Farm Bureau Women
ADA — Pontotoc County Farm Bureau Women's Committee met June 14 at 7 p.m. at the Farm Bureau office. Helen Denslow, chairman, presided.
Sheri Todd, Pontotoc County Assessor, spoke about her position. She is elected by the people and has to be accredited and learn all aspects of appraisal procedures. To continue to be employed, she must pass all tests and continue to be up-dated on anything new. Her office has nine employees and two field men.
A Farm Bureau Women's day was held in Pauls Valley May 22. Six women from Pontotoc County attended. The program was given by Dr. Susan Jones on how to Live Well; Linda Pesterfield on Love Much; and Haley Freeland on Laugh Often. Games and ice breakers were led by Laura Gibson and crafts were taught by Barbara Anderson. Lunch was served to those attending.
A "Meet the Candidates Forum" will be held at the Pontotoc County Agri-plex at 6 p.m. July 9. All candidates running for office will be invited to attend. They will each be given time to talk and answer questions.
Future events include the following: Farm Bureau Women's Summer Conference to be held at Quartz Mountain on July 12-13; a defensive driving class will be held at the Farm Bureau office July 19-20; area meeting will be Aug. 10 at the Aldridge; Pontotoc County Fair, Sept. 1-4; and the annual Farm Bureau meeting, Sept. 9 at the agri-plex.
Attending were Helen Denslow, Janet Gibson, Mildred West, Kathryn Floyd, Christy Smith and Shari Todd.
Next meeting will be July 19 at 1 p.m. at the Farm Bureau office.
The Farm Bureau Women's Committee met May 17 at the Farm Bureau office.
Kathryn Floyd and Helen Denslow met with the scholarship committee April 12. After judging the applications, they gave six scholarships. The winners will each receive $250 per semester for the four years they are enrolled in college. Winners were Laci Cantrell, Latta, Shanan Foster, Vanoss, Wacey Henderson, Latta, Brooke Rauch, Latta, Coby Thornton, Latta, and Sydney Thornton, Latta.
Helen Denslow gave a program on de cluttering your life and home. She also discussed recycling.
Attending were Helen Denslow, Janet Gibson, Mildred West, Kathryn Floyd, Christy Smith, Shirley Walls and a visitor, Maylee Walls.
Mature Melody Makers
ADA — Mature Melody Makers, a senior adult singing group, met at First Baptist Church, June 3 for a short business meeting. The director was Bart Morrison and pianist was Betty Wynn.
Morrison gave the opening prayer and reviewed the list of those who are ill and in the hospitals. The Rev. Holt Sodeman said a special prayer for those who were ill.
The group then traveled to Ballard's Nursing Center to give a program.
The Ladies Ensemble sang "Sweeter As the Days Go By" and "Then I Met the Master." Mary Sue Roberts entertained by telling humorous stories. The choir sang eight hymns.
Those giving the program were Bart Morrison, Betty Wynn, Doris Brooks, the Rev. Kenneth and Vonnye Elkins, Mary Sue Roberts, Jean Haworth, Jackie Wells, Carl and Lois Gilley, Doug Davis, Don and Martha Martin, the Rev. Holt Sodeman, Willie Mae Williams, Jennie Girdley, Nell Goforth and Ann Holman.
Joining the group for lunch at J.D.'s Cafeteria were Nancy Cobb, Mary Kay Sodeman, Becky Morrison, Hayley Morrison, Christopher Morrison and Dr. Don and Jane Stafford.
ADA — Marilyn McDaniel, secretary of Pontotoc County Election Board, spoke to members of Diamond 'K' Kiwanis Club June 1.
McDaniel, who came to work for the Pontotoc County Election Board in September 1990, spoke on issues relating to elections in our area and state. She told Diamond 'K' members Pontotoc County will be using new voting machines in 2011. She spoke of the duties of the election board, the involvement of the sheriff’s department and the many changes concerning elections for the past 20 years. There are many issues in every election whether it is city, county, state or national. McDaniel encouraged everyone to become involved in the election process — be proactive. Be informed!
Following the flag salute and opening prayer, Neal Beasley introduced Justin McDaniels to Diamond “K” Kiwanis on June 15 to present the program.
McDaniels graduated from Murray State College and he has earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Oklahoma State University. He came to Pontotoc County as OSU Extension director in 2004.
McDaniels spoke about the complex issues of managing fire ants in this area “Yes,” he said, “fire ants are in Ada and throughout Pontotoc County.”
African fire ants entered the United States first at Mobile, Ala., by way of cargo ships and are now as far north as Kansas. These ants are one-half to three-fourths the size of the native red ants. These ants are most difficult to control, but there are chemicals/bait that will be effective if applied properly. The chemicals can be applied to the mound or to the infested area. For more information, contact the local OSU Extension office.
Following the program, President Dan Zimmerman read thank you notes from Chelsea Kimbrell and Megan Whiting. He said the week of June 21 would be the organization's next week to work at the park. Neal Beasley announced meals-on-wheels delivery for the Diamond “K” group would be the week of July 5.
Corky Wilson suggested the possibility of ‘family night’ with reduced prices at Wintersmith Park. The board will consider this suggestion and bring a recommendation to a future meeting.
Delta Kappa Gamma
Megan Wright of Latta Junior High School presented her award winning essay, "Why Lauren Is My Best Friend,” at the June 12 awards luncheon of the state Delta Kappa Gamma convention held in Norman.
Wright was awarded a photo plaque and a $100 savings bond for her second place essay in the state seventh grade contest. Her essay was submitted for statewide competition by the local Rho Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, after being selected as the first place seventh grade essay in the contest for Murray and Pontotoc counties.
She was accompanied at the luncheon by her teacher, Holly Wood, her mother and stepfather, Jennifer and Bill Coleman, her father, Bob Wright, and her grandfather, Robert Wright, Sr. Also attending were Harriet Weber, Harriett Demere, and Patsy West of Rho Chapter.