Members of Texoma Herb and Old Rose Society (THORS) will gather Dec. 7 for their annual Christmas celebration. The event will be at 10 a.m. at Frontier Village inside Loy Park in Denison.
Activities for the day will include the Vicky Jane Gibbs gift exchange. All gifts must have been grown, cooked or produced by members. In addition, attendees will need to bring a potluck dish to share for the noon meal.
There will not be a November THORS meeting.
Ladies Auxiliary, VFW Post 2772
High schools in Sherman, Sadler and Howe have received information packets on the annual Young Americans Patriotic Art Contest. The packets were provided by the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2772 in Sherman. Art entries for the competition are due by March 31, 2014.
The auxiliary is forming a Junior Girls Unit for girls ages 5 to 15 who are connected to VFW and/or auxiliary members. For more information, call Linda Harding, auxiliary president, at 903-815-5773.
From Nov. 22-23, the VFW Auxiliary state president, Melanie McConaghy of Harker Heights, will be in Bonham. While there, she will tour the Bonham VA facilities and will be attending the District I meeting, hosted by the Bonham VFW. Presiding over the meeting will be District I president, Vikki Johnson, who is a member of the VFW Post 2772 auxiliary.
The auxiliary works year-round to help veterans and soldiers overseas and at home. The group makes donations to several Grayson County organizations. For more information, call Harding at 903-815-5773.
Ethel Rentfro Book Review Club
Ella Brown presided over the October meeting of the Ethel Rentfro Book Review Club.
Reviewing "Doc," an account of Doc Holliday written by Mary Doria Russell, was Sharron Lucky. Holliday — John Henry Holliday — was born in Griffin Georgia in 1851 and was raised in Valdosta, Georgia. He earned his dental surgery doctorate in 1872 from the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery. Not long after completing his degree, he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. Though given only a short time to live, he didn’t die for another 15 years. He traveled extensively, finding ways to make money attempting to stay ahead of the authorities.
The club will next meet in January at Carol’s Red Apron in Sherman.
The Sherman Daybreak Toastmasters hosted an Area 21 open house Nov. 19 at the new meeting location at the Grayson United Way offices in Sherman. Representatives from all of the Area 21 Toastmasters clubs — High Noon Toastmasters, Van Alstyne Voices, Paris French, BonHams and Sherman Daybreak — attended, along with the general public. Among special guests was the Area 21 governor, LaVonne Schepis.
The open house was designed to give visitors an idea of what Toastmasters provides its members. A demonstration speech, table topics and an evaluation were given. Performing various roles throughout the program were Rodger Eppler, Dorothy Bishop, Jeff Walton, Jamie McGeeHee, Alvin Bailey, David Cortinas, M.J. Presley, LaVonne Schepis, Bob Bishop, Norman Young, Sarah Richardson and Joy Cole.
Toastmasters provides a venue where members can improve their speaking, leadership, listening and presentation skills. The next Sherman Daybreak Toastmasters meeting will be at 6:30 a.m. Dec. 5 at the Grayson County United Way offices. The Van Alstyne Voices will meet at 7 p.m. on Nov. 25 at the Grayson College South Campus in Van Alstyne. The BonHams will meet at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at the First Presbyterian Church in Bonham. The High Noon group will meet at noon on Dec. 10 at the Grayson United Way offices, and the Paris French will meet at noon Dec. 11 in the Chisum Administration Building in Paris. All meetings are open to the general public.
Denison Rotary Club
The Denison Rotary Club celebrated American Education Week last week by visiting Hyde Park Elementary School. Welcoming the membership was school principal, Regina Prigge.
Prigge introduced the school’s second grade students who performed a song for the club. On Veterans Day, this group had performed a series of patriotic songs.
Dr. Henry Scott, Denison Independent School District superintendent and also a Rotarian, thanked the club for its interest in Denison schools.
Rotarian Don Perschall thanked the school for hosting the club’s visit.