Ada — On Oct. 11, Pontotoc County Retired Educators Association met at the Elks Lodge. President Jo Ann Hunt welcomed everyone before Charles Barrick gave the invocation.
Following lunch, Billie Floyd, a former Oklahoma senator, teacher and presently on the board of PAST, New Horizons, and Paws, presented the program “Step Back in Time.” Floyd had prepared a power-point consisting of old and current pictures of Ada along with the history of each photo. She told many stories and anecdotes of the past which were very educational and entertaining.
The meeting was called to order. Judy Hisaw read the minutes, and Tom Stephens gave the treasury report. They were both accepted as read. Barbara Langley, chair for the VIM Committee, reported their recommendation for our Very Important Member (VIM) for this year was Tommie Beddow. There were no other nominations from the floor. Mrs. Beddow is our VIM. The committee consisted of past VIMs.
Peggy Bagley, a member of the Pioneer Award Committee, distributed lists of the four nominees from the last meeting—Lucille Collins, Ruth Ann Taylor, Dr. Norman Frame and Jo Ann Hunt. Members marked their vote. The selection will be named in November. Mary Scalf emphasized turning in our volunteer hours. June Murphy updated members on retirement issues. To vote on retirement, go to “keepokpromises.org.”
Aggie Allen and Sammy Edwards were in charge of the decorations. The tables were filled with pumpkins, autumn leaves, scarecrows and fall flower centerpieces. The centerpieces were won by Sue Jaquess and Rita Scott.
Attending were Sammy Edwards, Aggie Allen, Peggy Bagley, Barbara Langley, Jo Ann Hunt, Judy Hisaw, Billie Floyd, Tom Stephens, Ken Murphy, Vaden Morgan, Ruth Ann Taylor, Peggy Wallace, Oma Tatum, Lanny Sliger, Shirley Boren, Monte Surber, Cloreta Gray, Tommie Beddow, Tom Beddow, Ann Thompson, Mary Scalf, Terry Ford, Bryna Lane, Sandra Mantooth, Sue Jaquess, Chuck Perry, Patsy West, Ron West, Judy Hanson, Lee Sweat, Edna Mae Cooley, Kathy Adams, Coleen Bledsoe, Mike McGaha, Charles Barrick, Doris Barrick, Jane Dupy, Martha Skinner, Harold Skinner, Janet Gibson, June Murphy, Rita Scott and Jean Lyon