Club Notes — June 15

Food Storage 101
The June 5 Food Storage 101 weekly Thursday night class featured Keith Wattenbarger, Portales LEPC chairman, who spoke on emergencies we could face in our area.

He encouraged us to make an emergency escape plan, a 72-hour kit with food, water, first aid supplies,clothing, etc., listed on the U.S. Homeland Security web site. He handed out some 72-hour kits he had left on hand.

Kelli Morrison demonstrated the 72-hour kit her family made, and showed a small burner she made from an Altoids container, cotton balls and candle wax that burns for 2 1/2 hours and fits inside each family member’s kit.

This week’s lesson was taught by Connie Moyers, county home extension agent, on pressure canning. She brought us up on botulism studies since the 1960s.

The June 19 meeting and topic will be rescheduled for a later date.

Portales Altrusa
Altrusa met June 9 at the Zia Room in the Campus Union Building at Eastern New Mexico University. The meeting was called to order by Sue Bracksieck,
president. Cozetta Moore led the Altrusa Opening Prayer. Wanda Pettus led the Pledge of Allegiance. Bracksieck led the salute to the New Mexico state flag.
Bette Martinez was thanked for furnishing the meal for 16 members present. Cathy Rankin, Pat Willis and Bette Martinez will be furnishing meals for the two remaining regular summer meetings on July 14 and August 11.

The club voted to donate 10 fan kits to “Beat the Heat,” sponsored by United Way of Eastern New Mexico.
Bracksieck previously met with past presidents, incoming officers and committee chairs to review the present Club Policies and Procedures. Suggested changes were discussed and a final vote was taken. New Club Policies and Procedures will be included in the 2014-15 yearbook.
Sheryl Borden, scrapbook chair, presented Linda Leaming, outgoing president, with her scrapbook.
Next meeting is June 30 at Garden Source Nursery.