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