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Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Wednesday, November 4, 1998
Club members visit Balmorhea park
The Modern Study Club met at 8:45 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 11,
at Calvary Baptist Church to carpool for a Conservation
Department Field Trip planned and organized by Etta
Sullivan, Conservation Chairman.
These ladies were joined at the Balmorhea State Park by six
membrs of the Tau Lambda Study Club of Monahans, who were
their special guests.
The groups were met at the park by Anthony Fleenor, Park
Ranger IV, who directed a tour of the swimming pool and its
canals. Ranger Fleenor was assisted by Lolo Escovedo, Park
Ranger II, as the members toured the San Solomon Srings,
where the water for the swimming pool and Balmorhea Lake
first surfaces, and for a trek to the Cienega Viewing Window
back at park. Ranger Fleenor described the work that is
involved in keeping the park and the work to bring back the
Desert Wetland - which protects the Commanche Springs
Pupfish, now extinct in all other areas, as well as the
Pecos Gambusia, another endangered species. The Refugium
Canal also houses the Largespring Gambusia, Mexican Tetra,
Roundnose Minnow, Channal Catfish and Green Sunfish.
After the tour members had lunch at the Bear's Den in
Balmorhea. Following lunch, dessert was served at the home
of Nan Cate in Verhalen where the business meeting was also
President Lena Harpham presided at the meeting. The
thought-quote for this meeting was, "The conservation of
natural resources is, and has been for half a century, the
paramount domestic issue before the American people." -
Henry Steel Commager.
The Club Collect was led by Doris Moorman. The Pledges to
the United States of America Flag and the Texas Flag were
led by Iris Reddick, as the members repeated with her, in
The minutes of the previous meeting was read by Bobbi Lang,
secretary, and Pearl Gustafson, treasurer, presented a
report of club finances.
Bonnie Cearley reported, by way of a written report
presented by Nan Cate, on the 1998 Fall Board Meeting, Texas
Federation of Women's Clubs, held in Austin, at the Townlake
Holiday Inn, Sept. 18-20.
A fundraiser bake sale was held Friday, Oct. 30, at the
Security State Bank, to raise money for the Pecos High
School Senior Scholarship for 1999.
Joyce Morton read a letter about the club's Community
Improvement Project as involved with the committee to
enhance highway entrances. She also told of paver blocks
which would bear the names of organizations, companies or
individuals that were being discussed, as a fund raiser.
Margie Williamson, scholarship chairman, reported she had
been asked by Western District President Frances Dunn to
give more publicity to memorials, as a way to honor club
members. She said that this had been done as Vivian Hudson,
51 years member, was honored.
Roll call was answered, "What rare and endangered species of
small fish are within the canals?"
Hostesses Nan Cate and Etta Sullivan used a fall theme for
the dessert table. As they served strawberry shortcake,
chocolate cake, punch and coffee to members Mary Barfield,
Pearl Gustafson, Gretchen Luna, Doris Moorman, Joyce Morton,
Iris Reddick, Laura Teal, Catherine Travland and Margie
Tau Lambda Study Club members of Monahans taking the tour
were Nancy Williams, Wanda Ray, Shirley Gibbs, Maxine Rowin,
Doris Stevenson and Laverne Swarb.
Ned Cantwell, Publisher
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