George Blakey DAR

George Blakey DAR

BONHAM — The George Blakey Chapter of the Daughter of the American Revolution began the new year with a round-table discussion when the group recently met. Past accomplishments and future goals were the members’ focus.

Members shared information on the success of the group’s holiday raffle of two quilts. The project raised more than $500 for the Mary Lou Kissinger Scholarship Fund. Kissinger was an active member of the group until her death in 2012. Scholarships will be awarded this spring and additional information will be available soon on the group’s Facebook page.

This spring, the chapter will host a fashion show, tentatively scheduled during the March monthly meeting. Members Louise Calhoun and Alice Crosby will represent the chapter as delegates to the annual state conference.

The chapter awards scholarships to graduating seniors and gives awards to Good Citizen and American History essay winners. The group also donates to the Tammassee DAR School in South Carolina and the Kate Duncan Smith School in Alabama.

The next meeting will be at 2 p.m. on Feb. 15 in the Elizabeth May room of American Bank in Bonham. Membership is open to women age 18 and over.

Altrusa Club

Dr. Randy McBroom was the guest speaker at the jan. 21 meeting of Altrusa International of Sherman. The session, conducted by Barbara Sloan, was attended by 22 members and one guest. Stephanie Singleton led the invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance.

Lana Dunlap introduced McBroom who is the Government Services Department Director for the Texoma Council of Governments (TCOG). He noted that TCOG has four departments, covers three counties and 35 cities, and has a 15-member board of directors. He discussed the many responsibilities and duties of TCOG. He also announced that a "state of the art" 911 system will be activated this spring and that once the telephone company has the equipment in place, there will be 911 texting capability, as well.

Sloan announced that an honorarium donation will be sent to Grayson College in McBroom’s name. She also reminded members they need to sign up for upcoming dinner meetings.

For more information about Altrusa, meet 903-893-1492.

Red River Hattitudes

The Red Hat Red River Hattitudes recently gathered at Jone’s BBQ in Denison for a dinner. Ten members attended.

Games were directed by Wanda Hutchison and Joyce Mohling and prizes were awarded.

Jean Redding led in prayer.

The March meeting will feature the graduation of two members from pink hats to red hats.

Denison Rotary Club

Scouting was the program topic at this week’s Denison Rotary Club meeting. Bringing the information was Austin O’Neil, district executive of the Texoma Valley District Boy Scouts of America, introduced by Rotarian Tom Redwine.

O’Neil reported that the Boy Scout program is growing in Denison and that there are provisions to help those who cannot afford to belong to the organization. He added that the local program is in the "rebuilding" stage and that extra efforts are being made to recruit members and volunteers from the Hispanic community.. Three Denison churches — Waples Memorial United Methodist Church, Trinity United Methodist Church and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church — sponsor troops. Volunteers, regardless of experience, are welcomed into the program. Projects and fundraisers are held to raise money to support the troops. In 2013, local groups collected 397,000 aluminum cans. Money from the sale of the cans was used for various projects within the troops.

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