Claremore Daily Progress

January 5, 2014

Meals on Wheels elects new president, board members

Staff Reports
Claremore Progress

CLAREMORE —

Meals on Wheels (MOW), a United Way Agency, had another successful year, serving more than 10,000 meals, according to outgoing President, Jack Weyler.  
Officers elected are: President Traci Cain, Vice President Pat Lattanzia, Treasurer John Tripp and Secretary Jack Weyler.
New board members elected include Carlene Webber, Bonnie Schulze, Michael Critchfield and Jan McIntyre. 
 Each of these new board members has volunteered with MOW in various capacities.   Webber as driver,  Schulze as longtime cook and cook coordinator, Critchfield, systems consultant and McIntyre, long time driver.  
They join other board members including Cindy Amos, Traci Cain, Paul Denis, Larry Dealy, Bill Higgins, Cheryl Kriewall, Pat Lattanzia,  Jean Moore, Bill Ogle, Pat Pixley, Mary Jo Rostek, Don Secondine, John Tripp, Scott White and Jack Weyler.  
Key people retaining their responsibilities are Menu Coordinator Linda Critchfield; Buyer Paul Denis; Building Coordinators Larry Dealy, John Tripp and Landy Norman;  Driver Coordinators Larry Dealy, Pat Pixley and Cheryl Kriewall; and assistants to the president, John Tripp and Jack Weyler. 
Traci Cain continues her passion for serving people in volunteer capacities.  When at San Diego State University she interned with Rutherford Institute, well known advocate for those with legal needs.  
Later she was Vice President  of Public Relations at AGLOW (similar to Promise Keepers).
Now she is with C.A.S.A. (Court Appointed Special Advocates).  
Cain is a farm girl, having grown up in Colorado and Minnesota before moving to California.    
She received her Law Degree from the University of Tulsa. Cain was an Assistant District Attorney and served in private law practice.  
She was with Citgo in Customer Service, dealing with contracts and for a time operated a restaurant.  She is an active member of Life Changer Church.
One might wonder why the expansion of the MOW board of directors.  
The simple answer is visibility.   
MOW is so fortunate to be supported by the United Way and many organizations and individuals.  
MOW has no paid personnel.   It is a totally volunteer organization of nearly 100 drivers, cooks, cook helpers, etc.   
Some volunteers exceed or are approaching 90 years of age and with increasing food costs, they need to find ways of passing word of the need for volunteers and volunteer contributions.  (MOW accepts no government funds.) 
Cooks, cook helpers and drivers are always welcomed.  
Another thing a new volunteer can do to assist MOW is simply open the door after school on Tuesdays or Thursdays for Honor Society High School Students.  Students come in to help prepare portions of the meal for the following day. These are top notch students and know what to do.  
All they need is to have the door unlocked.  
If interested, call Traci, (918) 729-4511 or John Tripp, (918) 341-5376 or Jack Weyler, (918) 697-6265.