Happy Elders

ADA — Happy Elders of Asbury United Methodist Church met Jan. 10 at the Family Life Center for a covered dish luncheon. Orval Ballard celebrated a January birthday. Joseph Jared asked the blessing.

Those attending were Glenna Hunt, Nancy Phillips, Joe Jared, Joyce Jared, Mary Murray, Marjorie Sneed, J.E. Quinton, Barbara Quinton, Paul Landrith, Charlotte Landrith, Orval Ballard, Lorene Ballard, Lattie Jones, Ethel Jones and Randy Deerman.

Genealogical Society

ADA — Executive board of the Pontotoc County Genealogical Society met Dec. 19, 2005, at the Mattie Logsdon Memorial Library, 221 W. 16th Street. After the meeting was called to order by Jessie Glover, president. Phyllis Inslee read the minutes. Helen Roberts, treasurer, presented the financial report. She said the annual fundraiser was a success and reported that Ram Jack Foundation Repair and Glenda Brady had made generous donations to the fund.

One new board member was approved. Vickie Lee will replace Mary Graham as a member of the executive board.

Members present were Vickie Lee, Kaye Eden, Jessie Glover, Phyllis Inslee, Helen Roberts, Katherine Howry, Pat Christensen, Barbara Bynum, Jean Kelley, Betty Denny and JaNell Fleming.

Glover and Inslee reported on PAST (Preserving Area Stories in Time) meeting of Dec. 8 which was held at Grandpa’s Catfish Restaurant. They also reminded the group meetings for PAST had been changed to the first Thursday of the month. A cookbook is being prepared by the PAST organization. It will be divided into decades, beginning with the early 1890s to the present. Dr. Ann Klepper is in charge of this endeavor.

The library is open Monday-Wednesday, 12:30-4 p.m. A volunteer is always available to assist in research.

Membership in the society is $20 annually. This allows one to do research in the library for a minimal fee and also includes two publications annually.

Mature Melody Makers

ADA — Mature Melody Makers, an adult singing group, met at First Baptist Church Jan. 5. Harold Ware, director, gave the opening prayer. After a short practice session, the group went by church vans to the Ada Baptist Village to perform a program for the residents there.

Elwood Winchester played “Old Rugged Cross” on his violin. The Ladies Ensemble sang “Until Then” and “Are You Walking.” Harold Ware and James Rosson sang a duet titled “Freely, Freely.” Don Stafford read a poem he had written titled “I’m Thankful.” The choir sang, “The Lily of the Valley,” “Praise Him, Praise Him,” “Just Over in the Glory Land,” “Wonder Working Power” medley, and “Amazing Grace.” Mary Sue Roberts entertained the group by telling humorous stories.

Rosson, manager of Ada Baptist Village, thanked the group for coming and gave the closing prayer. Ware directed the program and Betty Wynn was pianist.

Those present were Faye Ford, Holt and Mary Kay Sodeman, Don Stafford, Doug Davis, Sue Asklund, Mary Sue Roberts, Kenneth Elkins, Jackie Wells, Harold Ware, Betty Wynn, Jean Haworth, Elwood and Nannie Lee Winchester, Ura Rutledge, Christine Folger, Carl Gilley, Willie Mae Williams, Gladys Schiess, Gertrude Bush, Loy Kidwell, Viola Dew, Marie Spears and Mattie Ruth Whitlock.

Ada Writers Club

ADA — The last meeting of the Ada Writers Club for 2005 was held Dec. 19 in the music room of the Ada Public Library. Elisabeth Beck presided. Leilani Beck, secretary, read the October and November minutes. Members hosted their Christmas party and discussed changing meeting dates and times. They agreed

Matt Champine would be co-president until new officers are elected. Also discussed was the new program for 2006.

Members attending were Elisabeth Beck, Matt Champine, Mary Bratton, Leilani Beck and Dania Deschamps-Braly.

Next meeting will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15 in the offices of Braly, Braly and Coyne, 201 W. 14th Street.

Tanti Study Club

ADA — History department of Tanti Study Club met Jan. 2, 2006, with Vivian Blake. Verna Rice presided and Mary Ann Briggs led the reading of the collect. Rice read a note from the Family Crisis Center thanking the club for Christmas gifts.

Charlotte Oxford presented the program on the 10 most powerful women of the world as published by “Forbes Magazine.” The magazine named Condoleeza Rice as the most powerful woman. She has served three presidents and is key in helping President George W. Bush with major decisions. Others are Wu Yi, China vice-premier of health; Yalia Tymosheaka, former prime minister of the Ukraine; Gloria Arroyo, president of the Philippines; Margaret Whitman, CEO of E-Bay; Anne Mulcahy, CEO of Xerox; Sallie Krawcheck, Smith-Barney chief financial officer; Brenda Barnes, CEO of the Sara Lee Company; Oprah Winfrey, Harpo chairman, whose show airs in 112 countries; and Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Blake served dessert following the meeting.

The next meeting will be with Barbara Garrett.

Members attending were Charlotte Oxford, Barbara Garrett, Mary Ann Briggs, Marlena Lee, Verna Rice, Vivian Blake and Peggy Bagley.