Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Wednesday, May 16, 2001
Modern Study Club hosts writers, parents, teachers
Students of the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah Schools, who had entered The Modern
study Club's Student Writing Contest, along with their parents and teachers,
were special guests of the club at their meeting held at the First United
Methodist Church parlor on April 11. President Catherine Travland welcomed
guests and then introduced Paula Fuller.
Fuller, chairman of the Arts Department, presented a brief history of
The Modern Study Club, TFWC, GFWC, then explained the reasons behind her
interest in participation in the General Federation of Women's Clubs sponsored
writing contest, which she had coordinated.
Fuller then presented Certificates of Participation to all of those who
wrote for the contest, but were not winners. Those judged winners, who advanced
to the Western District competition of the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs,
were recipients of Certificates of Award. All the certificates, listed the
category of the entry and the age division and other pertinent information.
Winners advancing to District were Heath Armstrong, Category 2, grades
4-6, short story, first place; Teisha Gordon, Category 3, grades 7-9, youth
poetry, first place; April Hernandez, Category 4, grades 10-12, short story,
first place and Wil Cristoff, Category 4, grades 10-12, poetry, first place.
Participants were short story, category 2, Alicia Alexander second place
and Maritza Acosta, third place and Kayla Herrera, Monica Garci and Brian
Casillas. Also, short story, Category 4, Rebecca Wein, second place and youth
poetry, category 4, Cassady Bradley.
Teachers and their writing students are: Alice Wein, Heath Armstrong and
Alicia Alexander; Socorro Mason, Maritza Acosta, Kayla Herrera and Monica
Garcia; Betty Cook, Brian Casillas; Gail Box, Teisha Gordon; Jamie Crisp,
Wil Cristoff, April Hernandez and Rebecca Wein; and Mona Clark, Cassady Bradley.
Fuller commended the teachers of these students for encouraging them to participate.
Guests were invited to attend the remainder of the meeting or be dismissed
as they chose.
President Travland conducted open ceremonies and presided during the business
meeting. Pearl Gustafson led the Club Collect and Paula Fuller led the pledges
to the United states of America and Texas flags, as members repeated each
Joyce Morton, secretary, read the minutes of the previous meeting and
Bobbi Lang, treasurer, reported concerning club finances. There was no correspondence.
Margie Williamson, Scholarship Chairman, reported that the Western District
Alma Van Sickle Scholarship would again be coming to Pecos with Fernando
Orona III having been chosen. It was reported that Western District Officials
not only commended the outstanding student but also The Modern Study Club
in the exceptional presentation of their application.
Catherine Travland and Doris Moorman, Chairman of Outstanding Clubwoman/Volunteer
Committee, reported that Margie Williamson had been chosen as the 2000 Outstanding
Clubwoman/Volunteer of the Western District of the Texas Federation of Women's
President Travland read a synopsis of other activities of the Western
District Convention. Club members were very pleased to learn that Bonnie
Cearley of Early, a member of The Modern Study Club for over 50 years, had
been recognized by receiving the Golden Award _ 50 years of Continuous Service
The Operation Smile contribution deadline is May 12 and all members are
urged to bring their donations at that time.
Lena Harpham, Federation Counselor, presented a report on osteoporosis,
it's prevention and care. In her talk Harpham emphasized the fact that leaders
of the GFWC always stressed educational concern about this disease.
Bobbi Lang, member of the Reeves County Hospital Auxiliary, presented
gifts to Joyce Morton, Margie Williamson and Pearl Gustafson, who served
as judges of the student poster contest, held in conjunction with the Reeves
County Health Fair.
Roll call was answered by naming a favorite poem or short story.
Hostesses Joyce Morton and Doris Moorman served refreshments to 17 guests
and 10 members.
Poems sought for contest
The New York Poetry Alliance is sponsoring Poetry 2001, a free contest
open to everyone. A $1,000 cash prize will be awarded to the winner. There
are 28 prizes in all. The deadline for entering is June 18.
"This is our most challenging contest to date," says Contest Director
Dr. John Cusack. "With spring in the air we'd like to see what poets have
to say about love, whether religious or romantic. We expect our contest to
produce exciting new discoveries," he said.
To enter, send a poem 21 lines or less: New York Poetry Alliance, Box
1588, New York, N.Y. 10116-1588. Or enter online at www.freecontest.com
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