Ada — Friday, Feb. 21, the Pontotoc County Retired Educators met at Ada Elks Lodge. Following the invocation by Tommie Beddow, a buffet luncheon was served.
A power point presentation was conducted by Dr. William (Bill) Lyon titled, “Rock, Minerals, and Fossils in Oklahoma.” Dr. Lyon has spent 27 years in geological research. Several years were spent at Robert S. Kerr Research Center. He conducted ground water research and petroleum research.
He is presently a professor at East Central University in the area of geological chemistry. Lyon discussed deep time and geologic time scales.
The oldest rock, etc. in this area of Oklahoma is at the “10 acre” rock around the small community of Troy south of Ada. It is north of Tishomingo and east of Mill Creek. Lyon brought samples and gifts of geodes and Oklahoma’s own rose rocks.
President Jo Ann Hunt called the business meeting to order. Judy Hisaw read the November minutes (because of weather, the group did not meet in December). Tom Stephens gave the treasurer’s report. Both were accepted as read.
Nomination Committee Chair Edna Mae Cooley gave its recommendations for the 2014-2016 officers: for president, Vaden Morgan; for vice president, Judy Hanson; for secretary, Judy Hisaw; for treasurer, Betty Allred. The officers will be installed at the April meeting. Cooley thanked Peggy Bagley, Tom Stephens and Barbara Langley for their help on the committee.
Hunt reminded everyone a list of our state representatives and senators was in the winter 2014 bulletin and to use this list to send opinions of the bills affecting retirement.
Ada Hill, south central district representative, echoed the same sentiment and warned about Bills 2119, 2120, and 2630. Part of the money in the retirement is money from retiree’s salaries that was placed monthly in the account. It was never completely funded by the state. June Murphy, the group’s legislative representative, repeated the same concerns. She recommended going to “Keep Oklahoma Promises.”
Dorotha Fenton announced that on March 23, the First United Methodist Church would offer a tour showing the stained glass windows, delicate china painting and local art work.
It was also announced it was time for the public library book sales. Ruth Ann Taylor handed out sheets for updating members’ personal information. June Murphy agreed to audit our books before the new officers were installed.
Oklahoma Retired Educators Association state meeting is May 8 at the Reed Center at Rose State College in Midwest City.
PCREA's next meeting is March 28. The program comes from the state insurance commissioner’s office: John Doak, commissioner, and Amanda Riddle, regional consumer service supervisor.
Dorotha Fenton decorated the tables with patriotic themes to celebrate “President’s Day.” Red, white and blue streamers, flowers, stars, etc., were everywhere, including a 4-foot Uncle Sam. The centerpieces on the head tables were won by Faye Cook and D’Esta Hoover.
Those in attendance included Dorotha Fenton, June Murphy, Jean K. Lyon, Jo Ann Hunt, Judy Hisaw, Tom Stephens, Gerri Stephens, Peggy Bagley, Ada Hill, Charles Barrick, Doris Barrick, Faye Cook, Vaden Morgan, Shirley Boren, Kenneth Murphy, Ruth Ann Taylor, Lee sweat, Betty Allred, Judy Hanson, Peggy Wallace, Ray Quiett, Bryna Lane, Mike McGaha, Aggie Allen, Sammy Edwards, Martha Skinner, W. Harold Skinner, John Stevenson, Tommie J. Beddow, Edna Mae Cooley, D’Esta Hoover, Donald Hoover, Kathy Adams, Barbara Langley, Gail Danielson, Janet Gibson, Sandra Mantooth, Terry Scott, Dr. Bill Lyon and Suzanne McFarland.