Denison Rotary Club

Denison Rotary Club

Eisenhower’s Birthplace was the program topic of last week’s Denison Rotary Club meeting. Rotarian Cap Chesser introduced guest speaker John Akers, director of the site.

Akers explained that the birthplace was visited in 2013 by 110,000 people. The home was restored in 1946 and money was raised, starting in the 1950s, to expand the site and these expansions have regularly taken place since the 1990s. Akers also shared photos of the house and grounds back in the 1940s. Akers said that he has researched the Eisenhower family as well as the people who were the family’s neighbors in Denison. A former Denison school principal, Jennie Jackson, was found to have lived across the street from the Eisenhowers and regularly wrote to and received letters from Mrs. Eisenhower after the family moved. These letters have been located. Plans are now being formulated to redo the exhibit area at the birthplace and Akers stressed his interest in finding local stories about the family and making those stories available to the public.

Presenting this week’s Rotary Club program will be Tom Hough, chief professional officer of the Denison Boys & Girls Club.

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Gunter Community Club

GUNTER — The Gunter Community Club recently met in the hospitality room at Turrentine Jackson. Hosts were Dortha Reed and Phyllis Jaramillo who used a St. Patrick’s Day theme.

Jeannie Anderson led the Pledge of Allegiance and Debbie Savage led the club prayer. Roll call was answered by members naming one thing they always carry in their purse.

President Barbara Bennett introduced Patty Nelson and Janet McCoy as new members. Gloria Ernst reported that the club’s fundraising quilt will be ready by the end of March.

The club’s annual rummage sale will be held in the old Gunter school gymnasium. The sale will run from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on April 10 and 11 and from 8 a.m. until afernoon on April 12.

Savage, entertainment chairwoman, announced that the March 20 luncheon will be at Ernesto’s in Prosper. She reminded members to wear a hat of their choice to the April meeting. Betty May, scholarship chairwoman, reported speaking with Jacob Waggoner, Gunter school counselor, and the scholarship application will soon be available to graduating seniors.

The by-law committee consisting of Louise Vaughan, Darlene Reed, jeannie Anderson, Gloria Ernst, Sharon Knapp and Barbara Bennett presented members with a list of new and updated by-laws. These will be voted on at the April meeting.

Vaughan gave the thought for the day, "Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy."

Betty May gave the helpful hint. For shoes that smell, place a piece of plastic wrap in the shoes. Put a drop of clove oil on a cotton ball and place on the plastic to remove the odor.

Vaughan led attendees in several games of Bingo.

Sherry Peters was celebrating a March birthday.