Grayson County Historical Society

Grayson County Historical Society

The Grayson County Historical Society will be holding a social on Jan. 14 at 6:15 p.m. at Frontier Village inside Loy Lake Park in Denison. The gathering was originally scheduled for December but was postoned due to inclement weather.

All attendees are asked to bring a covered dish and memories to share. Among topics to be discussed will be past, current and future resolutions.

In November, the group elected officers for the new year. They are: John Ramsey, president; Duane Heatley, vice president and program chairman; Sherrill Brooks, secretary; Ivert Mayhugh, treasurer; Jeri Bassett, membership chairwoman; and Joanne Heatley, communications chairwoman.

Experimental Aircraft Association

The Sherman Chapter 323 of the Experimental Aircraft Association will meet at 7 p.m. on Jan. 16 at the Sherman Municipal Airport terminal building, 1200 South Dewey. Bringing the program will be Frank Connery, discussing his 29 years as a pilot with American Airlines.

New officers were elected at the group’s November meeting. They are: Jerry Horn, president; Clint Murphy, vice president; Danny Offill, treasurer; and Steve Straus, secretary.

Receiving the chapter’s annual Rich Worstell Spirit of Aviation Award was Ross Richardson.

Anyone interested in aviation is welcomed to attend the meetings. For more information, go to or call Horn at 940-665-8131.

Denison Service League

Hannah’s Horseshoes of Hope was the program topic when the Denison Service League met Jan. 7. Bringing the program was Janice Mills, accompanied by Ragen Fogel.

Mills is the founder of the Hannah’s Horseshoes of Hope Recreational Therapeutic Riding Center near Bonham. Fogel is one of her young students. The center is an equine-assisted therapeutic riding program serving children and adults with cognitive disabilities such as Down Syndrome, autism, traumatic brain injury or ADHD — those with physical or emotional needs, at-risk children and returning veterans. The center is dependent on private donations.

During a business session, members began plans for this year’s Dancing With The Stars fundraiser, set for September. The Family Services Committee is continuing its project of making tote bags, aprons and pot holders to be taken by a DSL member to Africa for a mission trip.

As the Christmas Tea planned in December by the league’s provisional members was cancelled due to weather, the group will host a Valentine party for members on Feb. 4.

The Nominating Committee will meet this month to choose candidates for the new DSL leadership in April. The By-Laws Committee will also meet to discuss possible updates and changes to the group’s by-laws.

Requests from local charities for donations will be accepted through the end of January. These requests will be reviewed and then funds distributed in April at the league’s annual spring luncheon.

Gunter Community Club

GUNTER — Kathy Turner, Aurelia Holcomb and Gloria Ernst hosted the January meeting of the Gunter Community Club. A snowflake theme was used.

Joann Gaskill led the Pledge of Allegiance and Sherry Peters led the club prayer. Roll call was answered by members giving their favorite TV commercial.

Lee Smith gave the "thought for the day" — "Friendship isn’t a big thing. It is a million little things." The day’s "helpful hint," given by Dortha Reed, was to keep lettuce and celery fresher by storing it in a brown paper bag rather than a plastic bag.

Arlene Siroris was welcomed as a new member.

Holcomb announced that the club quilt is now ready to be quilted. Smith reported that lots of items have been donated for the spring rummage sale, tentatively set for April 11 and 12. More storage room is needed for the items, as are more clothes racks.

Barbara Bennett reported visiting several past members and taking Christmas gifts that were made by club members. She also gave an overview of what the club is and some of the charitable programs it supports.

Peters won the door prize.

Betty may introduced the guest speaker, Jeanie Hawkins, with Fresh Ideas Marketing Solutions. She is also the editor of the Gunter newspaper and works with the Gunter Library. She discussed some of the updates at the library including a new e-book program and new computers. Computer courses are now being taught, free of charge, and include Office 2013, Windows 8, Facebook and more. Information can be found on the library’s website. Accompanying Hawkins was Phyllis Jaramillo, the library volunteer coordinator, who noted there is a need for more volunteers in order to keep the library open more hours.

The next meeting will be Feb. 3 and all members are to bring a "secret pal" Valentine gift. The next luncheon will be Jan. 16 at the Durning House in Van Alstyne.

Denison Rotary Club

The off-season football season at Denison High School was the program topic of this week’s Denison Rotary Club meeting. Bringing the information were DISD coaches Chad Rogers, Armondo Martinez and Brandon Cates.

Martinez is the academic director for the football team. All communications about failing grades and discipline problems go through Martinez who works closely with the teachers, according to Rogers. Motivating borderline students is a high priority.

Rogers discussed off-season team activities such as weight lifting, other sports, motivational and agility skills, off-season defense and offense skills and more. He added that outdoor training is still going on, even in winter weather. He added that the performance of the players in the classroom and that no player was academically ineligible last season on the varsity football team.

Next week’s program will be presented by Sharon Watson, director of the North Texas Youth Connection.