Club Notes, Honors (Dec. 18)

Club Notes
East Valley View

East Valley View Club met at Golden Acres Center Wednesday for its Christmas luncheon and party. Rose Johns opened the meeting by calling for the minutes and treasurer’s report which were read and approved.

Several Christmas poems were read. Helen Jones read the story of Silent Night. Then the group sang Silent Night together. Helen told of visiting the place in Austria where the song was written.

Other poems read were: The Bells, read by Shrie McCollum; Jesus Means My Christmas Tree, read by Fern Clark; My Prayer for Christmas, read by Letha Clark; My Special Christmas Guest, read by Marie Cates; The Day of Celebration, read by Mildred Morgan; A Christmas Melody, read by Johns; An Ancient Welcome Sing That Still Endures, read by Lou Wayne Rogers; The Holly and Ivy, read by Margret Forest; and The Greatest Gift, read by Roberta Rayne.

Edna Morrison led the prayer for lunch. After lunch the club held a gift exchange and visited.

Portales Woman’s
Portales Woman’s Club met on Wednesday at the club building for the last club meeting of the year. There were 36 members and one guest present. Esther Bargas gave the invocation, and Wanda Pettus led the pledges and Club Collect. Special holiday entertainment was provided by the Lindsey Middle School Honor’s Choir, directed by Nancy Jones.

Following the luncheon, June Ferguson, president, called the meeting to order. The minutes from the November meeting were approved as corrected, and the treasurer’s report was filed for audit. Betsy Chavez, finance chair, reported on the Peanut Festival and said a profit of approximately $2,000 was realized. She presented a certificate of appreciation to ENMU student, Alyson Shepherd for her help during the Peanut Festival.

The president said the pavers for the club building will be installed when the weather is warmer. She also announced that the GFWC-New Mexico State Convention, to be held in Ruidoso, has been rescheduled for April 7-8 and Lois Crozier, member of the Portales Woman’s Club, will be installed as state president.

Wanda Pettus, civic chair, thanked members for providing cookies for the annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree project and for delivering Meals on Wheels during the month of November.

Heidi Foshee, home life chair, thanked members for bringing toiletries for the Hartley House residents and note cards for the New Mexico Girls’ Ranch. The club received an invitation from Habitat for Humanity to attend the dedication for their fourth home in Portales, which is located at 305 E. Kaywood.

Sheryl Borden and Millie Goslin, past presidents, were recognized for their contributions to the club. Each was presented a plaque.

Jane Hilliard, education chair, told the history of the HOBY program, and the club approved a recommendation from the board to support the program with a $150 scholarship to Catherine Knudsen from Portales High School. The HOBY seminar will be held in the summer of 2006.

It was announced that the club’s second annual Women’s Day Out will be chaired by Carol Hardin, the date is set for Feb. 25. The committee will begin meeting to make plans.
Doncella Caywood, hostess committee chair, introduced her committee: Geralyn Million, Mary Louise Childress, Mary Blakley and Jennifer Saiz.

The next club meeting will be Jan. 11 at 11:30 a.m. at the club building and guests are always welcome. This meeting marks the club’s annual birthday celebration and Jan Smartnick, past president, will be in charge of the program.


Marine Corps Pvt. Kody W. Ashmore, son of Onika T. Ashmore of Portales and Wayne L. Ashmore of Clovis recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, Calif.

Ashmore spent numerous hours in classroom and field assignments which included learning first aid, uniform regulations, combat water survival, marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat and assorted weapons training.
Ashmore and other recruits also received instruction on the Marine Corps’ core values.

Ashmore and fellow recruits ended the training phase with The Crucible, a 54-hour, team evolution culminating in a ceremony in which recruits are presented the Marine Corps Emblem, and addressed as “Marines” for the first time in their careers.

David B. Scott has been selected for promotion to the rank of commander in the U.S. Coast Guard.

Scott is a maritime domain awareness action officer assigned to Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colo. The commander-select has served in the military for 19 years.

He graduated in 1980 from Portales High School, and received a bachelor’s degree in 1985 from Eastern New Mexico University.

He is the son of Jimmy D. Scott of Portales and Carol L. Campbell of Raton. His wife, Renee, is the daughter of Delia Ventura of Roswell.