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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 in unison.

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 Clubs.

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 to TFWC-GFWC.

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 .

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