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March 9, 2001

Modern Study Club holds Federation Day activities

PECOS, March 9, 2001 - A Federation Day program with Peggy Kelton of McCamey, President of the Western District of the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs, as special guest and speaker, was held recently by The Modern Study Club in the parlor of the First Christian Church. The Honorable Sherry Phillips, Mayor of McCamey, traveling companion of Mrs. Kelton for the day, was also welcomed as a special guest of the club.

During her address about the Federation, President Kelton presented some organizational facts that included the reasons for the establishment of a "Women's Club." That club, Sorosis, was established in 1889 with Ella Dietz Clymer as its president and upon her inauguration she spoke the words which later became the theme of the General Federation of Women's Clubs: "Unity in Diversity." Mrs. Kelton also referred to February being the month of love and since our meeting was on Valentine's Day and commitment, she reminded the ladies of some great love stories.

A skit entitled, "My GFWC," written by Joyce Morton was presented by several of the ladies present. The time was 1938 and the setting was a classroom in Mrs. Philpot's School for Young Ladies of Fine Breeding. A number of the young ladies present were presenting their reports on various areas of their topic, "My GFWC." Among the highlights of the reports were several interesting facts: GFWC is 110 years old; Sorosis means "an aggregation, a sweet flavor of many fruits" in Greek; Sorosis was established because women were excluded from attendance when Charles Dickens was being honored by the ALL male New York Press Club; the establishment in 1922 of the International Headquarters of GFWC in Washington, DC, in a 5-story brick and stone townhouse; the planning of an emblem in 1920 which is represented by the black center with a band encircling the center signifying eternity, surrounded by the letters GFWC and the motto "Unity in Diversity"; and facts of general interest, closing out with the fact that in 1933, GFWC had founded 75% of America's public libraries, as well as pioneered the idea of bookmobiles.

A test of all present concluded the "classroom skit" portion of the program.

Mrs. Kelton presented each member of The Modern Study Club with a Valentine and handmade heart at the close of the program.

Following the opening ceremonies and the program President Catherine Travland conducted the business meeting. Secretary Joyce Morton read the minutes of the previous meeting as corrected, and a treasurer's report was given by Pearl Gustafson in the absence of Treasurer Bobbi Lang.

During committee reports Paula Fuller, Music and Arts Chairman, said the winners of the writing contest held in the schools would be announced at the April 11 meeting. Margie Williamson, Scholarship Chairman, reported on the local scholarship presented by Modern Study and also the Western District Alma Van Sickle Scholarship.

Doris Moorman, Chairman of Ways and Means gave a report and also reported on the Outstanding Clubwoman/Volunteer application. Phyllis Stool, Chairman of Operation Smile asked that members making gowns have them at the April 11 meeting and also told that there would be a "Tax Assessment" collected that day. Pearl Gustafson, Chairman of Projects, reported that she had delivered Club Valentines to residents of the Pecos Nursing Home.

Lena Harpham, Federation Chairman, presented a report on ways we could `give the gift that keeps on giving' by making various kinds of tax-deductible donations to the General Federation of Women's Clubs.

The thought-quote for the gathering was "We seek to strengthen our unity and broaden our diversity"-Shelby P. Hamlett, GFWC International President.

Roll call was answered by giving an advantage of being a member of the Federation. Bi-monthly projects for the meeting were to contribute to the TFWC Scholarship Fund and Support of the Western District Standing Rules.

The Western District Call to the Spring Convention of WD was talked about and members were urged to make plans to attend in Marfa on April 6-7.

Lovely refreshments were served by hostesses Margie Williamson, Pearl Gustafson, and Paula Fuller to two guests and nine members using a Valentine/Sweetheart theme. A special decorated red-velvet cake baked and decorated in honor and welcome of Mrs. Kelton, was prepared by Mrs. Williamson.

Rummage sale planned by church

PECOS, March 9, 2001 - New Life Baptist Church, 710 W. Third Street, will be having a "Rummage Sale" beginning at 7 a.m., Saturday, March 10.

The sale will include lots of bargains and everyone is invited to come by and browse.

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