CNJ Staff

El Portal

The NSDAR El Portal Chapter met at 10 a.m. on Nov. 12 at 104 E. 17st in Portales. The hostess was Carolyn Thompson. The program subject was Washington, D.C.

Regent Wanda Dunn presided over the meeting. Members present were Cori Snobble, Carol Nash, Vicky Stratton, Wanda Dunn, Bess Jones, E. C. Shaeffer, Claudia Prince, Linda Essary, Neva Steele, Jessie Starauch, Linda Baldock and Carolyn Thompson.

A memorial service was held for Annie Sarabeth Steele, who passed away Oct. 20, 2005.

Opening rituals were followed. Minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. The treasurers report was given.
Wanda and Carol Nash are working on getting our meeting announcements and highlights printed in both Portales and Clovis news papers.

Judges will be needed for the American History essays.
The vote to accept Millie Roach as a member was unanimous. Treva Steele Kline’s name was presented for membership. Next year, 2006, will mark El Portal Chapter’s 75th anniversary.

Wanda presented information about the 2006 Junior Membership Doll, and about the State Regent’s cookbook project. Recipes need to be sent to Wanda Dunn by Dec. 5, 2005.

Carolyn Thompson served refreshments and presented an interesting slide show about the White House.
The next meeting will be at 6:30 on Dec. 10 at The Territorial Restaurant in Portales. The program will be the Christmas dinner. The dinner will require formal dress.

Beta Phi

The Beta Phi chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha International held their monthly business meeting Monday, Nov. 7 with hostesses Patsy Lorenz and Ola curry. Vice president Nyra June Patrick called the meeting to order and recited the Opening Ritual. Chaplain Ms. Lorenz read from Psalm 8.

Secretary Mary Ann Vinson called the roll, read the minutes from the previous meeting and then read correspondence received from ESA’S Circle of Life, thanking us for our recent donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

An update on the New Mexico State Council Convention to be held April 21-23, 2006 at Lebaron Courtyard in Albuquerque was also received.

Ms. Collene Baldwin, treasurer, gave her report. In the Ways and Means Committee report, Ms. Baldwin stated that she had received cases of this year’s crop of pecans that Beta Phi will sell at $7.00 per pound in packages.

Ms. Vinson stated the chapter’s recent garage sale was a success. It was voted to have another garage sale on Saturday, Dec. 3 at Ms. Vinson’s home.

Our international philanthropic project, Easter Seals, was also successful through the chapters sale of raffle tickets and Easter Seal Precious Moments Bears.

Our state Easter Seals project is a cookbook. Members throughout New Mexico will contribute their favorite family recipes to be printed in the book, which will be available for sale next year.

It was voted to donate money to “Operation Shoe Box” for an orphanage in Bosnia and donate items for our state project, “Hats For Hope”. Publicity Chairman Vinson stated that articles were printed in the Clovis News Journal. She is also the state publicity chairman and submits articles for the state newsletter, Whispering Winds.

The chapter social was held Friday, Nov. 18 at Pops Restaurant on Main and Manana. Educational Director Lorenz gave an interesting program on the early role of women.

The next business meeting will be on Dec. 5 at which time a pledge ceremony will be conducted.

Veterans Parade

Here are results from the 2005 Veterans Day Parade held Nov. 12:

Veterans organizations: 1. AM-VETS Post 14; 2. VFW 3280; 3. American Legion No. 117.

Veterans organization marching: 1. Air Force Sergeants Association; 2. VFW 3280; 3. Clovis High School JROTC.
Business organizations: 1. Bender Family of Dealerships; 2. KWKA/KTQM; 3. Odie Tillman.

Youth organizations: 1. Boy Scouts of America; 2. Girl Scouts No. 52; 3. New Horizons 4-4.

Miscellaneous/other parade participants: 1. Dale Barnes – Military Truck; 2. Dale Fite – 1945 W.W.II Jeep; 3. Potter House

Clovis JVC Traveling Trophy winner: AM-VETS Post 14

Altrusa Club

Members of Altrusa International met on Nov. 12 at Muffley’s Backdoor for their monthly program meeting. Members and guests were treated to a quick sack lunch by hostesses Jennifer Gomez, Nancy Taylor and Carolyn Muffley.

It was reported that the Pumpkin Patch netted 3,596 pounds of food for the Food Bank of ENM. All pumpkins were given away along with new Pumpkin Patch coloring books.

Members were reminded that the Christmas party will be held on Monday, Dec. 12. The cost will be $11.95 each. There will be a silent auction of items which will be provided by the membership. Proceeds of the auction will go to our adopted family.

The club will cater a Christmas dinner for an insurance organization on Dec. 13.

The group then formed a caravan to Carolyn’s Christmas Creations in Muleshoe, Texas, where members were treated to gourmet coffee and snacks while they browsed the store.

Drawings were held at the end of the evening for some very nsbusiness meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at the Backdoor.


The Curry County Federated Republican Women (CCFRW) held their meeting Nov. 8. Vice president, Judy Myrick presided over the meeting and welcomed 19 members and guests in attendance. Myrick opened the meeting with a prayer and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Minutes of the October meeting were distributed and approved. The treasurer’s financial report was presented by Judy Jennings. Balance on hand is $1,180.01. Members were reminded 2006 membership fees are due.

Rube Render reported from the Central Committee and presented various petitions for members to sign. Render announced plans to attend the candidate training on Nov. 19-20 in Albuquerque.

Anna Crook, District 64 representative, discussed the Special Session called by Governor Richardson on Oct. 6. A tax rebate and tax cut package was enacted, which includes tax relief for heating bills. Crook was a member of the bi-partisan fact finding committee for the impeachment of Robert Vigil, who resigned his position.

Guest speaker Hoyt Pattison, former state representative and current spokesman for the dairy industry, presented a program on water conservation focusing on interstate stream water compacts, the Ute Lake Pipeline project, and the possibility of cloud seeding to increase rainfall and snowfall.

Myrick announced the Curry County Republican Women had earned a Gold Achievement Award.

Members plan to gather on Dec. 6 at Carolyn Shipley’s residence for the annual Christmas Tea.

The next regular CCFRW meeting is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 10, 2006, at K-Bob’s Steakhouse, 1600 Mabry Dr. in Clovis.

Friendship Club

Friendship Rebekah Lodge members met Tuesday, Nov. 22 to complete Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner plans. The combination dinner will he held Friday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m., at the I.O.O.F hall. Rebekahs, Oddfellows and their families are invited. Mary Doris will cook the turkey and dressing and each member was assigned a dish to bring.

The members decorated the windows for the holidays.
The Rebekah’s meet on the second and fourth Tuesday afternoon at the Oddfellows hall, 405 Main St. at 2 p.m. Information: Vicky Howard at 762-4843.