The Daughters of the American Revolution Chimney Hill Chapter met Aug. 12 at Ada Arts and Heritage Building for its reassembly tea.
The opening ritual was led by Regent Dana Hill. Tommie Beddow led the Pledge of Allegiance, Lou Ann Hoover led the American’s Creed, and the Star Spangled Banner was led by Derrelyn Metz accompanied by Rita Floyd.
Hill gave the President General’s message.
The National Defense Report was given by Elizabeth Witherow. She reported the newly-created Brig. Gen. Wilma Vaught Visionary Leadership Award to honor the accomplishments of female airmen was presented to retired Brig. Gen. Vaught during the 2012 Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read by Mary Scalf. They were approved as read.
Ruth Ann Taylor reported the can tabs will now go only to Ronald McDonald Houses, not Veterans’ Centers.
Kathy Howry gave the Membership Committee report. Tommie Beddow, Betty Allred and Janet Barrett have been verified for membership, and there are seven prospective members.
The Native American Committee report was presented by Lou Ann Hoover. She gave information about the newly-published Chickasaw Language Textbook, Let’s Speak Chickasaw.
Ramona Dennison gave the Conservation Committee report, reminding members that water is being rationed at this time.
Ruth Ann Taylor and Mary Scalf presented ideas for the Service for Veterans Committee.
Pat McFall, state regent, spoke about her goals for her term of office. Her mission is to raise money for, and awareness of, veterans needs. This includes DAR-365, an easy way to raise funds for the “Veterans First Fund.” Each DAR member is encouraged to contribute 10 cents per day for 365 days ($36.50 per year). Checks should be sent to Patty Howry, state treasurer.
In recognition of years of membership, Regent Dana Hill presented membership certificates to the following: 10 years: Karen Anderson, Nancy Copeland, Patricia Copeland, and Sherry Davis; 20 years: Virginia Flowers, Ann Klepper, and Elizabeth Witherow; 30 years: Susan Crook and Phyllis Inslee; 40 years: Irene Clark, Ann Wooley, and Cayla Tracy.
Membership pins were presented to Rita Floyd, Charlene Clark, Betty Allred, Tommie Beddow, and Marian Paniagua.
Hostesses for the luncheon were the elected officers, assisted by Savannah Yingling and Ashlyn Yingling-Beckham.
Next meeting is Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, at 1:30 p.m.
Members attending were Betty Allred, Elaine Bearden, Tommie Beddow, Cheryl Bell, Carlene Benson, Charlene Clark, Susan Crook, Ramona Dennison, Joan Elliott, Rita Floyd, Joyce Gentry, Jessie Glover, Arletta Good, Jan Harris, Dana Hill, Judy Hisaw, Lorraine Hooker, Lou Ann Hoover, Kathy Howry, Phyllis Inslee, Jean Kelly, Ann Klepper, Erna Leach, Vicki Lee, Cyndy Meeks, Derrelyn Metz, Janie Odom, Marian Paniagua, Sara Pritchett, Mary Scalf, Susan Schmidt, Paula Stanford, Demonell Stevenson, Ruth Ann Taylor, Jerry Wages, and Elizabeth Witherow. Guests were State Regent Pat McFall, State Treasurer Patty Howry, Nyta Ballard, Loyleta Cacy, Jean Lyon, Sandra Mantooth, Ann Maxwell, Katie Reeves, Allene Warren, Ashlyn Yingling-Beckham and Savannah Yingling.
Farm Bureau Women
ADA — Farm Bureau Women’s Committee met Aug. 13 at the Farm Bureau office, Helen Denslow, chairman, presiding. Janet Gibson led the flag salutes. Mildred West gave a devotional from Proverbs 23:3-7. She then led in prayer. Janet Gibson read the minutes and gave the treasurer's report.
The Farm Bureau Women’s Committee expressed its needs for the next year to the budget committee.
A donation of $25 each was sent to The American Farm Bureau Foundation, the Nurses Fund, the Legal Foundation and Pennies for Friendship.
A report was made on the Farm Bureau Women’s Summer Conference in Ada July 13-14 at the Pontotoc Technology Center. More than 100 women from across the state attended. Those from Pontotoc County were Helen Denslow, Janet Gibson, Kathryn Floyd, Shirley Walls and Mildred West.
Plans were made to have a booth at the Pontotoc County Fair on Sept. 7. Work times and other items were finalized.
Those attending were Helen Denslow, Mildred West, Shirley Walls and Janet Gibson.
Next meeting will be Sept. 10, 6:30 p.m. at the Farm Bureau Office.
Pontotoc County OHCE
Pontotoc County OHCE members met Aug. 2 at Pontotoc County Agri-plex for brunch. Later President Jodie Langwell called the August meeting to order.
Patsy Coffey, devotional leader, gave the devotional by showing the members an old thimble and reminding them it is still useful, same as our senior members. She read from Hebrews 10:23-24 and closed the devotional by reading a poem by Barbara Johnson titled Never Forget to Smile.
Carolyn Pittman led the members in the flag salute.
Kathryn Floyd led the group in the Creed. Mary Hightower called roll.
Committee reports were given by the chairman of each of the committees.
Red Cross, Women’s Shelter and Legacy Church will receive a contribution from the OHCE County Home and Community Education Council to assist in program for 2012.
OHCE State Heart winner Carolyn Pittman gave a report on the OHCE state meeting.
She said she had learned new ideas and information from the workshops and speakers.
Extension Educator Janna Kelly presented certificates to 60-Year-Member Nina Tiffin and 50-Year-Members Patsy Coffey, Arminda McCullar and Jean Beth Martin.
Janna Kelly reminded the members the date for the 96th Annual Pontotoc County Free Fair is Sept. 4-8.
Members present were Mary Hightower, Emmelen Allen, Patsy Coffey, Jessie Welch, Darlene Hollwager, Helen Roberts, Carolyn Pittman, Jodie Langwell, Kathryn Floyd, and Janna Kelly, Extension Educator, FCS/4-H and C.E.D. leader.