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Monday, February 25, 2002

Cate is presenter for International Program at club meeting

An International Affairs Department Program was presented at a recent meeting of The Modern Study Club as they gathered in the home of Catherine and J.E. Travland, 318 W. Sixth.

The thought-quote for the meeting was _ "There are 10 sins, according to the Buddhist religion. Three are of the body-killing, theft and unchastity. Four are of speech _ lying, slander, abusive language and useless conversation. Three are of the mind _ envy, malice and disbelief." _ World Book Encyclopedia on Buddhism _ the predominant religion of Indochina.

Nan Cate, Department Chairman, was presenter for the program entitled, "Indo-China _ Land and Peoples."

She began with a history of Indo-China and it's geographical make-up. Indo-China is composed of the countries of Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. It is largely a mountainous area of tropical rainforest. The Mekong River dominates the land but surprisingly, the source of this mighty river is unknown. Possibly the source is somewhere in Tibet. Indo-China is named such because it is located between India and China and curiously enough the eastern countries and areas are influenced by China in their government and religion while the countries and areas on the west are influenced by India so, although the predominant religion is Buddhism, the worship is different due to the practices of the larger, influencing countries.

Cate told that until 1954 Indo-China had been a possession of France. They built roads and sea walls, restored the temples that had been overtaken by the jungle, enabling them to explore and restore their culture heritage but Laos, especially, was impoverished because it had no way of trading with the world until Australia built a bridge over the Mekong River enabling trade with Thailand.

She continued, the government is Communist-dominated again due to the influence of China. Cate warned against going to war to help a dictator even though the opposing countries' government is communistic.

President Catherine Travland presided during the meeting. During opening ceremonies Etta Sullivan led the Club Collect and Lena Harpham led the pledges to the United States of America and Texas flags, as members repeated with them in unison.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and correctly by Joyce Morton, secretary. A report concerning club finance was presented by Pearl Gustafson, treasurer.

Correspondence was read from Western District President Peggy Kelton of McCamey reminding club members that reports were due Feb. 1. She also asked that everyone make plans to attend the Western District Annual Spring Convention in Fort Stockton, April 5 and 6 and the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs Annual State Convention in Midland, May 10-4.

Scholarships, program and project reports, and the Outstanding Clubwoman/Volunteer contest were also discussed.

Pearl Gustafson, projects chairman, has received the book titled, "Granny D: Walking Across America in My 90th Year," which will be donated by the club to the Reeves County Library.

Joyce Morton, Reports Chairman, reminded everyone of the need for reports to be in on time to meet the Feb. 1 deadline.

President Travland reported on the Planning Meeting for the TFWC State Convention which was held Jan. 19, in McCamey. Travland was accompanied by Etta Sullivan and Margie Williamson. The MS Club will be responsible for decorations for the May 2 Cowboy Patriots' Luncheon and also for four door prizes at the convention.

Lena Harpham, Federation Counselor, reported on legislation in the House of Representatives, which would enable trucks to be lengthened and load capacities to be increased. Harpham asked that we write our legislators to vote against this bill for safety reasons. The larger vehicles would not be safe because they would be much harder to handle. The present sizes are engineeringly balanced but longer wheel bases and larger loads would not be. The article is entitled, "Will LCV's Keep Trucking?" LCV stands for longer combination vehicles.

A note card, which said thank you in nine different languages, was read from Bobbi Lang, former member and treasurer of The Modern Study, for her gift and "goodbye" luncheon. Lang is moving from Pecos.

Roll call was answered by members giving a fact they learned about Indo-China today.

The projects for this bi-monthly meeting were contributions to Operation Smile and Valentine Cards for residents of the Pecos Nursing Home.

Nine members were in attendance.

Alzheimer's support group meeting set

Greater West Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association is sponsoring the Pecos Evening Support Group meeting scheduled for 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Pecos Senior Center.

Topic will be "communicating."

Everyone is invited to attend.

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