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March 29, 2001

War bride speaks to Modern Study Club

PECOS, March 29, 2001 - The Modern Study Club met recently in the house of Juracy and L.M. Ray, 1518 S. Park, for an Americanism Department program with Iris Reddick and Juracy Ray, Department Co-Chairmen in charge.

The program, entitled "War Bride Comes to America", was presented by Iris Reddick, who came to America in 1947 when she was 19 years old, as the bride of Harry Reddick and the mother of a son, Michael, who was 13 ½ months old.

Mrs. Ray prefaced her introduction of Mrs. Reddick by telling of a few of their own experiences in coming to live in the United States from Brazil as a young child, with her parents and two small siblings. Her father was involved in ranching. Mrs. Ray told of becoming a school teacher, her first job, the experiences of becoming a naturalized citizen and gave several comparisons showing how unalike she and Mrs. Reddick's experience's had been.

Mrs. Reddick began by speaking of some of her early life in Leicester, England, where as a 16 year old lass, she began dating her future husband. Harry Reddick was serving in the United States Air Force and was stationed at the airbase in Chelveston, England when they met.

Among the memorabilia displayed and used during Mrs. Reddick's presentation was the couple's wedding photograph, a wallet photograph of Iris as a lovely 17-year-old woman, the couple's marriage license and the original passport the bride used to come to the United States. Mrs. Reddick explained that at that time passports were a large, square sheet of paper instead of the books we use today.

The military sent Mr. Reddick back to the States and his bride had to remain behind in England for almost two years.

Mrs. Reddick commented about the heart-rending times that went on in her life as she continued her courtship with her sweetheart, made the decision to marry him, and prepared to leave her loved ones, as well as her home country of England, and of how very hard the decision was for her. She also told of her crossing to America on the Queen Elizabeth, with rough seas and a toddler.

The Reddicks lived in Rising Star from 1947 until 1950 where Harry, along with his dad and brother, were engaged in peanut farming.

In the early fifties, the Reddicks made their move to Pecos where the Hess-Williams John Deere Dealership employed Harry and they raised their family.

The thought-quote for the meeting was "Let's remember it takes both the white and black keys of the piano to play the `Star Spangled Banner'." _ Bonner. Roll call was answered with telling a reason you are proud to be an American.

President Catherine Travland conducted opening ceremonies and presided during the gathering. Joyce Morton lead the Club Collect and Bobbi Lang led the pledges to the United States of America and Texas flags as members repeated all in unison.

Secretary Joyce Morton read the minutes of the previous meeting and Treasurer Bobbi Lang presented a report concerning club finances.

Western District President Peggy Kelton of McCamey had mailed out the official call to the Annual Spring Convention slated in Marfa on April 6 and 7 and those activities were discussed.

During various committee reports, a bake sale at Security State Bank was announced by Ways and Means Chairman Doris Moorman and the Operation Smile April 11th deadline for contributions was discussed by Chairman Phyllis Stool. Capitol Women, a book written by Nancy Baker Joues and Ruthe Winegarten about Texas female legislators had been purchased by Bobbi Lang as a project for the club. Projects Chairman Pearl Gustafson is in charge of getting it to the Reeves County Library.

Lena Harpham, Federation Chairman, explained that Social Security was not just about retirement but also included disability and other benefits we need to be aware of.

The Texas Federation of Women's Clubs State Convention will be at the Holiday Inn in San Angelo May 2-5. President Travland urged members to attend if only for one day.

Bobbi Lang and Joyce Morton served as hostesses for the gathering.

Blood drive scheduled by OC

PECOS, March 29, 2001 - The Odessa College Student Activities Office in conjunction with KOCV-TV and United Blood Services will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 3, in OC's Electronics Technology Building, Room 130.

The blood drive is a replenishment drive to help boost the Permian Basin's depleted blood supply.

In addition to a free T-shirt, donors will receive a mini-physical that checks blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron level.

Interested donors may give blood without an appointment or may arrange a time to donate. To schedule an appointment or for more information, contact the Odessa College Student Activities Office at 335-6403.

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