Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Tuesday, May 9, 2000
OC to sponsor program
Odessa College's adult basic education department will host is annual Program
of Recognition at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13, in Deaderick Auditorium.
The ceremony will honor students who have completed programs for General
Education Development (GED) and English for Speakers of Other Languages
Awards will be presented to outstanding students, staff and volunteers
recognizing their achivements and contributions regarding adult education.
Following the ceremony, the department will host a reception in the
OC cafeteria and courtyard.
For more information, contact the Odessa College adult basic education
department at 333-7407.
Garlitz presents unique presidential facts
The Modern Study Club met on Wednesday, April 26, at 3:30 p.m., in the
Fellowship Hall of Calvary Baptist Church for an Americanism Department
Program with Margie Williamson, Department Chairman in charge.
The thought-quote for the meeting was, "Let us have faith that right
makes might, and in that faith let us to the end dare to do our duty as
we understand it." Abraham Lincoln 2-17-1860.
Mrs. Williamson introduced Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD History teacher,
Ken Garlitz, who presented the program, "Unique Presidential Facts _ Things
You May Not Know."
Garlitz began with George Washington and told something unusual or unique
about each president who had served the United States of America. Garlitz
continued, John Adams spoke of the destruction of tea at Boston begin so
bold that it would be an epoch in History. Thomas Jefferson fought the
church of England for three years saying all men should be free to worship
as they pleased. James Monroe was considered the best farmer in the world.
John Quincy Adams won election with less popular and electoral votes than
his opponent and read the Bible through every year.
Martin Van Buren was the first U.S. born president, William Henry Harrison
had the shortest term in office, dying of pneumonia 32 days after taking
office. James K. Polk, banished drinking, dancing and card-playing in the
Garlitz continued. Zachery Taylor who had no political experience was
elected in 1849. James Buchanan was only president to never marry. Abraham
Lincoln at 19 went to his first city, New Orleans, saw cruelty to slaves
_ hated slavery. Ulysses S. Grant invested in a bank and lost all his money,
had cancer, and Mark Twain helped to write his memoirs, which profited
one half of a million dollars. Rutherford B. Hayes, a military hero, was
given the presidency by politicians though Samuel Tildon of NY was eleced
in 1876. Hayes and his wife prayed together every morning.
James A. Garfield, a self-made man was very poor, and the last president
born I a log cabin. Grover Cleveland was the only president married in
the White House, also the only president to serve more than once but not
in succession. Theodore Roosevelt, a cowboy in the Dakota's, was the first
president to ride in an automobile (1902). Woodrow Wilson was most highly
educated with 12 college degrees. Women voted the first time in 1923 to
help elect Warren G. Harding; also first radio broadcast of election results
in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Garlitz told that Herbert Hoover was the first President born west of
the Mississippi. Franklin Delano Roosevelt served four terms, instigated
the New Deal programs building such places as Indian Lodge, Balmorhea State
Park and Red Bluff Dam, and received a letter from Albert Einstein in 1933
suggesting that the U.S. begin building toward an atomic weapon which resulted
in the Manhattan Project of World War II. Harry Truman had no college education
and had to make the terrible decision to bomb Japan.
This is the only time weapons have been used in all of history. Garlitz
said Dwight D. Eisenhower, who graduated from Abilene High School in 1909
and became a cheerleder after a knee injury playing football at West Point
was the first president he can remember.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the first President born in the Twentieth
Century. Gerald Ford is left handed sitting and right handed standing.
James Carter and Ken Garlitz were born in Georgia.
Garlitz closed with the quip that there were no trivia facts about William
Clinton; that he had talked with Hillary and that she said it was all lies.
President Lena Harpham conducted the business meeting. The Club Collect
was led by Etta Sullivan and the Pledges to the United States of America
Flag and the Texas Flag were led by Juracy Ray, as members and guests repeated
all in unison.
Minutes of the previous meeting were read by Bobbi Lang, secretary.
Pearl Gustafson, treasurer, presented a report of club finances.
Nan Cate, reminded members that last meeting of the year will be a salad
luncheon at her home in Verhalen.
Etta Sullivan, nominating committee chairman, presented the names of
candidates for office . The committee had chosen to serve for the coming
two years. Elected were president Catherine Travland; vice-president, Doris
Moorman; secretary, Joyce Morton; treasurer, Bobbi Lang; reporter, Margie
Williamson and parliamentarian, Lena Harpham.
Roll call was answered by giving the nickname of a president.
Hostesses Laura Teal and Iris Reddick served chicken salad sandwiches,
chips, nuts, pecan pie, apple pie, punch and coffee to guest Ken Garlitz
and members Hazel Barmore, Nan Cate, Paula Fuller, Pearl Gustafson, Lena
Harpham, Bobbi Lang, Juracy Ray, Doris Moorman, Etta Sullivan, Catherine
Travland and Margie Williamson.
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