2014 and earlier The GFWC OK members who attended the GFWC International Meeting in Arizona June, 2014. Shown front row: Fleta Haskins, Carol Crews, Int’l Pres. Mary Ellen Lasiter, Junior Director, Rita Sanders, Mary Coker Back row: Virginia McComas, Jan Bailey, Joyce Ward, Vicky Bolte, Janice West, Vicki Lorenzo Rita Sanders accepts the GFWC Signature Project 5th Place Award to Durant Fortnightly Rita Sanders accepts the National Pinwheel Creativity Award for McAlester Fortnightly Club from Matt Feldman, Prevent Child Abuse America Director. This Project was performed in 2012-2013 led by Fortnightly President Mary Coker and Cornerstone Creations Department Director Linda Navratil. Members raised the funds for 144 pinwheels by selling Prevent Child Abuse tote bags and Pinwheel lapel pins. The pinwheels were placed at Shared Blessings, Youth Emergency Shelter and Hope House all located in McAlester, OK. Members then gave the pinwheels to children along with information brochures how their parents can prevent child abuse. Rita Sanders with LaDonna Gatlin, sister of the legendary country music group, The Gatlin Brothers, grew up on stage, ultimately choosing to follow her heart and “sing a different song” apart from her brothers. Through the years, her journeys have included supporting her husband as he continues to survive a cancer diagnosis; encouraging her father as he battles heart disease; wrestling with Alzheimer’s as it touches her loved ones; and watching diabetes and it’s raging affect on the lives of children close to her. Along the way, she discovered that she suffers from depression, and is on a one woman mission to de-stigmatize mental illness. Her unique ability to combine a strong message on a variety of healthcare topics with her show-stopping music has made her an instant hit with audiences all across America.