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Monday, December 4, 2000

Scholastic Book Fair planned

A Scholastic Book Fair will be held at Austin Elementary School, beginning today until Friday, Dec. 8, in Room 16.

Parents and community members can purchase books from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Books make great Christmas stocking stuffers and gifts.

Crime prevention program topic at club meeting

A Public Affairs Department Program planned by Peal Gustafson, department chairman, was held by The Modern Study Club, recently with the business meeting held in the home of Joyce and Donald Morton, and the program, Crime Prevention _ A Tour of the Reeves County Detention Center, conducted on the premises by Warden Rudy Franco.

Franco, who has been in law enforcement since 1969 began his career as a police officer in Las Cruces. He has had numerous letters of commendation and awards during the Bureau of Prison career and has worked with the prison system in 10 different prisons.

Franco was assisted with the program presentation by departmental leaders, Guadalupe Regalado, assistant warden of programs; Tony Perez, deputy warden; Leonard Lopez, assistant warden of operations and Mike LeCuyer, custody administration.

Modern Study Club members stood outside the entrance to the RCDC and waited until a metal and brick entranceway was opened from the inside of the building. They then entered the main building walking through a metal detector and began the process of signing in, which included signing in as to name and time of entrance, having all keys and paraphernalia locked in a strongbox, having their hands stamped and acquiring ID tags from the officers in charge of visitor security. Club members met the warden and assistant warden and were then ushered through corridors and intricate locked door systems to the court room for their program.

Warden Franco, who is in charge of the total facility, explained that the RCDC is a $29 million operation that has generated approximately $1.8 million of income for Reeves County, which owns the facility. The purpose of the facility is to incarcerate criminals, protect the inmates from themselves and to implement the economy of Reeves County through income and jobs. Each of the four of Franco's assistants also explained their areas of supervision and their duties. A question and answer time was then held.

Each of the five supervisors had retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons and were then re-hired by that bureau since the Reeves County facility is under that system and not a privately owned facility.

The thought-quote for the meeting was, "The Family Unit plays a critical role in our society and in the training of the generation to come." _ Supreme Court Justice _ Sandra Day O'Conner.

Roll call was answered with answering the question, "Do you believe capital punishment serves as a deterrent to crime or do you believe criminals can be rehabilitated?"

The group then returned to the home of Mrs. Morton for refreshments and the business meeting. During opening ceremonies Lena Harpham led the Club Collect, and Joyce Morton led the pledges to the Texas and the United States of America Flags, while the members joined in, repeating in unison.

The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. The treasurer's report, with no disbursements was accepted. There was no correspondence presented.

The Federation Report, presented by Lena Harpham, Federation Chairman, was about HOBY (Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership) taken from an article published in the GFWC Magazine, concerning a woman holding an important position, who got her start as HOBY recipient, while a sophomore in high school.

During unfinished business President Travland presented a report on the Western District of Texas Federation of Women's Clubs Fall Board Meeting held in Big Lake. Lena Harpham, Joyce Morton, President Travland and Margie Williamson attended from The Modern Study Club.

President Travland appointed an Outstanding Club Women/Volunteer Contest Committee. Doris Moorman, was named chairman, with Pearl Gustafson and Paula Fuller, as members.

The bi-monthly project for this meeting was to donate Teddy Bears to the Pecos Police Department for their project, "Bears On Patrol." The Teddy Bears are given to children the department encounters that are in stress due to traffic accidents, family problems, etc.

Dorothy Barton was approved unanimously for membership.

Doris Moorman and Juracy Ray served as hostesses in the Morton home.

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