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Thursday, November 29, 2001

Modern Study Club hosts Western District

The Modern Study Club of Pecos hosted the Annual Fall Board Meeting of the Western District of the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs at the Senior Citizen's in Pecos on Oct. 20. Modern Study Club president Catherine Travland, was joined by other local Western District board members, Joyce Morton, Etta Sullivan, Doris Moorman, Margie Williamson, Lena Harpham and other club members, Nan Cate, Paula Fuller, Pearl Gustafson, Bobbi Lang, Gretchen Luna, Juracy Ray, Iris Reddick, Phyllis Stool, Dorothy Barton and Tessie Cam, in making the gathering a success.

Refreshments of assorted homebaked sweet breads, sausage balls, juice and coffee were served to guests, following their registering upon arrival. Nan Cate served as registration chairman.

An executive committee meeting and a nominating committee meeting were held in different areas prior to the call to order of the board meeting.

Western District President Peggy Kelton of McCamey gave the "call to order" and opening ceremonies were conducted. Pastor Greer Willis of First Baptist Church gave the invocation, with Girl Scout Troop #188 presenting the colors and leading the pledge to the United States of America and Texas flags.

Joyce Morton led attendees in the singing of "You're A Grand Old Flag" and Gretchen Luna then presented Mayor Ray Ortega who gave the welcome to area clubwomen. The response was given by Marian Sue Byrd of Big Lake. Joyce Goldwire of Sanderson, President-Elect of Western District of TFWC Introducted Distinguished Members.

Following a short break for presentation of door prizes conducted by President Travland and Bobbi Lang, the business session began. W.D. Secretary Jackie Hendricks of Midland read the minutes of the previous meeting and gave a report from the executive meeting.

Katheryn "Queenie" Steen of Wink presented the report of the nominating committee and then President Kelton conducted the election of officers 2002-2004. Peggy Garner of McCamey reported from the scholarship committee and secretary Hendricks conducted roll call of clubs and a count of their attendees. A printed treasurer's report was distributed, considered and accepted.

Reports from Western District Officers were given with a two minute speaking time allowed. President Kelton was in charge. Reports from club president, with two minute time limit was conducted by Joyce Morton.

Following a registration report by Nan Cate, more door prizes were awarded.

Joyce Morton gave the prayer prior to the serving of a lunch of barbecue brisket and trimmings which was prepared by the Pecos Senior Center personnel and served at noon.

Entertainment was provided by Leslie Woodard Gray of Monahans performing vocal selections, some from the Old West, accompanied on guitar by her father, Lessie Woodard of Pecos. Mr. Woodard also gave a recitation with a Western flair.

Jean Myrick of McCamey presided during the reporting from the departments of Texas Federation of Women's Clubs Western District's program of Work. These seven departments are Art, Conservation, Education, Home Life, International Affairs, Public Affairs and Texas Heritage. Personnel from The Modern Study Club who presented reports were Joyce Morton, The Arts and Craft program, Arts Department and Learning Disabilities, Education Department, Etta Sullivan, Resource Conservation Program, Conservation Department and Lena Harpham, Safety Program, Public Affairs Department.

Laverna Swarb of Monahans presided during reporting of Special Projects and Commitees and Joyce Morton presided during the GFWC Standing Committee reports.

Jean Myrick presided during "In Memorian" in which our very own Martha "Sis" Slack Holcombe, member of The Modern Study Club for over 33 years, was remembered by the Western District clubwomen.

During closing activities a final registration report was presented by Nan Cate and the invitation to the Annual Spring Convention of TFWC Western District was given by Stacey Webb, President of the Fort Stockton Literary Club of Fort Stockton. Western District President Peggy Kelton gave her final report, completed announcements The Modern Study Club for serving as hostesses for the meeting.

Etta Sullivan led the W.D. clubwomen in the recitation of the Club Collect. It was announced that the traveling team of state officers, 2002-2004, will be in Big Spring for a workshop on July 8, 2002.

An invitation to visit the West of the Pecos Museum, written to the tune of Lucille by Joyce Morton and sung by The Modern Study Club Quartet of Catherine Travland, Bobbi Lang, Margie Williamson and Joyce Morton, concluded the formal activities of the day.

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