ADA — The regular meeting of the Ada Business and Professional Women’s Club was held Thursday, Feb. 9, 2006, at noon at the Oak Hills Golf and Country Club with Tylene Teel, presiding. The following members and guests were present: Barbara Walters, B. J. Haxton, Mary Ruth Barnes, Tylene Teel, Cheryl Yott, Sharon Croy, Brandi Walters, Glenda DeShazo, Joyce Collings, Rita Engel, Dee Ann Jones, Barbara King, Kelly Kitchen, Jeane Kemper, Robbie Bottoms, Linda Vires and Misse Walden.

Teel called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone. Joyce Collings led the invocation. Rita Engel led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Teel introduced guest speaker, Glenda DeShazo, OKBPW secretary. DeShazo spoke to the club about the OKBPW Foundation and the different things that were sponsored by them which include funding scholarships and helping women who are non-traditional students. The Foundation is in the process of approving acceptance of corporate sponsors.

A review of the upcoming events was given which included the Ada BPW Executive Board meeting Feb.16, the Miss Ada Pageant Feb.16, the next regular BPW meeting Feb. 23, the ID training events Feb. 25 and March 4 at the Ada Chamber of Commerce with Nelda Tyler and Dorothy Forth, and Lobby Day March 15.

Sharon Croy led the collect.

Retired Educators

ADA — The Pontotoc County Retired Educators' Association held its monthly luncheon meeting at the Ada Elks Lodge March 10. Billye Barringer, Dorotha Fenton and Louise Moranetz were thanked for decorating the tables which carried out St. Patrick's Day theme. Bobbie's Flowers was acknowledged for providing the fresh flower centerpieces at a nominal price. Charles Barrick, President, welcomed members and guests and Dr. Max Skelton gave the invocation.

Barrick introduced Joyce Drew Parsons, OREA Executive Director, who installed 2006-2007 officers and brought news from the capitol. Those installed were Dr. Charles Barrick, president; Noralene Groves, vice-president, (By Proxy); Judy Hisaw, secretary; and Dr. Roy Watson, treasurer.

According to Parsons, the news she brought from the capitol was not good. A catch-up bill to benefit those who get the lease monthly pension, some less than $400 per month, was defeated; however, the "wear away" or EESIP Bill that would benefit those at the top of the scale, came out of committee. She stressed the inequity of this, saying of 570 school districts, 10 percent do not pay into social security so must depend on teacher retirement checks for their livelihood. Furthermore, she said all pension systems are under attack as is OREA by those who are trying to change it from a "defined benefit" system to a "defined contribution" system. She encouraged all members to contact their legislator through phone calls, letters, visits to the capitol, etc., with one message: Leave our TRS alone; improve the state contribution.

The minutes from February were approved after two corrections pertaining to dates. Dr. Roy Watson gave the treasurer's report. The benevolence report was given by Mary Scalf who reported the only known illness during the past month was that of the benevolence chairperson, Lorene Hughes.

Barrick gave members these important dates and encouraged them to attend: 2006 Central District Leadership workshop, March 23; State Capitol Rally Day, April 12; Pontotoc County Retired Educators' Association, April 21; and OREA Convention, May 19.

Head table centerpieces were awarded to Mildred Clinton and Lloyd Briggs.

Those in attendance were guests Joyce Drew Parsons and Wiley Bell and members Lonnie Barnes, Madeline Barnes, Dr. Charles Barrick, Doris Barrick, Billye Barringer, Dr. Lloyd Briggs, Mary Ann Briggs, Lily Cagle, Billie Clay, C.D. Clay, Kenneth Clinton, Mildred Clinton, Lucille Collins, Faye Cook, Edna Mae Cooley, Dr. Larry Darbison, Debbie Eaton, Dorotha Fenton, Janet Gibson, Cloreta Gray, Jo Hale, Judy Hisaw, Alma Hogan, Jo Ann Hunt, Dr. Sue Jaquess, Donny Johnson, Judy Johnson, Barbara Langley, Aline Little, Ira Little, Suzanne McFarlane, Jo McNeill, Hazel Miller, Sue Milner, Betty Mitchell, Louise Moranetz, Martha Moyer, Dr. Charles Perry, Mary Scalf, Barbara Skelton, Dortha Skelton, Dr. Max Skelton, Dr. Harold Skinner, Monte Surber, Ina Mae Suydam, Lee Sweat, Ruth Ann Taylor, Evelyn Tribbey, June Vinson, Peggy Wallace, Dr. Roy Watson, Carol Winton and Jennie Glover.

Colbert HCE

ADA — Colbert HCE held its regular meeting March 15 at the home of Rozale Welch with president Elaine Sundquist presiding.

