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Thursday, March 30, 2000

U.S. Census 2000 Testing set

U.S. Census 2000 Testing will be held at the Reeves County Courthouse, 3rd Floor.

Testing will be held from 10 a.m. until noon and from 6-8 p.m., on Wednesdays.

On Saturdays testing will be held from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. only.

For more information call the courthouse at 445-5418 or contact Kathy Blythe at 915-336-8472.

Study club hears program on volunteerism

The Modern Study Club met at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 8, in the home of Ron and Bobbi Lang, 1301 Iowa. The thought-quote for this meeting was, "The difference between a voluntary act and an involuntary one is that in the former there is a desire to attain some end." (Compton's Pictured Encyclopedia).

Doris Moorman, Public Affairs Department chairman, planned the program, Volunteerism at the West of the Pecos Museum. Catherine Travland introduced the speakers, Debra Thomas and Dorinda Venegas.

Thomas is the Director of the West of the Pecos Museum, a position she has held since 1998. She is married to Neal Thomas and is the proud grandmother to 11-year-old Jason.

Dorinda Venegas Millan is the Curator of the West of the Pecos Museum where she has worked for 25 years. Dorinda was chosen in 1996 to participate in the Winedale Museum Seminar through the University of Texas, in Austin. Several hundred applicants chosen from the United States and around the world are screened and only 14 are chosen for the seminar's one week of intense training. Millan is married to Jerry Millan and they have a 14-month-old daughter Isabella.

The ladies told numerous facts about the West of the Pecos Museum which opened in 1963. Volunteers were an important part of the museum, before it's opening in 1963. Not only did they help to repair the building, obtain needed equipment and funding for exhibits, but they are still an invaluable asset to the organization.

Twenty members serve on the board of the museum and membership has increased from 250 to 500 members.

Thomas and Millan used a clever defining of volunteers to close out their program. They stated: V-Volunteers are the life blood of the museum, O-They are out to help, and they have L-Loyalty, U-Unyielding pride for Pecos, N-Nostalgia (since we are the West), they are T-Trustworthy, E-Enthusiastic, E-Energetic, R-Reliable, S-Storytellers of renowned.

President Lena Harpham conducted the business meeting. The Club Collect was led by Nan Cate and the Pledges to the United States of America Flag and the Texas Flag were led by Margie Williamson, as members and guests repeated all in unison.

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

Doris Moorman, Public Affairs Chairman, reported the children's books Modern Study Club usually donates to Reeves County Hospital Auxiliary for their "Books for Babies" Project for inclusion in their newborn baby packets were no longer available. Nursery Rymes Books were ordered and they will be more expensive.

Nan Cate, Federation chairman, recommended and club members voted, for the club to donate the book, "Run With Horses" by Joan Stocker Noble as a part of their support for the Reeves County Library for this club year. If it is currently available in the library, another book will be selected.

Hazel Barmore, Ways and Means Chairman, reported that a fundraiser bake sale to benefit club projects and The Modern Study Club Pecos High School Senior Scholarship for 2000 will be in the Security State Bank Lobby.

Margie Williamson, Scholarship chairman, reported that Western District Alma Van Sickle Scholarship Chairman, Eunice Vincent had received The Modern Study Club's scholarship application for their representative. Williamson also reported that local scholarship selection is coming, if any member wishes to recommend a candidate for consideration.

Roll call was answered by giving the name of another form of volunteerism.

Hostesses Hazel Barmore, Pearl Gustafson, and Bobbi Lang served refreshment to guests Debra Thomas and Dorinda Venegas Millan and members, Mary Barfield, Nan Cate, Lena Harpham, Doris Moorman, Joyce Morton, Juracy Ray, Etta Sullivan, Catherine Travland and Margie Williamson.

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