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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 198* BLYTHEVUXE (AWC.) COURIER MEWS OSCEOLA NEWS arr " -I- T T fg. PTA in Osceola Not Just Woman's Affair, Male President Shows , You're only kidding yourself when you say It's the mother's job to be president of PTA's. Naturally mothers are supposed, to see that Junior or Susie get along In scliool M well as with the teachers, and maybe that's why Father takes a back seat and lets her do it. But In Osceola, the fathers don't feel that way and that's why you'll find husky, six-foot Ray Mann at the head of the organization. There certainly isn't anything tlssy about Ray. He's rated among the top baseball players In Osceola and is an all around good Jcllow and is making one of the best records in the history of the 26 years PTA has been active In Osceola The Osceola PTA doesn't stop at having a man president. Other men who are committee cliainnc-n and »re doing equally as well in their fields are Dan Reid, program chairman along with Mrs. P. D. Johnson; finance chairman, E. P. Bradley, who is one of tiie school's best boosters and serves on the school board; Dr. Joe Hughes, health chairman, who personally attends i to any optical needs an under« privileged child may require; Bob Morrow, membership chairman who has already gained 16 per'cent more members than the previous year; »d Weiss, recreation chairman; and the Rev. o. B. Moore, pastor of the Christian Church character and spiritual life chairman. Not "Woman'. World" Now does anybody say, "It's * woman's world?" Mr. M»nn gave this reason for accepting the presidency: -I'Frank Sanders, school superintendent, came to me and asked If I would serve u president of the PTA. He asked me in such a friendly and confident way T couldn't look him in the eye and refuse. "I had three children in school •nd I anted myself, 'Why shouldn't a father have as much right to take j»rt in PTA work as the mother? "With that question in my mind, I accepted the honor, because I think it is a great honor and a privilege to serve In a school where my children are being brought up. . I feel closer now to my children »nd their problems and I certainly feel closer to the teachers after being associated; with them this year. We have had 100 per cent representation of the school faculty at our regular meetings this year, we have a membership of 334 and sometimes there is only stand- Ing room at our meetings which shows people in Osceola are interested in knowing their children's teachers better and for the teachers to know the parents better "We call an Executive Board meeting so minutes before the regular PTA meeting starts and we hold an open forum before going before the regular members. By do- Ing this the meeting 1= 50 we ij planned that when the program begins, there's no lull and the interest of the audience isn't distracted. Hold Meetings at Ni»ht "The first change I made." added Mr. Mann "was to hold the meet- fugs at night in order for the business men and women to attend as well as give the mothers a break The afternoon meetings are rushed for time for some of the mothers have to rush home to cook the eve- t ning meal. By having the meetings at night the mother is relaxed and the father has time to accompany her to the meeting. "It's interesting to look over the crowd and single out the men .for sometimes they are pretty evenly divided. With the interest the fathers have shown this year in PTA work. I'm looking forward to next year being even better. Our pro- —Courier News Photo OSCEOLA'S P.T.A. HEAD—Men take an active part in Osccol; Parent-Teacher Association activities. Proof of that fact is Ray Mam (above), who is PTA president in Osceola. national effort was the extension if the kindergarten. By 1S17. twenty-seven slates and the District of Columbia were or- lanizcd. Orcanlzatlons now opcrule n forty-seven slates, the District of Columbia, and Hawaii, with Individual units in Nevada and ,«1- aska. The local unit of the Congress Is known as PTA. It Is these local jnits wliich have made tile parent- :eachcr movement an integral part of American Community life. There are now more than 2.000.000 members annually. The Osceola PTA has given two life memberships to former teachers. One went to Mrs. C. L. Moore, who was principal of Ihe high school for 25 years before her retirement last year, Mrs. Moore now resides in Blytheviile. 'Mrs. J. s, McCants is also the holder of a life membership. Mrs. McCants taught in the Osceola schools for 28 years. Interviewing Mrs. A. P. Barham, who was the first president of the Osceola PTA, we found she had been president of the School Improvement Association tor three years prior to the organizing of the PTA. The only other officer was served TAGE THREE (STARR GAZING In 1917 Father Edward J. Plans,. 5:39. Crusade In the Pacific o an K/\,.