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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 www.msaa.com,
emailing firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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
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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