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Tuesday, May 9, 2000

OC to sponsor program

Odessa College's adult basic education department will host is annual Program of Recognition at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13, in Deaderick Auditorium.

The ceremony will honor students who have completed programs for General Education Development (GED) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

Awards will be presented to outstanding students, staff and volunteers recognizing their achivements and contributions regarding adult education.

Following the ceremony, the department will host a reception in the OC cafeteria and courtyard.

For more information, contact the Odessa College adult basic education department at 333-7407.

Garlitz presents unique presidential facts

The Modern Study Club met on Wednesday, April 26, at 3:30 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall of Calvary Baptist Church for an Americanism Department Program with Margie Williamson, Department Chairman in charge.

The thought-quote for the meeting was, "Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith let us to the end dare to do our duty as we understand it." Abraham Lincoln 2-17-1860.

Mrs. Williamson introduced Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD History teacher, Ken Garlitz, who presented the program, "Unique Presidential Facts _ Things You May Not Know."

Garlitz began with George Washington and told something unusual or unique about each president who had served the United States of America. Garlitz continued, John Adams spoke of the destruction of tea at Boston begin so bold that it would be an epoch in History. Thomas Jefferson fought the church of England for three years saying all men should be free to worship as they pleased. James Monroe was considered the best farmer in the world. John Quincy Adams won election with less popular and electoral votes than his opponent and read the Bible through every year.

Martin Van Buren was the first U.S. born president, William Henry Harrison had the shortest term in office, dying of pneumonia 32 days after taking office. James K. Polk, banished drinking, dancing and card-playing in the White House.

Garlitz continued. Zachery Taylor who had no political experience was elected in 1849. James Buchanan was only president to never marry. Abraham Lincoln at 19 went to his first city, New Orleans, saw cruelty to slaves _ hated slavery. Ulysses S. Grant invested in a bank and lost all his money, had cancer, and Mark Twain helped to write his memoirs, which profited one half of a million dollars. Rutherford B. Hayes, a military hero, was given the presidency by politicians though Samuel Tildon of NY was eleced in 1876. Hayes and his wife prayed together every morning.

James A. Garfield, a self-made man was very poor, and the last president born I a log cabin. Grover Cleveland was the only president married in the White House, also the only president to serve more than once but not in succession. Theodore Roosevelt, a cowboy in the Dakota's, was the first president to ride in an automobile (1902). Woodrow Wilson was most highly educated with 12 college degrees. Women voted the first time in 1923 to help elect Warren G. Harding; also first radio broadcast of election results in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Garlitz told that Herbert Hoover was the first President born west of the Mississippi. Franklin Delano Roosevelt served four terms, instigated the New Deal programs building such places as Indian Lodge, Balmorhea State Park and Red Bluff Dam, and received a letter from Albert Einstein in 1933 suggesting that the U.S. begin building toward an atomic weapon which resulted in the Manhattan Project of World War II. Harry Truman had no college education and had to make the terrible decision to bomb Japan.

This is the only time weapons have been used in all of history. Garlitz said Dwight D. Eisenhower, who graduated from Abilene High School in 1909 and became a cheerleder after a knee injury playing football at West Point was the first president he can remember.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the first President born in the Twentieth Century. Gerald Ford is left handed sitting and right handed standing. James Carter and Ken Garlitz were born in Georgia.

Garlitz closed with the quip that there were no trivia facts about William Clinton; that he had talked with Hillary and that she said it was all lies.

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

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

Nan Cate, reminded members that last meeting of the year will be a salad luncheon at her home in Verhalen.

Etta Sullivan, nominating committee chairman, presented the names of candidates for office . The committee had chosen to serve for the coming two years. Elected were president Catherine Travland; vice-president, Doris Moorman; secretary, Joyce Morton; treasurer, Bobbi Lang; reporter, Margie Williamson and parliamentarian, Lena Harpham.

Roll call was answered by giving the nickname of a president.

Hostesses Laura Teal and Iris Reddick served chicken salad sandwiches, chips, nuts, pecan pie, apple pie, punch and coffee to guest Ken Garlitz and members Hazel Barmore, Nan Cate, Paula Fuller, Pearl Gustafson, Lena Harpham, Bobbi Lang, Juracy Ray, Doris Moorman, Etta Sullivan, Catherine Travland and Margie Williamson.

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