American Association of University Women

American Association of University Women

Susan McGinn will be the guest speaker when the Texoma branch of the American Association of University Women meets at noon this Monday. The session will be held in the Moseley Room of the Wright Campus Center at Austin College in Sherman. Dr. Randi Tanglen, president of the local AAUW chapter, will conduct the business meeting and introduce the speaker.

McGinn, a freelance writer and editor, will present "On The Poetry Shelt at Downton: British Poets of the Downton Abbey Era." She will be discussing Victorian, Edwardian, World War I and modernist poets of the 1920s whose works might have been enjoyed by guests and characters in the popular PBS series Downton Abbey.

The AAUW is a nationwide organization with more than 150,000 members and supporters. There are nearly 1,000 branches and more than 700 college/university partners including Austin College. It is one of the world’s largest sources of funding for female graduate students. Membership in the group is open to all graduates holding an associate or higher degree. Current undergraduates are eligible to join as student affiliates.

American Legion MIA Post 231

POTTSBORO — The American Legion MIA Post 231 and Auxiliary will hold the first of two annual Cancer Aid and Research fundraisers next Sunday. This will be the groups’ 22nd year to hold these fundraisers which are open to the public.

The Feb. 9 event will be a bean and chili cook-off. Judging will begin at 5 p.m. A cake walk will also be held during the cook-off.

For more information, contact the post at 903-786-2353.

Denison Rotary Club

Kay Luper presented last week’s Denison Rotary Club program. Luper is the executive director of the non-profit Jack & Jill Day Care Center in Denison. She was introduced by club president, Father Don Perschall, who works with Luper in the distribution of food from the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church food pantry.

Luper, known as "Miss Kay" at the center, reported that the center is 60 years old and currently cares for 42 children. The primary mission is to teach the children life skills on a day-to-day basis and to make things affordable for the parents. Security and safety of the children is a top priority and a variety of requirements are in place to do this. Parents must sign in to pick up children and doors are automatically locked behind anyone entering the building. Donations are accepted and appreciated by the center, and anyone wanting to tour the facility is encouraged to do so.

This week’s program will be on Rotary’s youth leadership camp.

Tom Bean Friends of the Library

TOM BEAN — The Tom Bean Friends of the Library will host a free community seminar from 10 a.m. until noon on Feb. 8. The session will be held in the community room of Tom Bean City Hall, 2111 North Britton Street.

The program will open with a series of old folk songs performed by a local string trio composed of Jan Hickerson on hammer dulcimer and Annette Hayes and Alida Carpenter in autoharps.

Sue Zanne Petersen will be discussing container gardening and demonstrating how to arrange live plants in a decorative container. After the seminar, the arrangement will be given as a door prize.

The group is collecting good, used items (no clothing) for a spring garage sale fundraiser. Items can be brought to the seminar.

After refreshments, the group will hold its annual business meeting and dues will be collected from members.

For more information, call Ginger Mynatt at 903-819-3937.