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Monday, March 17, 2003

Women's health issues discussed at club meeting

A Home Life Department Program entitled, "Women's Health Issues," was held by The Modern Study Club in the home of Martha Jay. Etta Sullivan, Home Life Department Chairman, planned the program.

The thought-quote selected for the program was ­ "Happy is the woman who can laugh at herself; she will never cease to be amused," from Daily Splashes of Joy, Barbara Johnson.

Michele Cser, PA-C of Pecos Valley Health Clinic, made the program presentation. She talked of self-examination of breasts, hormone therapy, menopause and it's consequences, mammograms and pap smears and their necessity, the need of calcium with vitamin D for women as well as men to fight osteoporosis, told of two prescriptions that helps with bone density/restoration, and talked of the benefit of having a bone density test and the importance of keeping a trim body weight to fend off any health difficulties or to lose excess weight if already having health problems. She said that usually bone and arthritis pain are helped with proper calcium with vitamin D and with weight loss.

Cser said that the mind was to be kept busy ­ read, do word puzzles, watch word games on television, play dominoes, bridge or other card or word games. She said for bowel health one should eat a well balanced diet with lots of vegetables, fruits and roughages and have a colon scope every five years as they get older. Cser also talked of diabetes and said if either parent has it your chances of having it is 50 percent. She also spoke concerning ovarian and cervical cancer and gave some opinions about heart disease.

She continually emphasized the importance of proper diet, maintenance of proper weight, getting proper exercise and especially reminded the group to be sure and read product labels for salt, sugar, fat and protein content.

President Joyce Morton presided during the meeting. During opening ceremonies the Club Collect was led by Iris Reddick and the pledges to the United States of America and the Texas flag were led by Pearl Gustafson, as all in attendance were repeated in unison. Shirley Shaffer read the minutes of the previous meeting in the absence of secretary Paula Fuller.

Joyce Morton, Western District Arts and Crafts Chairman urged everyone to be preparing their arts and crafts of the art show at Western District Spring Convention of the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs to be held in Monahans on April 11-12.

Margie Williamson, Scholarship Chairman, reported that the applications of Allan Chappell and John Chappell for consideration for the Western District Alma Van Sickle Scholarship, were nearing completion. The Modern Study Club Pecos High School Senior Scholarship was discussed and will be presented at PHS Senior Day in May.

Lena Harpham, Federation Counselor, gave her report from the General Federation of Women's Club's GFWC Clubwoman magazine watching Washington article entitled, Identity about how these thefts often go unnoticed until several unusual purchases have been made. One in five families are affected by identity thefts. Careful handling of personal information including date of birth, social security number, and mother's maiden name, is urged. These things are often stolen through credit cards, driver's licenses, ATM cards and computer hacking. One agency reported a 53 percent increase in these crimes in the past year alone. Legislation designed to protect consumer rights, restrict access to personal information and assist victims is urged by Linda Foley, executive director of Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC). It was also told that this theft is a low penalty crime.

Hostesses for the meeting were Lena Harpham, Martha Jay, Pearl Gustafson and Juracy Ray.

Roll call was answered by giving a health problem of women today. The bi-monthly project for this meeting was to contribute to the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs Scholarship Funds and to support the Western District Standing Rules.

Pageant seeking contestants

Applications are now being taken for girls in Kindergarten and First Grade, who would like to participate in the 2003 Little Miss Cantaloupe Pageant.

Applications may be picked up at the Pecos Chamber of Commerce Office, 111 S. Cedar St.

The deadline to register is March 31.

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