ADA — Farm Bureau Women’s Committee, Farm Bureau and staff Christmas dinner was held Dec. 12, 2005, at 6 p.m. at the Farm Bureau Office. Paper items and canned goods were brought to be given to the Adult Day Care Center of Pontotoc County as a Christmas project.

Following the meal, a business meeting was held with Mildred West presiding. Christy Smith led the flag salute. Kathryn Floyd gave the devotional on “A Menu for Christmas,” and “A New Year’s Prayer.” Janet Gibson read the minutes and gave the treasurer’s report. Two visitors, Roberta Morrow and Joy Cassidy, were present.

The Women’s Rally held at Oklahoma City Dec. 2-3 was discussed. Those attending were Floyd, Gibson, Smith and Helen Denslow.

A report was given on the School Bus Safety Poster Contest. Awards were taken to Pickett-Center and Latta Schools to be given out at their December awards assembly.

Attending the National Farm Bureau Convention Jan. 8-11 at Nashville, Tenn., at the Opryland Resort and Convention Center were Floyd and Bill and Janet Gibson. More than 6,000 people, 128 from Oklahoma, heard speakers such as Farm Bureau president, Bob Stallman; Senate Majority Leader Frist; and Cal Ripken Jr. Entertainment was performed by Sammy Kershaw and Michael Martin Murphy. The Oklahoma delegation attended the Saturday night performance of the Grand Old Opry at the Ryman Theater and met together as a group for Sunday breakfast. Floyd and Gibson attended the Women’s Committee Luncheon and Business Meeting. Matt Muller, Altus, won the Young Farmer and Rancher “Excellence in Agriculture” award. He and his family won a new Dodge pickup and other prizes. Oklahoma was proud of his achievements. A trade show and numerous workshops were held throughout the convention.

Women’s Committee met Jan. 9 with the board. Randy Bryant, vice-president, presented $100 checks to representatives of each of the 17 volunteer fire departments in the county to help them with extra expenses due to fires caused by the drought.

Tentative plans were made for the Legislative Dinner to be held March 10. Members suggested home-baked breads be presented to the legislators as a way of thanking them for everything they do.

Women’s Committee met Jan. 13 to complete the “Plan of Work” for the year. They also planned Food Check-out Day for Feb. 3. This is the day when Americans have earned enough money to purchase food for the whole year. Food will be purchased and taken to the Family Crisis Center.

A Leadership Conference will be held at Oklahoma City Feb. 20-21. Several plan to attend. Farm Bureau Week is Feb. 19-25. An open house will be held at the Farm Bureau Office Feb. 24 to celebrate the week.

Those attending were Helen Denslow, Christy Smith, Mildred West, Janet Gibson and Kathryn Floyd.

The next regular meeting is Feb. 13.