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Thursday, March 7, 2002

Nurse is guest speaker at study club meeting

The Modern Study Club met on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the First Christian Church parlor for a Home Life Department Program planned by Doris Moorman, Department Chairman.

The thought-quote for the program _ "Osteoporosis is a pediatric disease with geriatric consequences. While the symptoms may not show until a woman is older, the roof of the problem may stretch over her entire lifetime." _ National Women's Health Information Center.

Heather MacNeil, RN, of American Home Health Services was program presenter. She told that 10 million people in the United States _ 80 percent women _ have osteoporosis which results in 1.5 million fractures each year. Bone mass peaks at age 18 to 25. In their mid 30's women begin losing bone mass at a rate of 1 percent each year. After menopause, loss is up to 15 percent in five years and by age 80, a woman may have only half the bone mass she had at age 18.

MacNeil told of these things putting one at risk: smoking, female, age (the longer you live the higher the risk), family history, small boned frame, late menstrual (over the age of 12), irregular periods (associated with low estrogen), lack of exercise, Thyroid disorders, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, yo-yo dieting (bone is lost with muscle and fat), medication-steroids (for asthma), seizure meds, antacids with aluminum, thyroid meds and coumadin.

She also stated that there are very few signs or symptoms. Fracture is usually the first sign. Loss of 1.5 inches in height, spinal curviture and upper and middle back pain can also suggest osteoporosis.

Starting early to prevent loss and maintain bone mass by eating high calcium foods, taking calcium supplements with Vitamin D (check pill to see if it can be absorbed), take calcium with meals and throughout the day, and do weight bearing exercise, are some of the suggestions made by Nurse MacNeil. She recommended 1500 mg plus Vitamin D Calcium per day for ages 51 and over.

Mrs. MacNeil also spoke concerning nutrition for staying healthy, listing ten foods that pack a wallop, and telling some of their benefits.

President Catherine Travland presided during the meeting. During opening ceremonies Margie Williamson led the Club Collect and Gretchen Luna led the pledges to the United States of America and Texas flags as attendees repeat all in unison.

Joyce Morton, secretary read the minutes of the previous meeting and Pearl Gustafson, treasurer, presented a report of club finances.

Correspondence was read concerning gifts for outgoing presidents Mary Beth Guy, president of the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs and Peggy Kelton, president of the Western District of TFWC. The Modern Study Club voted to send a monetary donation for each president's gift.

During committee reports Joyce Morton was thanked for doing a good job and getting the reports of MSC's projects and programs in the mail to Western District, prior to the reports deadline. Mrs. Morton, CIP Chairman, reported the painting project was on hold.

Scholarship Chairman, Margie Williamson, reported concerning various scholarships. She told that Jessica Orona was being considered as MSC's candidate for the Alma Van Sickle Scholarship given by Western District, since the loss of the previous chosen candidate.

Pearl Gustafson, Projects Chairman, discussed a book presentation at the Reeves County Library and presentation of stuffed animals to the Pecos Police Department concerning the "Bears on Patrol" project of the club.

Federation Counselor, Lena Harpham, took her report from the Watching Washington Section of the General Federation of Women's Clubs Clubwoman magazine. GFWC recently adopted a resolution titled, "Inattentive Drivers' at it's recent International Convention in St. Paul. The resolution targets driving distractions, especially the use of cell phones, because it is usually a more complex distraction, as well as stricter enforcement of existing laws and fines prohibiting inattentive driving.

The Cowboy/Cowgirl Table Decoration, which need to be made for the Thursday, May 2, Cowboy Patriots Luncheon at the Spring Covnention of TFWC to be held in Midland, May 1-4, were discussed.

Nan Cate, Joyce Morton and Paula Fuller were appointed by President Travland to serve as a nominating committee for the 2002-2004 slate of officers to lead the club.

Roll call was answered by telling something we should do to improve our chances of preventing osteoporosis.

Projects for this bi-monthly meeting are to contribute to the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs Scholarship Funds and to Support the Western District of TFWC Standing Rules.

Hostesses for the meeting were Nan Cate, Tessie Cam and Paula Fuller.

U.S. Flag exhibit continues at museum

The West of the Pecos Museum is featuring a special exhibit, the History of the U.S. Flag in observance of February President's Month.

The exhibit will close on March 30.

There is no charge to see the special exhibit and everyone is invited to come out and view the special display.

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