Preston Trail NSDAR

Preston Trail NSDAR

POTTSBORO — Kathy Hanlon will be the guest speaker when the Preston Trail Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) meets on Jan. 16. The session will begin at 6 p.m. and be held at Georgetown Baptist Church in Pottsboro. Dinner begins at 5 p.m. at the cost of $10. Regent Lisa Lettie will conduct the session.

Hanlon is the national chairwoman of the National Defense Committee and will be discussing United States national defense. The National Defense Committee was established in 1926 to assist NSDAR members in carrying out the patriotic, educational and historical objectives of the society. The committee advocates a strong American military defense and publishes material in support of these positions.

Following the program, a business meeting will be held. Members will be collecting items for veterans at the Bonham VA Hospital. Donations will also be taken for the group’s adopted United States marines, Sgt. Angela Gonzalez and 2nd Lt. Bryan Green and both of their platoons, all serving in Afghanistan.

Women ages 18 and older who are interested in learning about the NSDAR are encouraged to attend the meeting. Membership is open to any woman who can trace her lineage back to a family member who either fought in or gave aid to the American Revolution. Trained genealogist volunteers are available, free of charge, to assist in lineage research.

For more information, call Lettie at 817-360-6830.

Altrusa International

The Sherman Altrusa Club held its business meeting on Jan. 7 at Carol’s Red Apron. President Barbara Sloan conducted the session and Beverly Jackson gave the invocation and led in the Pledge of Allegiance. Attending were 18 members and four guests.

Sloan gave the evening’s accent, focusing on the challenges and goals of 2013. These included work nights, fellowship, distributing gifts to veterans, the annual teddy bear parade, the Christmas Pilgrimage and Christmas dinner.

Treasurer Kelly Reed gave the treasurer’s report. She also requested that all members sign up for future dinner meetings and advise her if they need to cancel. If members do not make the meeting or cancel their dinner reservation, they will be charged. It was also announced that work nights have been scheduled for April, July and September.

Dr. Mary Moses presented a prize to Sarah Hagberg for selling the most pilgrimage tickets this year.

Bea Harmon conducted the installation for two new members — Fran Sikora and Ann Mooney. Their sponsors were Pat Price and Hagberg. The new members will be placed on a committee and take part in the annual Christmas fundraiser.

Barbara Powell collected more than 20 "brags" plus pin money.

Hagberg led in the benediction.

For more information about Altrusa membership, call 903-893-1492.

Grayson County Republican Women

The Grayson County Republican Women will meet at 11:45 on Jan. 17 at Grayson Hall inside Kelly Square in Sherman. Soup and salad will be available for $10.

Invitations to speak have been extended to Bill Magers, Jim Maddock, Gene Short and Trent Bass who are all running the the Grayson County judge seat.