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October 31, 1997

Ontiveros has second birthday

Phillip John Ontiveros celebrated his second birthday with a party held
in his honor.

Theme for the event was Winnie the Pooh and many friends and famiy were
on hand to help with the celebration.

Little Phillip is the son of Oscar and Nancy Ontiveros of Pecos.

Paternal grandmother is Rosa Ontiveros and maternal grandmother is
Christina Bitolas, both of Pecos.

Torres crowned at homecoming

Trisha Torres was crowned Homecoming Queen at Midland Lee High School,
on Oct. 24.

Trisha is the daughter of Kathy and Andy Torres of Midland.

Eighteen years ago, Trisha's mother, Kathy was crowned, Homecoming Queen
at Pecos High School.

Two years later, Kathy's sister, Lori Ann Salcido, received the same
honor in 1981.

Both Kathy and Lori Ann are former Pecos residents.

Trisha's grandparents are Alex and Angela Salcido of Pecos.

Christensen to be guest at Christian Church

James L. Christensen, of Odessa, will be the pulpit guest each Sunday at
First Christian Church in Pecos at least until Christmas.

Dr. Christensen is a retired Christian minister. He was raised in
Cheyenne, Wyo., received a B.A. degree from Phillips University in Enid,
Okla. and a Theology degree and a B.D. degree from the Graduate
Seminary. He received a Doctor of Divinity Degree in 1965 from Phillips

Dr. Christensen served as a senior minister at First Christian Church in
Wellington, Kan.; First Christian Church, San Angelo; Central Christian
Church, Enid, Okla.; Lindenwood Christian Church in Memphis, Tenn. and
First Christian Church, Odessa.

Dr. Christensen has authored 20 books published by Fleming H. Revell Co.
and Christian Board of Publication. For many years he wrote Sunday
school materials for the adult Bethany Quarterly and Tarbell's Teacher's
Guide. He has been awarded twelve times by Freedom's Foundation of
Valley Forge for patriotic contributions to American Democracy.

Since retirement in 1988 he has filled nine interim ministries, and
helped many churches as Sunday pulpit guest.

The Christensens have been married 53 years and have two daughters.

Worship services at the Christian Church will be held each Sunday
morning at 10:50 a.m. Dr. Christensen's next Sunday's sermon will be,
"The Transforming Experience."

The public is invited to attend.

Florez qualifies for regionals

Jeremy Florez, of Pecos, has qualified for the regional finals of the
AJBRA after taking third place in San Angelo and second place in
Monahans this October in the mutton busting division.

This Saturday, Nov.1, in Fort Stockton, he will attend the regional
finals trying to make the whistle for the State finals later in November
in Odessa.

Jeremy is the son of Isabel and Danny Florez of Pecos.

Special guest joins study club at meeting

A Federation Day program was held by The Modern Study Oct. 8 in the home
of Donald and Joyce Morton, with Barbara Saunders, of Marfa, Western
District President of the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs, as special

President Joyce Morton presided and Federation Counselor Phyllis Stool
led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States Flag.

As program chair Stool also led the Federation Creed as the club ladies
repeated in unison. Afterwards, she gave a capsule history of the
General Federation of Women's Clubs, tracing its roots back to Jane
Cunningham Croly, a newspaper woman in 1868, who was indignant that she
and other women were denied admittance to a banquet honoring Charles
Dickens at the all-male New York Press Club, simply because they were
women. She determined to organize a club for women only. The name chosen
for this organization was Sorosis, a Greek word meaning "an aggregation;
a sweet flavor of many fruits."

As a result of her efforts, Mrs. Croly, with the help of 61 other
women's clubs, took action to form a permanent organization. A
constitution and plan of organization was drafted and adopted in 1890,
and the General Federation of Women's Clubs was born. It was chartered
in 1901 by the United States Congress.

Mrs. Stool also gave a brief history of The Modern Study Club of Pecos.
With the help of the Merry Wives Club it was organized in 1930 and
federated in 1931.

Frances Wood, portraying Mary Stewart author of "The Collect" who wrote
it as a personal prayer, told of how it was eventually adopted by the
Federation Clubs in 1941 as an opening prayer for every meeting. Mrs.
Wood then led the members in reciting the Collect in unison.

Lena Harpham, vice-president, presented an appreciation gift to Barbara
Saunders for her devotion to Western District and The Modern Study Club,
as well as TFWC and GFWC.

Secretary Catherine Travland presented the minutes of the previous
meeting and read correspondence which included a thank you note from
longtime member, Claribel Sebesta, to the Modern Study Club members
expressing her appreciation for the oil painting she had received as a
going-away gift.

Treasurer Juracy McCall gave a report of club finances.

Americanism Chairman Pearl Gustafson reported six U.S. presidents have
October birthdays with John Adams, Rutherford Hayes, Chester Alan
Arthur, Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight David Eisenhower and James Earl
Carter being mentioned with highlights of John Adams' life being

Reports were given concerning finalization of The 1997 Fall Board
Meeting, of the Western District of the Texas Federation of Women's
Clubs to be held in Pecos and hosted by The Modern Study Club and the
Merry Wives Clubs.

President Morton reported that the Gifted and Talented Sixth Grade Group
would be assisting with The Modern Study Club's Community Improvement
Project through their work in observance of "Make A Difference Day"
activities. They will be painting the alley side of numerous buildings
along the 200 block of Oak Street. This alleyway is very visible from
Highway 285 and the painting should greatly improve the appearance of
the area. Mrs. Morton assisted students with their appearance on "Pecos
Talking" recently.

"Book for Babies," was also discussed. This project for securing books
for the newborn packets presented to babies born at the Reeves County
Hospital has been an on-going MS Club project for many years. Doris
Moorman will order a supply of books for the club's presentation.

Roll call was answered with - What Can I, as a Member of a Federated
Club, contribute to my community? Fourteen members present, along with
guests, were served refreshments by hostesses Lena Harpham, Catherine
Travland and Morton.

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