The Ada News
Ada — Rho
Rho Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma met March 3 at J.D.’s Café.
President Harriett Ann Demere opened the breakfast meeting by leading the group in a singing blessing. Guests were winners of the annual essay contest for seventh and eighth grade students. Both second place winners were present to read their essays.
Topic for the essay contest was “I Am a Cloud, and This is My Life’s Journey.” Following her reading, Christy Diepenbrock of Davis seventh grade was presented a $10 cash prize and a certificate honoring her second place finish in the contest. She was accompanied by her mother, Trish Diepenbrock, and a friend, Dylen Johnson. Jalee Hood of Roff eighth grade read her second place essay and was presented with a $10 cash prize and a certificate. She was accompanied by her mother and father, Tiffany and Richard Hood. Johnna Compton, writing teacher from Roff, and her son were also present for the reading.
Neither first place winner, Jessica Anderson for seventh grade or Katie Elliott for eighth grade, was able to attend. First place essay winners received a $20 cash prize and a certificate, and their essays were submitted for competition at the state level. All contest participants received certificates recognizing their efforts.
Following the breakfast meal, Demere opened the business meeting. Minutes of the December meeting were approved upon a motion by Jo Ann Hefley with a second by Judy Hanson. Mary Scalf presented the treasurer’s report. Edna Mae Cooley of the finance committee presented the budget for approval. Harriet Weber moved to accept the budget as presented. After a second by Susie Edens, the budget was unanimously approved.
Demere reported toys donated to Ada’s Spirit of Christmas toy drive were graciously accepted by city sponsors, who stated that other donations for the program had declined. She also reported that scholarship recipient Kristen Belicek had sent a letter of thanks for the scholarship along with a grade report.
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for teachers involved in various Saturday activities. Other factors that might influence membership and attendance were discussed. Demere appointed committee members to work on a Strategic Action Plan.
Members attending were Edna Mae Cooley, Harriett Demere, Susie Edens, Judy Hanson, Jo Ann Hefley, Sandra Poe, Mary Scalf, Harriet Weber, Linda Wilson, and Patsy West. Guests were Jalee Hood, Tiffany Hood, Richard Hood, Christy Diepenbrock, Trish Deipenbrock, Dylen Johnson, Johnna Compton and son.
KONAWA — Local Cub Scout Pack 433 held an awards ceremony Tuesday, April 3, at its scout hut. The scouts received Bobcat badges to signify their accomplishments to this point in their scouting experience.
“It is just the first of many accomplishments as these boys learn and grow with the pack,” said assistant scoutmaster Michelle Osborn.
Local Scoutmaster Michael Calhoun presented scouts with their badges in a formal presentation and recognition ceremony which involved a formal flag ceremony and the 12 core values of scouting.
Among those witnessing the event were parents, grandparents, friends, local townspeople and supporters of the scout troop which recently reorganized.
Pam Shirk, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Konawa presented the invocation. Refreshments were served following the event and attendees were able to tour the facility.
The next event planned for the scouts was a fund-raiser. Betsy Bingo took place in the city park April 14. Betsy the Cow was turned loose in a small fenced area containing 1,200 square yards of turf.
One hundred dollars was won by the person holding the ticket number corresponding with the square where Betsy “Bingos" (drops a cow patty.)
Pontotoc County Retired Educators met March 16 at Ada Elks Lodge.
Members were welcomed by President Jo Ann Hunt. Judy Hanson gave the invocation before lunch.
Judy Hisaw introduced Melinda Newport, director of Nutrition Services Chickasaw Nation. Newport then introduced the speaker, Adrienne Jacobs, community dietitian with the Chickasaw Nation.
Jacobs gave a presentation titled “Portion Size Wise, Keep your Eyes on the Size!” She emphasized the newest food chart, My Plate. My Plate uses a regular dinner plate divided into portions of the necessary food groups. The plate gives a better visual of how food should be placed on the plate. In the past plates and portions were much smaller thus fewer calories. Now everything is “supersized.”
She stressed portion control would not only help weight, but also prevent sickness and decrease medical bills. Following the presentation Newport and Jacobs held a question-and-answer session.
Hunt said references for future programs are needed. She also said Terry Ford has received volunteers for next year’s invocations for all except next February.
Edna Mae Cooley gave a report on the constitutional meeting. Also, attending were Charles Barrick and Vaden Morgan. She reported the group needs a few changes in its constitution in order to upgrade. This will help Pontotoc County Retired Educator's constitution match OREA standards.
PCREA will have 10 delegates again this year for the OREA annual convention May 12. Anyone interested was asked to sign the sheet.
Ruth Ann Taylor announced she had just been placed on the state awards committee and echoed Mary Scalf in reminding members to keep track of their volunteer hours. This year the period has changed to January through December.
Hunt told members of a program being held April 1 at East Central Unviersity’s Ataloa Theatre. It concerns Dr. Carol Masheter— oldest American woman to climb Mt. Everest . Admission is free.
Taylor supplied the March decorations of greens, whites and yellows. Centerpieces carried out the theme. The centerpieces were won by Vaden Morgan and Judy Hisaw.
OREA Director Norman Cooper will be the speaker at the April 20 meeting.
Attending were Ruth Ann Taylor, Tom Stephens, Judy Hisaw, Doris Barrick, Charles Barrick, Jo Ann Hunt, Jean Lyon, Nyta Ballard, Sue Jaquess, Lanny Sliger, Bryna Lane, Barbara Langley, Aggie Allen, Janet Gibson, Hazel Miller, Jo Hale, Judy Johnson, Donny Johnson, Martha Skinner, Harold Skinner, Sandra Mantooth, Betty Allred, Judy Hanson, Gerri Stephens, Oma Tatum, Kenneth Murphy, Vaden Morgan, Peggy Wallace, Patsy West, Ron West, Peggy Pashcall, Suzanne McFarlane, Edna Mae Cooley, Mary Scalf.