Texoma Poetry Society

Texoma Poetry Society

A program drawn from the popular "Downton Abbey" television series will be presented this Saturday when the Texoma Poetry Society meets. The session begins at 2:15 p.m. and will be held in the Hope Waller community room of the Sherman Public Library. Refreshments will be served at 3 p.m. and then those who wish to share their original poems may do so during an open mic reading. The session is free and open to the public.

Bringing the program will be Susan McGinn, a native of Canada and formerly of Vermont who now resides in Sherman. A Harvard cum laude graduate, majoring in literature and history, and a former teacher, McGinn is now a free-lance writer and editor. She is one of two persons from Vermont who, in 1982, received a medal from the president for academic achievement. At Harvard, she was on the editorial board of Padam Aram, the school’s literary magazine, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She is active with the Sherman Community Players and its Theatricks program and is an elder at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Sherman.

McGinn’s program is entitled "On the Poetry Shelf at Downton: British Poets of the Downton Abbey Era. A poetry and British poet enthusiast and a fan of the Downton Abbey series, McGinn will cover some of the poets likely enjoyed by the characters supposedly residing in Highclear Castle, the residence portrayed as Downton Abbey. She will include Victorian and Edwardian writers appropriate to Lady Violet, World War I poets Matthew Crawley might have liked, modernist poets of the 1920s that Lady Edith might choose, and other writers that might appeal to the characters.

Golden Agers

The Golden Agers group of North Park Baptist Church in Sherman held its monthly meeting on Jan. 22. Phyllis Long, vice president, opened the session in the absence of President Leroy Ingram and read an article entitled "Impossible Turned To Possible."

Members welcomed Lee Joyce Smithhart as a guest and congratulated Patsy Robbins on her anniversary. Dee and John McDonald, Doris Pratt, Nelda Barker and Dorothy Ddrake were thanked for their help in the kitchen.

Barbara Holder, secretary, read minutes from the last meeting. The treasurer’s report was given by Beverly Ingram. Alma Bazemore, sunshine chairwoman, reported on cards sent to ill members and led in prayer for each of them.

Long reported on new officers for 2014. They are: Barbara Holder, president; Elayne Lemons, vice president; Doris Armstrong, program chairwoman; Willa Mitchell, secretary; Betty Williams, assistant secretary and sunshine chairwoman; Beverly Ingram, treasurer; Dorothy Drake, assistant treasurer; and Betty and Thomas Jones, co-decorators.

Bringing the program was Effie Bowden, introduced by Nelda Barker. In 2013, Bowden served as a missionary to Liberia, Africa. She showed attendees photographs and told of her experience there. She noted that her goal is to take a mission trip to Israel.

Wes Lemons brought the closing prayer and blessing for the luncheon that followed.

Boy Scouts of America

On Feb. 8, the Boy Scouts of America will kick off its 29th annual Scoiuting for Food drive, collecting food donations for local individuals and families in need. Since 2000, scouts in the Circle Ten Council — the Texoma area — aided by their families and volunteers, have collected more than six million food items. The council’s goal this year is 500,000 items.

Scouts in the Sherman and Denison areas will, on Feb. 8, place plastic bags on door steps. On The following Saturday, they will return to pick up these bags containing food items. The bags should be placed on the door steps for pick-up before 10 a.m. that morning. Donations needed include canned foods of all types, bags of rice and beans and baby formula. Boxed or bagged meals and pastas are also welcome. Monetary donations cannot be accepted.

All donations remain in the local communities, distributed to local charitable food banks and pantries.