Collinsville, Oklahoma
September 27, 2017
Miscellaneous News
Beware Of Flooded Cars /
HRC Sept. Meet /
FFA Colt Conference /
Environmental Excellence
Home Representative Club September Meeting
Michelle Brown, Remington Young and Ramona Young

-- Submitted by: Rusti Howard (9/27/2017)

The Home Representative Club (H.R.C.) is a volunteer organization of over 20 members and has been in the Collinsville area since 1947. The club sponsors many events such as the Collinsville High School Senior Tea, local scholarships, Showcase Home, local Angel Tree, Presidents Day Contest plus many others.

The September meeting was held on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at the home of Jeanie Barnes where Mrs. Barnes and Mrs. Marsha Nachtigall served as hostesses. The meeting started with the Club Collect and the Pledge of Allegiance. A baby shower was held for the “Dedicated to the Babies” organization. Dedicated to the Babies is a North Eastern Oklahoma non-profit group that has been donating items for needy newborns to area hospitals, crisis centers, shelters, fire departments, etc. for over ten years. Dedicated to the Babies accepts donations of purchased, gently used or handmade goods that are in turn, given free of charge to various facilities or individuals in the greater Tulsa area. Many baby gifts were given to this wonderful organization by the members of H.R.C.

Our guest speaker for the September meeting was Miss Remington Young. Remington is the daughter of Bryan and Ramona Young. Remington won the 2017 Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Outstanding Sophomore Award. She was chosen for this prestigious award by then Collinsville High School sophomore counselor, Michelle Brown.

Founded in 1958, HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service, and innovation. HOBY programs are conducted annually throughout the United States, serving local and international high school students. HOBY programs provide students selected by their schools to participate in unique leadership training, service-learning and motivation-building experiences.

Today, over 450,000 proud alumni make HOBY stronger than ever. HOBY alumni are leaders in their schools and communities, throughout the United States and the world, making a difference for others through service.

Miss Young gave a wonderful presentation on her experience at the H.R.C. sponsored HOBY Leadership conference that she attended this past summer at the University of Central Oklahoma. Remington was an exceptional speaker and her presentation was enjoyed by all.

H.R.C. was happy to host our guests, Michelle Brown, Ramona Young and Remington Young at this September meeting. After the meeting, a scrumptious dessert, provided by our hostesses, was enjoyed by all.

Linda Pfeffer
Commissioner Doak Warns Used Car Buyers about Purchasing Flood-Damaged Vehicles

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak is urging consumers to be on the lookout for flood-damaged vehicles entering the Oklahoma market. Industry experts estimate that as many as a million vehicles were damaged in Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. In some cases, an insurance adjuster determines a flooded vehicle is a total loss and sends the vehicle to be dismantled. In other cases, the vehicles are assigned a salvage title, branded “flood damaged,” refurbished and sent to auto dealerships across the country.

“Scammers will definitely use this situation to their advantage,” said Doak. “While some just fail to tell you the car’s true history, others will intentionally hide it through a process called “title washing.” They’ll buy the car for next to nothing, do shoddy repair work, then register it in another state that doesn’t brand its vehicles so they can hide the fact that the car was rebuilt. It’s despicable. Not only is the owner at risk for major headaches down the road, but they’re also at risk of injury. Flood damage can compromise the car’s computer and safety mechanisms. People need to be very careful when buying a used vehicle.”

Commissioner Doak offered these tips for consumers considering buying a used car:

Inspect the car
• Check the engine for a high water mark on the block or radiator, which is a clear indication that the car has been flooded.
• Look for rust or corrosion on wires and other components under the hood.
• You should also be suspicious if the carpet smells damp and of mildew.

Consider where you buy
• Flooded vehicles oftentimes end up at car auctions.
• Shop at a reputable dealership.

Ask questions
• Ask the dealer to obtain a report with a detailed history of the car
• Consider taking the car to a qualified mechanic for a thorough inspection

Comprehensive vehicle history reports are produced with the vehicle identification number (VIN) and are available from a variety of sources, including:
• National Insurance Crime Bureau
• Carfax
• Auto Check

To report flooded cars being sold in Oklahoma, call the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit at (405) 521-2029 or send an email to

About the Oklahoma Insurance Department
The Oklahoma Insurance Department, an agency of the State of Oklahoma, is responsible for the education and protection of the insurance-buying public and for oversight of the insurance industry in the state.



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FFA Chapter Officers Dare To Be Different -- COLT Conference
Two state FFA officers are included in the attached photo. Standing in the front row, far left, is Beecher Owens, Mannford, northeast area vice president. Standing in the front row, far right, is Truitt Taylor, Oklahoma Union, state secretary.
September 12, 2017

FFA Chapter Officers Dare To Be Different
Sponsored by Public Service Company of Oklahoma

Officers of the Collinsville FFA chapter participated in the 2017 Oklahoma FFA Chapter Officer Leadership Training Conference Sept. 12 at the Glenpool Conference Center in Glenpool, Oklahoma.

The eight state FFA officers planned and conducted this year’s conference based on the theme, “Dare To Be Different.” Elected officers from each of the 88 high school FFA chapters in the northeast area attended leadership training designed to equip their teams with exciting tools to help them be different as individuals, different as officer teams and different as FFA chapters.

Kelly Barnes, Norman, Oklahoma, was the keynote speaker for the conference. Barnes is a professional speaker and leadership coach who served as state FFA president in 2003-04.

