Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
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 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.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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