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Tuesday, March 14, 2000

Scholarship awards offered

In a national essay competition known as PROJECT: Learn MS 2000, high school and college students may compete for thousands of dollars in college scholarship awards. Sponsored by the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA), PROJECT: Learn MS 2000 is designed to educate students about MS _ a crippling disease that affects young adults. The essay competition, which awards a total of $8,000, is open to high school juniors and seniors and college freshmen and sophomores.

Entries must postmarked by June 2, 2000.

Students may obtain an official registration form by accessing, emailing or calling 1-800-LEARN MS.

Early space endeavors is study club program

The Modern Study Club met at 3:30 p.m., Feb. 23, in the parlor of the First United Methodist Church. The thought quote for the meeting was, "Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed, "That one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." Neal A. Armstrong on 7-20-69.

Juracy Ray, Education Department chairman, introduced Lena Harpham, who spoke on, "Early Space Endeavors." Harpham told that this year is the 30th Anniversary of the first manned lunar landing of the astronauts on the moon. She continued, "Man's urge to venture into space is not new for in 1543 Nicolas Copernicus, a Polish Astronomer published a new theory about the Universe, that the planets revolve around the sun and that the earth rotates on its own axis around the sun once very 24 hours. Johannes Kepler, a German Astronomer from 1571 to 1630 formulated a series of mathematical laws which supported Copernicus. He calculated the movement of the planets and the shape of their orbits so exactly that his equations are still used today, more than 300 years later, to help plot rocket flights into space."

Harpham also told that the United States had the brilliant German Scientist Von Braun working with them in space exploration. In October 1958 the "National Aeronautics and Space Administration" was established to manage the space program. In 1959 NASA selected seven men to carry out the mission of project Mercury.

She told of the July 16, 1969 landing of Neil Armstrong an Edwin Alrin on the lunar surface and the words "Houston, Tranquility Base here, The Eagle has landed!" Sally Ride became the first U.S. woman in space in 1983.

The worst mission disaster occurred on Jan. 28, 1986 when the Challenger exploded and the crew consisting of Mission Comander Dick Scobe, Gregory Jarvis, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Judith Resnick, Michael Smith and school teacher Christa McAuliffa were lost.

Harpham concluded with the information that a contingency speech in a memo tucked away in the National Archives would have been delivered by President Nixon, if the Moon Landing had failed. It begins "Fate has ordained that the men who went to the mooon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace. And ends with the thought, "that people will gaze at the moon knowing there is some corner of another world that is forever mankind." The memo is dated July 18, 1969.

President Harpham conducted the business meeting. The Club Collect was led by Hazel Barmore and the Pledges to the United States Flag and the Texas Flag were led by Catherine Travland, as the members repeated all in unison.

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

Hazel Barmore, Ways and Means chairman, reported that a fundraiser bake sale to benefit club projects and The Modern Study Club Pecos High School Senior Scholarship for 2000, was held on March 10, in the lobby of the Security State Bank.

Margie Williamson read a list of gifts to collect for M.D. Anderson patients such as bonnets, turbans, baseball caps, scarves, games, puzzles and toiletries.

Joyce Morton reported that she submitted, "Gifts for M.D. Anderson" as the March Project for the Pecos Valley Association of Baptist Churches. Joyce also suggested the gift list be posted in church bulletins.

Margie Williamson, Scholarship Chairman, reported that Judge Dot Stafford had selected Maria Hernandez as The Modern Study Club's representative for competition for the Alma Van Sickle Scholarship presented by the Western District of the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs. Margie also reported Nancy Quezada, recipient, the 1999 Pecos High School Senior Scholarship, had registered for Spring classes but classes were canceled.

Nancy has now registered for four classes at the University of Kansas that are being handled as a long mini-mester. Her tuition for the mini-mester is $825 club members voted to send the second semester scholarship money for the application to her tuition, though circumstances area bit unusual.

President Harpham reported Peggy Kelton called and ask if The Modern study Club would host the Fall Board Meeting in October of 2000 or 2001. After discussion members set the date for the second Saturday of October the year 2001.

Roll call was answered with, "Where were you when the Challenger exploded?"

Hostesses Doris Moorman and Paula Fuller served assorted vegetables, crackers, dips, lemon bars and chocolate swirl bars, pink lemonade and coffee to members Mary Barfield, Hazel Barmore, Lena Harpham, Bobbi Lang, Joyce Morton, Juracy Ray, Iris Reddick, Catherine Travland and Margie Williamson.

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