Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO)

Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO)

The third annual Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) Christmas tea will be from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Dec. at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Sherman.

This year’s theme of decorated tables will be “Stories of Christmas.” There will be a gift bazaar and baked Christmas foods available for purchase, as well as door prizes and Christmas music. Advance tickets are required and priced at $15 per person.

The organization’s goal is to raise money for scholarships, grants and loans for women to further their education.

For more information, call 903-814-0469.

U.S. Navy Veterans

The local U.S. Navy Veterans group attended the Veterans Day celebration at B. McDaniel Middle School in Denison. They and veterans from all branches of the military were first treated to breakfast then honored by the students and faculty in a special program which was open to the public. The program also included the reading of the names of veterans who died within the last year, one of which was the retired U.S. Navy veteran, Lt. Commander Fred Stith.

On Veterans Day, the group members visited “McVey’s Navy,” a special display by master model builder David McVey of Sherman and exhibited at the Red River Museum inside the Katy Depot in Denison. The display includes models of World War II aircraft carriers, battleships and cruisers of both the United States Navy and the Imperial Japanese Navy. The display has received national attention and has been exhibited in the Nimitz Naval Museum in Fredericksburg. The exhibit will be available for free, public viewing by the public from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Dec. 6, 7 and 8 at the Red River Museum.

The next meeting of the U.S. Navy Veterans will be at 2 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Texoma Council of Governments offices in Sherman. All U.S. Navy veterans and the general public are encouraged to attend. For more information, call Si Browning at 903-893-7534.

Grayson County Rotary Club

Grayson County Rotary Club members were updated on the North Texas Regional Airport at last week’s regular meeting. Presenting the information was Mike Shahan, airport director.

Shahan stated that all of the airport’s hangers, constructed in 1941, have been renovated and all but about 18,000 square feet of hanger space has been leased. Several businesses are now located at the airport including the U.S. Aviation Flight School, several aviation service businesses, corporate flight departments , many non-aviation, commercial businesses and non-profit organizations. The county’s low risk detention center, the juvenile detention center and boot camp and the Precinct 4 maintenance facility are also on the NTRA grounds, as well as the Perrin Air Force Base Museum and other civic facilities. Extensive efforts to market the airport are ongoing and the NTRA is also on the list of six sites being considered as the new home for the Confederate Air Force, currently headquartered in Midland. Significant increases in fuel sales and operations based on the control tower have been seen since 2009, and there are now 192 aircraft based at the airport, rising from 169 in 2009. With Hwy. 289 now extending along the west side of the airport, there has been a new 16-inch water line installed, running the length of the airport next to Hwy. 289, and a new $1.5 million hanger will be soon completed on the west side of the airport.

Connie Herrera and Rachael Cook from the Austin College Rotaract Club were welcomed as visitors.

To share information with or learn more about the Grayson County Rotary Club, contact Terry Everett at 903-814-0292 or go to The club meets at 6:50 a.m. every Wednesday at Fulbelli’s Restaurant in downtown Sherman.

Beta Zeta Master, BSP

The Beta Zeta Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Nov. 7 in the home of Louise Shorter with 13 members present. President Lucille Shelton led the meeting.

A Laureate ritual was held for Ruby Moran. Six different colored candles representing courage, vision, humility, loyalty, fellowship and service were placed on a white-covered table. Willeen Kidd, Geraldine Campbell and Shelton place a laurel wreath on Moran’s head and presented her with a Preceptor laureate bad in dark green signifying fellowship.

The business meeting included roll call, minutes from the last minute and a treasurer’s report by Peggy Wheat. Campbell shared a Herald Democrat newspaper article regarding Ron Cassady, retired director of the Sherman Community Players, being a guest speaker for another local organization. Members were then encouraged to attend the meeting and hear about the SCP and Finley Theater’s history.

Vicki Watson updated members on Kids Pantry needs and Ann Coulter discussed the schedule for picking up backpacks at Terrell Elementary School. Members drew names for gifts to be exchanged at the Dec. 5 Christmas party, hosted by Eva Gerard.

The program was presented by Ann Coulter who discussed highlights of “Memories of Wartime Wandering” by Ann Van Wynen Thomas. She also shared a newspaper article on Frank Graves who told of his experience in the Pacific during World War II, and members told of World War Ii events as recorded in the Roxtn hometown newspaper.