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Thursday, July 11, 2002

Modern Study Club closes club year with luncheon

The Modern Study Club gathered recently in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church for their close-to-year luncheon fellowship and accomplishments meeting with President, Catherine Travland.

Jessica Orona, recipient of the Western District Alma Van Sickle Scholarship, through the sponsorship of The Modern Study Club, and Kelsey Riley, recipient of Pecos High School Senior Scholarship, 2002, presented by the Modern Study Club, were special guests, along with some of their families. Miss Orona was accompanied by her mother, Cindy Orona and Miss Riley's parent's Jim and Debbie Riley, grandparents, John and Gay Rarick and Norma Hill attend with her. Her great grandmother, Etta Sullivan, a member of the club was also in attendance and seated with the family.

Margie Williamson gave the prayer prior to luncheon, which was served at noon.

Following luncheon, Margie Williamson introduced the scholarship recipients telling a bit about them. Then Jessica and Kelsey each spoke telling of some of their honors, achievements and aspirations concerning their plans. The young women also told which University they plan to attend and their goals for the future.

President Travland conducted opening ceremonies prior to the business meeting. Etta Sullivan led the club collect and Pearl Gustafson led the pledges to the United States of America and the Texas flags, as those in attendance repeated all in Unison. Mrs. Gustafson, treasure, gave a report concerning club finances.

During correspondence a note of appreciation was read from Peggy Drake concerning the death of her mother, Norine Hooner, a MSC member. Also, a letter of appreciation was read for the New York State Federation of Women's Club for the donation made by the members of The Modern Study Club to assist with the aftermath of the terrist attack in New York City on September 11 th. A note from Arminae Forest, volunteer co-ordinator for the Safe Place, was also read, expressing her thanks fro the opportunity to speak to the club for their Public Affairs Program.

A Certificate of Appreciation from the Pecos Nursing Home, which was received during National Volunteer week, was shown by President Travland.

Treasurer Gustafson reported that $100.00 was donated by club members to Operation Smile, a child outreach program in which doctor, nurses and administrators donate their time and money to operate on hundreds of disfigured children, re-creating faces and other deformities, all for free to the patients. Operation smile has helped the disadvantaged in Asia, Africa, Europe, Central and South America, and the United States. Members of The Modern Study Club donate their time of effort for this great cause by creating crafts or art work and selling it to generate funds, having garage or bake sales, or simply giving cash.

Lena Harpham, Federation Counselor, reported about Babs Condon of Maryland, a General Federation of Women's Clubs member, along with Kaytee Mizell, who is a former state president of the Maryland Federation, who served as Olympic Torchbearer. Out of 110,000 people nominated, only 11,500 were chosen for this honor.

President Travland presented a report on the 105th Annual Spring Connection of the Texas Federation of Women's Club held in Midland. She also gave the President's Annual Report, which gave an overview of the accomplishments of the club for 2001-2002. President Travland made and presented Certificates of Service to members in grateful acknowledgement of outstanding civic service.

Officers for the 2002-2004 Club Years were installed with former President Nan Cate conducting the ceremony. Officers are, Joyce Morton, president, Juracy Ray, vice president, Paula Fuller, secretary, Pearl Gustafson, treasurer, Margie Williamson, reporter, and Catherine Travland, parliamentarian.

A reminder was given that dues were due, that the Summer Workshop with the TFWC Traveling Team would be held July 8th, and that the Western District fall Board Meeting is slated for October 19th.

A gift of appreciation, was given to President Travland by Modern Study Club members, was presented by Doris Moorman, Vice President.

President Travland thanked the social Committee for their assistance at the meeting and at special meetings for the past two years. Members are Nan Cate, Etta Sullivan, Juracy Ray and Iris Reddick.

Roll call was answered by giving a program suggestion for the coming year. The club year runs from June 1 until June 1 of the next year. Happy Summer to all!

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