Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, December 20, 2002
Modern Study club reviews book of Thanksgiving
An Education Department Program with a Thanksgiving Theme was held by
The Modern Study Club on Wednesday Nov. 13, 2002, in the home of Catherine
and J.E. Travland. Martha Jay, chairman of the Education Department, planned
the meeting with the thought-quote "A day of Thanksgiving and praise to our
Beneficent Father"-Abraham Lincoln, Oct. 31, 1863-From Proclamation.
Mrs. Emily Fernandes was chosen by Mrs. Jay to present a book review of
N.C. Wyeth's Pilgrims with text by Robert San Souci. Mrs. Fernandes, wearing
her pilgrim "bonnet" presented her delightful rendition of the story of the
pilgrims and the adventurous saga of the settling of the Plymouth Colony.
Spectacular paintings by renowned artistic N.C. Wyeth, shown in the book,
helped bring to life the text by well-known children's book authors San Souci.
The story of the Pilgrims given by Mrs. Fernandes told of religious struggles
in England, of the hearing of stories of a settlement in North America called
Virginia where there was a hope of religious freedom, and the plans made
as the Speedwell and Mayflower ships set sail for the "new-country." She
told the story of the speedwell's return to England and that the Mayflower
finally continued the journey by itself. The crossing lasted sixty-six days,
was full of hardship, and the pilgrims landed far from their planned destination.
Much of their first winter was spent aboard the Mayflower as they began
work on a few small cabins as well as a common house.
More and more life took on a settled aspect. There were romances, births
and deaths. The pilgrims and Indians worked together with much sights and
sounds of activity. The colony was beginning to be caught in the rhythm
of village life. Even in the height of summer, the Pilgrims had begun preparing
for the winter that lay ahead. In celebration of this plenty, plans were
made to hold a Harvest Festival. This feast, that we have come to call "Thanksgiving",
would also celebrate the help the Indians had given the Pilgrims. The food
from both the land and sea was plentiful and the celebration lasted three
days. Ninety men and children attended with Chief Massaoit.
In closing Mrs. Fernandes stated that the adventure begun by a small group
of brave men and women had developed into something greater than any of them
could have imagined. The Pilgrims had weathered illness, privation and
danger of every kind. Plymouth Colony had taken root. In time, it's children
would become known as New Englanders and Americans and the seeding colony
would blossom and bear extraordinary fruit. She reminded those in attendance
that Thanksgiving is the only truly American Holiday.
President Joyce Morton presided during the meeting. The club collect
was led by Catherine Travland and Margie Williamson led the pledges to the
United States of America and Texas flags as those in attendance repeated
all in unison.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read by Secretary Paula Fuller
and Treasurer Pearl Gustafson gave a statement concerning club finances.
Correspondence was read from the Big Spring State Hospital and the M.D.
Anderson Cancer Research Hospital in Houston.
The Modern Study Club Annual Scholarship presented to a graduating Senior
at Pecos High School was discussed. Scholarship Chairman Margie Williamson
also reported concerning the Alma Van Sickle Scholarship presented annually
by the Western District of the Texas Federation of Women's Club's.
Federation Counselor Lena Harpham presented a report taken from the address
given by Bobbie Mitchell of Sanderson, President of the Texas Federation
of Women's Clubs, during the TFWC Annual Fall Board Meeting held in Austin.
A report was given on the Fall Bake Sale, and Gifts for the residents
of the Pecos Nursing Home and club members for the Holly Jolly Christmas
to be held at their Christmas party were discussed. Members were also reminded
to bring their toys for tots' donations.
The monthly project for this meeting was to contribute to the Count Your
Blessings Fund and donate bears or other cuddly stuffed toys for the Pecos
Police Department's Bears on Patrol Project. The bears and friends are presented
to children in trauma due to accidents, family problems or other causes.
Hostesses Iris Reddick, Pearl Gustafson, Etta Sullivan and Catherine Travland
served delicious refreshments to guests Emily Fernandes and Bonnie Kuhn of
Phoenix, Arizona and 12 club members
Registration scheduled for OC
Registration for Odessa College's Spring Weekend classes will be during
regular spring registration in January. Those students whose names begin
with M-Z register 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8. Those whose last
names begin with A-L will register 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 9.
Session A and B classes begin Saturday, Jan. 18. The last day to register
for these classes is Friday, Jan. 17 from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Weekend College courses parallel those offered in the regular term except
they are compressed into a shorter time span. Full academic recognition is
given these courses, and the time spent and the credit earned is equivalent
to that of the regular session. Students should consult the 2003 Odessa College
Spring Schedule of Credit Classes for exact dates and times of course offerings
in each session.
To speed up the registration process, new students should submit an application
for admission prior to registration. Applications are available in the OC
catalog and from the OC Admissions Office and Web site.
All transfer students must furnish an official transcript and TASP scores.
Proof of Texas residency for 12 consecutive months prior to enrollment
is required at registration to qualify for Texas resident tuition rates.
For more information, call the Odessa College Admissions Office at 335-6432,
or visit the OC Web site at www.odessa.edu.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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