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Local THE PERKINS JOURNAL, Thursday, September 5, 2013 - A3 By and Jacqui Savage. was very informative on Cimarron Valley HCE The treasurers report was color and lettering to use The Cimarron Valley given by Connie Norrie in for eye catching. HCE met at 1:00 p.m. absence of our treasurer The entries for the Payne August 12, 2013 at the Marolyn McDuff. County Fair was reviewed. First Christian Church in Secretary Jane Flint Everyone seemed to be Perkins. Connie Norrie and read the minutes of the ready. Phyllis Rodman served as July meeting. They were Kitchen duties ere dis- hostesses, approved as read. We had cussed and filled along ConnieNorrie, President, two committee reports, with the members who called the meeting to order. Charlotte Parrack reported wanted to help make pies. She lead the group in the that the "Read About Okla- Our next meeting will Flag Salute and the club homa" series will begin: be September 9. Our song. Phyllis Rodman September 2. The first Hostesses will be Monica gave the "Thought For bookis dated 1912-13 and Wall and Jacqui Savage. The Day" about a man is about the area around Lesson leaders will be from Florida who wanted Okmulgee and Muskogee. Gwen Barbaree and Phyl- to do something for the Monica Wall reported that lis Rodman. Our lesson Moore tornado victims, the tooth fairy pillows are will be on "Home Safety He started painting on doing good. She will let Devices". rocks and selling them. us know when she needs Those attending today's He raised $407.00. Gwen more help. meeting was: Sue Adkison, Barbaree gave a history Connie Norrie gave Treca Baer, Gwen Barba- on post dramatic stress the program on "How ree, Velda Ewing, Jane syndrome and its connec- To Develop And Prepare Flint, Mariuse Green, tion to dementia. An Educational Exhibit". Emma Lou Hardin, We welcomed two Eighty-five percent of Lorayne Huhes, Connie guests, Patsy Sheales learning occurs through Norrie, CharlotteParrack, from Australia and Arlinda vision. Ten percent Phyllis Rodman, Jacqui Myeberger. through hearing and five Savage, Grace Soutee, Happy Birthday was percent through touch, Monica Wall and Edna sung to Lorayne Hughes taste and smell. Thelesson Westfall. Meridian Technology Center welcomed new teachers over the summer. New instructors from left to right are Wayne Ford, Michelle Mills, Anita Bolay, Cheryl Cottom and Joe Moore. Photo provided New MTC Teachers Ready for School Year When school started Wayne Ford, Electrical ees. The latest additions to at Meridian Technology Technology; Joe Moore, our staff are no exception. Center this semester, there Culinary Arts; and Cheryl They each bring years of were more than new student Cottom, Biotechnology. industry expertise into the faces walking up and down "We are fortunate to have classroom and their posi- the halls. Meridian has five a talented group of instruc- tion at Meridian." new instructors who are now tors join Meridian," said For more informa- bringing their industry expe- Assistant Superintendent tion or to enroll visit rience to the classroom. Dr. John Howell. "We www.meridiantech.edu or New teachers include pride ourselves in having contact a career counselor Michelle Mills, Anatomy the best of each industry in by phone at (405) 377- and Physiology; Anita our classrooms to teach the 3333 or toll-free at (888) Bolay, Health Careers; next generation of employ- 607-2509. Meridian Provides Custom Computer Training to Beck's Farm Equipment When driving by Beck's The husband and wife duo Farm Equipment in Guthrie have owned Beck's Farm most people wouldn't know Equipment since 1989 when that this seemingly small-town they bought the business business is actually a national from Ray's father, a farmer sales leader for its industry, who opened the store in 1953 Beck's Farm Equipment is following his return from the the third largest Vermeer hay Korean War. equipment retailer in the nation "It very much used to be and consistently places in the a mom-and-pop store," Ray top five of Koyker front-end said. 'q'hrough the years it's loader sales, grown, but we hadn't. Over With the influx of Intehaet time, Talleri and I recognized sales, it didn't take long for that we were still running it the owners Ray and TaUerie Beck way my dad did." to realize that they needed help The Becks realized they managing and tracking the neededtomakechanges.They sales of their tractors, harvest- also realized they couldn't do ers and tillers, it alone. "When you grow up in a account management system employees are informed and family business, you know that Talleri would easily be highly skilled they are better what to do, but you may not able to manage, employees, better spouses, always know why you do it "We had just upgraded our better parents and better citi- that way," he added, computer system," Talleri zens. Not to mention that when recalled. 