The Progressive Study Club met on Oct. 3 at Barth’s restaurant. President Gretchen Dupnik called the meeting to order at 4 p.m. After the pledge to the flag and collect, Vice President Cheryl Bush introduced our speaker Randy Heath from Marathon. Mr. Heath talked about Marathon over all as a great company to work for and introduced the women at the meeting to all the places in the world that Marathon was doing work. Marathon contributes heavily to the communities they are in and have built schools and sent school supplies to places like Libya, Angola, Indonesia. Their next big push will be Poland as far as oil, not schools. Locally they have contributed $44,000 to Relay for Life, $25,000 to the DPS for hotels while the troopers are in our area and helped out South Texas Children’s Home. It was a very interesting topic as Mr. Heath also informed us that Marathon plans on drilling 1600 wells over the next few years and only 140 have been completed so far.
After the speaker, roll was called and 9 guests were introduced. 6 of the guests, Rita Heath, Barbie McCarn, Sue Odom, Betty Ponish, Sharon Rinehart and Brenda Taylor were installed as members. Also attending were Debbie Locander a guest of Brenda Taylor; Alyssa Schroeder guest of Ada B. Schroeder and Kathy Chapman and Paula Fox guest of Elaine Porter.
The minutes from the last meeting were read and approved.
The Treasurer, Debbie Dunn, reminded everyone to pay their dues and announced that we had awarded a scholarship to Candice Ornelas after her registration at Coastal Bend College.
Pie and coffee were served during the meeting. Birthdays were announced at the end of the meeting including Brenda Taylor, Kathy Chapman, Mary Alice May and Polly Porter. Hostesses were thanked for a delicious dessert and the meeting was adjourned.