New Civitan club officially chartered

Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC) is raising awareness of persons with disabilities by sponsoring a new civic club open to people of all abilities.

Happy Trails Civitan Charter members
Happy Trails Civitan Club Charter members

The Happy Trails Civitan Club, sponsored by DRTC, adds a new dimension to the social and civic portions in the lives of people with disabilities. These individuals are finding more work in the community and may or may not be living with their families any more.

“We are looking at the whole person,” says Michael T. Jones, Public Relations and Marketing Manager at DRTC. “We love this opportunity for people with disabilities to have a safe place to be able to give back to the community that has supported them.”

Civitan International President Duane Capps addresses the Civitans
Civitan International President Duane Capps

Civitan International President Duane Capps made it official with a pinning ceremony at Wyman Frame – a division of DRTC. President Capps and other Civitan leaders, comprised of the Heartland and Great Southwest Districts, attended the ceremony as part of their regional meetings in Oklahoma City.

Agency staff lead tours throughout parts of the campus, highlighting the abilities of those it serves and showing how we all live life side by side. Attendees took part in interactive demonstrations from Prism Place (DRTC’s awards, trophies and promotional items division), Wyman Frame (picture frames) and subcontracting projects.

Civitan International is celebrating its 100th year in 2017 with a goal to charter 100 new clubs. Happy Trails Civitan Club membership is open to anyone who is at least 18 years old and of good character. Regular meetings will be held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, 6:00pm at Wyman Frame (2502 N. Utah Ave. in OKC).

About Civitan International

Founded in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1917, Civitan now has active service clubs in 48 countries around the world. Members conduct service projects and volunteer in their community. For more information, please visit www.civitan.org, or call 1-800-CIVITAN.

 About Dale Rogers Training Center

Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC) is the oldest and largest community vocational training and employment center for people with disabilities in Oklahoma. With multiple locations in Oklahoma, DRTC trains or employs more than 1,100 people with disabilities per year. Visit us online: DRTC.org.

Production-style framing

Framing individual photos, pieces of art or other collections can test any framer’s creativity, but production-style framing presents an entirely new set of challenges.

Everything from materials to physical space to staff must either be bought or managed, all while trying to meet the customer’s budget and due date.

Wyman Frame has a proven track record of successfully mass producing various framed pieces, from an office-wide renovation project to a nearly 300-frame project for the Oklahoma Tourism Department at the Lodge at Sequoyah State Park.

Repeat business

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Julie and Pennie hold a fully assembled framed portrait.

We were thrilled to have the Tourism Department place another order at Wyman Frame—this time for the new lodge at Lake Murray, scheduled to open mid-February.

Susan Dragoo, a photographer from Oklahoma, photographed locations around the park. Large photos were produced for the rooms and other public areas of the lodge.

The process

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Carla Folks, Certified Picture Framer, and Julie prepare a piece for dry mounting.

We cut mats and Plexiglas, dry mounted the photos, and built the frames.

It takes a lot of planning, ordering, cutting and prep work for an order of this size. We brought in several crews of clients to work production-style.  It takes extra care when handling large pieces.

The photographs were beautiful and I’m sure will add to the pleasurable experience of staying in the new lodge.

Framing history

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Framed Lake Murray board game.

Lake Murray is the first and largest state park in Oklahoma. In addition to the photographs, we also framed many memorabilia items they accumulated over the years, such as old postcards, photos, blueprints, menu from the restaurant and even an old Lake Murray board game.

In all, our talented crew framed nearly 150 items for Lake Murray. Check it out the next time you’re there, and don’t forget to choose Wyman Frame, which helps provide jobs for people with disabilities, for your framing needs.

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Carla Folks works at Wyman Frame, a division of Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC). Carla has been a Certified Picture Framer since 1989 and has framed for DRTC for three years.

DRTC is the oldest and largest community vocational training and employment center for people with disabilities in Oklahoma. With multiple locations in Oklahoma, DRTC trains or employs more than 1,100 people with disabilities per year. Visit us online: DRTC.org.

2017 Camp Tumbleweed

Oklahoma City Community College students organized a day of activities for Camp Tumbleweed campers.
Oklahoma City Community College students organized a day of activities for Camp Tumbleweed campers in 2016.

Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC), Oklahoma’s oldest and largest vocational training and employment center for people with disabilities, continues its successful summer camp program for teenagers and young adults in 2017!

Camp Tumbleweed is a day camp for youth with disabilities, ages 14 through 21 years old in the Oklahoma City metro. It combines the traditional elements of a camp – field trips, crafts, and outdoor activities – with opportunities to develop independence and advocacy skills and start to learn about potential job opportunities after high school.

2017 camp details

This year’s camp is split into two sessions:

Session I: June 5 – 30

Session II: July 5 –July 28 (OKCPS) or August 11 (other districts)

Camp fees: Full time (4-5 days) – $145.00 per week

Part time (3 days) – $85.00 per week

Paid registration includes the cost of a t-shirt for each camper.

Funding

We accept waiver funding and Respite Service vouchers, as well as private funding. Extended care is available for an additional cost.

Camp provides a planned schedule of community outings and activities, including trips to the OKC Zoo, Sam Noble Natural History Museum and more. There are additional fees for admission into many of these activities. We attempt to limit activity fees to no more than $10 per week.

Register now

Space is limited, and campers are enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have any questions, please call the Camp Tumbleweed Coordinator at 405-946-4489 x1802 or email camptumbleweed@drtc.org. Registration is also open online at https://www.drtc.org/programs/camp-tumbleweed/.

Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC) is the oldest and largest community vocational training and employment center for people with disabilities in Oklahoma. With multiple locations in Oklahoma, DRTC trains or employs more than 1,100 people with disabilities per year. Visit us online: DRTC.org.