Beth McClain will be the first to say the word, “retirement,” is not in her vocabulary.

“Retirement is not a part of my life,” she says. Being actively involved in her community and career are parts of her life, however.

McClain serves as the director for District Three of the State Board of Lumber Association. She is also the operations manager of two building centers and the CEO of a corporation.

McClain is one of the four honorees for Women of the Year for 2006.

She married her husband, Don, in 1950 and they had two daughters. Her husband began managing the family lumber business in 1948 and purchased it in 1961. McClain said they spent many wonderful years working side by side until his death in 2001.

But it’s not only work that keeps McClain going. She is involved in volunteer work in and around McAlester.

She has been a member of the Homemakers Department, GFWC-OK Fortnightly Club of McAlester for 53 years. She has served in all the leadership offices in the department as well as being Fortnightly president.

In addition, she served as vice president for the PTAs at Will Rogers Elementary School and McAlester Junior High School and she was a Girl Scout leader. She has also been a member of Chapter CD, P.E.O., a service organization, for 25 years. She is a past president of this organization as well.

McClain also supports the Boys and Girls Club of McAlester. “My husband and I were members of a group of McAlesterites who met and organized the McAlester Boys Club,” she explained. That group was able to purchase the first building for the club until the club could raise the money for the building.

She was also part of the organizing committee for the McAlester Girls Club and acquired the use of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church gym and offices for its first location. “I continue to actively support the Boys and Girls Club,” she said.

She has also helped with the minor home repair/improvement project for Make a Difference Day by donating materials, time and labor to help winterize and repair 50 homes.

“In addition, I am pleased that I was able to help an elderly grandmother rebuild her home after a devastating fire by furnishing the materials for rebuilding.”

McClain says she is also deeply involved with her family. “I take my great-grandson to and from school and to Cub Scouts, and I look after by 99-year-old mother.”

McClain and fellow honorees, Maureen Harrison, Faye Durant and Jane Woodliff, will be honored at a luncheon Thursday at noon at the McAlester Country Club. A free reception will be held that night at 7 at the Little Chapel on the Hill, 101 E. Washington Ave.

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