Texoma Valley District, Boy Scouts of America

Texoma Valley District, Boy Scouts of America

The Texoma Valley District of the Boy Scouts of America will hold its 2014 Friends of Scouting banquet on April 24. The event will begin at noon on the grounds of the Sherman Municipal Building, 405 North Rusk.

Featured speaker will be retired Navy Rear Admiral Bill Retz. A former Eagle Scout, Retz served 32 years as a highly-decorated surface warfare officer, including duties as the deputy director of operations, United States Central Command. His military awards include the Purple Heart, Distinguished Service medal, the Defense Superior Service medal, Legion of Merit (three gold stars), Bronze Star with Combat "V" and many others.

"This annual luncheon allows us to show our community that Scouting is alive and well," says Joe Brown, Texoma Valley District’s 2014 Friends of Scouting chairman. "The Scouting program continues to have a positive impact on the lives of youth and needs our support to expand that impact."

For information on attending the banquet, contact Austin O’Neil, Texoma Valley executive, at 214-509-2113 or at austin.oneil@scouting.org.


The Lake Texoma Chapter 1290 of National Active and Retired Federal Employees met April 3 at The Renaissance in Sherman. The session was opened by Ralph Mattingly, first vice president. Bruce Hottel, service officer, gave the invocation, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, and Jane Cranford gave the treasurer’s report.

Refreshments were provided by Diane Shuskey who also noted that Jack Cocks, Ellen Cupp, Paul Larson and Juanita Sloan were celebrating April birthdays.

Presenting the program was Tom Hough, director of the Boys & Girls Club of Denison. He noted that the time he spent as a youth at the Boys & Girls Club in Springfield, Missouri and the recipt of a club scholarship helped shape his future career direction. He stressed his believe that making each child feel cared for through personal, individual recognition in the club environment positively impacts the child’s life, develops potential and helps reduce involvement in juvenile crime. Club programs include help with homework, tutoring, art, science, technology programs, leadership, fitness challenges, life skills and education on alcohol and drug use. A special program, Brain Gain, will help keep the children’s minds sharp through the summer months.

The Denison club has been in existence since 1966, beginning first as a Girls Club and then joining with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, a national not-for-profit organization, in 2000. It remained a separate club for girls only until boys were permitted membership in 2003. The club has operated in its current facility since 1984 with extensions are operating at Hyde Park and Terrell Elementery Schools. The Denison club retains local autonomy and there are 373 registered members between the ages of 5 and 18 years of age. Of those members, approximately 61 percent are boys and 39 percent are girls. On a daily basis, the club works with about 170 children and operates with a staff of 10, along with assistance from volunteers. There are 20 volunteer board members. Membership costs are kept to a minimum to allow maximum participation and financial assistance is available if necessary.

Hough praised support from the community and discussed plans for the Golden Rule Elementary School gym to become club property. He added that the club will be even more convenient to members after the current high school building, located across the avenue from the club, becomes a middle school. He also reported that 500 persons registered for the recent 5K run benefiting multiple organizations and indicated that Grayson County College will be the site of summer camps. A question and answer session was held following Hough’s program.

For information on NARFE, call 903-465-0099.

Sherman Kiwanis Club

The Sherman Kiwanis Club will hold its annual Pancake Day on April 17 in the Life Center of the First United Methodist Church in Sherman. The all-you-can-eat meal of pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee will be served from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. and tickets are $4 in advance of $5 at the door.

Proceeds raised from Pancake Day help enable the club to support individuals, programs, services and agencies throughout Sherman and the Texomaland area. Scholarships, backpacks and school supplies, Christmas gifs, the Child and Family Guidance Center of Texoma, the Boys & Girls Club of Sherman, the Children’s Advocacy Center, Child Protective Service, the Crisis Center and CASA are just a few of the programs supported regularly by the Sherman Kiwanis Club.

For tickets are more information, contact any Sherman Kiwanis Club member or call 903-819-6486.