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Tuesday, June 26, 2001

Modern Study Club luncheon is close of year meeting

The Modern Study Club closed it's club year recently in the Verhalen home of Nan and Al Cate, with a luncheon honoring their Pecos High School Senior recipient for 2001, Trent Riley, and the recipient of the Alma Van Sickle Scholarship, given by the Western District of the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs, Fernando Orona III.

The young men's families also attended as special guests. All the guests received a warm welcome by Mr. and Mrs. Cate.

Following a lovely luncheon, scholarship chairman Margie Williamson, introduced Trend Riley and then Fernando Orona III. Each of the young men told of some of their accomplishments and achievements during their school years and of their aspirations for the future, as they begin attending college.

After the guests departed, vice-president Doris Moorman conducted opening ceremonies and presided during the business meeting, in the absence of president Catherine Travland. Moorman led the Club Collect.

A report entitled, "Dear Friends," a message to club members from president Travland, was read early in the meeting by vice-president Moorman.

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

The monthly project emphasis for the meeting was a donation to the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Correspondence was read from club member Bonnie Cearley, thanking the ladies of the club for their assistance in getting her to the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs State Convention which was held in San Angelo and also expressing her pleasure at being able to attend the activities. Cearley provided members with a bit of "tongue in cheek" humor by enclosing a check for her membership dues and "fines for not being present at club meetings," but she was out of town. Cearley maintains her membership in The Modern Study Club, in order to be a member in good standing, because there is no club in Brownwood-Early.

Certificates of Accomplishment for the club year, which had been prepared by President Travland, were presented by Moorman to all club members.

Scholarship chairman Margie Williamson reported concerning scholarships and announced that Trent Riley and Fernando Orona III were recognized at the Pecos High School Senior Awards Day held at 3 p.m., on May 21.

Operation Smile chairman Phyllis Stool gave each member at tax assessment to file. The monies collected, in the amount of $211.33, were donated to Operation Smile. Also collected were 17 gowns and 23 sundry bags made by members, which were donated to Operation Smile. Begun in 1982, Operation Smile has provided reconstructive surgery to over ten's of thousands of children born with cleft lip and palate deformities, tumors, orthopedic problems and burn scar contractures in developing countries.

President Travland prepared a TFWC Convention report which was read by vice-president Moorman to help members who were unable to attend to "enjoy" the activities.

The Federation report presented by chairman Lena Harpham brought an awareness of the need for Child Care Reform in America. She stated that only one in five eligible children are receiving child care and that an estimated five million children are left at home alone after school each week. Low income families cannot afford safe, quality child care and at the same time, child care providers earnings are so low that 30 percent of the care givers leave the field each year. There are currently 50 child care bills being considered in both the House and the Senate.

There was no old business. In new business it was decided the club would buy the paint to be used for a mural to be painted on the wall behind the chuck wagon in the Lineberry building of the West of the Pecos Museum.

Roll call was answered by giving suggestions for future programs for club meetings. Some of the suggestions were an International Program on Old Mexico, grandmother's hats, health program concerning Alzheimer's, writing contest for students (to be continued), health spot announcements on radio, osteoporosis and why the Langs came to Pecos with Anchor West.

The Modern Study Club will have fellowship, working and planning meetings in the summer months and will resume regularly scheduled meetings in September. Happy Summer!

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