'qhere was a lot for theyaren'tstressedaboutwork, QniekB(mksQuiekl?ix me to leam. Jami really helped they go home happy. That The Beck's sought the us create something that was generally means they come to services of Meridian Tech- unique for us, our business work happy too." nology Center and soon and our needs." Their store employee break began working with Jami Because of the success they room features a coffee pot, Cervantes, an adjunct instmc- had using the program to the required human resources tor in the school's Computer manage their farm equipment notifications and a full list of Training Services department business, the Becks later broad- upcoming, computer classes and QuickBooks expert, ened their account manage- offered at MeridiarL The Becks Cervantes came to their busi- ment systems and converted have had several employees ness, evaluated their current their farming and ranching take them up on their continu- processes, listened to their business and their oil and gas ing education offer. Since their needs and developed a custom interests to QuickBooks. initial contac with Meridian, "Now it's all in one place, both Talleri and Ray have and Toddlers without any of the headache," taken several other computer Tallerisaid, with obvious relief, classes and their office staff during the first three years "It's turned into a better way has leamed the latest version of life, lay the foundation 'to manage everything we do. of Excel. for school success & and Until QuickBooks we literally As a workforce resource, minimize developmental did everything by hand - from Meridian provides custom- problems that interfere with invoices to checks." izedtraining designed through the child's learning, needs assessment, curriculum To enroll or for more Building a Better Business designandavarietyoftraining information contact: Pat fromWithin delivery methods. Training is Bays Hamilton, ProgramThe Becks were so impressed conducted at times and places Coordinator/Parent Educa- with the Iraining they received that meet individual business tor at Perkins Elementary, through Meridian that they needs and the needs of staff. 405-547-5741 or hamilton didn't want to limit their leam- The Business and Industry pat1955@gmail.com, ing opportunities. Services division at Meridian "We told our employees Technology Center provides that if they wanted to take any comprehensive services to computerclass atMeridianthat assist businesses and organiza- we'd pay for it," Ray said. "We tions. From business education fimaly believe that when our to consulting and Waining for Attention Parents of Infants rPat Hamilton, Program toddlers who live in the Coordinator kicked off the Perkins-Tryon School Dis- 22nd year of Oklahoma trict. The program is based Parents as Teachers with on the philosophy that an Information Booth at parents are their children's the Perkins Elementary first and most important School "Meet Your Teacher teachers. Night." Information was The goal of the program shared with parents about is to strengthen the capac- the OPAT program, ity of parents to be effective Oklahoma Parents as first teachers. The program Teachers is a free program is designed to maximize a for families of infants and child's overall development new technologies, to sWategic planning for new business ventures, to skills Waining fo/ regulatory compliance, and consulting process design; Meridian serves as a strategic partner to assist organizations in maximizing potential and achieving their goals. Customized training similar to what the Becks received at Meridian is an essential part of the economic impact of Okla- homa's CareerTech system: Statewide, in fiscal year 12; enrollment in the CareerTech system's business and industr training programs offered Oklahoma's technology ters totaled more than 363206 individuals. During that sam period, Meridian provided tomized classes to 9,295 local employees. Additionally, thg business and industry divisio helped 17 companies secure, $272,805 in matching funcl from the Oklahoma Depart. ment of CareerTech to ass with customized training. To leam more about Meridian can customize iE training plan for any busi , ness in areas of compute [ training, health care, industri training, management and sta development, and safety, visg meridiantech.edu/businesg or can to.-frce at (888) 6o7 2509. " Saturday, mber 7th, Perkins, OK m ..... L[ ' '1[I IIHI!IIII I I !DE].. I! I'1 __ ]fJ :__]_ 'rll '!1 .... 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