Ada Writer’s Club
ADA — The Ada Writer’s Club met Nov. 19, 2006, at the offices of Braly, Braly and Coyne. The meeting was called to order and the minutes were read.
OWFI and membership dues were collected to be delivered to Matt Champine, president and treasurer. Along with the required OWFI membership forms, he will forward a check to the OWFI treasurer.
Works in progress were discussed. Stanford continues to work on his "Stan Grams" at firstname.lastname@example.org, which are read by approximately 3,000 people. Lindewe Hall-Coon is deeply involved in her crime-related work. Aren Howell is still struggling with the puzzle development of her novel "Codewords." She issued a challenge to other members to find the embedded message in a sample puzzle. Her short-short story "The Ankle-Biter Rules (or does he?)" is ready for submission to the OWFI conference. Peggy Romans’ untitled mystery is also being finished for the OWFI conference.
Professional activities included the following: Stanford has submitted his "Wisdom Calls from Toilet Walls" to two publishers. This is a progressive work wherein a man progresses from a crude, drunken, slobbery biker who feels unloved, to his mellowing through the years. The ex-biker evolves into a docile, bathed, clean-shaven, respectable man. Ninety percent of the work is poetry befitting the story line.
Peggy Roman has submitted the following poems to a statewide senior poetry contest: "Old Oklahoma,""Never Say Never" and "Angels Without Wings."
A discussion was held on the predominance of incorrect grammar in everyday life, along with the lack of courtesy and consideration in public. A shining example of courtesy and consideration was given of the many drivers at the so-called Crazy Corner. Fortunately, Ada has not been victimized by acts of road rage that are prevalent in many areas.
Stanford read his "Christmas Cheer," a humorous parody on “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.” This work is an excerpt from his "Wisdom Calls from Toilet Walls."
Members were asked what they’d like to give as an exotic gift for someone else. Suggestions were a new suit for grandpa who hates to shop, a pontoon boat, a new wife for the man who has everything, and new eyes for a Chihuahua.
Members attending were Lindewe Hall-Coon, Aren Howell, Peggy Romans and Gerald Stanford.
A special vote of thanks was given to Stanford for the use of his 2002 Mercury Grand Marquis.
An assignment was given to all members for the December meeting which will be held Dec. 17 at Braly, Braly and Coyne. It was to write a 100 word Christmas-based composition for presentation. This may be fiction, non-fiction, essay or poetry. As a reminder, election of officers for 2007 will also take place.
ADA — Members of the Valley View Regional Hospital Auxiliary met Dec. 6 in the classrooms for their annual Christmas party and luncheon. The tables were decorated with Christmas ornaments and Poinsettia plants. Following the luncheon, Catharine Choate, director, introduced Mandy Morgan, who is a kindergarten music teacher at Glenwood School. She played her guitar and led the group in singing Christmas songs. They sang “Silent Night,” “Away in a Manger,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Up on the Housetop,” “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” “O Holy Night,” “Good King,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Somebody Snitched on Me,” “White Christmas” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” Choate presented Morgan with a poinsettia plant as she left.
Mary Sue Roberts, cheer leader, entertained by telling humorous stories. Each person brought a gift and they were distributed through the “Dirty Santa Plan.” A drawing was then held for the poinsettia plant decorations on the tables. Door prizes were won by Shirley Nordean, Mary Sue Roberts, Betty Park, Wanda Privett, Loretta Yin, Ann Lucas and Roy Watson.
Those attending were Dena Oliphant, Loretta Yin, Betty Park, Anita Miller, Mary Sue Roberts, Dorothy Weiss, Wanda Privett, Georgia Stewart, Betty Neely, Pat Morgan, Roy Watson, Connie Watson, Ann Lucas, Ina Suydam, Ruby Firsching, Norma Ward, Keta Morgan, Doris Brooks, Lois Morgan, Shirley Nordean, Clara Dean Doolen, Fairy Isaacs, Jeanie Tolliver, Janet Barrett, Mary Jo Whitwell, Keith Hildreth, Catharine Choate, Barbie Moon, Mattie Ruth Whitlock, Demonell Stevenson, Gina Fredman and guest, Mandy Morgan.
Ada Writer’s Club