Fannin Partners in Education

Fannin Partners in Education

BONHAM Medicare and related topics will be discussed at the Sept. 10 Fannin Partners in Education program. The free session, open to the public, will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Bonham SNAP Center, 210 East 6th Street. Complimentary coffee and dessert will be served.

Bringing the information will be Bill McCormick, a benefits counselor with the Texoma Council of Government’s (TCOG) Area Agency on Aging. He will discuss the upcoming Medicare open enrollment period, as well as the benefits and requirements of a Medicare Savings Plan and Extra Help with Medicare’s Part D prescription drug plan. Following his presentation, there will be time for questions.

The monthly Fannin PIE presentations are a cooperative effort of Home Hospice of Grayson, Cooke and Fannin Counties, the Area Agency on Aging (TCOG), Clyde W. Cosper Texas State Veterans Home, the AgriLife Extension Service and the Texoma Housing Partners (TCOG).

Chapter DI, PEO

Twenty members of the Chapter DI of the Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) recently met in the home of Sandra Holt. Nancye Jolly served as co-hostess and gave the devotional.

Conducting the business meeting was Kathy Cherry. Shannon Scoggins, recording secretary, read minutes from the last meeting and Lisa Hall, treasurer, gave her report and led in a discussion of the calendar sales project. Marty Sanderson, corresponding secretary, read notes of thanks for the group’s contributions to Cottey College and the Texas Star Oaks Fund.

It was announced that the group had two recent continuing education scholarship recipients, Catherine Moore and Jessica Wilson. Moore, a single mother, has applied to the University of Texas at Dallas to complete her bachelor of arts degree in literary studies. She graduated from the Texoma Regional Police Academy in 2004 and has been a Sherman police officer from that time until April of this year when she opted to resume her education and pursue a teaching degree. Wilson, also a single mother, has been a Special Education teacher in Sherman for seven years, plus three years in McKinney. She is now working to become an educational diagnostician and has been accepted by Texas Tech University for courses leading to that certification.

Members of the chapter will meet on Sept. 30 for the fifth Tuesday lunch. The location will be announced at a later date. The next meeting will Sept. 16 at the home of Frankie Mann. Sandy Luckie will serve as co-hostess.

Sherman Daybreak Toastmasters

President Jeff Walton conducted the recent meeting of the Sherman Daybreak Toastmasters and served as the day’s Toastmaster.

The word of the day was entropy, a measure of energy unavailable for work in a closed system, or a steady deterioration of any system.

Speakers for the day were Rodger Eppler and Bob Bishop. Eppler received the day’s best speaker award.

Joy Cole served as table topics master, selecting Gwen Braxton and Jeff Walton to give impromptu speeches. Braxton and Walton tied as having the best table topics presentation.

The Toastmasters Area 21 Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contest is set for 9 a.m. on Sept. 13 at the United Way of Grayson County, 713 East Brockett Street in Sherman. It is free and open to anyone interested in attending.

The next Daybreak meeting will be at 6:30 a.m. on Sept. 18 at the United Way building.

Denison Rotary Club

Communication was the program topic of this week’s Denison Rotary Club meeting.

Rotarian Robert Crowley introduced guest speaker Russ Riddle, an attorney and professional speaker. He spoke about "persuasive communication," giving the difference between persuasion and manipulation. He distributed handouts about "Aristotle’s Art of Rhetoric" and giving more information on persuasiveness. He noted six non-verbal communication points - appearance, posture, gestures, facial expressions, eye contact and listening. He ended by saying, "Listening is less about ears and more about an empty head and open heart."

Presenting next week’s club program will be Vicki Williams, owner of a private school specializing in teaching non-Spanish speaking students how to speak Spanish.