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Friday, October 25, 2002

Public affairs program presented by officer Balog

Mike Balog, Pecos Police Community Service Officer, presented a Public Affairs Department program entitled, "Community Crime Prevention Awareness-Crimes Most Prevalent in Our Community", for the September 25th meeting of the Modern Study Club held at First Christian Church.

Margie Williamson, Public Affair Department chairman organized the program and used the thought-quote: "God stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk with integrity". Roll call was answered by answering the question—"What would you do to prevent crime, if you were in charge?" Williamson told something about his early years, qualifications, and law enforcement training prior to introducing officer Balog.

Officer Balog told those in attendance that traffic offenses are the most prevalent crimes in Pecos and cited burglary as the next prevalent offense. He also talked of the seriousness of drug problems in our community. Traveling alone brochures were handed out and discussed with officer Balog giving numerous pointers. He also talked about stolen identities and ways this crime is achieved.

With excitement, Officer Balog told of the upcoming classes, to educate the community in what we do, for Pecos residents who have enrolled for three months in the Citizens Academy, which began Oct. 10. Students will be learning more about traffic laws, drug search warrants, patrol procedures, firearms, what's involved in 911, driving skills, courtroom demeanor, handling of juveniles search and seizure, traffic stops, family violence procedures and they will also tour the Pecos Criminal Justice Center. It is planned that there will be a Citizens Alumini Association after the three months of training of the enrollees is completed in late December.

When speaking of gang violence in Pecos Balog said that education of the parents is needed to help with problems. He also said he'd like to see a tutoring class for training people desiring to receive their drivers license. Balog stated, "We are here to help and to prevent crime. We are also doing things like bike rodeos and plan Child ID through the schools.

President Joyce Morton conducted opening ceremonies with Margie Williamson leading the club collect and. Morton leading the pledge to the United States of America flag, as those in attendance joined in, repeating in unison.

Minutes of the previous meeting were read by Paula Fuller, secretary, and club finances were reported by Pearl Gustafson, treasurer.

Leona Harpham, Federation Counselor took her report from The Texas Clubwoman Magazine, Summer 2002. Bobbe Mitchell, president of the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs in her article, "From the President", spoke of her installation in May, expressing her appreciation to many and talking of the organization of the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs on the Texas frontier on May 14, 1897. President Mitchell also told of TFWC being responsible for much of what we have today such as: Texas flags being placed in all public schools; Texas History being a required subject in all Texas schools; the establishment of traveling libraries and others; and the creation of M.D. Anderson Hospital and Cancer Research Center, which through the years TFWC has continued to support by supplying wigs, caps, books, games, kitchen care kits, televisions for outpatient clinics, gowns, and the list goes on.

The Western District Fall Board Meeting of TFWC was discussed and traveling plans were made.

Nan Cate, Gretchen Luna, Iris Reddick, hostesses, served delicious refreshments.

Workshop planned for parents

Pecos Kindergarten will sponsor a parent workshop from 3:30-5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 28 at the school.

Childcare, supplies and refreshments will be provided.

Call the kindergarten office to register.

Sylvia Sadler will be conducting the workshop and there will be 10 more workshops throughout the year.

A schedule of future times will be posted.

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