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Tuesday, August 1, 2000

Brisket plate sale planned

A benefit brisket plate sale is set for Friday, August 4 to raise money for medical expenses for Maria Martinez.

Martinez has been in Houston since May battling cancer.

The plate sale will be from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at $4 a plate in the Community Center at 506 S. Oak Street.

Family and friends of Martinez will sponsor the event.

Modern Study Club members attend workshop

Members of The Modern Study Club attended a special morning workshop conducted by the newly elected officers of the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs (TFWC) on July 10 at Kokernot Lodge in Alpine to obtain materials for the new 2000-2002 administration and to meet the TFWC officers in a casual setting. The workshop was hosted by Western District with Peggy Kelton of McCamey, president, in charge.

The Modern Study Club members who attended the workshops included Catherine Travland, 2000-2001 president for the club, Paula Fuller, Joyce Morton, Juracy Ray and Margie Williamson.

Mini workshops were held in the afternoon.

Joyce Morton conducted the Arts and Crafts and U.T. M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Center donation's workshops. Other workshops presented were membership, program planning, reporting of programs and projects, yearbook planning and Western District and TFWC Scholarships.

At the beginning of the administration, the TFWC officers travel to each of the 14 districts to bring the good news of Federation to the clubwomen. Members of the TFWC Traveling Team are President Mary Beth Guy from Kirbyville, Bobbe Mitchell President-elect from Sanderson, Barbara Winingham, first vice-president from Bowie, Patricia Siegfreid-Giles second vice-president from Lancaster, and Mary Melton, recording secretary from Killeen.

Although traveling to each district in Texas takes the officers away from family and business for the month of July, President Guy feels that the effort put forth by the Traveling Team is very important.

"Traveling to each district gives the officers an opportunity to visit with many clubwomen who don't always go to the annual convention," said Guy. "This makes the officers very approachable which is important in an organization as large as the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs," she said.

Mary Beth Guy is the 51st President of TFWC. The theme for her administration is, "Spanning the Millennium with Bridges of Faith, Friendship and Federation."

Each member of the Traveling Team shared her expertise on valuable new information that will assist clubs in planning their 2000-2002 programs and projects. For example the GFWC Woman's Health Program has been revised and will include important information concerning Social Security. The Libraries 2000 Program is being continued on a national level, and literacy, safety in the home, and disability issues will have special emphasis in this new administration.

The Texas Federation of Women's Clubs is a member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, the largest and oldest non-denominational, nonpartisan, international service organization of volunteer women in the world. TFWC boasts over 8,000 members in 3000 clubs throughout the state.

The Modern Study Club was foundedin 1930 and became affiliated with TFWC in 1931.

Backpacks can be a pain to carry

If a backpack is not worn properly, it can cause serious back problems in children.

"Many student put too many books in their backpacks and wear them incorrectly," said Dr. Stephen Esses, a professor of orthopedic surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. "Improper positioning of the backpack and bad posture can place a great deal of pressure on the spine."

It's important "not" to sling the backpack over one shoulder. Instead, position it just above the small of the spine with the weight evenly divided between the right and left side. Esses said students, not matter how much they weigh, should not carry more than 30 or 40 pounds on their backs. Keep in mind, younger children are more susceptible to backpack-related injuries because they don't have the well-developed muscles or spinal control of teenagers and adults.

Fitness videos don't always work

Celebrity fitness videos might be hot sellers, but are these celebrities really experts in fitness?

"Many of these videos are just slick productions that don't teach people how to exercise appropriately and safely," said Dr. John Cianca, an assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Cianca believes you can get much more value for your dollar by spending time with a personal trainer. He or she can develop a home exercise program that will be more effective than watching celebrities strut their stuff on tape.

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