Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
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
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
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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