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Class members attending were Mildred Willborn Wright, Betty WEbb Hinson,
Jan Shirley Knox, Barbara Freeman Cook, Deanna Freeman Kahn, Demoris
brush Strube, Dick Toll, Karen Holder Rolan, Arlene Bowie Hill, Carolyn
McGrew Ormond, Linda Alexander Chism, Roy Verb Baker, Jackie Wood
Rowland, Lavonia Nelson, Horace Phillips, Joe Bob Wells, Ray Boutler,
Loyce Joplin Brown, Malta Martin Lusk, Beverly Watts Morrison, Ann
Paxton Etheredge, Malcom Payne, Larry Sherrill, Jim Fox, Carolyn Young
Williams, Nancy Bell Willman, Norma Eisenwine Payne, Charlene Fletcher
Hayes, Nancy Miller Budowski and Barbara Wheelis Nelson.
Guest attending were Dote Wright, Earl Hinson, Norman Hill, Camille
Cleveland Gilbert, Betty Phillips, Melody Wells, Joan Boutler, Randy
Brown, Cliff Rolan, Alden Etheredge, Jeanette Payne, Dixie Sherrill,
Joyce Fox, Ann Wheelis Niese, Mary and Leland Casey, Johnny and Marlene
Cook, Shirlyn Mitchell, Joe Chism, David and Rachel Miller and Shirley
A good time of visiting and renewing friendships was had by all. The
group met in the State Park for a picnic on Saturday noon. A buffet meal
was enjoyed that evening. Sunday morning a special worship service was
led by the Rev. Canon Richard Toll and Ray and Joan Boulter. Special
music was provided by Randy Brown, husband of Loyce Joplin Brown.
The Class of "57" received a letter of recognition and best wishes on
their reunion from President Bill Clinton. This letter was received due
to the efforts of class member Jan Shirley Knox who sought and acquired the special letter of congratulations to the class.
Opening ceremonies included the reading of the club collect lead by
Claribel Sebesta and the repeating of the Pledge to the United States
flag lead by Lena Harpham, both given in unison by club members.
President Joyce Morton, who presided during the gathering, distributed
yearbooks presenting highlights and giving pertinent information. Quote
for the day was "Today is a present just waiting to be opened."
Secretary Catherine Travland read correspondence which included thank
you notes from The Modern Study Club's golden Girl of the Old West
candidate Stephanie Pharaoh and Martha McIlvain of Carlsbad, daughter of
former memeber of the club, Vivian Hudson, for the going away party
given in Vivian's honor in June by clubmembers. Juracy McCall,
treasurer, presented a report re club finances.
Special goodbyes were said to Claribel Sebesta, longtime member and
former officer in The Modern Study Club, who will be leaving Pecos in
October. She, along with husband, Robert (Bob) Sebesta, minister of the
First Presbyterian in Pecos, will move to Seguin to begin their
retirement. Claribel received an oil landscape painting featuring an old
barn with bluebonnets and trees, as a parting gift. The back of the
canvas bore a parting message of well wishes and the signatures of club
members. Joyce Morton, president, painted the going-away gift and club
members provided the frame.
Americanism chairman, Pearl Gustafson, reported that her Americanism
report at the bi-monthly meetings would be centered around early
presidents in the month of their birthdays. Presented for this meeting
was William Howard Taft, born 8-15-1857 in Cincinnati, Ohio. A
republican, Taft headed two branches of the federal government, was
Governor General of the Phillipines and Secretary of War, prior to
serving as president. He married Helen (Nellie) Herron in 1886. Her most
lasting contribution as First Lady was the overseeing of the planting of
3000 Japanese Cherry trees that grace the Washington Tidal Basin.
Phyllis Stool, Federation Counselor, reported on Operation Smile, an
outreach for children program which through volunteer medical missions
provides citizens of developing countries with medical supplies,
surgical treatment and health education. Club members were urged to "get
their seed money growing" for this worthy cause. Also included in the
report was information concerning a program involving public libraries
which the General Federation of Women's Clubs is sponsoring.
The Western District Fall Board meeting slated for Oct. 18 in Pecos at
the First Baptist Church was discussed and committee chairman reports
given. The theme for the event is "Bank on America."
Harold Gustafson, who recently had surgery, and J.E. Travland, who is
having some eye problems, both husbands of club members, were mentioned
as in need of prayers. Club members celebrating birthdays this meeting
were Gretchen Luna - Sept. 11 and Lena Harpham - Sept. 13.
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