>.nu>a*4 ton tn~ II,c, ......,_i ..... . . vm, i atjin, 0 borrowed $90 tor (he rental of a dilapidated house in Omslia. Neb., where he started sheltering homeless boys, The (irst two were newsboys. WMCT is heart rending. To see our boys In action during World War II should he viewed by grams are strictly local color! The Program chairmen . this year in working nut the year's work have selected Osceola speakers who have Included members of the student body to take part and bring the problems of the students before the meetings. "This has proven to be most effective. After all, an outsider doesn't have that personal Seeling and his speeches more or less are prepared speeches which could be given in any town of the state and he just about as Interesting. "In all of our programs for the year, our themes are on 'our school' and not 'our schools,' "It's well to know what the other schools over the country are doing but as the old saying goes, 'charity begins at home." We aren't selfish, that wasn't the program committee's idea, but it every community looked after their own school and did that job like it should be done, there would be no need of reaching put and asking help from other towns." Mr. Mann referred to the October meeting when Warren \Veinberg, representing the students, Rae Brucy, representing the teachers, and Mrs. Jettie Driver, representing the parents, came before the PTA members and gave a talk on thett . particular need in the school. Frankly Discussed "They were' all perfectly franfc in their discussions and their problems as an individual problem brought more response from the group than any meeting 03 of up to date," added Mr. Mann. ''We are planning In the very nenr future to present that program at the Kiwanis Club, because we feel that the fathers who mis«rt that October meeting would enjoy hearing it. "We are planning for. our February meeting to be one of the most colorful of the year. The meeting will be held on Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. with Mrs. R. C. Bryan as director. "She has invited the past PTA presidents or Osceola to be special guests. There are thirteen. This program is dedicated to the memory of Mrs. Alice McCellan Birney, founder of the national consress of Parents and Teachers and Mrs. Phoebe Apperson Hearst, co-founder." Organized as a national congress of mothers which assembled for the first time in Washington, D.G., Feb. 17,1897,' the organization from the first dedicated itself to the service of childhood and youth. Plans were made for better and broader spiritual' 4 and physical as l as mental training of the young—and the advantages of a closer relation between the influence of the home and that, institution of learning. The first Mothers Circles organized by the Congress devoted themselves to a study of the nature of the child. The study of the currl- cuhn of the school was urged as' early as 1901. Suggestive reading courses for both fathers and mothers were issued in outline form in 19f». Kindergarten First Project The first project advanced as a fa. ., BETTER in QUALITY .nd PERFORMANCE Hi»n th. MOST EXPENSIVE DRYERS • 1 twilttiMj HOT i*4 COID; OK .nd Off «T YOU* MIR AS YOB BRY !TI »• proviit r°v wilt) •« «Ht» *. fKX or «M, w<!icS ori KIRBY DRUG STORES Mrs. Arthur Brickey, who as secretary and treasurer. "We were persuaded by the late Gecrfie Doyle, who was the superintendent to write to Little Rock for a state officer of the PTA to come here and lay plans for a unit to be started in Osceola," Mrs. Barham informed us. "We did as Mr. Doyle advised and the state officers came here a»d we were imme.rMntely organized. "We iiad to work hard to get 50 members but we had to work harder to try and get a small part of those 50 women to become interested. Mr. Doyle attended all the meeting and was instrumental In making a go of our first PTA. We met in his office. Staged Play "At his suggestion of raising money for our newly-organized PTA we staged a home talent play in the old Opera House. We netted S72 from the play and that started the members to coming to our meetings and becoming more Interested. "Theyjuiew we were determined to make" a success of It and naturally you know'how women don't want to be left out of anything," smiled Mrs. Barham. "I believe PTA has brought about a kinder feeling toward the school from the parents' viewpoint and the information parents derive by attending every meeting they possibly can keeps them well informed. "I am happy to have had a part in the organizing O f Osceola's first PTA and I'm happy to know that It has grown even beyond my hopes." Mr. Mann complimented Mrs Bob Bailey, who compiled the year book for the^PTA, and informed us it won recognition from the state. "Mrs. Ed Simmons, who was last year's president, sold 100 PTA magazines this year which included our unit In the "100 Club" tor the year. "We have a thousand dollars in the bank so that $72 the first PTA planted has reached that old maxim, of 'the first thousand is the hardest to make.' "This year has-been one of the most fruitful years I have ever experienced and don't-let It ever be said that this Is a thankless job. When I look back over these few months I' have been president, I am the most thankful person in the world that Prank Sanders asked me to serve.'