Friends of Hagerman Nature Photography Club

Friends of Hagerman Nature Photography Club

Photographers of all levels — beginners to professionals — have until Oct. 23 to register for the 5th Annual Fall Photo Safari at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. The activity will be held from 8 a.m. until noon on Oct. 26 at the refuge.

The safari, hosted by the Friends of Hagerman Photography Club, is being offered free of charge. Participants will be divided into groups of two or three people and will be placed with a leader who is knowledgeable about the refuge and photography. They will then be led throughout the 11,000-acre refuge which serves as a habitat for all types of wildlife.

Spaces for the safari are limited and participants are welcomed to bring a brown bag lunch. After the safari, there will be the presentation of awards for the refuge’s annual Nature Photography Contest.

The clubs hosts similar events twice yearly. In addition, it meets bimonthly at the refuge for technical programs and photo-sharing. The next club meeting will be at 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 9. For more information, contact Laurie Sheppard, president, at

Denison Rotary Club

Denison Rotary Club members heard from Ross Rolirad when the group met Thursday. He was introduced by his wife, Sharon Rolirad, who is a member of the club.

Rolirad operates an insulation manufacturing operation in Denison. He noted that he and his wife moved to Texomaland after living in Hawaii. He went on to explain how he became interested in industrial insulation and how the company came to be housed in Denison.

Speaking at next week’s meeting will be State Rep. Larry Phillips.

For information on the Denison Rotary Club, go to

Gunter Community Club

GUNTER — Louise Vaughan and Lee Smith hosted the October meeting of the Gunter Community Club. A Halloween theme was carried out.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Charlotte Akers and the club prayer by Vaughan. Notes of thanks from Betty Pendergrass and Gloria Ernst were read. Roll call was answered with a favorite place visited as a child.

Ernst reported on progress of the quilt to be used for the club fundraiser. Ten members met earlier in the month to work on the quilt which will be given away in a drawing at the Gunter July 4th celebration. Tickets on the quilt will be available in the near future.

Lee Smith is still taking donations for the spring rummage sale. Anyone wishing to donate items may call 903-433-1159.

Betty May reported that the Holly Jolly Bazaar will be Dec. 7 at the Gunter High School commons. Booths will cost $25. Barbara Bennett added that cups to decorate, fill and sell are still needed for the bazaar. Each member will be responsible for making and filling their cups.

Debbie Savage reported that nine members took the Hartland Flyer train trip to Fort Worth. They took a trolley to downtown Sundance Square and had lunch at Paciguo Gelato &Caffe’. Fourteen members attended the monthly luncheon held at the During House.

On Oct. 9, Joan Gaskill and Mary Reed presented a check to Gunter School Superintendent Dr. Jill Siller. The donation will be used in support of the upgrade to the Elementary School playground.

Charlotte Akers introduced Linda Hite who displayed a Texas quilt she made from tee-shirts. She offered to provide a pattern and instructions to anyone wishing to make the quilt.

Jeannie Anderson gave the day’s helpful hint of putting a sheet of fabric softener underneath vehicle seats to give the vehicle a nice smell. Darlene Reed’s thought for the day was that people forget what one says, but not what they do.

For the program, a Halloween costume contest was held. Winners were: Dortha Reed, first: Lee Smith, second; and Louise Vaughan, third.

Daybreak Toastmasters

The American cowboy was the theme of Thursday’s meeting of the Sherman Daybreak Toastmasters. Rodger Eppler called the meeting to order and Jeff Walton led the Pledge of Allegiance and the invocation.

Dorothy Bishop served as Toastmaster of the day. She shared magazines and information on cowboys. She also gave he word of the day — paladin — maing a paragon of chivalry or a heroic champion.

Gwen Braxton was grammarian/"ah" counter and Walton was the timer.

Speakers were Jamie McGeHee and Joy Cole. McGehee, named as the best speaker, presented "How Does Your Garden Grow" and Cole presented "Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire." Eppler and Walton were evaluators, with Walton named as the best evaluator.

Walton led the Table Topics portion of the meeting, calling in Eppler, Braxton and Bishop to give short, impromptu speeches on the day’s topic of cowboys. Eppler received the day’s best table topics award.

On Oct. 26, the Frontier Division Toastmaster contest will be held. Walton will represent the club in the Evaluation Contest.

The group will be meeting Nov. 7 at its new meeting location inside the Grayson United Way building in Sherman. The group will continue to meet the first and third Thursdays of each month from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 a.m.

On Nov. 19, there will be an open house for all Toastmaster Clubs in Area 21. The gathering will be from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the United Waybuilding.

For more information on developing speaking, listening, leadership and training skills, call 903-463-2417 or 903-821-2715.