Denison Lions Club

Denison Lions Club

Donations are being accepted for the annual Denison Lions Club Goodfellows program. The program provides qualifying families with food and children’s toys for Christmas.

Needed are non-perishable food items, as well as grocery store gift cards and cash which can be used by the club to purchase needed foods. Toys for children ages 12 and younger are also requested by the club.

Donations can be dropped off at the Lions Club Toy Shop, located on Crawford Street in Denison. For times and more information, call the toy shop at 904-465-8103.

Bells and Ector Masonic Lodges

BELLS — More than 100 first graders in Bells, Ector and Savoy recently received free prevent tooth decay kits through the Fantastic Teeth Fan Club. The kits were assembled and delivered to the schools by members of the Bells masonic Lodge and the Ector Masonic Lodge. Markham Patton led the effort.

The Fantastic Teeth Club is sponsored by Masonic Home and School (MHS) of Texas. The goal is to prevent toothaches, reduce missed school days due to dental problems and cut costs for dental treatment. The kit contained a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floos, healthy teeth sticker, a two-minute timer, information on keeping teeth healthy (provided in both English and Spanish) and a summary of MHS services.

More than 51 million school hours are lost each year due to dental-related illnesses. Discomfort and pain from untreated dental disease can also lead to problems in eating and speaking.

The non-profit MHS has helped Texas children for more than 100 years. For more information, call 877-203-9111, send an email to or go to

Monodrama Club

The Monodrama Club held its 75-year diamond jubilee anniversary celebration on Nov. 8 at the Center for Workplace Learning at Grayson College. The diamond theme was carried out, with attendees receiving special party favors.

A history of the club was portrayed in a skit presented by past and present board members. They included Nancy Terry, Vera Hilliard, Charlotte Shelton, Marcia Mawer, Virginia Hales, Kay Casey and Mary Lou James.

Presenting a musical program was Dallas-area musician, actor and entertainer, Dave Tanner. He presented music beginning in 1938 when the Monodrama Club began, up to more modern tunes.

During the gathering, a special presentation was made to Skeet Pool of Denison who has been a member of the club for 58 years.

Mary Brown Paul Book Review Club

The Mary Brown Paul Book Review Club held its first meeting of the new club year on Oct. 17 at The Library Grill.

During a brief business meeting, President Carolyn Andrews asked group leaaders to exchange duties so that no one person was responsible for contacting members any longer than one year.

Following the luncheon, Colleen Roach Boudreaux, formerly of Sherman, reviewed "America 1900" by Judy Crichton. The author was a journalist and documentary writer, preparing scripts for the American Experience in PBS and received the Peabody Award, the Dupont Award and several Emmy awards. The book covered interesting facts, including the Jan. 1 custom, begun by President John Adams, of holding an open house so all Americans could attend and shake his hand. There were 3,354 guests recorded that first year. This tradition continued until 1932.

The next meeting will be Dec. 19. The location will be announced in the near future.

Texoma Patriots

VAN ALSTYNE — Lisa Fritsch, a candidate running for the Republican party nomination for the Texas governor campaign, will be the guest speaker when the Texoma Patriots meet Nov. 18. The gathering will be at 7 p.m. at Buck Snort BBQ in Van Alstyne. Those wishing to dine should arrive earlier.

A seventh generation Texan, Fritsch was raised in Tyler and now resides in Austin. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a baccalaureate in the Japanese language and literature. She is a broadcaster and political commentator, is a contributor to several news sites and has authored a book entitled Obama, Tea Parties and God: What It Means To Be An American, A Conservative and A Christian. Fritsch is also a guest on nationally-syndicated programs and local news programs. She is the mother of two children and is married to Mike Fritsch.