Chickasaw AARP

ADA — Chickasaw AARP Chapter 4113 met Oct. 19 at the Senior Site on Chamber Loop. Jeannie Coplin introduced the speaker, attorney Rob Neal.

He talked about grandparents rights with grandchildren. In case of divorce, grandparents have to show they had a relationship with the children before the divorce. Laws depend on the state in which the children live. Abusive situations make a difference in the decision. The mother usually gets custody of the children. If the father works at home and takes care of the children and the mother works, the father is considered as taking care of the children. Children are caught in the middle in a divorce. The judge considers what is best for the children.

Bernice Patrick gave the secretary’s report. Ruthie Ellis resigned as treasurer and the secretary and treasurer’s office were combined with Bernice Patrick as officer. Twenty-three people attended. The next meeting will be Nov. 16.

Tanti History Study Club

ADA — The History Department of Tanti Study Club met Oct. 2 in the parlor of First United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. with Peggy Bagley hosting the meeting.

Adele Davenport, president, welcomed those present and began the meeting by asking Betty Mitchell to read the collect.

September minutes were read by Mary Ann Briggs, secretary, and were approved as read.

The treasurer’s report was given by Barbara Garrett, treasurer.

Each member was encouraged to bring in a new member into the Tanti Study Club this year.

Discussions were held about donations to the Crisis Center and the collection of money for food at Thanksgiving. The money is to be given to the Salvation Army as a donation. Charlotte Oxford and Peggy Bagley are to get in touch with the Crisis Center to assess their needs before the group makes a donation.

Davenport was also this month’s program leader and gave a review of Margaret Truman’s book, “Woman of Courage,” which was published in 1976. The book paid tribute to 12 women in history who have displayed courage in crises, expressed a passion for justice, showed fortitude, and raised gallant voices in their efforts to promote a better life. Those women from history who were recognized as having shown extraordinary courage in the book were Susan Livingstone, Dolley Madison, Sarah Winnemucca, Prudence Crandall, Ida Wells-Barrett, Mary Harris Jones, Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, Susan B. Anthony, Marian Anderson, Kate Barnard, Senator Margaret Chase Smith and Dr. Francis Oldham Kelsey. Each of these women endured criticism when they tried to carve out new roles, but they had the quality of mind and spirit to meet the challenges.

The meeting ended with refreshments being served to the ten members present. Those attending were Adele Davenport, Charlotte Oxford, , Mary Ann Briggs, Barbara Garrett, Verna Rice, Dorothy Escamilla, Ann Barton, Sarah Pritchett, Betty Mitchell and Peggy Bagley.


ADA — Business Professionals of America recently attended a leadership conference in Oklahoma to prepare for competitions and events in the upcoming school year. The BPA is an organization that teaches business etiquette, leadership skills, professionalism, job search skills and various other aspects of the business industry.

Oct. 3 the organization elected its new officers and also held the installation. Newly elected officers are Janice Merrifield, president; James Taylor, vice president; Shannon Littlefield, AM vice president; Alyssa Rohler, PM vice president; Kira McDonald, AM secretary; Sarah Taylor, PM secretary; Alyssa Kinstner, AM reporter; Derek Nowell, PM reporter; Daniel Ford, AM historian; Derek Bond, PM historian; Sean Moore, AM parliamentarian; Austin Hatcher, PM parliamentarian; Jeffrey Osborne, AM chaplain; and Wesley Medlock, PM chaplain.

BPA joined more than 1,000 other BPA officers for a conference that gave updated information to maintain office positions and duties. BPA is involved in doing civic duties, along with in-school functions to teach the students at Pontotoc Technology Center how to prepare for the future and how to prepare for a career in the business industry.

Colbert HCE

ADA — Colbert Home and Community Education group met Oct. 25 at the home of Ruth Janik. The meeting was called to order by Elaine Sundquist, president. For the devotion Janik read an article titled “Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread,” which was based upon The Lord’s Prayer, Luke 11:14.

Bernice Patrick led the salute to the flag and Rozale Welch lead the reading in unison of the OHCE Creed. In response to the roll call members named four ingredients they kept on hand. Janik read the minutes of the September meeting, and Patrick read the financial report. The Can’t Weight to Walk project information was turned in to Patrick by Sundquist and Janik.

Sundquist advised members of the Educational Tour day trip to Oklahoma City on Nov. 13 and of the Holiday Business Showcase at the Pontotoc County Agri-plex Nov. 14. She also stated that the cost and engraving of the bricks to be placed around the commemorative bench at the Agri-plex will be $12 per brick. Members discussed the Fall County Council meeting and the annual style show to be held Nov. 6 at the Agri-plex. Janik asked for a review of the volunteer work being done this year by Colbert members.

Sundquist presented the program “Four-Ingredient Cooking.” She discussed the pyramid chart she showed which gave advice on the grains, vegetables, fruits, milk, meat and bean food groups which comprise the MyPyramid Chart. She also passed around for examination separate charts she had prepared of each food group and distributed handouts which listed additional information and five recipes for “Four-ingredient cooking” dishes.

After the meeting was adjourned, refreshments were enjoyed by attendees Joyce Jared, Bernice Patrick, Rozale Welch, Elaine Sundquist and Ruth Janik. Joyce Jared gave a blessing.

The next Colbert meeting will be 1:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the home of Rozale Welch.

Salvation Army

ADA — Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary held its October meeting Oct. 13. The luncheon tables at the Citadel were decorated with pumpkins and Halloween decor as the members assembled for a luncheon prepared by Captain Lori Lucas.

Martha Freeman, president, called the meeting to order; Lucas voiced a prayer before the meal.

Roberta Summers gave the devotion on “Filling Your Heart.” She spoke of seven things people need their hearts to be or have: expectant: ready to accept; enthusiastic: full of love; laughter: looking for happy things; integrity: honest and real; caring: concern for the problems of others; attentive: to always listen to the Lord; and content: to be at peace with the Lord and oneself.

Plans for the 2006 Silver Tea were discussed; this year’s event will be held in the home of Dr. Troy and Laura Norred Dec. 1. House Chairman Peggy Clark told of the plans for arranging food and items for sale at the tea. Doreen McAlister reported on the progress of the craft committee. Jane Muntz reminded members of the need for refreshments.

The upcoming National Advisory meeting, to be held in Dallas, was briefly discussed.

Lucas shared a story comparing Christians to pumpkins, telling how they are picked, washed, cleaned-out, given a smiling face and illuminated with an internal light for all the world to see.

She also advised members that they will begin accepting Christmas applications Oct. 30.

The next meeting of the Auxiliary will be Friday, Nov. 10, at the Citadel.

Those attending the meeting were Doreen McAlister, Roberta Summers, Jane Muntz, Rebecca Walker, Ina Suydam, Peggy Clark, Martha Freeman, Doris Blackburn, Wanda Campbell, Virgina Thompson, Cindy Davis, Leigh Gaddis, Rose Fairman, Laura Fisher, Lou Ann Hoover, Julie Taylor, Glenda DeShazo and Shirley Nordean.

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