- Ada, Oklahoma

March 21, 2013

Preceptor Delta Phi crowns Valentine queen

The Ada News

Ada —  

The Feb. 5 meeting of Preceptor Delta Phi chapter of Beta Sigma Phi International was held at the home of Abby Phillips.

Jean Erickson’s return, after months of healing, was met with a round of gentle hugs and fond wishes by her sorority sisters including Lucille Collins, Bobbye Darbison, Juanita Sutton-Green, Juanita True and Carol Winton. Guest and prospective member Jean Kelley was welcomed to her second meeting.

The members discussed final plans for the upcoming Valentine Social and supper.

A new Valentine queen was selected by secret ballot. She was to be crowned at the upcoming social gathering.

Next, planning was continued for Founder’s Day Banquet. Ada First Baptist Church has  opened a dining area for the group's use. The Allen chapter, Xi Epsilon Upsilon, will be guests for the buffet supper and ceremonies for installation of officers.

Following the conclusion of a full roster of meeting topics, the ladies adjourned to the dining room to share a wide variety of desserts prepared by the hostess. Afterward, Abby Phillips shared several books and brochures from a variety of historic cultural sites from her December visit to Ohio.

On Saturday, Feb. 16, the ladies met at the home of Lucille Collins for the Valentine social and supper buffet. Attendees included members Lucille Collins, Bobbye Darbison, Jean Erickson, Abby Phillips, Juanita True and Carol Winton. Several spouses also enjoyed the evening. Guests included prospective members Jean Kelley and Judy Kurz with her husband, Cleve.

One of Lucille’s granddaughters, Jennifer Cole of Overland Park, Kan., was present to see her grandmother crowned the chapter’s Valentine Queen 2013 by 2012 Chapter Queen Abby Phillips.

Members and guests perused a copy of the latest Beta Sigma Phi International Torch magazine. Both an article and a photo documenting the chapter’s most recent charitable projects were submitted to the Torch earlier this month.

Local Shriners make donation

Ada Shrine Club entertained Mike Weed, Potentate of India Shrine of Oklahoma, Lady Linda, his wife, and his divan and their ladies at a dinner  Jan. 19 at the Aldridge Building.

This is an annual affair for the installation of offices and for the Ada Shriners to present a check to the potentate for the India Shrine Hospital transportation fund.

Although a serious event, Ada Shriners find out the interests, hobbies or former occupation of the presiding potentate and somehow incorporate those facts humorously into the presentation. This year was no exception as Weed, retired from Firestone, was presented a worn-out tire before a check for $5,000 was handed to him by newly elected club President Bill Hollwager. The Shriners had earned the money through their annual golf tournament and Vidalia onion sales.

For one month alone, January 2013, Oklahoma Shriners voluntarily drove the Shriners’ fleet of nine vans 15,405 miles, taking 31 young patients and their parents to Shreveport, St. Louis, Galveston and Houston Shrine Hospitals where transportation, lodging and treatment are all free. In addition, Shriners secure free tickets, courtesy of Southwest Airlines, that provide flights for patients who require them, while Shriners themselves also pay air fare for patients who qualify.

Although a $5,000 donation is commendable, Ada Shriners plan to supersede that next year by presenting a new van, as they have done in the past, in lieu of the monetary donation.


Prime Timers

Ada Prime Timers met Feb. 19 at J.D.’s Cafeteria with Neal Beasley, president, presiding. Forty-one members and four guests attended. 

January birthdays and anniversaries were acknowledged. Ruth Ann Taylor gave the treasurer’s report. Susanne Woolley gave a fiddle presentation which included a variety of musical styles, including Western swing, jazz, bluegrass and classical music.