Friends of the Reynolds Library

Friends of the Reynolds Library

DURANT, Okla. — Vendor spaces are still available for the Friends of the Reynolds Library "Holiday Craft Sale" Dec. 5-7.

The sale will be held at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center and Library, 1515 West Main, in Durant. Hours will be 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Dec. 5 and 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7. Vendor applications are available at the library’s service desk. For more information, call 580-924-3486.

Sherman Art League

The Sherman Art League is sponsoring an Artists Studio Tour this Saturday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The tour is free and open to the public.

Sherman artists and studios on the tour will be: Pat and Jack Pierce, 2001 Skaggs Road; Alex Bernath, 2308 Meadows Lane; Missy Sofey-Andrews, 1400 Western Hills; and Gallery Frames & Art Studio, 120 A East Mulberry, with pieces by Phyllis Davis, Greg Ashby, Harriett Nix, Kenneth Peete, John Robinson, Mary Margaret Robinson and Liz Walters. Featured will be works in oil, acrylic, mixed media, stained glass, woodburning and watercolor.

For information on the tour, call 903-892-3113 or 903-893-1757.

Altrusa International

Twenty-two members attended the Nov. 5 business meeting of Altrusa International of Sherman. Barbara Sloan conducted the session and Rose Marr gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Mary Moses presented the accent entitled "A pot of gold." She encouraged members to sell tickets for the group’s annual Christmas Pilgrimage and announced that the member selling the most tickets will be given a special prize. Assignments for the pilgrimage were given.

Carol Robinson provided minutes from previous meetings via the group’s newsletter. Kelly Reed gave the treasurer’s report. Sloan reported that the recent "work night" was successful and that 85 "reindeer bags" will be distributed at a Sherman nursing prior to Christmas.

The group’s annual Christmas dinner will be Dec. 17, 6:30 p.m., at the Denison Country Club. The cost will be $20 per person.

It was announced that Fran Sikora has been approved for membership and a letter of invitation will be sent.

Barbara Powell collected "brags" and pin money and Marr led the benediction.


Derl Tucker led last week’s meeting of the National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees (NARVRE). A Mexican Thanksgiving meal followed the business meeting.

Monthly reports were given by Bettye Henry and Frank Tucker. Lyle "Cookie" Nelson brought legislative news.

Celebrating November birthdays were Donna White, Bill Smith, Lou Miller, Melvin Compton, Delbert Taylor, Wanda Connelly, Marjorie Dusenberry, James McClure and Daisy Miller. Observing anniversaries were Joyce and Chester Nichols, Melvin and Charlene Compton, Lewis and Faye Darnell, Harold and Vera Harrison and Graylen and Mary Malear.

Joyce Nichols won the door prize.

Sherman Daybreak Toastmasters

Toastmasters Area Governor LaVonne Schepis from Paris was welcomed when the Sherman Daybreak Toastmasters met last week in the Grayson County United Way office. She was welcomed by President Dorothy Bishop who also presented the day’s quote by Henry Ford, "If you think you can or if you think you can’t, you are probably right."

Rodger Eppler, sargeant at arms, opened the meeting, gave the invocation and led the pledges to the United States and Texas flags. Jeff Walton served as Toastmaster of the day and used the theme of veterans. He also brought the "word of the day" — courage.

Speakers of the day were Gwen Braxton and Schepis. Braxton presented "Ladies and Gents," giving information about the inconsistencies of names or photo identifications and polling records that may be encountered when going to vote. Schepis delivered "Moments of Truth," a speech required by Toastmasters International to be given to all clubs each year, focusing on obtaining and keeping new members.

Joy Cole was general evaluator and Jamie McGehee was evaluator. Bishop was grammarian/"ah" counter and Eppler was the day’s timer.

Braxton was named as the day’s best speaker and McGehee as the best evaluator. A special presentation was also made to McGehee who completed her first 10 speeches for her Competent Communicator Award.

Area Toastmater Clubs are planning to host an open house from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Nov. 19 at the Grayson County United Way office in Sherman. The public is encouraged to attend. There will be a brief demonstration meeting, followed by fellowship.

For more information on Toastmasters, contact Walton at 903-463-2417.