Martha Jefferson Randolph, NSDAR

Martha Jefferson Randolph, NSDAR

The Martha Jefferson Randolph Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will meet on Jan. 16. The session will be held at the group’s new meeting site, the Denison Golf and Country Club. Members will gather at 12:30 p.m. for a Dutch treat luncheon, followed by a meeting at 2 p.m.

The January meeting is considered the group’s annual meeting. There will be reports by the chapter’s officers and committee chairwomen. The nominating committee will present a slate of officers for the 2014-16 term of office and voting on the slate will follow.

The NSDAR is a non-profit, non-political, volunteer women’s service organization. The group is dedicated to preserving American history, promoting better education and patriotism. Membership is open to any woman age 18 and older, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution.

Grayson County Retired School Personnel Association

The Grayson County Retired School Personnel Association will meet Jan. 14 at Grandy’s Restaurant in Sherman. Lunch will be at 11:30 a.m., followed by a noon program and business meeting. This month’s honorees will be high school, middle school, intermediate and junior high school teachers. January and December birthdays will also be celebrated.

Presenting the day’s program entitled "Wishing You A Healthy, Happy 2014" will be Cheryl Brandon, the Seniors Program and Volunteer Services Coordinator at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital-WNJ. She will share information about the Senior Passport Program and volunteer opportunities and will lead attendees in some simple exercises that can be done sitting in a chair.

Gail Grigg will conduct the installation of officers for 2014-15. The new officers will be: Ella Brown, president; Barbara Threadgill, vice president; Margaret McCord, second vice president; Faye Nell Anderson, secretary; Dorothy Lee, treasurer; and Linda Vandergriff-Thoms, parliamentarian.

Janet Francis and Annette Snider will provide the "recipe of the month," chicken curry.

Members are encouraged to attend the Texas Retired Teachers Association convention April 13-15 in Dallas. Keynote speaker will be Bob "Tumbleweed" Smith, a radio personality from Big Springs, and there will be a number of workshops and discussions. Among performers will be Megan and Leah Bynum of McKinney, Holly Tucker, a fifth-place finisher from The Voice, and the Shady Grove Ramblers of Irving. Tours will include the Perot Museum, Southfork Ranch, the Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the JFK Sixth Floor Museum. More information will be in The Voice magazine, is available online at, or by contacting Vandergriff-Thoms.

All retired school personnel are welcome to attend the meeting. For more information, call Vandergriff-Thoms at 903-893-5795.

Beta Zeta Master, BSP

Eleven members of the Beta Zeta Master chapter of Beta Sigma Phi held their first meeting of the new year on Jan. 2 in the home of Peggy Wheat. President Lucille Shelton conducted the session and led the opening ritual.

Wheat gave the treasurer’s report, roll was called and minutes from the last meeting were read and approved. Shelton read a card from Wanda Odom noting that a $25 donation was made to the First Presbyterian Church in memory of Mary Frances Gladen. Cards of thanks were read from Elinor Via and Home Hospice. Duties of Willene Kidd, a member who is ill, were temporarily delegated to other members.

Members in attendance voted for the group’s Valentine queen. Ruby Moran will contact members who weren’t present to vote. The queen will be crowned at the Feb. 20th social.

The group’s next social will be Jan. 16 at North Rig Grill in Denison.

Johnnye Felps thanked members for the article that appeared in the BSP International magazine. The article announced Felps and her husband closing their long-time local business.

Members discussed responsibilities of the Sunshine Committee.

Ann Coulter presented the program, sharing proverb statements completed by children. She also shared historical and biblical data about Iraq. Coulter also cited a memorial for Mary Francis Gladen. Members joined in by sharing memories of her.