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Friday, October 3, 2003

Study club hosts emergency coordinator

The Modern Study Club of Pecos met in the home of J.E. and Catherine Travland on Sept. 24 for a Public Affairs Department Program. The thought-quote for the program was "I am certain, however great the hardship and trials that loom ahead, our America and the cause of human freedom will triumph," by Cordell Hull.

Pearl Gustafson, program coordinator introduced Town of Pecos City Mayor, Dot Stafford, and Ricky Herrera, Reeves County Emergency Management Coordinator who spoke on "Preparedness in Times of Community Emergencies."

Herrera said he has been very busy since January attending seminars and developing an updated Homeland Security Plan for Reeves County in case of an emergency/disaster. The Homeland Security objective is to protect America.

Herrera said we have to identify what our liabilities and capabilities are and prioritize our needs such as special equipment for our first responders.

He continued to name some of the places terrorist might target in our area such as oil and gas areas, Coyanosa Gas Plant, the two Interstates and State Highway 285 that run through our county, Federal Courthouse, City and County government buildings and events such as West of the Pecos Rodeo and Night In Old Pecos.

Herrera said we have to learn to think like a terrorist. They will often create an incident to cause a diversion before they strike.

Herrera talked of three steps that individuals should take to be properly prepared for unexpected emergencies: (1) Assemble an emergency kit for a 3-day period,(2) Make a family communication plan. (3) Learn more about readiness - know who to turn to for instructions such as your local broadcasting network. He advises everyone to be more aware of their surroundings.

President Joyce Morton, who presided during the meeting and conducted opening ceremonies presented Mayor Stafford and Herrera each with a painting of "A Dove Flying over an American Flag," which she had painted

Minutes and treasurers reports were presented by Paula Fuller and Pearl Gustafson, secretary and treasurer, respectively.

Lena Harpham, Federation Chairman, reported on a proposed Resolution which would freeze all existing truck size and weight limitations on the grounds that long trucks, big rigs, triple trailer trucks, are a danger to motorists and roads. Congress has taken action on the matter, resulting in the "The Safe Highway and Infrastructure Act" (S- 1140, HB-2180). The Resolution has the support of General Federation of Women's Clubs. Members of The Modern Study Club of Pecos also agreed to support the Resolution and notify GFWC Public Policy Director.

Martha Jay offered her home to be used by MSC community choir until a larger place can be located. Choir to meet on Mondays at 7 p.m.

A report from Margie Williamson, Scholarship Chairman, was read reporting that John and Alan Chappell were both enrolled and attending University of Texas at Dallas. John's scholarship money from The Modern Study Club Senior Scholarships 2003, had been sent and the proper papers for the Alma Van Sickle Scholarship had been forwarded to Chairman Stacey Webb in Fort Stockton so that Allan's monies could be sent to UTD.

In honor of Phyllis Stool, long time MSC member, who died September 16th, a donation was made to the Western District Alma Van Sickle Scholarship Fund.

Club members welcomed Betty Lee as a new member and Linda Gholson as a guest.

Home Life Department stated October 8, will be a baby shower for SAFE PLACE of Midland at the home of Joyce Morton.

Hostesses were Juracy Ray and Catherine Travland.

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