Vietnam Veterans of America

Vietnam Veterans of America

Chapter 973 of the Vietnam Veterans of America will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Grandy’s Restaurant in Sherman. Those wishing to dine are encouraged to arrive early.

Guest speaker will be Gus A. Wolman III, owner of Winners Circle Country Music Publishing. He will be giving information on a planned concert with country music artist Lou Ann Petty on March 29, 2014, designated as Vietnam Veterans Day.

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Billie Mosse Masonic Lodge

The Billie Mosse Masonic Lodge in Denison will hold a Senior Warden’s Breakfast this Saturday. The gathering will begin at 9 a.m.

Insurance Women of Texoma

The Insurance Women of Texoma will meet from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Nov. 20 at Woodlawn Country Club. Anyone in insurance or a related field who may be interested in attending should contact Lois Runnels at 903-465-8383 or Cherise McCann at 903-868-9696.

Speaker for the day will be Deana Patterson, Grayson County elections administrator. Patterson graduated from Pottsboro High School and attended Grayson College, North Texas State University and Austin College. She worked in the banking industry for 27 years and was the county’s elections clerk for four years before being recently named as the election administrator. She will be presenting "Vote Centers: A Convenient Election Day Concept."

Following Patterson’s presentation, a business meeting will be held and a report on the recent convention will be given.

Grayson County Rotary Club

The new Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center, currently under construction, was discussed at this week’s Grayson County Rotary Club meeting. Janet Ventura presented the information.

The new center is located on the northwest corner of U.S. Hwy. 75 and Hwy. 691, directly west of Texoma Medical Center. The $17 million project is being bankrolled by Al Denson, a Christian singer-songwriter and investor who also owns the Willowood Ranch in Bells. Encompassing more than 24,000 square feet, the center will include 130 rooms plus multiple meeting and special event rooms for small up to large groups of 1,000 people, two kitchens, a restaurant and bar and more amenities. Plans are for the facility to be completed in a year which will bring between 140 and 160 new jobs to the area. Ventura, who has managed and booked events for Willowood Ranch will be working at the center.

Connie Herrera and Rachael Cook of the Austin College Rotaract Club and Mac Broiles of the Sherman Rotary Club were welcomed as visitors to the meeting.

To share information with or learn more about the Grayson County Rotary Club, call Terry Everett at 903-814-0292 or visit The club meets at 6:50 a.m. every Wednesday at Fulbelli’s Restaurant in downtown Sherman.

Denison Service League

Recent successes, upcoming activities and charitable projects were discussed when members of the Denison Service League held their November meeting.

The group’s recent Dancing With the Stars event raised more than $12,000. The league’s Allocations Committee elected to distribute the money between eight local charities — Big Brother/Big Sisters, CASA of Grayson County, the Child & Family Guidance Center of Grayson County, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Grayson County, Hannah’s Horseshoes of Hope, Jack & Jill Childcare Center, the Kids’ Pantry and the Volunteer Services Council. It was also reported that the league’s resale shop, the Bargain Box, reached an all-time, one-day high in sales during Denison’s Fall Festival.

This month, the league’s Family Service Committee will be Christmas shopping for children whose names have been provided by Child Protective Services. The committee is also beginning working on a project for one of the league’s members who is a missionary who travels several times a year to third world countries to assist doctors, dentists and nurses in administering medical care to people in need. The project includes making denim tote bags, dish scrubbers, pot holders and aprons, as well as making bears for children in the Texoma Medical Center emergency room.

It was announced that the DSL provisional members will host the annual DSL Christmas Tea on Dec. 8. The provisionals have chosen the Child & Family Guidance Center as the tea’s charity. They are requesting fleece fabric that can be made into blankets for children who are going through counseling. Each DSL member is asked to bring to the tea one and one-half yards of fleece fabric. The Child & Family Guidance Center staff has a group of teenagers who will make the blankets.

Dorchester Women’s Club

DORCHESTER — Members of the Dorchester Women’s Club gathered Nov. 12 at the Dorchester Baptist Church for a meeting and Thanksgiving luncheon. The session opened with prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.

A phrase credited to Thomas A. Edison was given as the "phrase of the day" - "The most certain way to succeed is to always try first one more time." The day’s parting thought, credited to Mark Twain, was "Never put off tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well."

Carol Groner presented a program on paper crafts and ways to use them as gifts for the holiday season.

Members agreed to hold a fundraising white elephant auction at the Dec. 10 meeting. The session will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Dorchester Baptist Church. Guests are welcome.

Celebrating November birthdays were Groner and Judy Akin. Anniversary celebrants were Alice and James Stewart.

American Legion Riders

POTTSBORO — The American Legion Riders, Post 231 MIA met Nov. 9. Carl Flemming called the session to order, James "Okie" Jetters posted the colors, Mark Thomson led the Pledge of Allegiance and Rick Lyons led in prayer.

Minutes of the last meeting, presented by Debbie Carpenter, and the treasurer’s report were accepted. Cindy Hicks reported on the number of "early bird" dues that had been paid and encouraged anyone who hasn’t paid dues to do so.

Upcoming events for the group were discussed. Steve Duncan noted that the For the Kids Toy Run will be Dec. 1. Registration begins at 10 a.m. at Red River Auto in Denison. The ride gets underway at 1 p.m. Members will also be having a group ride to dine out on Nov. 29. Information on the time and location will be sent to members. For the toy run, members are selling sponsorship spots to be printed on the back of tee-shirts, as well as raffle tickets for a 55-inch ?LED TV. Contact any member of the post for information.

Carl Flemming gave the second reading of additions to the group’s by-laws. After one more reading, members will be voting on them. Flemming also made a motion which the membership passed to purchase 10-year patches in lieu of wearing all the single patches for each year.

A flyer listing supplies needed for veterans is now available and will be posted on the bulletin board. The collection date is Nov. 22 and most of the needs are for hygiene products such toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, etc…

On Saturday, the group will be hosting 60 wounded veterans. The veterans will be fishing during the day and will be at the American Legion post for a fish fry Saturday night.

Members recently participated in the Jesse Elliott Benefit Ride which drew 96 motorcycles. Proceeds will go into the Jesse Elliott Street Safety Education program which will focus on teaching driving safety in schools and colleges.

The next meeting will be Dec. 15.