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Monday, February 28, 2000

Income Tax assistance provided

Community Council of Reeves County will be offering volunteer Income Tax Assistance until April 17.

Assistance will be provided by appointment only.

For appointments call 915-447-4913, from 8 until noon and from 1-5 p.m., or go to 700 Daggett, Suite F, (old hospital building).

Dunn is guest at study club meeting

Francis Dunn of Odessa, Western District of the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs, was guest speaker for the Federation Day Program hosted by The Modern Study Club on Feb. 9, in the parlor of the First Methodist Church. Dunn was introduced by Lena Harpham club president.

Using a variety of props _ from coat hangers to hats and umbrellas _ Mrs. Dunn spoke on Unity and Diversity bringing out the fact that we may have unity, even though we are often very diverse in our approaches to duties, activities, concerns and life itself.

As Mrs. Dunn continued she told club members that the General Federation of Women's Clubs was founded in 1890. The Federation grew out of a meeting held in New York City in 1889 under the sponsorship of Sorosis, one of the earliest women's clubs in the United States. The Federation was charted by the U.S. Congress in 1901 and is today the largest organization of women in the world.

Dunn stated that Jane Cunningham Croly founder of GFWC questioned, "Is it possible that women may have a life of their own, may learn to know and honor each other, may find solace in companionship, and lose sight of small troubles in larger aims?" Charlottee Emerson Brown, First President, GFWC spoke, "I do not see how any woman's club, strong or weak, that is earnest, sympathetic and progressie in spirit and life can consent to remain outside the Federated life."

GFWC achievements over the last 100 years include establishing 75% of America's libraries and establishment and maintenance the GFWC Women's s History and Resource Center in Washington, D.C.; GFWC is also the leader in the effort to gain U.S. ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. GFWC promotes women's health programs to expand awareness of health problems facing women today, including breast cancer and osteoporosis. Also, GFWC supports equal pay for equal work, established the national model for juvenile courts and they turned the tide for passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act.

The current GFWC President Maxine S. Scarbro speaks often of, "Unity in Diversity!" The thought-quote for the meeting was, "Past and Present _ 2000," TFWC _ Western District Theme for 1998-2000, selected by President Dunn.

Mrs. Dunn received a lovely money corsage, created by Margie Williamson, to help defray her travel expenses.

President Harpham conducted the business meeting. The Club Collect was led by Hazel Barmore and the Pledges to the United States Flag and the Texas Flag were led by Joyce Morton, as the members repeated all in unison.

Club members and guest present sang the Federation Song.

The minutes of the previous meeting was read by Bobbi Lang, secretary. Pearl Gustafson, treasurer, presented a report of club finances.

Margie Williamson, Alma Van Sickle Scholarship Chairman, reported that the judge recommended by school counselor Pat Cobos will be judging the forms submitted by the two prospective scholarship candidates.

Hazel Barmore, Ways and Means Chairman, discussed the upcoming bake sale. Funds will benefit The Modern Study Club Pecos High School Senior Scholarship for 2000.

Juracy Ray reported that Frances Wood, former Modern Study Club member and her daughter, Jackie Rowland will be in Pecos for a visit.

President Harpham reminded members it is time to collect bonnets, baseball caps, scarves, games, puzzles and toiletries to send to M.D. Anderson patients.

Francis Dunn, presented an invitation to the TFWC Western District Convention will be in Odessa on April 7-8. There will be an English Tea served at the Hathaway House, which is adjacent to the Globe Theater. Marion Gamertsfelder, President, of the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs, will be attending.

Joyce Morton, reports chairman, requested that club members submit number of hours worked on project items going to M.D. Anderson.

Roll call was answered by naming a favorite Modern Study Club Project.

Hostesses Pearl Gustafson and Margie Williamson used women's heritage, combined with Federation history, for a delightful arrangement for the serving table. An array of lovely refreshments were served to special guest Dunn and members Hazel Barmore, Paula Fuller, Lena Harpham, Bobbi Lang, Doris Moorman, Joyce Morton, Juracy Ray and Catherine Travland.

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