On September 8, 2011, the Pierian Study Club met at the home of hostess, Ann McElroy, for a patio luncheon and swim party. Co-hostesses for the first meeting of the new club year were members of the yearbook committee, Barbara Gilger, Bebe Bagley, Vicki Stevenson, Jeri Jones and Anita Miles, committee chair. Other members present were Ann Allison, Donna Baker, Paula Barrier, Loy Nell Behrens, Gail Bruner, Millie Burnham, Sharon Clawson, Kathleen Hawkins, Sandy Kuykendall, Joycelyn McRorey, Martine Miller, Kay Nettleship, Clione Rochat, Debbie Shahan, Patty Shaw, Linda Sloan, Sandy Smith, Patricia Warren, Rebecca Whitley, Louise Williams, Anna Wilson, Nancy Bannister, BeBee Faught, Elsie Millican, and Martha Roe Terry.
The poolside luncheon lent itself well to novel "splash day" decor and table settings of beach ball luminaries, flip flop floral accents and exotic tablecloths. The luncheon consisted of chicken salad and a sandwich buffet. Sides included fruit kabobs, relish tray and an assortment of cookies. Refreshing iced tea and water were also served.
President Kathleen Hawkins called the meeting to order and led members in the Club Collect. She then thanked Mrs. Miles and her yearbook committee for planning and hosting the delightful pool luncheon. Prior to the president’s annual fall address, she offered condolences to Elsie Millican on the death of her niece and also to Cherry Kay Lange, on the passing of her sister, Dorothy Miller, a long time member of the Pierian Study Club. President Hawkins, after a scriptural reading from Corinthians I, dedicated the meeting to Mrs. Miller’s memory. She also informed members that Clione Rochat and Louise Williams would make the necessary arrangements to present a memorial on behalf of the club to the San Saba County Museum in memory of the late Mrs. Miller. Gayle Bruner then presented a moving eulogy as a tribute to her friend and "sister" club member.
Following the eulogy, President Hawkins delivered her annual address. Her address centered on the theme of "Remembering and Re-Remembering" as she recalled the past agendas and interests of the study club since its inception in 1938. As she moved through the decades of called meetings and programs, members witnessed firsthand the social changes that women have undergone over the last seventy years. However, it was also evident that although women’s positions in society may have changed, the interests of women are still the same. Timely topics on childcare, education, church and civic responsibilities, and service to state and country are as important today as they were those many years ago. The other element that has remained consistent throughout the passing of time is the club collect, a beautiful prayer stressing kindness, acceptance, and serenity. The president then challenged members to not only re-remember the past, but to re-dedicate themselves to the present by challenging all to determine what is expected of them not only as individuals, but club members as well; and once that is determined, give more than what is expected.
The president then called upon the secretary, Sandy Smith, for roll call and reading of the minutes. The minutes for the meeting in April and a summative report of the May social guest evening were approved as read.
Anita Miles, the yearbook committee chair, announced that the new year’s course of study would continue to be, "Music Enriches the Soul." Mrs. Miles then gave an overview of this year’s meeting agendas and locations. Treasurer, Louise Williams, gave the monthly financial report. The membership chair, Patricia Warren, announced that after a unanimous vote, Ella Pavich had been moved from the membership waiting list to the status of active member. She also reported that Debbie Lake, nominated by Millie Burnham; and Nicole Bagley, nominated by Bebe Bagley; were both first and second, respectively, on the membership short waiting list.
During announcements, President Hawkins read a thank you note from Pierian scholarship recipient and recent high school graduate, Jack Whitten, son of Martha Leigh Whitten and grandson of Betty Joe Miller, both members of the study club. President Hawkins also announced that the Pierian Study Club would co-serve with the Keep San Saba Beautiful Committee in hosting a popcorn booth at the upcoming Pecan Jam to be held on October 22nd. In closing, President Hawkins thanked and commended Anita Miles and her yearbook committee for their outstanding job in planning and coordinating the new year’s monthly programs.
The next meeting of the Pierian Study Club will be held on October 13th, in the home of Patricia Warren. The program, "Texas Birds – San Saba County Style," will be presented by Jimma Byrd. Co-hostesses for the October meeting will be Ann Allison, Louise Williams, Geanne Taylor, and Clione Rochat, chair.