Oklahoma SCS/NRCS Retired Employees met at the Golden Corral Buffet at 520 South MacArthur Blvd. in Oklahoma City. Thirty-five people were in attendance. Many attendees arrived early for visiting before the meeting was called to order.
President Duane Crider called the meeting to order. Randy Freeland had borrowed a portable speaker system for use during the meeting which assisted those speaking to the group. Duane asked if anyone knew of a retiree needing prayers. Nick Lambeth was not in attendance as he is recovering from a sore on his foot which he has had since he was in the hospital in Oklahoma City last December. He had fallen and broke a bone in his upper leg. Chris Shepherd provided the blessing for the meal and everyone enjoyed the buffet meal.
Following the meal, President Duane Crider again called the meeting to order. First time attendees introduced themselves: Ed Stinchcomb retired as the DC at Chandler January 1, 2018. He travels to Hollis every two weeks to check on his mother and oversee the family farm. Dick Bogard retired as the RC&D Coordinator at Pawhuska in January 1996. He and his wife Avon currently reside in Durant. Gene Spurlock told the group Dick had taught him to water ski at one time. Everyone in attendance introduced themselves and their spouse or guest in attendance.
Fred Fortney read a list of recent retirees: Jerry Balch, SCT, Marietta, 1/31/18, worked for the Conservation District for 23 years and then for NRCS for 14 years; Babette Goodwin, Personnel, Stillwater SO; David McKay, Resource Engineer, Woodward TSO, 12/31/17, 35 years; Ed Stinchcomb, DC, Chandler FO, 1/3/18, 37 years; Steve Kelley, DC Clinton FO, 1/3/18; Phil Glenn, Construction Inspector, Pauls Valley WO (2009) & Shawnee FO (2013), 11/22/17; Larry Coppock, Resource Engineer, Perry TSO; Joe Vielma, Soil Conservationist, Pawnee FO; Tony Schreiner, Soil Conservation Technician, Frederick FO, 17 years; Birdie Neal, State Office, 3/31/18; and Mike Till, Soil Conservation Technician, Watonga FO, 3/31/18.
Larry Caldwell presented an update on the status of the group working to establish a museum, etc. He is the NRCS Retirees representative on the Oklahoma Conservation Historical Society (OCHS) working to establish a conservation museum, etc. The purpose of the Oklahoma Conservation Historical Society (OCHS) is to celebrate Oklahoma’s rich conservation history by collecting, preserving, and sharing this history with the citizens of the state.
Duane Crider announced to the group that he, Chris Shepherd and Sandra Hough had agreed to continue to serve as officers of the group for another year. Chris Shepherd will be president, Duane Crider vice-president and Sandra Hough, secretary/treasurer. No other nominations were offered and a motion was made and seconded to accept this proposal for officers for the upcoming year.
The next meeting is scheduled for Friday, October 26, 2018, at the Golden Corral on MacArthur Boulevard in Oklahoma City. The Golden Corral opens at 10:00AM so there is extra time for visiting before the meeting starts at 11:30AM.
The newsletter following this meeting can be found here: Newsletter April 2018
The minutes from the meeting can be found here: Minutes April 2018