The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 9, 2013

Drummond: Small town, big heart

By Bridget Nash Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

DRUMMOND, Okla. — This northwest Oklahoma town may be small but it has a big heart.

Jeanne Mann, Drummond PTA treasurer and Drummond Community Club member, said residents of Drummond are focused on the school, children and families of their town.

One of the unique ways Drummond PTA has strived to help the school and the town’s residents is by opening a thrift store.

“We are currently open the first and third Saturday of each month from nine to noon,” Mann said.

The town of Drummond has allowed the PTA use of a building in downtown Drummond, and the thrift store workers are all volunteer.

“We’re raising money for new playground equipment for the elementary school,” said Mann. “It’ll take two or three or four years to raise the money for the playground.

“It’s been really successful. We price things really low. All clothing is just one dollar,” said Mann.

The low pricing at the thrift store helps local residents purchase things they need for their families without having to leave town or spend a lot of money.

“It’s kind of a two-for-one benefit.”

Donations to the thrift store may be dropped off at Drummond Town Hall during the times the thrift store isn’t open. The store does not have space for large items but accepts donations of clothes, toys, small appliances and other small household items.

Drummond PTA also hosts other fundraisers and helps purchase classroom supplies.

The school also is a main focus of Drummond Community Club.

“We help out a lot of the school groups in Drummond. We also try to help families who need assistance,” said Mann.

On May 18, Drummond Community Club will host Drummond Festival. Events will include a garage sale at the park, where residents can sell their items out of the trunk of their cars. There also will be inflatable games for the children, bingo hosted by the Drummond Public Schools quiz bowl team, a car show and a burn out. Lunch will be served during the festival.

Also during the festival will be a trap shoot competition north of Drummond Fire Station.

Locals may bring their own firearms and ammunition, and the clay targets will be provided. Early registration is required for the trap shoot. Town of Drummond’s number is 493-2900.

Drummond Community Club members also work to host a watermelon feed fundraiser in the fall.

“It’s nice to be able to have a way to help out,” she said. “Anybody from the Drummond community is welcome to be a part of the community club.”

The town of Drummond also has been hard at work assuring quality water service.

“We have our new pump house up,” said Karla Stanley, Drummond town clerk. “We finally got it up and going. So far our water is doing good.”

Drummond also recently hired a new water supervisor, Dan Kehnemund, who acted to make sure Drummond residents had water during the recent power outage by filling Drummond’s water tank prior to the Feb. 25 snowstorm, said Stanley.

The town has several businesses including a welding service, lawn care service, bank, post office and quick shop. Drummond also contracts with Garfield County Sheriff’s Department for a sheriff deputy locally.

Drummond city elections will be April 2, and the positions up for election include four trustees, town clerk and treasurer.