Colbert HCE

ADA — Colbert Home and Community Education met May 23 in the home of Elaine Sundquist.

Members said the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and read the OHCE Creed. Sundquist read a poem titled “Reunion Time Again,” from The Allen Advocate. In response to the roll call, each person told how often she cleans out her refrigerator.

Ruth Janik read the minutes from the previous meeting. Bernice Patrick gave the treasurer’s report.

The “Can’t Weight to Walk,” information was turned in to Patrick. Sundquist, Janik and Patrick agreed unanimously to finalize the group’s participation in the OHCE project as of July 1.

Patrick gave a report on the Southeast District OHCE meeting in Madill April 17. Decorations were old-time lamps for some tables and for others a mason jar lamp. As a door prize, Patrick won a scented candle and a cosmetic bag of lotions. Colbert members Bernice Patrick and Rozale Welch attended.

Sundquist expressed thanks to Patrick and to Joyce Jared for providing cookies for the food concession stand at the Quilt Show April 27-28 at the Pontotoc County Agri-plex. Patrick volunteered time at the show. All Colbert members purchased and/or sold quilt raffle tickets. Patrick sold 75 out of 100 tickets while she worked at the show.

Patrick attended the Pontotoc County OHCE Past Presidents meeting May 11 at J.D.’s Cafeteria.

Patrick gave the program on the subject “Finances and Later Life: Integrating Retirement, Long-term Care, and Estate Planning.” She said these are important issues and once these plans have been established, it is crucial to review and update them periodically. She also gave suggestions for this purpose, and distributing handouts to assist in the task.

Following a prayer by Jared, hostess Elaine Sundquist served refreshments to fellow attendees Rozale Welch, Bernice Patrick, Joyce Jared and Ruth Janik. Among the many subjects of conversation during this time was of John Grisham’s book, “The Innocent Man.”

Colbert HCE’s next meeting will be June 20 at 1:30 p.m. at the home of Joyce Jared.

Prime Timers

ADA — Prime Timers met May 15 at J.D.’s Cafeteria for its monthly buffet dinner and meeting. George Seaton gave the invocation. Patsy Beasley gave the treasurer’s report.

The group sang “Happy Birthday” to Leland Newton in acknowledgment of his May birthday. Members on the sick list were Dorothy Weiss and Norma Roberts. Mary Sue Roberts entertained members with her humorous stories.

Leonard Briley introduced the guest speaker, Ron Webb, CEO/president of Valley View Regional Hospital to the Prime Timers. He updated the group on the changes being made at VVRH since he has come to Ada.

Twenty new physicians have been added to the hospital staff with five more scheduled to come in the near future. These physicians and surgeons are varied in specialties. They include anesthesiology, obstetrics, gynecology and cardiology. Construction of both a Surgery Center and medical office building is planned to start in the near future. New equipment has been added to the Wound Center. Two new full time cardiologists are to be added. Webb reported that the emergency room waiting time has been cut 45 minutes.

There were 33 members and one guest in attendance. Members present were Leland and Mary Helen Newton, Mary Sue Roberts, M.E. Carr and Mary Lou Carr, Ted and Jackie Savage, Alba Little, Elvin and Sue Jacquess, Alma Hogan, Jodie George, Essie Wilburn, Andy and Joann Hood, Neal and Patsy Beasley, George Seaton, Ella Mae Todd, Leonard Briley, Eileen Williams, Wendell and Treva Gurley, Evelyn Tribbey, Peggy Bagley, Ruby Firshing, Darla and Duane Doane, Darrelyn Metz, Roberto Escamilla, Bonnie Shields, Mae Jo Wagner and guest Ron Webb.

Ada Writers Club

ADA — Ada Writers Club met March 18 in Oak Avenue Baptist Church

President Matt Champine called the meeting to order and minutes as appeared in the Ada Evening News were submitted for approval.

First order of business was the progress on the "Stars of Ada" anthology. Champine reported that manuscripts had been trickling in. All members present agreed with the anthology guidelines, which he had distributed to members earlier. A copy will be given to Dania Deschamps-Braly who had previously agreed to make copies necessary for distribution to the library and area schools. A question about copyright and first rights of submission was raised.

Champine reported that he had done research in the area and informed members all rights will revert to the author. In this way, a writer may still offer first rights to a publisher.

Members agreed plans for the Hastings Book Signing and Reading event would be tabled until the "Stars of Ada" was published and made available to the public.

Reported works in progress are: Dick Arrington, "Captain Marcy’s Expedition of 1851;" Matt Champine, "Genome Pirate;" Aren Howell, "Bridges and Walls;" Peggy Romans, "Old Oklahoma;" Don Stafford, "1000 Words from IN to OK;" and Gerald Stanford, "O’Mann’s War (Revision)."

Members then read recently completed works. Gerald Stanford read his essay, "Reminiscing," Peggy Romans read her poem, "Fussy Old Man" and "Modern Day Babylon." Aren Howell read her short poem, "Reunion."

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