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Tuesday, Dec. 2, 1997

Cobos competes in baby pageant

Brianna Christine Cobos, daughter of Tommy and Erica Cobos,
recently competed in a Sunburst Baby Pageant on Nov. 7.

She won first runner-up and most photogenic and will move on
to compete in the State Finals in Dallas on May 29.

She is the granddaughter of Billy and Elsie Brown and Jessie
Cobos and the late Isidro Cobos.

Daw boards aircraft carrier

Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Eric D. Daw, whose wife, Sonya,
is the daughter of Alfonso and Guadalupe Villela of Pecos,
recently participated in Exercise Bright Star '97 while on a
six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea aboard the
aircraft carrier USS George Washington.

Daw is one of more than 5,000 Sailors and Marines aboard the
carrier who participated in the multinational exercise which
entailed naval, tactical air, amphibious assault, undersea,
special forces and ground combat training. U.S. troops from
all branches of the military participated in the exercise
along with forces from Egypt, France, Italy, Kuwait, the
United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. Exercise Bright
Star was designed to improve unit readiness and
interoperability with coalition forces.

Aircraft carriers, like USS George Washington, are forward
deployed around the world to maintain a U.S. presence and
provide rapid response in times of crisis. They serve as a
highly visible deterrent to would-be aggressors and, if
deterrence fails, offer the most versatile and powerful
weapons available. With Tomahawk cruise missiles, tactical
aircraft and combat-ready Marines, the forces provide
unified commanders with a range of flexible options and

The 1987 graduate of Keokuk Senior High School of Keokuk,
Iowa, joined the Navy in June 1987.

Study club has Thanksgiving program

A delightful Thanksgiving program presented recently to
Modern Study Club members was given by Joyce Morton, Doris
Moorman and Etta Sullivan. It included a poem about the
holiday, the distribution of Thanksgiving Journals and a
"First Thanksgiving Story" which provided the clues and/or
answers to a variety of questions on the "tests" given to
those in attendance. Those in attendance were encouraged to
write in the journals, daily, of their thankfulness.

Morton, Moorman and Sullivan served as hostesses, in the
Sullivan home at 1518 Cowan, and welcomed two guests, Sib
Higginbotham and Pat McDaniel, and 13 club members.

President Joyce Morton presided during the business
meeting. The pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United
States of America was led by Catherine Travland and the Club
collect was led by Frances Wood. Treasurer Juracy McCall
reported on the club CD and daily finances and secretary
Catherine Travland read the minutes. Correspondence was read
from The Twentieth Century Club about their craft and bake
sale, from Western District President Barbara Saunders of
Marfa concerning the WD Fall Board meeting and Genora Prewit
regarding her address at the Western District TFWC Fall
Board Meeting.

Mary Barfield was voted as a new member of The Modern Study

A report was given on the club's latest Community
Improvement Project. Club members had joined sponsors and 23
students, most of them from Lamar Elementary School's Gifted
and Talented Program, on their "Let's Make a Difference Day"
project which was to join The Modern Study Club in painting
the back of buildings in the 200 block of Oak Street. Plans
are underway to paint silhouettes of early Pecos days on the

It was reported the dues for membership, by the club in the
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.

Margie Williamson, chairman of the Scholarship Dept.,
passed around a beautiful plaque, the club had purchased,
listing all of Modern Study Club's scholarship recipients
names since 1976. The plaque will be hung at the Pecos High

Pearl Gustafson, Americanism Chairman, presented the names
of U.S. Presidents who have birthdays in November: James K.
Polk (Nov. 2, 1795), Warren G. Harding (Nov. 2, 1865), James
A. Garfield (Nov. 19, 1831), Franklin Pierce, (Nov. 23,
1804), Zachary Taylor (Nov. 24, 1849). She highlighted the
life of James Knox Polk, 11th U.S. President.

Etta Sullivan, chairman of the Substance Abuse Program of
Western District, was presented the award certificate The
Modern Study Club had received from the Texas Federation of
Women's Clubs during their Fall Board Meeting for the report
she gave on the substance abuse program she chaired for a
club meeting this year.

President Morton read a letter she had drafted expressing
the feelings of The Modern Study Club members to the Pecos
Enterprise Editor regarding water conservation and tributes
to Octavio Garcia and Town of Pecos City's efforts for
obtaining more water for Pecos citizens.

Nan Cate, member of the Social Committee, told of plans for
the Christmas Dinner Party to be held at her home in
Verhalen, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m. Spouses and guests are invited.
Assignments were made on what covered dish to bring. Members
are to bring a toy for Toys for Tots, nursing home gifts,
and a white elephant gift for bingo games. All members and
guests, who wish to participate will present the program by
reading a poem, singing a song, dancing or whatever talent
they wish to exhibit.

Roll call was answered by each one present stating
something they were especially appreciative of in their

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