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
PCREA held its monthly meeting Nov. 15 at Ada Elks Lodge. President Jo Ann Hunt welcomed the members and introduced guests Todd Thomsen, state representative; Darrell Nemecek, Ada councilman; and Billie Floyd, representing Susan Paddack, state senator. Judy Hanson gave the invocation followed by the buffet luncheon.
The committee for the Pioneer Award was in charge of the program. Vaden Morgan and Peggy Bagley read clues to the identity of the person we had previously selected by ballot. They included: Ada graduate; teacher for 38 years; active in organizations PCREA, PAST, and Prime Timers, holding offices in each; presenter at the Little Red School house and Campbell cabin; impersonator of historical persons for schools and clubs; current vice regent of Daughters of the American Revolution; recent recipient of the State Volunteer of the Year Award for OREA, and dedicated member and worker in the Bethel Baptist Church. The Pioneer Award for 2013 went to Ruth Ann Taylor. Some of Taylor’s family were able to attend, but she was surprised by the attendance of a former student from Pickett Center, Shanna Hanks Wood. Wood told fond memories of Taylor and how much she meant to her.
Billie Floyd, representing state Sen. Susan Paddock, read a proclamation from the Oklahoma Senate dedicated to Taylor. State Rep. Todd Thomsen gave the proclamation from the Oklahoma House of Representatives and added his praise for teachers. Darrell Nemecek, councilman, gave a proclamation declaring Nov. 15, 2013, as Ruth Ann Taylor Day in the city of Ada. Hunt presented Taylor a framed picture of the Little Red School House and a certificate. Taylor was also given a balloon with a rose.
Sandra Mantooth and Oma Tatum celebrated the anniversary of Oklahoma’s statehood with pamphlets (they made) containing historical facts and puzzles. Native American decorations were also on the tables pointing to their importance of settling Oklahoma. Colorful flowers were at the head tables. The centerpieces were won by Darrell Nemecek and Mike McGaha.
Attending were Todd Thomsen, Billie Floyd, Darrell Nemecek, Jo Ann Hunt, Peggy Wallace, Tom Stephens, Judy Hisaw, Vaden Morgan, Oma Tatum, Monte Surber, Shirley Boren, Peggy Bagley, Sandra Mantooth, Lanny Sliger, Barbara Langley, Judy Hanson, Aggie Allen, June Murphy, Kenneth Murphy, Bryna Lane, Abby Phillips, Jean Lyon, Mary Scalf, Martha Skinner, Harold Skinner, Edna Mae Cooley, Ruth Ann Taylor, Betty Allred, Charles Barrick, Doris Barrick, Jane Dupy, Patsy West, Sammy Edwards, Brooklyn Bond, Nyta Ballard, Mile McGaha, Suzanne McFarlane and Rita Scott.