The National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees (NARVRE) will meet at 10 a.m. this Friday at the First Christian Church in Denison. All railroaders and their spouses are encouraged to attend.

Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food items to the meeting. They will then be used to help local families in need. Members are also asked to continue bringing in aluminum cans and loose change to help fund the group’s miscellaneous expenses.

President Derl Tucker reminds members that 2014 dues should be paid now. They can be mailed to Fran Tucker, treasurer, 1014 Lockhart, Sherman, TX 75092-5166.

Epsilon Sigma Alpha/Gamma Zeta, BSP

The Epsilon Sigma Alpha/Gamma/Zeta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Dec. 2 in the Sherman home of Leneta Wallace. Twenty members were treated to a meal provided by Mary Evelyn Klingman, Lynda Dennard, Sammi Mailes and Charlene Owens. Christmas ornaments were exchanged after the meal.

President Anna Keller led the opening ritual. Jean Norman, substituting for Mary jackson, secretary, read minutes from the last meeting. Treasurer JoAnn Shoulders reported that donations were made to the Light Up A Life program sponsored by Home Hospice in memory of the following people: Vernon Ray, brother of Betty Nash; Tom Latimer, brother of Texanna Norman; and June Collinsworth, sister-in-law of Pat Pierce. Members also voted to donated $250 each to the Salvation Army and Meals on Wheels.

Norman reminded members of the annual Valentine party to be held for the Texoma Community Center (formerly Mental Health Mental Retardation Services of Texoma) residents in February. Betty Mason distributed a list of residents’ names for valentines to be provided by chapter members.

Appreciation was expressed to the chapter’s Ways and Means Committee for a successful nut sale. The workers included Donna and David Bedgood, Jane and Jerry Cantrell, Melba Estes, Anice and Charles Byler and Leneta Wallace. A total of 2,474 pounds of nuts were sold, bringing a profit of more than $6,000.

Keller reminded members that there will be no January meeting. The Feb. 3 meeting will be the Valentine’s party with the Texoma Community Center residents, followed by a dinner and business meeting at the Cotton Patch in Denison.

Linda Sullivan passed the "brag jar" and announced birthdays and anniversaries for the month. A time of special thoughts was held for members with illnesses or losses of loved ones.

Keller led the closing ritual and Norman led in group singing.