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Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
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
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
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.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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