be received at the Morrison high school cafeteria starting at 7 p.m. and a public dance will start at 8 p.m. in the Morrison Community Building. I understand the group known as "the Men of Note" will be among the musicians taking part. This combo also plays for the monthly big band dances sponsored by a Stillwater radio station, and the Voise family provides a lot of the talent for the Men of Note. Wade plays bass guitar and drums, his son Russell plays saxophone and drums, and Wade's dad, Henry, plays piano. The Men of Note are big favorites in this area. Hank's sister, Bernice Schieffer, also sat in as pianist with the combo on one occasion, so they should have been known then as the Men AND Women of Note.

That Stillwater station recently resumed its series of monthly dances at a Stillwater hotel. The events were temporarily shelved after the recent death of Dr. Carl Anderson, the station's music director, and Mrs. Anderson.

Along that line, I feel it is my duty to remind you that the 20th annual Glenn Miller Festival is scheduled for June 6-9 at his birthplace in Clarinda, Iowa. This also is the state of Iowa's 150th birthday anniversary and the Miller festival is an official part of the sesquicentennial program there. Clarinda, about the same size as Perry, will be a great place to visit for all Glenn Miller music afficionados in June. For information, write to GMBS Festival Tickets, P.O. Box 61, Clarinda, Iowa 51632; telephone & Fax number is 712-542-2461.