Club notes — Feb. 1

Encanto Garden Club
Encanto Garden Club held their annual Christmas Party at the home of President Jacque Wuest on Dec. 17. A great brunch was served to nine members followed by gift exchanges and a short business meeting at which it was announced that our club had donated over 150 cans of food and fruit to the food bank.
The January 21 meeting was hosted by member Joyce Hodges.
Hodges provided materials and members assembled decorated pens with silk flowers. Hodges served a healthy light brunch. A short business meeting was held followed by auction.
Encanto will celebrate its 54th year as a garden club in February. We will be planning this year’s activities at our birthday party to pursue a horticultural education and have fun in doing so.
For information, call 575-762-6955.
The Encanto Garden Club members met for their annual Christmas party on Dec. 12.

Food Storage 101
The Food Storage 101 class attended the Cyber-Crime Workshop offered by Portales Main Street/JPStone Community Bank at the Yam Theater on Tuesday night. Though it was basically for businesses using multiple computers connected to the Internet, those of us who use our home computers were given tips on how to better protect ourselves from hackers.
Our thanks go out to both entities for their help.
At our next meeting on Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. will be on gardening education. Even if you have limited space there are ways to utilize it to grow fresh food. Lee Lawrence, a Master Gardner, will show us how to succeed with square foot gardens and her husband Jim will tell us how to successfully irrigate them. Following them, Curtis Jaynes, owner of Garden Source, will teach us how to enrich soil for gardening and give us tips in on landscaping with plants that require little water. There will be handouts from Patrick Kirsher, Roosevelt County Agent about how to start early plants for gardening.

Portales Altrusa
Portales Altrusa met Jan. 12 in the ZIA Room with 20 members and one guest present. President, SueB Bracksieck called the meeting to order. Kathy Haman was introduced as a guest.
Dannah Brown gave the Accent. Secret Pals were thanked.
Evaluation forms for Holiday Happening were given out by Cozetta Moore, co-chair of the Holiday Happening Committee.
Pat Willis, Membership co-chair presented a membership application for Val Lacey. Pat announced the next meeting on Jan. 26 is Guest Day. All members are encouraged to bring a guest. Names of guests are to be turned in to Gaynelle Thomas or Pat Willis by Jan. 19.
Danielle Swopes of the Service Committee gave an update on the United Way Food Distribution. Altrusa will be helping with this event Jan. 24.
Bracksieck led the members in a get acquainted program.
Thomas closed the meeting with the Altrusa Benediction.
The club also met Jan. 26 in the ZIA Room with 18 members and four guests present.
President, SueB Bracksieck called the meeting to order. Kathy Haman, Susan Nagel, Melissa Schramm and Dana Philips were introduced as guests.
Donna Mowrer gave the Accent. Secret Pals were thanked.
Pat Willis. Membership Co-Chair, conducted an initiation for Debbie Lambrith and Val Lacey. Willis used the theme “Cruise of a Lifetime — Altrusa.” Several members spoke on why they continue being Altrusans. The main reason was service and giving back to the community.
The Literacy Committee reported Altrusa will be giving out books for the Dora third graders on Jan. 29 and James School on Feb. 5. The Annual Literacy Char-I-Tea will be held March 7.
Danielle Swopes of the Service Committee thanked the members for their help with the United Way Food Distribution.
The meeting closed with the Altrusa Benediction.
The next meeting will be Feb. 9.

Friends of the Library
Roosevelt County Undersheriff Darren Hooker will present the program at the next meeting of the Friends of the Portales Public Library scheduled for noon on Feb. 5 in the meeting room at the library at 218 South Avenue B.
In the summer of 2014, Hooker and his wife, Cecily, a sixth grade teacher at Lindsey-Steiner elementary, walked 560 miles over 42 days on the Camino de Santiago from St. Jean de Port, France, to Santiago, Spain, a pilgrimage that traces the steps of St. James.
When they returned home, the two created a Power Point presentation about the life-changing experience. Hooker will be sharing that Power Point, as well as talking about the adventure and answering questions.
The presentation will open with a brief meeting to take care of library business.
The event is open to the public, and those who attend are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch.
For more information, call the Portales Public Library at 356-3940.