Rochelle group assists McCulloch abuse shelter

The Rochelle Study Club met at the Rochelle Community Center at 3:45 Monday, Jan. 7 for a regularly scheduled monthly meeting. Guest speaker was Phyllis Barbour, executive director of The Haven, a family shelter for victims of domestic abuse serving the McCulloch County area. Mrs. Barbour told those present that The Haven has five fully furnished bedrooms and a fully functioning kitchen because community volunteers have contributed both time and money to that end. Approximately 64 clients have been served so far according to Mrs. Barbour. The shelter is a secure location for those seeking safety from a family situation which has spiraled out of control. A 24 hour-a-day hotline is manned by employees and volunteers. The number is 597-7644. Psychological counseling is available along with a warm bed, food, baths, washing machine and dryer. Mrs. Barbour related that family violence is not so much caused by anger, but by a desire to completely control and have power over the person who is being abused. A board made up of 15 community leaders makes decisions for the running of the facility. Many volunteers from the community man the phones. Community organizations donate needed items that are not covered by the grant monies which cover much of the cost of operation. Members of the Rochelle Study Club brought needed items to the meeting which were presented to Mrs. Barbour along with checks totaling $133. A Business meeting followed, called to order by club president Pat Baker. Minutes from the last two meetings were read by secretary Pat Townsend. A treasurer’s report was given by treasurer Betty Meyer. Maedell Long reported on Federation happenings including information on one of our scholarship recipients, Cristin Eckert. Miss Eckert has an excellent record so far and was named to the Deans List at Angelo State University with a 3.98 average. She has already amassed 40 hours and is classified as a sophomore. A nominating committee of Winkie Hendrix, Jane Bohls, and Pat Townsend was elected. Fund-raising chairman Hendrix announced that the spring garage sale will be held March 15-16 at the Community Center. Members are asked to gather items for sale. Proceeds will be used in maintaining and furnishing the Rochelle Community Center. Hostesses for the meeting were Betty Stewart, Marguerite Stroeck, and Charlotte McDonald. Other members attending were Ms. Baker, Dolores Barton, Ms. Bohls, Margaret Draycott, Eloise Ficke, Ms. Hendrix, Maedell Long, Yvonne McCain, Betty Meyer, Sara Myers, Ms. Townsend, Betty Knutson, and Betty Edmondson. Next month’s meeting will by held on Feb. 4 and will feature black history presented by Verona Garner. Hostesses will be Ms. Townsend and Ms. Bohls.

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