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Friday, April 7, 2000

New web site offers information

A new web site providing Texans with accurate and reliable information on cancer-related resources, publications and information is now available on the Internet.

The Cancer Gateway of Texas was launched in February 2000 in response to concerns about a lack of easily accessed, reliable cancer information on the Internet. Located at, the Cancer Gateway of Texas provides links to reputable, non-commercial web sites offering current information relating to cancer and the cancer experience free of charge.

The Cancer Gateway differs from other Internet health sites in that each link has been reviewed for quality and usefulness by the site's Texas Link Evaluation Committee. These members are drawn from the steering committee of the Physician Oncology Education Program of the Texas Medical Association.

Selected sites are organized in categories by disease type, such as lung, colon and breast as well as topic area, such as prevention, treatment and support. Links to Texas-based sites are accessible through the Gateway and are designated by a small Texas icon. National organizations featuring credible information on rare cancers or general cancer-related issues that may be beneficial to Texans also are featured.

The Cancer Gateway of Texas can be contacted by e-mail at, or by telephone at 713-792-2277.

Study club hears Texas Heritage program

The Modern Study Club met at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 22, in the Fellowship Hall of Calvary Baptist Church. The thought-quote for this meeting was, "Of all my positions and stations in life, the one that gave me a higher feeling of dignity and self-satisfaction than any other was teaching school." Sam Houston.

Laura Teal, Texas Heritage Department chairman, presented the program, "Sam Houston _ Senator, Soldier, Teacher." She stated that Sam Houston was the fifth son of a nine child family, and was born March 2, 1793 in Lexington, Virginia. After the death of his father he went to live with the Cherokee Indians for three years. Adopted by the chief of the tribe he received the name, "Raven."

After resigning from the Army, Houston studied law and passed the Tennessee bar exam. Shortly thereafter he was elected governor of the state of Tennessee, he resigned the positon after a disastrous marriage. Houston wandered around in the wilderness and hten headed for Texas.

Teal told the group that Sam Houston and Texas seem fated for each other, for in a matter of weeks he was elected a delegate from the Nacogdoches District to the Second Convention, where he supported the so-called, "war party." After the war Houston sought statehood for Texas, he was a third party candidate for President of the U.S. in the 1850 elections. Houston ran for Governor of Texas in 1859 while he was still serving as U.S. Senator.

Teal concluded with these facts Sam Houston married Margaret Lea in 1840 and they had eight children. He was ousted as governor at the onset of the Civil War and retired to a home at Cedar Points. He died on July 26, 1863 of pneumonia his last breaths formed three words, - "Texas…Texas…Maragaret!'

President Lena Harpham conducted the business meeting. The Club Collect was led by Joyce Morton and the Pledges to the United States of America Flag and the Texas Flag were led by Hazel Barmore, 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.

Club Members voted to give $20 toward TFWC President Marion Gamertsfelder parting gift as she concludes her two-year tenure in that office.

Joyce Morton reported that the Pecos churches have donated 10 boxes of items to be sent to U.T.M.D. Anderson for use by patients.

Doris Moorman, Public Affairs Department chairman, reported the children's books ordered by The Modern Study for their Books for Babies project had arrived. These books are donated to Reeves County Hospital Auxiliary for inclusion in their newborn baby packets which are presented to each New Mother following her delivery. Joyce Morton will make lables for the books and after labeling they will be delivered to the Auxiliary at their next regular luncheon meeting slated for April.

Roll coll was answered by naming a job or position held by Sam Houston.

Hostesses Doris Moorman and Gretchen Luna served those attending from a table draped with a yellow and white cloth and centered with yellow marigolds. Refreshments of chicken salad, chips an assorted fruit tray with dip, assorted candy, cake and ice cream, punch and coffee were served to Hazel Barmore, Pearl Gustafson, Lena Harpham, Bobbi Lang, Joyce Morton, Laura Teal and Catherine Travland.

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