The November meeting of the Ada Writers Club was held Nov. 21 at the music room of the Ada Public Library. Beth Beck presided. Dr. Eril Hughes, East Central University English professor, was the guest speaker at the meeting. She spoke about figures of speech. The members were given an exercise using several examples of figures of speech. Roll call was answered by replying to “What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?”

Members attending the meeting were Beth Beck, Leilani Beck, Matt Champine and Dr. Eril Hughes. The business discussed concerned the party Dec. 19, voting for new officers and possible meeting change. The next meeting is Dec. 19 at 1 p.m. at the music room of the Ada Public Library. Refreshments will be served.

Tanti Club

ADA — The history department of Tanti Study Club met Dec. 5, Ann Barton hosting. Those in attendance were Barbara Garrett, Emmett Alltag, Dorothy Escamilla, Vivian Blake, Marlena Lee, Adele Davenport, Mary Ann Briggs, Charlotte Oxford, Verna Rice, Ann Barton, Peggy Bagley, and guest, Mary Ellen Davenport.

The meeting was called to order by Verna Rice, president. Charlotte Oxford led the members in reciting the club collect.

Barbara Garrett gave the treasurer’s report and Peggy Bagley read the minutes. Christmas gifts were brought for the Family Crisis Center.

Dorothy Escamilla presented the program on Christmas. She had an article from the Ada Evening News from 2002 about Christmas in the 1900s. It told of hard times, post cards cost one cent, and the mail went out daily with the railroad going through.

In 1914, during World War I, the western front in December was very cold and the trenches were frozen. On Christmas Eve the Germans were on one side and the Americans on the other. The Christmas Truce of 1914 found them sharing stories, singing songs, and everyone in the Christmas spirit. Later, they had to go back in the trenches and start fighting each other again.

She told of several poems and carols that are used at Christmas. Charles Dickens said he always thought of Christmas as a good time, a time when men and women open up their hearts freely.

The club signed a card to send to Jean Stonecipher. The next meeting will be hosted by Vivian Blake Jan. 2, 2006.