Waples Methodist Women

Waples Methodist Women

A Christmas luncheon for the Waples Methodist Women will be at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 4 at Jones Barbecue in Denison. Members may invite guests.

Guest speaker will be the Rev. Jimmy Greene, pastor of Trinity United Methodist and Price United Methodist Church and associate pastor of Waples United Methodist Church. Providing Christmas music will be Sam Patty.

Red River Rose Society

Mike Shoup was welcomed as the guest speaker at the November meeting of the Red River Rose Society. He was introduced by President Sandy Haynes.

Shoup is one of the leading Texas growers of old garden roses and is founder of The Antique Rose Emporium in Brenham. He began in the 1970s with a general garden center, but soon began focusing on the use of more native varieties growing unaided at old homesteads and other places. He and his crew began searching for these types of roses in these locations throughout the state, calling themselves the "rose rustlers." Among their discoveries were the Maggie and the Martha Gonzales, both found in yards.

Shoup also introduced a series known as Pioneer roses - new varieties which resulted from breeding the showiest and toughest antique roses and selecting offspring with the most outstanding characteristics. His roses were bred to be carefree, repeat-blooming garden plants. Among those in his Pioneer series are the Thomas Afflect and the Republic of Texas. Shoup uses a strictly organic approach in rose growing. Organic mulch is a necessity and must be renewed regularly as it decomposes into fertile soil. He also makes his own aerobic compost by bubbling air into barrels of liquid compost in order to keep the fungi alive. He says that antique roses like to be controlled and to be made to fit into the space allotted for them. Prune the roses with hedge shears once a year.

Door prizes of roses propagated by an RRRS member were won by Ann Supina, Lacey Price and Sue Abernathy.

The RRRS will hold a Christmas party and then the next meeting will be Jan. 21 at the Denison Public Library.

Texoma Woodcarvers

Members of the Texoma Woodcarvers recently presented the Grand Central Station soup kitchen in Sherman with a $1,000 donation. The money was raised by the membership through offering chances on a Noah’s Ark scene and a cross that members had carved. Mignon Plyler won the Noah’s Ark and Vickie Gaskins won the cross.

The soup kitchen, managed by Ben Merrill, opens at 9 a.m., offering pastries and coffee, and then serves lunch to approximately 120 people each day. No one is turned away. The non-profit kitchen has been open about three years. Managed by Merrill, work is done by local volunteers who cook and clean. Last Thanksgiving, 130 meals were served and, on Christmas, about 180 meals were served. Merrill expects even more meals to be served this year due to greater need. In addition to the meals, Grand Central Station also has a place for showers and a laundry room for those who need these services. Others are helped by referring them to other agencies for emergencies. Merrill has also started a Children’s Express at Jefferson Elementary School. Children in need are given a bag of food each week.

Triple L Club

Thirty-three members of the Triple L Club of the First Baptist Church in Sherman met Nov. 19. President Paul Larson opened the session with a prayer.

Four members — JoEtta Penn, Audrey Walters, Helen Osteen and Harriet Nix — were celebrating November birthdays. A group sing-a-long was led by Richard Lair, accompanied by Sheila Williams, pianist.

Harry Gates announced that a bus trip view the autumn leaves was scheduled for Nov. 20.

Marguerite Prichard introduced guest vocalist, Denise Little, who performed inspirational songs.

The door prize, provided by Bettie Sykes, was won by Kay O’Donley.

Leroy Keck closed the meeting with a prayer and blessing for the Thanksgiving luncheon that followed.

The next "Play Day" will be from 9:30 a.m. until noon on Dec. 3. The next regular meeting will be at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 17.

Gunter Community Club

GUNTER — Fourteen members and six guests attended the November meeting of the Gunter Community Club. A covered dish dinner was hosted by Darlene Reed and Joan Gaskill who used a Thanksgiving theme.

Vice-President Betty May called the meeting to order. Roll call was answered with members telling their favorite smell. Jeannie Anderson led the Pledge of Allegiance and Jack Turner gave the blessing for the food.

The October minutes and treasurer’s report were approved and Gloria Ernst reported that a new quilt can be quilted for one cent an inch. Betty May reported that booth rental for the Holly Jolly Bazaar has been paid.

Debbie Savage, entertainment chairwoman, announced that the November luncheon would be at Cheddar’s. Plans are underway for a special December outing.

Anderson announced that there will be a "community gathering" at The Bridges on Dec. 8. The event is being hosted by the site’s owners.

Sharon Knapp announced that Betty Pendergrass is recovering from a medical condition and that a get-well card was sent to Gloria Galvan. A note of thanks was received from Gunter School Superintendent Jill Siler for the group’s donation to the elementary school playground.

Celebrating November birthdays were Aurelia Holcomb and Gloria Ernst.

Savage gave the "thought of the day" — "An educated man is one who knows a lot and says nothing about it." The helpful hint, given by Ernst, was to screw a long utility hook under one’s kitchen cabinet on which to hang bananas.

Door prizes were won by Mary Reed and Nellie Reed.

Members were reminded to bring their "Secret Pal" gifts to the Dec. 2 meeting.