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Page 14 Friday, April 5,2013, Sapulpa Daily Herald


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Capitol Veteran of the Week

Boys & Girls Club kicks off spring fund raiser

Wednesday with a pep rally at the North Mabee Boys & Girls Club. About 200 club members The Salvation Army Sapulpa Boys & Girls gathered in the gym as Hornsby, the Tulsa Clubs has joined other Tulsa Metro Boys & Drillers' mascot, entertained the crowd. Girls Clubs in an area-wide fundraising project Salvation Army Major April Taylor was master selling QuarterShare Gourmet Beef Sticks to of ceremonies for the event. Bethany Pousinho, benefit each club. director of the Sand The project is called Springs Club and Jake "Spring Into Action!" Law, director of the and club members will Sapulpa Club demonget to choose what they strated how to sell the do with the money beef sticks. earned, for example, To learn more about Spring Into Action, use it to buy sports equipment or educawatch KOKI FOX-23 tional video games. for commercials and QuarterShare will give listen to K-95 FM and 50 percent of the profMIX 96 FM radio staits from the sale of the tions to call in to win beef sticks back to the beef sticks during clubs. morning drive time. To Sand Springs Club buy QuarterShare Director Bethany Gourmet Beef Sticks, Pousinho said the camask a member of paign is important to Sapulpa Boys & Girls the club members Club, watch for them at because they are able Walmart stores on April to "take ownership" in 6, or visit raising extra funds for SUBMITTED PHOTO http://www.quarter the specific programs in SPRINGING INTO ACTION, Bethany . which they participate. Pousinho and Jake Law with the Boys If beef sticks aren't "The kids have been & Girls Club put on a skit about selling your snack, you can still very enthusiastic about support The Salvation beef sticks at a pep rally. Army Boys & Girls selling the beef sticks and are continually Clubs by texting looking to sell more each day," she said. TULSA to 85944 to make a $10 gift that will be To buy the gourmet beef sticks, stop by the used in the area with the most need. Comprised Sapulpa Boys & Girls Club at 1721 S. Hickory of nine local facilities, The Salvation Army on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 Tulsa Area Command includes six Boys & Girls am to 7pm; on Wednesdays and Fridays from 6 Clubs and the Center of Hope shelter and social am to 6 pm. The club is closed from noon to 1 services center. Our mission is to meet human pm every weekday. needs of those who need it the most without disSpring Into Action was kicked off last crimination.


THE OKLAHOMA LEGISLATURE honored Sgt. Paul Bavousette as veteran of the week in March. In photo, State Representative Mark McCullough, Betty Wickham, Bavousette, Sue and Mack McCullough and Sue and Norm Hoelting.


Bingman appoints Lyons to panel

From AARP Oklahoma thank my state senator, Kim David, for her supOklahoma Senate President Pro Tempore port of my nomination and her continued efforts Brian Bingman recently appointed AARP on behalf of Oklahoma's seniors." Oklahoma State President Marjorie Lyons to the Lyons retired as a registered nurse in 2009 newly-created Citizens Advisory Panel for from a nursing career that spanned more than 50 Aging Issues. years, the last 19 of those years were spent at the Lyons, a Broken Arrow resident, is the first Oklahoma State Department of Health. person named to the five-member advisory panel "Marjorie will be an independent and expericreated last year as part of a legislative effort to enced voice for the 50-plus population in our reorganize and improve oversight of the state," said Sean Voskuhl, AARP Oklahoma Oklahoma Department of Human Services. The State Director. "She understands the issues facCitizens Advisory Panel for Aging Issues is com- ing older Oklahomans and will bring keen intelprised of five appointees, one each from the lect and practical experience to the panel. Governor, the Speaker of the House of Senator Bingman certainly made a wise choice Representatives, the President Pro Tempore of and we greatly appreciate his vote of confidence the Senate and the minority leaders of both the in Marjorie. We also appreciate Senator Kim David's work on behalf of Oklahoma's seniors House and Senate. "The need for a reliable and functioning body and for recommending Marjorie for this appointof advisors with expertise in aging issues is para- ment." mount as the number of older Oklahomans con- Lyons has served as state president of AARP tinues to increase each year," said Lyons. "Aging Oklahoma for the past four years. She also has issues matter to Oklahomans, and I plan to use served on the post adjudication review board for the skills and knowledge I've accumulated as a Creek and Wagoner Counties and the Wagoner nurse and during my time with AARP Oklahoma County Election Board. Lyons serves on the to benefit the panel. I appreciate Senator Oklahoma State Council on Aging and the Bingman's leadership on issues critical to Broken Arrow Senior Board and is a member of Oklahoma's seniors and thank him for placing the steering committee for The Future of Nursing me on this important panel. I would also like to in Oklahoma.

DHS committee releases report

From the Oklahoma Commission, was created in deaths, inferring the deaths Department of Human Services late 2011 by then occurred in the DHS foster care Commissioner and former system. The Special Review Oklahoma County District "What we actually found Committee studying child Attorney Wes Lane. Its purpose was that over a 10-year period, abuse and neglect deaths of was to review OKDHS's role in there were an average of 12 Oklahoma children released its child abuse and neglect deaths children who died each year in report Thursday which includes where the agency had some state custody, and the majority both praise and criticism previous child welfare connec- died from natural causes or of regarding the performance of tion with the family. the injuries they suffered at the the Oklahoma Department of The committee spent more hands of their abusers," said Human Services and many than a year conducting a broad Lane. "The news release other entities responsible for review of 135 child deaths issued by these legislators was the protection of children, and which occurred between 2010 clearly not based on real numalso disputes previous claims and 2012. The committee then bers and issued at a time when made by legislators against conducted an in-depth review stories about some of these OKDHS. of 36 of those cases where the children's deaths were being In a 38-page report contain- child died from either abuse or reported by the media before ing 50 findings and 37 recom- neglect and the family had the full facts surrounding their mendations which took 16 some level of child welfare deaths were known to anyone." months to develop, the involvement in the 12 months Lane described the report as Committee found there were preceding their deaths. Only balanced, noting that the findmany individuals, agencies, one of the child death cases ings are sorted among system and situations which were both reviewed was of a child actual- issues, domestic violence, drug `part of the problems and part ly in state custody at the time. abuse, household conditions, of the solutions.' "We observed instances OKDHS administrative, policy, "While our task was to where other agencies were and performance issues, and review the work of DHS in the involved in the complexities of systemic issues outside of role of child abuse and neglect cases, times when the public OKDHS. deaths, our Committee soon did not report abuse, and other "Make no mistake about it," discovered that while DHS had situations where law enforce- Lane said, "we found clear some responsibility, the condi- ment or the judicial system, or areas where DHS must tions leading to the children's others in the community bore improve and make changes to deaths were the results of mul- some of the responsibility for a its policies and procedures tiple omissions and commis- child's death," Lane said. and we note that many changes sions by any number of many The committee's report are already underway with the groups, agencies, individuals, resoundingly disputes accusa- Pinnacle Plan. But what we conditions, and factors," said tions made by legislators who ultimately have had to sadly Wes Lane, chair of the 21- issued a news release stating recognize is that there are no member, blue ribbon commit- "Fifty children - on average - sure methods to predict murder tee. continue to die annually under or to examine the circumThe Special Review the care of the Department of stances in a child's family and Committee, originally a sub- Human Services." The release be able to definitively predict committee of the now-dis- issued in 2011 quoted what negative consequences solved Human Services unverified numbers of child will occur to those children."

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