\ Mr. Mann has three little daughters and one son. His wife Is the former Jvliss Jesselyn Blomeyer of Blytheviile. Mr. Mann is associated with his father in the feed and con! business and Is music director of the Baptist Church Later he took in three juvenile delinquents and soon tlie old house was overrun vdth Ihese homeless boys. Money was scarce and few people! took stock In what Father Flanigan was trying to do. The first Christmas dinner for Ihese boys was a barrel of sauerkraut. Later, 310 acres of ground were acquired from donors, including the late Will Rogers, and it was named Boys Town and incorporated in 1036. Its first mayor was a IT-ycar-old boy. The town accommodates 400 boys and has given training to more than 4,000 young people. Father Flanagan's theme was "There's no such thing as a bad boy, but there's such a tiling as barf environment." This year, being the 35th anniversary of the home, we bow our head in memory of a great man •ho saw a need and did something bout It. A little boy going to church for ie first time was asked how he ked it. His reply was. "The music was he but I thought the man's com- lerciats were too long." Basketbn!! was originated by simes Nalsmlth in 1891 when he 'as -an instructor in the YMCA Training School In Springfield, i a ss. everyone and then maybe memory wouldn't be so bad. your How (hey ever got back home, III never know. The old fashioned bleeding heart that graced every flower garden during grandma's lifetime is sun just as beautiful as it was then The bleeding heart Is a member ot the poppy family. Thai's easy to see when you compare your fol- lafje. The plant was brought Iron, Japan and introduced Into England In 1850 before making its debut in America. It is very easily cultivated On the Social Side... know, because some of them. . this grandma has I wander i! anyone has some old nursery rhymes or fairy tale books with recipes In them. I haven't seen any around In a long time. I had a letter from a director of public relations for RKO-Palhe studios In California a si'I HE for them. I-et me know if you have any. Haven't you said on lots of occasions. "What the dickens Is that man's name?" Did you know that expression comes from Shakq.spare's The Merry Wives of Windsor nnd this is the way It goes: "I cannot tell what the dickens his name is. . ." and dickens is no proper name. NHS Inltl.ites The following students were Initiated into the National Honor .society at Osccola High School Friday; Karen Bradley. Mltsle Owyn, Floy Nichol, Sybil Jones, Ted Nunnaly, John Suiciding and Johnny Jue. This came as a surprise to the students but their parents were notified ami were preterit at the initiation, Warren Wclnberg, society president, and all of the members participated. Hold Birthday Parly Mrs. Charlcnc Watson invitee) her son Larry's Sunday School Class over for his fourth birthday Monday afternoon. The 10 boys and girls enjoyed games during the afternoon. A Valentine molll was used and Ihe refreshment table was centered with n large white heart- .shniied cake topped with "Happy Birthday Larry" in red cinnamon drops. The children were given Val cntine containers filled with candy. Personals Dr. and Mrs. L. D. Massey i Error In a classified ad: Large wicked fwlcker) davenport educed to $19.75. A young girl Inspected her en- •agement ring thoroughly and urned to/her fiance and said Well, after they get through cut- Ing and polishing, they don't leave much, do they?" for Russia is about as famous ialoncy os it Is for caviar. This Is the time of year you I'ish you had planted some bulbs ast fall. The next meat loaf you make idd one-half cup canned cream :orn to a pound of ground meat md a teaspoon of chili powder for L different taste. And add the required amount rf :ream of mushroom soup to your whipped potatoes instead of the same old milk every time. Every 'Saturday afternoon at Mrs. Emmet Hunt received B clock for Christmas that chimes on the quarter hour. The chimes seemed to be saying something so shfi wrote the company which made the clock and asked if the chimes had a special message. Here's the reply she received: The first quarter says "Lord through • this hour." The second quarter repeats and adds "Be Thou my guide." On the third quarter It states. "That through Thy Power," and on the hour it repeats the entire prayer ,and adds, "No foot may slide." So the next time you hear a clock chime, that may b» the prayer It is .telling. What some of those TV "stars" Bet by withl They can kill 30 minutes without firing a shot. There's no wonder vaudeville died from natural causes. leaving Wednesday for New Orleans. Dr. Massey will attend a medical meeting there and they will return home the first of next week. Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Bowen, Mrs T'abrr Whit* and children. Mary Alma and Allan, left Friday for a two weeks visit with Mr. and Mrs. Louie Gwaltney in Las Cruses, N.M. Mr. White will join them the latUr part of the week. Mrs. J. L. Ward. who has been spending the winter «•»!) her daughter. Mrs. Gwaltney, will return home with the group. Mr. and Mrs, Ben Nichol announce the birth of a son Saturday morning at Memphis Baptist Hospital. He was named William Arthur and is their first child. Mrs. Ed Qulnn entertained her two table bridge club for luncheon Friday. Spring flowers decorated th« Qulnn home. Mrs. joe Cromer won high KOT* and Mrs. Reba Davidson second high. Jump at conclusion* like I did. 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