The meeting was called to order. Sylvia McDermott led the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and Joyce Jared led the reading of the OHCE Creed. The roll call was answered with “What is your favorite restaurant and your favorite thing to eat there?”. Ruth Janik read the minutes of the previous meeting.

Bernice Patrick gave the treasuerer’s report and collected the information for the OHCE state prject. Patrick turned in some stamps to McDermott for the group stamp project.

Patrick gave a report.

Square Dance Club

ADA — Japanese exchange students and their teen hosts from several high schools in the area recently learned how to square dance at Wintersmith Park Lodge. As part of a cultural exchange program, adult square dancers from Ada, Davis, and Holdenville, with Bill Williamson as caller, taught fifty youths and their adult sponsors basic square dance figures. Between sets, Williamson also taught the youths folk dances and mixers. The Japanese youth enjoyed participating in recreation unique to Oklahoma and the Southwest.

Genealogical Society

ADA — The executive board of the Pontotoc County Historical and Genealogical Society met March 20, 2006, at the Mattie Logsdon Memorial Library, 221 W. 16. After the meeting was called to order by President Jessie Glover, the treasurer’s report was given by Helen Roberts. Phyllis Inslee, recording secretary, presented the minutes of the February meeting. Glover reported that the CAP application grant which was submitted previously had not been approved although the Society did qualify. Glover also reported on the PAST meeting of March 2 which was held at the Ada Public Library where Janet Lee gave the group a tour of the new research library and meeting rooms.

New business included an announcement that Mark Bratcher will be at the library on Wednesday, March 22, to do an interview and film the library which will be shown on Channel 11, Explore Ada.

Members present for the meeting were Kaye Eden, Jessie Glover, Phyllis Inslee, Helen Roberts, Pat Christensen, Barbara Bynum, JaNell Fleming, and Katherine Howry.

New acquisitions to the library include the following:

Abstracts of Wills of Charleston Dist., South Carolina, 1783-1800; Roster of South Carolina Patriots of the American Revolution; South Carolina Marriages 1800-1820; The Jury List of South Carolina; 1790 Census of South Carolina; 1800 Census of Pendelton Dist. of South Carolina; North Carolina Land Grants in South Carolina; South Carolina Marriages 1749-1867, Implied in Equity Reports; South Carolina Marriages 1735-1885 Vol. II, Implied in Law Reports; South Carolina Marriages Vol. III, 1671-1791; Barnwell County, SC Marriages 1775-1879; Spartanburg Co. SC Marriages 1785-1911, Implied in Probate Reports; Abbeville Co., SC Marriages 1780-1879, Implied in Equity Records; Collin Co. Texas Chronicles Vol. 6 and 7. Given by Jeanne Cooper.

The library is open M-W, 12:30-4 p.m. A volunteer is always available to assist in research of the many sources that can be found in the library, such as census microfilm, marriage records, death records, Native American records, wills, land records, and many other means of research. The library has records of Oklahoma as well as from almost every other state.

Prime Timers

ADA — The Prime Timers met March 21, 2006, at 6 p.m. at J.D.’s Cafeteria with President Ted Savage presiding.

New members were M. E. and Mary Carr, Don and Brenda Clark, and Eileen Williams, who were welcomed. Adele Davenport, Monica Stittsworth, Kenneth and Ida Williams, and Ron Boggs were welcomed as guests.

Peggy Bagley gave the invocation.

The group sang “Happy Birthday” to Mary Sue Roberts and Stanley Wagner who celebrated March birthdays. The group also sang “Happy Anniversary” to Bill and Betty Parham who celebrated their fifteenth wedding anniversary.

Minutes of the Feb. 28, 2006, meeting were read and approved. The treasurer’s report was given.

President Savage announced “Senior Day” will be April 10, 2006, at the State Capitol.

Alba Little and Mary Sue Roberts entertained the group with Burma Shave ads and humorous stories.

President Ted Savage introduced the speaker, Ron Boggs, Manager of Ada Social Security Office, who gave an informative talk about the new Medicare Prescription Drug Program.

The next meeting will be April 18, 2006, with David Hathcoat, Ada City Manager, as guest speaker.

The following members attended: Willie Mae Williams, Norma Roberts, Mary Sue Roberts, Paul and Margaret Sandmann, Ted and Jackie Savage, Dr. Jim Hohl, Alba Little, Betty Parham, Peggy Bagley, Ella Mae Todd, Betty Voss, Bryna Lane, Coreene Evett, Mae Jo Wagner, Sara McDaniel, Tom Lamson, Bernice Shiplet, Bill and Marlena Lee, Joe Parsons, Janet Lee, Anita Miller, Dorothy Weiss, Lloyd and Mary Ann Briggs, Stanley and Diane Wagner, Duane and Darla Doane, Bonnie Shields, Wendall and Treva Gurley, and Leonard Briley.