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Mason Study Club News
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 • Posted February 14, 2014

The Mason Study Club held their monthly meeting on Wednesday, January 22, in the Stribling room at the Library. The hostesses for the luncheon were Sue Kaan, Alberta Birk, Mary Polk and Jennifer Brinlee. Thank you for the delicious meal.

During the meeting, the Board and Members discussed a proposed revision of the Constitution and Bylaws. These have been rewritten in a more user-friendly format, separating the Constitution from the Bylaws. Thank you to those who worked on the revisions and a special thank you to Nanci Gibbons for typing the initial draft and amending for corrections.

The Study Club also discussed and voted on their Spring fundraiser. This year the Study Club will not be selling hams for the Easter season, but instead will have some very exciting items to offer for a silent auction. Pam Scott has generously given one of her gorgeous quilts and Sue Kaan has given a beautiful framed bluebonnet painting. Another auction item will be a wheelbarrow filled with “Spring in the Hill Country” items. Watch for more information on these silent auction items.

The guest speaker for the January meeting was Pam Scott, pictured above with a travel book. Pam is a local travel agent who shared some truths and myths both about agents and the travel business. For instance, one myth is that she makes bucks off booking airline reservations, when, in fact, she either makes nothing or a small fee. The benefit to booking through her is if the airline flight is canceled, overbooked, or late arriving for catching a connecting flight. Instead of the passenger trying to sort out another flight, Pam can quickly do this. For hotel reservations, Pam may be able to get upgrades, free breakfast, or other perks not available to the casual traveler.

Pam also talked about the new trends in the travel industry. These range from young, savvy travelers who utilize the internet to airline rules pertaining to pilots, credit card use, and flight changes. Thank you, Pam, for your very informative, interesting and entertaining talk.

Marnelle Ruthven is also pictured with this article. Marnelle was not active in the Club for a few years and the Members welcome her back!

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