The National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees (NARVRE) will meet at 10 a.m. this Friday at the First Christian Church in Denison. All railroaders and their spouses are invited to attend.

The group’s annual Thanksgiving meal will be served after the business meeting. Members are asked to bring Mexican food dishes to share.

Donations of non-perishable food items for families in need should be brought to the November and December meetings. Also needed are donations of aluminum cans and loose change to fund miscellaneous expenses.

President Derl Tucker reminds members that $12 per person dues should be mailed to Fran Tucker, 1014 Lockhart Street, Sherman, TX 75092-5166.

Grayson County Retired School Personnel Association

The Grayson County Retired School Personnel Association will meet Nov. 12 at Grandy’s Restaurant in Sherman. Lunch will be at 11:30 a.m. and the program/business meeting starts at noon.

Presenting the program on Thanksgiving will be Jack Noble.

Administrators and secretaries will be honored in the month of November.

Vice-President Margaret McCord led the October meeting. Herman Stoner gave the opening prayer and McCord led the Pledge of Allegiance and welcomed attendees.

Cafeteria workers were honored and included Helen Ritchie, Mary Jean Turner and Kay Blankenship.

JoEtta Penn was thanked for being the greeter.

Jeff Kail, representing AMBA, shared information, and State Rep. Larry Phillips discussed the three percent raise for some educators.

Janet Francis and Annette Snider brought samples of their "recipe of the month" - banana nut bread.

Door prizes were won by Kay Blankenship and Janet Francis.

The Texas Retired Teachers Association Convention will be April 13-15, 2014 in Dallas. The Grayson County Retired School Personnel Association will be working with West Grayson in making snack sacks filled with powdered flavoring for water and peppermints. Members are asked to bring these items to future meetings.

In club reminders, members were asked to: turn in their community volunteer hours to Juanita Jennings by Dec. 31; bring a child’s book for the book project; and bring bags of school supplies and/or toys for the Grayson County Child Protective Services project.

All retired school personnel are welcomed to the meetings. For more information, contact Linda Vandergriff-Thoms at 903-893-5795.

Grayson County Historical Society

Ron Cassady will be the guest speaker at the Grayson County Historical Society meeting Nov. 12. The session will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Frontier Village inside Loy Park in Denison. Hostesses will be Nelda Crews, Bea and R.C. Harmon and Donna and Norman McLaren.

Cassady retired in 2012 after serving for 38 years as the managing artistic director of the Sherman Community Players. While there, he directed more than 200 productions. As a native of Cooper, he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree from Texas A&M-Commerce where he was honored as an outstanding graduate. He and his wife, Nancy, met while acting together in theater. They have four children and seven grandchildren. Now that he is retired, Cassady is an active volunteer with the SCP.

Also attending the meeting will be Drs. Peggy Redshaw and Jerry Lincecum. The educators presented the October program about Dr. Ann Thomas and the book she and Lincecum co-authored — Memories of Wartime Wanderings: What I Did In World War II. At the November meeting, they will have copies of the book which can be purchased.

On Nov. 22 at 2 p.m., there will be a re-dedication of the original 1936 monument marking the Butterfield overland stage route and the Marcy’s California Trail. The ceremony will be held on the Grayson County Courthouse Lawn in Sherman and a reception will following in the courthouse assembly room.

The Grayson County Historical Society meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month at Frontier Village. Heading up the group are John Ramsey, president, and Ivert Mayhugh, vice president. For more information, call 903-891-9379 or 903-463-1674 or send an email to

Experimental Aircraft ASsociation

The Sherman Chapter 323 of the Experimental Aircraft Association will meet at 7 p.m. on Nov. 14 in the terminal building of the Sherman Municipal Airport, 1200 South Dewey Avenue. Anyone interested in aviation is welcomed to attend.

Guest speaker will be Jan Collmer who is an air show aerobatic performer, author, entrepreneur and Navy fighter pilot. Collmer is also a founder of the Frontiers of Flight Museum.

For more information about the organization, go to or call Leldon Locke at 903-893-1226.

Vietnam Veterans of America

The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 973 will hold a benefit car show this Saturday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at 700 West Main Street in Denison.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. and all military vehicles are welcomed to return and park at the car show following the Veterans Day Parade at 11 a.m.

American Association of University Women

Dr. Jacqueline Moore was the guest speaker when the Texoma Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) met Nov. 4 in the Wright Campus Center at Austin College. Dr. Randi Tanglen, AAUW president, conduct the business meeting.

Moore, an Austin College history professor, is a member of the Sherman/Grayson County League of Women Voters. She discussed the process of amending the Texas Constitution and the constitutional amendments on Tuesday’s ballot. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government and influences poublic policy through education and advocacy. The League of Women Voters of Texas was formed in 1919 and the local chapter is one of 29 in the state.

The next AAUW meeting is set for noon on Dec. 2 at the Wright Campus Center. Membership is open to all graduates holding an associate or higher degree from a qualified educational institution. Current undergraduates are eligible to join as student affiliates. The AAUW is a nationwide organization with more than 150,000 members and supporters, nearly 1,000 branches and more than 700 college-university partners, including Austin College. For more than 120 years, the AAUW has empowered women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research and is one of the world’s largest sources of funding for female graduate students.

Old Settlers Association of Grayson County

Horace Groff was re-elected president at the annual meeting of the Old Settlers Association of Grayson County. The gathering and luncheon was held in the Culinary Arts Department at Grayson College.

Re-elected to serve with Groff were: John Ramsey, vice president; W.D. Welch, secretary; and Ray Matthews, treasurer;

A yearly financial report wagiven before customer gifts were approved for various local entities. Contributions approved were: Austin College, $2,500; Grayson County College Foundation, $2,000; Grayson County Frontier Village, $1,200; the Sherman Museum, $1,200; $300 each to seven town libraries; and $300 each to five museums in the area.

Welcomed as a special guest was Dr. Jeremy McMillan, president of Grayson College. He spoke briefly on present and future plans for the college which, at present, has more than 5,000 students. He reported that the Culinary Arts Department has been in place for two years and has 120 students in the program. The building at the South Campus in Van Alstyne will open in June of 2014 and enrollment is expected to grow 200 percent in the next four years. Nearly 1,000 students are involved in the dual credit program with high schools and Grayson College.

The association will hold its 2014 meeting in Whitewright.