- Ada, Oklahoma

March 28, 2013

Fun Country Area Special Olympics hosts art, music festival

The Ada News

Ada —  


ADA — Fun Country Area Special Olympics recently held its yearly art and music festival at Ada High School’s Cougar Activity Center.

Works of art were entered from the Ada, Ardmore, Fox, Lindsay, Pauls Valley, Plainview, Stonewall and Sulphur areas. 

More than 80 talented young artists entered 165 pieces of art in category divisions including collages, fibercrafts, painting, photography, pottery, sewing and more. Awards presented were for Best in Show, Judges’ Choice, Directors’ Choice, Recycling, Best in Category Division and Age Division.

The Best in Show was presented to an 8-year-old boy from Stonewall. His free-flowing, vibrant abstract painting of a truck is shown at the top of the photo.

The local directors of Fun Country Special Olympics are Gloria and Harold Muse.

Retired special education teacher Abby Phillips coordinates this yearly event. The art was judged by local artists Rosemarie Benya and Loretta Yin.


Tanti Fine Arts

Tanti Fine Arts Study Club met in the home of President Sandra Ingram with 18 members present. 

Sandra Haney read the minutes of February's meeting. Z.D. and Oliver Parker’s 60th Anniversary was mentioned and applauded.

Betty Binkley and Martha Wigdor were in charge of getting the list for programs and hostesses for next year completed. Rosa Hendrix announced next year’s officers and committee members would stay the same as all the present members had agreed to serve another year. 

April is the last meeting until September and Paula Green with be the hostess. The meeting will be April 9 at 2 p.m. Carol Davis was Ingram's co-hostess and they served a lovely dessert after the program was finished.

Delores Moore presented a program on Wolfgang Amadeus’s Mozart. He was the most extraordinary 18th century composer. He showed his talent at a very early age. He was lacking in responsibility, but his talent made up for what he lacked in other areas.

Leopold and Wolfgang went on tours to play music and it helped Wolfgang become more popular. He wrote several piano concertos and several for the violin.  In his latter years he suffered from rheumatoid arthritis and eventually died from kidney disease.


 Retired Educators

Pontotoc County Retired Educators met at Ada Elks Lodge March 15. Members and guests were welcomed followed by the invocation given by Sue Jaquess.

After the meal, Sandra Mantooth introduced the speaker, Lori Robbins, storyteller for the Chickasaw Nation. She is the performing arts manager in the Arts and Humanities Division of the Chickasaw Nation.

Chickasaws believe once a story is told it becomes the listener's to tell. She began her program with the story “How the Dog Got its Bark.” Robbins told of the acting lessons available to their students, especially the ones containing the old-fashioned types of entertainment.  Co-worker Brian Lyon also attended.

President Jo Ann Hunt called the business meeting to order.  Judy Hisaw read the February minutes. Tom Stephens gave the treasury report.

Stephens praised Tommie Beddow for her membership work and the collection of membership dues.

In the absence of Mary Scalf, Hunt discussed the volunteer hours.  She also announced that those unable to attend the last meeting could still receive the benefits information from OREA.  She had a form for their names and phone numbers that she would forward to Rodrick Ford, the benefits representative. 

Hunt announced that OREA benefits have added a new company, Liberty Mutual. Rick Marshall is the contact person. He can be reached at 405-503-0061-insurance.

Abby Phillips said the testing facility always needs monitors when testing schools. If anyone is interested, they may contact the schools.  Charles Barrick attended the retired educators' district meeting in Ardmore. He reported Pontotoc County's organization is the largest in the district with 296 members.

The organiztion's state convention is in Tulsa. Because of Pontotoc County's membership, this organization qualifies for 10 delegates.  Those members planning to attend the state convention will be local delegates.

The table decorations were definitely “St. Patrick” themed.  Green derbies, shamrocks, flowers, and pots of “gold coins” were everywhere.  Abby Phillips, June Murphy, and Jean Lyon were the leprechauns who wove this magic. One center piece was given to the guest speaker and the other was won by Oma Tatum.

Next meeting is April 19 with OREA Executive Director Norman Cooper conducting the program. District Director Ada Hill will also be in attendance.

Attending were Ruth Ann Taylor, Jo Ann Hunt, Abby Phillips, Jean Lyon, Judy Hisaw, June Murphy, Shirley Boren, Monte Surber, Faye Cook, Barbara Langley, Elmer Gerth, Peggy Wallace, Sandra Mantooth, Oma Tatum, Aggie Allen, Tommie Beddow, Lee Sweat, Bryna Lane, Lanny Sliger, Betty Allred, Sue Jaquess, Nyta Ballard, Doris Barrick, Charles Barrick, Tom Stephens, Janet Gibson, Judy Hanson, Jo Hale and Hazel Miller.



Daughters of the American Revolution Chimney Hill Chapter met March 12 at 1:30 p.m. at the Ada Arts and Heritage Building.

The opening ritual was led by Regent Dana Hill, assisted by Jessie Glover, chaplain, who gave the opening prayer.  Lorraine Hooker led the Pledge of Allegiance, Vickie Lee led The American’s Creed, and The Star Spangled Banner was led by Rita Floyd.

The President General’s message, read by Hill, concerned how the coming of spring brings a reawakening of energy for work of the National Society and for celebrating the completion of many projects.  

The minutes of the previous meeting were read by Mary Scalf, and Joyce Gentry, treasurer, reported on all accounts.    

Scalf, reporting for Vice Regent Ruth Ann Taylor, reminded members to bring collected can tabs by April 13 so they can be taken to the state conference. 

The National Defense report was given by Elizabeth Witherow. She mentioned that March is Women’s History Month and gave some information concerning women who serve in the nation’s military forces.   

Kathy Howry, membership committee chairman, reported there are several prospective members.

Myrtie Clarke, chairman of the Women’s Issues committee, introduced the guest speaker, Lila Luper, director of infection control at Valley View Regional Hospital. Luper discussed three main areas of women’s health:  screening tests, including recommendations concerning age and frequency; regular checkups and the importance of family medical history; and vaccines for adults, including flu, shingles, TDAP, and pneumonia.  She stated that additional information could be found on the Website www.women’

Members voted to  give $45 toward the purchase of the District basket for the State Convention.  The motion was approved unanimously. 

Regent Hill reminded members to bring large-sized “Sweats for Vets” to the April meeting.  These will be given to the Muskogee and Oklahoma City VA Medical Centers.

Hostesses for the meeting were Linda Leach, Jean Kelley, Arletta Good, Erna Leach, and Marian Paniagua.

Next meeting will be Guest Day Luncheon April 13 at noon.

Members attending were Betty Allred, Janet Barrett, Elaine Bearden, Tommie Beddow, Myrtie Clarke, Ramona Dennison, JaNell Fleming, Rita Floyd,  Joyce Gentry, Jessie Glover,  Arletta Good, Janis Harris,   Dana Hill, Donnetta Hoggatt, Lorraine Hooker, Lou Ann Hoover, Kathy Howry, Phyllis Inslee, Jean Kelley, Ann Klepper, Erna Leach, Linda Leach, Vickie Lee, Jean Lyon, Suzanne McFarlane,  Mary Pfeffer, Sara Pritchett, Helen Roberts,  Mary Scalf,  Demonell Stevenson,  Jerry Wages, Allene Warren,  and Elizabeth Witherow.  Guests were Sandra Mantooth, Judy Kurz and Lila Luper.