Ada Writers Club

ADA — The Ada Writers Club met May 21 at the office of Braly, Braly and Coyne and the Prairie Kitchen. Matt Champine, president, called the meeting to order and read the minutes from the March and April meetings.

A discussion took place about the effects of toxic waste on the body and the environment. Members agreed that in order to use these in fiction, they should contact Beth Beck for specific advice on the details. Beck is anticipating a move to Seattle, Wash.

Works in progress were also discussed. Beck is working on an epic poem centered around the Civil War. Lindewe Hall-Coon is researching her book, “Encounters with Crime,” which is centered around the Ada area murders. Champine’s short story, tentatively entitled “Leap of Faith” is undergoing a second editing. His “Bird Boy and Sister Shotgun” is ready to be sent out again after encouraging words from a fantasy and science fiction magazine. Aren Howell is beginning her book “Codewords” by constructing the basic outline and the codeword puzzles that form an integral part of the plot-line.

Champine reported he has been in contact with a new publishing company in Oklahoma City which has solicited the club for book-length manuscripts. He will continue to update the group with any progress. In the meantime, any members having books awaiting a publisher should be prepared to submit them if the situation arises.

The club welcomed Jim Sanders who writes rhymed poetry, often with a religious theme. He expressed interest in joining the Oklahoma Writers Federation in order to submit his poetry to its annual contest.

Howell gave a short talk on her experiences at the OWFI conference the first week in May. The main strength she gleaned from the many presentations was that a writer should persevere, show don’t tell, critique but don’t rewrite, and keep a sense of humor.

Since four members, Dania Deschamps-Braly, Matt Champine, Lindewe Hall-Coon and Jim Sanders, have published books, the group discussed the possibility of having concerted sale, perhaps at Hastings. This is anticipated as not only selling books, but acquiring new members. Members are encouraged to submit artwork from their books to Champine for creating posters for the sale.

The meeting adjourned with the next meeting being scheduled for June 18 at 2:30 p.m.

Members attending were Beth Beck, Matt Champine, Lindewe Hall-Coon, Aren Howell and Jim Sanders.

Retired Educators

ADA — The Pontotoc County Retired Educators’ Association held its monthly luncheon meeting at the Ada Elks Lodge April 21. Tables were decorated with relics from the past including a small churn, butter dish, apple peeler, rolling pin, 1894 autograph book, old reader, coffee grinder, kerosene lamp, mustache cup, baskets of apples, cow bell, can of used buttons and an old crock. Items were provided by the decorating committee for April, comprised of Ruth Ann Taylor, Mary Scalf and Dorothy Milligan.

Continuing the established theme for the day, Dr. Charles Barrick, president, rang a bell to call the meeting to order. He welcomed members and introduced guest speaker, Doug Poe, who is associated with Tri-County Indian Nations. Poe works with groups in high poverty areas to help access government funds. He showed a video titled Group Workcamp: A Faith Building Mission, which brings together teenagers from all over the U.S.A. who provide free labor to repair homes for families financially strapped and/or physically handicapped.

On a local level, Tri-County Indian Nations coordinates the group Workcamp, which is scheduled for June 26 through July 1. The youth, all 400 of them, will be housed at the Ada Junior High School, sleeping on the floor with little space, while they repair 68 homes in the area. Poe asked for volunteers. Although materials will be provided for repairs, greeters and clean-up crews are needed as well as cooking and transportation crews. These volunteers will be used to wrap up any work that the youth cannot finish in the four and a half days they will work.

Dr. Roy Watson gave the treasurer’s report. Edna Mae Cooley, membership yearbook chairman, stressed the importance of good attendance at the September 2006 meeting which will be the first meeting of the New Year as members will be charged $1 if a handbook has been mailed to them. Dr. Sue Jaquess asked for applause for Dr. Charles Barrick based on the Ada Evening News article pertaining to his many years of service to the Byng community as its mayor. Barrick had just announced his retirement. Mary Scalf gave a report on her recent visit to the Capitol. The report was an update on the Legislature’s stance on matters pertaining to retired teachers.

Peggy Bagley won one of the fresh flower centerpieces on the head table, which consisted of white and yellow daisies, green fern and white baby’s breath. In celebration of Dorotha Fenton’s birthday that day, she was given the remaining centerpiece.

The 42 members present were as follows: Tish Anderson, Peggy Bagley, Lonnie Barnes, Madeline Barnes, Dr. Charles Barrick, Doris Barrick, Billye Barringer, Lily Cagle, Billie Clay, C.D. Clay, Lucille Collins, Edna Mae Cooley, Dorotha Fenton, Billie Floyd, Janet Gibson, Debbie Eaton, Judy Hisaw, Dr. Sue Jaquess, Don Martin, Martha Martin, Jo McNeill, Dorothy Milligan, Louise Morantez, Martha Moyer, Patsy Moyer, Fern Peery, Dr. Charles Perry, Ray Quiett, June Sims, Dr. Harold Skinner, Cheryl Rhynes, Phil Rhynes, Mary Scalf, Betty Stout, Ruth Ann Taylor, Ella Mae Todd, Evelyn Tribbey, Betty Jo Voss, Peggy Wallace, Mattie Warren, Dr. Roy Watson and Carol Winton.

Happy Elders

ADA — Happy Elders of Asbury United Methodist Church met Tuesday, June 12, for a covered-dish luncheon at the Family Life Center.

Joe Jared offered the prayer. Those attending were Orval Ballard, Lorene Ballard, Glenna Hunt, Mary Murray, Nancy Phillips, Lattie Jones, Ethel Jones, Margaret Dean, Jody Jared, Joyce Jared, Liz Chandler, Marjorie Sneed, Paul Landrith, Charlotte Landrith, Barbara Walters, Carol Reich, Merle Ballard, Eddy Ballard, Burl Webb, Dru Webb and David Walters.

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