Prime Timers

ADA — Prime Timers met Feb. 28, 2006, at J.D.’s Cafeteria with Ted Savage presiding.

Leonard Briley gave the invocation.

Savage recognized the following guests: Melvin Hutt, Wayne Coston, Fretta and Pat Moore, and thanked Moore for entertaining the group with piano music.

The group sang “Happy Birthday” to Marlena Lee, Andy Hood and Betty Voss, who celebrated February birthdays.

Minutes of the Jan. 17, 2006, meeting were read and approved. A treasurer’s report was also given.

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

Savage introduced the guest speaker, Dick Scalf, a civil and environmental engineer, and past president of Citizens for Protection of the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer.

Scalf gave an informative presentation about the water situation in our area of Oklahoma. He discussed the problems and possibilities concerning the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer.

There were 38 members and five guests present.

The next meeting is March 22 with Ron Boggs as speaker. He will discuss the Medicare Prescription Program.

Members and guests present were: Lloyd and Mary Ann Briggs, Mary Sue Roberts, Norma Roberts, Alba Little, Essle Wilburn, Jodi George, Roberto and Dorothy Escamilla, Leonard Briley, Ted and Jackie Savage, Wendall and Treva Gurley, Willie Mae Willams, Peggy Bagley, Bill and Marlena Lee, Janet Lee, Barbara Garrett, Betty Jo Voss, Ella Mae Todd, Andy and Joann Hood, Derrelyn Metz, Corene Evett, Bonnie Shields, Ruby Firsching, Anita Miller, Mae Jo Wagner, Stanley and Diana Wagner, Evelyn Tribbey, Tom Lamson, Joe Parsons, Pat Bonar, Delton and Jean Marcum, Melvin Hutt, Wayne Coston, Pat and Fretta Moore, and Dick Scalf.

Pontotoc County HCE

ADA — Pontotoc County HCE met Feb. 24, 2006, at the Pontotoc County Agri-plex.

Dorothy Bailey, president, called the meeting to order.

The devotional was given by Odessa Triplett, the pledge to the flag was led by Mary Hightower and Bernice Patrick led the group in reciting the HCE creed.

Hightower called the roll and read the minutes of the previous meeting.

Jean Beth Martin discussed the quilt show which will take place April 28-29. Only three quilts per person may be entered for judging and the person entering them must be the one who made them. Any number of quilts may be exhibited, however.

The group also discussed the plexiglass project for covering the painting in the hallway. The total cost will be approximately $7,000. Jana Kelly has written letters to local organizations and businesses asking for assistance in completing this project. The Chickasaw Nation has pledged a generous amount.

Concession at the quilt show will serve chili or chili beans, crackers, corn bread and dessert. They need volunteers to help in all parts of the quilt show.

OHCE Week will be the first week in May. The cemetery project will be recognized the first week of May.

Kelly requested each club make a list of when each member joined HCE.

One member from each club was assigned to three committees.

Patrick volunteered for the Colbert group to make corrections in yearbooks. Ruth Janik volunteered for the committee assigned for achievement sheets.

There was a change of state by-laws in regard to membership. There is no discrimination by gender, race, color, age, disability, religion, national origin, economic circumstances or status as a veteran in any of the policies, practices or procedures.

A spring tour to Shawnee was also discussed.

Perfect attendance awards were given to the following:

Allen: Lewanda Boyd, 9 years; Colena Huffstutler, 15 years; Dorothy Bailey, 15 years; and Odessa Triplett, 1 year.

Colbert: Bernice Patrick, 1 year; and Ruth Janik, 1 year.

Latta: Kathryn Floyd, 16 years; and Sara Pritchett, 3 years.

Vanoss: Martha Miller, 2 years.

Awards for secretary books were as follows: Vanoss, first place; Colbert, second place; Allen, third place; and Latta, fourth place.

Awards for scrapbooks were as follows: Allen, first place; Colbert, second place; Vanoss, third place; and Latta, fourth place.

Group achievement was as follows: Vanoss, first place; Allen, second place; Latta, third place; and Colbert, fourth place.

Membership awards went to the following: OHCE member, Mary Hightower; OHCE Rookie member, Ann Stevenson; Heart of OHCE, Dorothy Bailey; Young homemaker, Zamora Stringer; Citizen of community outreach, Ann Stevenson, Vanoss; and life story, Joyce Jared, Colbert, and Ann Stevenson, Vanoss.

The program was presented by Gwen Rice Gjovig, executive director, and Geri Schubert, program coordinator for Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). The program was in regard to juvenile deprived children. They serve 75 children in Pontotoc County. They have 32 volunteers.

A potluck luncheon followed the meeting.