National Arthritis Foundation Names Moore Chairman

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Pattye L. Moore, executive vice president of Sonic Corp., has been named chairman of the board of directors of the National Arthritis Foundation.

She will serve as the chief volunteer leader guiding the agency's policy and strategic direction for a network of 150 offices and more than 600,000 volunteers and employees nationwide.

Moore is a longtime member of the Arthritis Foundation's national board and has held numerous national volunteer positions, including treasurer. She also has served on the board of the Oklahoma Chapter and has served as chair of the Eastern Oklahoma Chapter.

Moore joined Sonic in 1992.

Orme gets Lucent post

David Orme, manufacturing resources director at Lucent Technologies Oklahoma City, will become acting manufacturing vice president for the plant.

James Carboy, manufacturing vice president, is retiring at the end of December. Carboy came to the Oklahoma City plant in January 1998. He will end a 37-year career with Lucent and its predecessors.

A native of Anadarko, Orme joined Lucent as a planning engineer in 1969 at the Oklahoma City factory. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and is on the board of directors of Red Earth Inc.

Lucent's Oklahoma City plant builds digital switching equipment and access transmission equipment for telephone companies.

OKC Council to meet twice

The Oklahoma City Council will only meet twice in December -- Dec. 12 and 19. The council will not meet today or during the week between Christmas and New Year's Day.

City Hall will be closed Dec. 25 and 26 and Jan. 1.

Maxwell to head PMAA

W.G. "Bill" Maxwell, a partner in Mid-West Oil, has been elected chairman of the Petroleum Marketers Association of America for 2001.

He was vice chairman of the largest trade group representing independent petroleum marketers in 2000 and treasurer in 1999. Maxwell also served as president of the Oklahoma Petroleum Marketers Association.

PMAA represents 7,850 marketers nationwide. Collectively, these companies sell nearly half the gasoline, more than 60 percent of the diesel fuel and about 85 percent of the home heating oil consumed in the nation annually. The majority of companies represented by PMAA are small, family-owned businesses.

Olympic torch coming

Oklahoma City is one of more than 100 cities nationwide that will host the Olympic torch on a serpentine 65-day course through America before the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, officials announced Monday.

The torch is scheduled to go through 46 states -- the most elaborate U.S. torch run ever.

It has a price tag to match: $25 million, paid for almost entirely by Olympic sponsors.

The torch will start its U.S. journey on Dec. 4, 2001, in Atlanta, site of the 1996 Summer Games. The flame will arrive in a special container aboard a plane from the Olympic birthplace of Athens.

It is scheduled to be in Oklahoma City on Jan. 11, 2002, city officials said. Oklahoma City is the only scheduled stop for the torch in Oklahoma. In all, the flame will travel 13,500 miles by air, train, ship, dog sled, snowmobile, horse-drawn sleigh and other modes of transport, including runners. It will make a loop to Alaska from Washington state.

Organizers hope the torch run will be a defining moment for the Salt Lake Games, finally burying the Olympic vote-buying scandal that has its own milestone to run: the federal bribery trial of two Salt Lake bid executives, scheduled to start in June.

Mitt Romney, president of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee, plans to solicit nominations over a SLOC Web site for torch runners who come recommended as a special inspiration to others. The runners will be selected by a board of officials from SLOC plus corporate sponsors.

TDK cuts jobs in Shawnee

A Shawnee manufacturing plant has announced plans to scale back production, meaning as many as 300 employees -- roughly one-third of the plant's work force -- will be out of work early next year. …