Club notes — Jan. 15

Altrusa of Clovis

Altrusa International of Clovis held its monthly evening program meeting on Jan. 9 at Muffley’s Back Door.

President Kathy Travis called the meeting to order. Altrusa members present were Pat and Bob McCullough, Gaye Cook, Carolyn Muffley, Mary Weigl, Judith Glikas, Kathy Travis, Nancy Taylor, Sylvia Bean, Glenda Hileman, Emily Cooke, Stephanie Miller, Margaret Blazek, and Leslie McCloud. Guests included Rebecca Cook, Margaret Hinchee, Adrianna Ramirez, Tamara McCord, and Rochelle Roch.

A very informative program was given by Steve North from the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office focusing on their program ACT: Abolish Chronic Truancy.

Adrianna Ramirez read a letter of thanks from the needy family that Altrusa provided for during the holidays. Discussion was held on providing a monthly food box from the Eastern New Mexico Food Bank for the family. Also, Meals on Wheels drivers were appointed for the week.

Our annual bingo day will be held at Cheyenne Trails Senior Community Center on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Altrusa will provide snacks, drinks and prizes for the bingo game winners.

The next business meeting will be Jan. 23 at ABS Accounting Office.

— Submitted by Judith Glikas

Educational retirees

Curry County Association of Educational Retirees met Jan. 3 at Furr’s Cafeteria. Bill Reed opened the meeting with a prayer. Pam Wallace lead the pledges to the U.S. and New Mexico flags.

Dianne Davis conducted the meeting. Delman Shirley introduced legislators. Rep. Anna Crook grave a short greeting and deferred to Rep. Dennis J. Roch, who serves on the educational committee.

Roch stated some reform proposals which will come before the Legislature: Reading level of third graders retention and teacher evaluation.

Sen. Clinton D. Harden spoke on education proficiency and welcomed suggestions for improvement.

Davis requested approval of printed minutes by Sandra Bates and approval of printed treasurer’s report by Lynda Milburn. They were approved. Members were requested to pay local dues and state dues. State dues may be taken out at the state level.

Shirley gave the legislative and ERB reports and Wallace gave the membership report.

Curry County Extension Council

The Curry County Extension Council met Jan. 9 at the extension office with 10 members present. Sheryl Abdill called the meeting to order.

Molly Stansell read the minutes and Suzy Powell reported there are 94 members in the six clubs.

January leader training will be “Edible Arrangements,” presented by Annette Taylor on Jan. 19 at 1:30 p.m. at the extension office. Leader training will be “Wii Fit.” Members are encouraged to sign up for the March quilt workshops and will be opened to none members.

The cookies for community service project will continue and the schedule was set up.

A report was given on the annual banquet. Dates were given for the years events.

Glenda Belcher announced that Curry County will be getting a new 4-H agent.

The next meeting will be March 5. The meeting closed with membership updates and announcements.

— Submitted by Sheryl Abdill

Altrusa of Portales

The Altrusa International of Portales met on Jan. 9 in the Central Annex. President Gaynelle Thomas called the meeting to order. There were 22 members present and one guest. Lory Adams led the opening ceremonies.

Dannah Brown gave the Altrusa Accent on new Altrusa logo.

Lori Bohm drew for the Queen of Hearts, and secret pals were thanked. Club members completed a questionnaire about the club, the projects and activities. The president shared the accomplishments of the club for 2011-2012. The remainder of the meeting was devoted to discussing and critiquing the recent Holiday Happening event.

Nellie Dyer, vice president, announced that the next club meeting would be guest day on Jan. 23, and the program will be by Patty Saylor.

— Submitted by Sheryl Borden