“We believe great individuals make great teams, great teams make great chapters, and great chapters make for a successful Oklahoma FFA Association,” said Ridge Hughbanks, state FFA president. “Sometimes you need to do things a little different in order to accomplish greater things.”

Officers attending from the Collinsville chapter were:

Kaylyn Branen - President

Julie Branen - Vice President

Bailee Nunes - Secretary

Laney Branen - Treasurer

McKena Lewis - Reporter

Mia Swartz - Parlimentarian

Jenifer Hamlin - Adviser

COLT Conference is sponsored by Public Service Company of Oklahoma as a special project of the Oklahoma FFA Foundation. FFA is an integral part of the agricultural education division of the Oklahoma Department of CareerTech Education. There are 26,912 Oklahoma FFA members in 360 high schools statewide. For more information visit


Environmental Excellence -- Veterans Building Renovation

Attached please find press release announcing Collinsville being named as a finalist in the Environmental Excellence Awards Celebration for Keep Oklahoma Beautiful. The Renovation of the Veterans Building was nominated in the category for Municipality with population of less than 40,000. We are very excited to be a finalist and hope to be able to show off the Veterans Building to other communities across Oklahoma! Thank you,

-- Sherry Campbell


Collinsville Named as EEC Finalist!

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (September 14, 2017)- Oklahoma citizens with a passion for their communities will converge at Keep Oklahoma Beautiful’s 27th Annual Environmental Excellence Celebration on Sat., Nov. 18 at the Embassy Suites in Norman.
Every year, KOB recognizes Oklahomans doing their part to help preserve the beauty and sustainability of this state. This year, over 60 individuals, communities, businesses, municipalities, state agencies and more from across the state will be recognized for their work in the past year.
KOB hosts the Environmental Excellence Competition, where the public nominates groups and individuals for their efforts to benefit Oklahoma. The nominations are presented to a panel of guest judges from the community, who determine finalists in various different categories.

"Here at Keep Oklahoma Beautiful we are about communities, not profit,” said Jeanette Nance, Executive Director of Keep Oklahoma Beautiful. “When disconnected people come together as a community with a cause, we change the face of our Oklahoma. I absolutely love this event where we can honor so many deserving groups for the good they do all across Oklahoma."
Finalists for the Environmental Excellence Competition showed exceptional work in the following areas and more: education, conservation, beautification, sustainability practices, nonprofit efforts, youth leadership, litter prevention, and more.

Winners in the various award categories will be announced the night of banquet. Finalists are listed below.

“This event is inspiring and heart-warming,” said KOB Board President Fenton Rood. “It always increases my pride in the wonderful people who help make this such a great state.”

The City of Collinsville was named as a finalist for a Municipality with under 40,000 population for the work done on the renovated Veterans Building.

Tickets for the event can be purchased online on the Keep Oklahoma Beautiful website at The event will begin with a reception and fundraiser at 5:00 p.m. Dinner and awards will follow.

Join KOB in recognizing these outstanding Oklahomans!

Patty Daniel of Team Up to Clean Up
Suzy Meibergen of Keep Enid Beautiful
Patricia Hardy of Owasso Strong Neighborhood Initiative
Janice Sappington of Ardmore Beautification Council
Neighborhood Solutions
Okeene Historic Preservation Group
Keep Enid Beautiful
Ardmore Beautification CouncilK-12 EDUCATION - FINALISTS
Durant Intermediate School Green Team
Edmond Doyle Elementary School
Will Rogers Elementary School
Tushka High School

Beyond the Classroom's Rhodes and Drue Molenda and Boston Carter
McAlester High School Student Council
Newkirk Junior Main Street
Okeene 4-H Club
Jacob Briggs with Canadian Co. Sheriff’s Office
OK Dept. of Environmental Quality Criminal Investigations Unit
City of Collinsville
Muskogee Municipal Authority
Owasso Strong Neighborhood Initiative
City of Comanche
City of Midwest City
City of Norman Utilities Department
City of Norman Environmental Control Advisory Board
City of Tulsa Household Pollutant Collection Facility

Wagoner switch District Main St.
Ardmore Beautification Council
Pride in McAlester
Up With Trees
Community Market of Pottawatomie County
Special Care
The Nature Conservancy

Ardmore Clean Team
- Blue River Fly Fishers
- Hennessey Girl Scouts Troop #739
- Lake McMurtry Friends
Twin Cities Revitalization Project(Participating groups include Dolese Equipment, Pittsburg Co. District 1, Nimrod Construction, Twin Cities Ready Mix, Harris Construction, Sherwin Williams and Allied Waste).
Crow Creek Revitalization (Participating groups include City of Tulsa, Tulsa Co. Conservation District, The M.e.t. and OK Conservation Commission).
Ignite McAlester Bicycle Refurbishing(Participating groups include Ignite McAlester, City of McAlester, Boys and Girls Club of McAlester, Pittsburg Co. Health Dept., Rotary Club of McAlester, McAlester Masons, Choctaw Nation Youth Advisory Board).
Martin Park Nature Center Revitalization Project (Participating groups include OK Forestry Services, OKC Beautiful, P&K Equipment, Premier Trucking, OKC Community Foundation, WarrenCAT and OKC Parks and Recreation).

Republic Services
Queen Bri's Honey Farm & Bee Removal
University of Central Oklahoma
OPSU Upward Bound
OK Dept. of Wildlife Conservation
Grand River Dam Authority
Oklahoma Department of Transportation & Oklahoma Conservation Commission