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Wednesday, February 9, 2000

TASP Test Date set

A TASP Test Date has been set for April 29, at Odessa College.

Registration must be postmarked by March 31.

Registration packets are available at the Odessa College-Pecos Center, 320 S. Oak, Suite 4.

Cost is $29 for testing.

Guatemala is topic at study club meeting

The Modern Study Club met on Jan. 26, in the home of Catherine and J.E. Travland, 318 W. 6th at 3:30 p.m., for an International Affairs Program with Nan Cate, Department chairman, making the presentation.

Cate presented the program, "An Ancient Civilization _ A Modern Problem _ Guatemala." Guatemala is 255 miles wide and 95 miles in length and has beautiful tropical country as well as volcanos and snow covered mountains. The capitol Guatemala City averages 52 inches of rain fall a year.

She continued stating that Guatemala has a history of Mayan civilization dating back to 3000 B.C. Scholars exploring the jungles in 1839 found lost cities. Pyramids and paved ballcourts with rubber balls were part of that discovery.

Guatemala became an independent country in 1839. Since then it has been ruled by a series of dictators, who have ruled until they either die or are killed. The native Indians had no rights and lived in the hills without modern conveniences of electricity, running water or telephones.

Cate told that Organized Labor was started in 1944 with Communist gaining and holding important positions. The country was invaded in 1954 with the aid of the CIA of the United States. Eight thousand people were killed in a five year period. Military aid was suspended in 1989 and the civil war was ended in 1996 after 36 years of fighting. Alfonso Portillo, an admitted killer, was elected the President. More than 1,000 people fled the country in the 1980's and 440 villages were wiped of the map.

Examples of handmade ornaments made of wheat were shown by Mrs. Cate along with a child's loom, with the colorful cloth still attached, along with a beautiful blouse, skirts and long scarf. Several items of Jade jewelry, belonging to club members were passed around for all to enjoy.

Cate ended her presentation by telling about an article from the June-July GFWC Magazine that told about how GFWC members had collected $50,000 for CARE. Various GFWC members went to Guatemala to see how the money was being spent. The money was distributed to women of that country to be used to aid them in starting their own businesses and in providing for their families. Guatemala continues to be an Ancient Civilization with lots of problems.

President Lena Harpham conducted the business meeting. The Club Collect was led by Doris Moorman and the Pledges to the United States Flag and the Texas Flag were led by Laura Teal, as the members repeated all in unison.

The minutes of the previous meeting was read by Bobbi Lang, secretary. Pearl Gustafson, treasurer, presented a report of club finances.

Reports chairman Joyce Morton sent word that the annual reports of The Modern Study Club's programs, projects and other activities had been sent to district prior to the reporting deadline of Feb. 1.

Club members voted to grant Betty Smith associate membership in the organizaiton.

Nan Cate, Federation Counselor reminded members that the next meeting would be in her home with Texas Federation of Women's Clubs Western District President Francis Dunn of Odessa, as special guest. Members are to meet at the First Christian Church at 2;45 p.m. to carpool and leave at 2:55.

President Harpham reminded members to bring Valentine cards for residents of the Nursing Home to the next meeting.

Roll call was answered by naming a Central or South American country.

Hostesses Catherine Travland and Margie Williamson used a white cutwork tablecloth, with an underlay or red, for the serving table which held a Croton plant enhanced with red and white silk flower in a red and white novelty wicker basket. Red napkins complimented the table décor. Chicken salad, assorted vegetable with dip, mixednuts, crackers, Oohy Gooey Bars, punch and coffee were served to Juracy McCall Ray, Bobbi Lang, Lena Harpham, Pearl Gustafson, Laura Teal, Etta Sullivan, Paula Fuller, Iris Reddick and Hazel Barmore.

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