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Monday, April 6, 1998

Canada is topic at study club meeting

The program, "A Look at Canada, Our Neighbor to the North"
chaired by Joyce Morton was given at the March 26 meeting of
The Modern Study Club held at 1518 S. Park in the Juracy
McCall home.

The meeting was called to order by President Joyce Morton.
The collect was led by Frances Wood and Pledge of Allegiance
was led by Betty Smith, as members repeated both, in unison.

President Morton introduced Laura Barrett, Heather MacNeil
and Jean MacNeil, who presented a program on their homes
located within Canada. Laura and Heather are employed by
American Home Health and Hospice and live in Pecos. Jean was
visiting her daughter, Heather.

Barett told of the economy, industry, tourism, health care,
taxes, multi-racial population and beauty of Newfoundland,
and Miss MacNeil gave a brief history lesson on settlers
from Scotland to Nova Scotia (New Scotland), the different
tartans of each province, the poor economy, the
beautifully-naturally shaped driftwood, the connection
between the Canadian-French and Louisiana, a military base
at Halifax that played a major part during World Wars I and
II, the multi-culture population, Scottish traditions and a
strong history of music.

Mrs. Jean MacNeil told of her hometown of Antigonish, Nova
Scotia, about the university there, about her family and
showed some of the Canadian currency and told of its value.

President Morton presented Laura and Heather with writing
boards with hand painted decor of bluebonnets and Mrs.
MacNeil with a beautiful oil painting she had painted and

Catherine Travland, secretary, read the minutes of the
previous meeting and Juracy McCall, treasurer, gave a report
on club finances.

Ways and Means Chair Hazel Barmore announced plans for a
general fundraiser bake sale to be held at Security State

A report was given on the 38th Annual Spring Convention of
the Western District of the Texas Federation of Women's
Clubs held in Alpine on March 20-21. The Modern Study Club
had nine ladies in attendance, the largest number of any
club in the district, except the host club of Alpine.

District awards received were first place (100%) for The
Modern Study Club Yearbook; Americanism Day program; Home
Life Special Project; Fundraising Project, General
Fundraiser and Resource Conservation Program. A second place
award was received for a Federation Day Program, while Arts
and Craft activities took third place and a Home-Life
Special Project took fourth place.

Nan Cate, representing The Modern Study, reported to the
convention attendees that club president Joyce Morton had
been named the "Hidden Hero" of Pecos for 1997 at the Annual
Pecos Chamber of Commerce Banquet held earlier this year.

In the arts and crafts show held in conjunction with the
convention, Modern Study Club members received 34 awards
with six members participating.

Etta Sullivan, chairman of the nominating committee,
presented a slate of officers for 1998-2000. A report was
given concerning recommendations for changes and revisions
of the constitution and by-laws. Copies will be provided for
members at the next meeting.

The 101st Annual Spring Convention of the Texas Federation
of Women's Clubs slated for April 22-25 in Amarillo was
discussed and members were urged to attend.

Roll call was answered by stating a fact about Canada.

Hostesses Betty Smith, Gretchen Luna and Juracy McCall
served coffee to three guests and 14 club members.

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