Billie Mosse Masonic Lodge

Billie Mosse Masonic Lodge

The Billie Mosse Masonic Lodge will present Denison retired coach and teacher Ty Comstock with a Community Builders Award on Friday, 6:30 p.m., at the lodge, 2101 South Austin Avenue in Denison. All of Comstock’s former students, athletes and co-workers are encouraged to attend and dress is casual.

A meal will be served after the presentation.

Denison Genealogical Society

The Denison Genealogical Society will meet at 1:30 p.m. March 26 at the Denison Public Library. The free session is open to members and anyone wishing to learn more about genealogy research. Guests are welcome to bring and discuss information they have on their ancestors.

This month’s meeting will feature a roundtable discussion on "Five things we don’t know about you." The meeting is designated to let members and attendees learn something new and interesting about each other.

Guest speaker at the February meeting was Freda Riley of Leonard who grows colored cotton. She demonstrated how to spin cotton and other fibers and spoke about the fiber arts and their importance to generations past and present day.

The society meets the last Wednesday of each month, 1:30 p.m., at the Denison Public Library.

Red River Rose Society

President Sandy Haynes opened the March meeting of the Red River Rose Society with questions for the Consulting Rosarians. Rose Rosette Disease dominated the discussion. Shovel pruning or digging out the infected bush and discarding it in plastic bags is still the recommended treatment as no successful countermeasure has been devised.

Haynes reminded members of the annual rose sale April 25 at the Gryason County courthouse in Sherman. The rose sale is held in conjunction with the Grayson County Master Gardener Plant Sale.

Guest speaker Pam Smith, director of the extensive rose gardens in Farmer’s Branch, discussed roses for landscaping. She encouraged using roses throughout a landscape rather than in a separate garden. She recommended drawing up a general plan envisioning what the rose bush will be when fully grown so enough space is allotted to keep the bush from encroaching on other plants or paths. Roses require eight hours of sunlight a day and good air circulation. Avoid planting them where there is too much shade or planting bushes closer than 10-foot centers to avoid unsatisfactory growth and blooms. The bush shouldn’t be planted where spray irrigation hits them as that can cause disease. Slow-drip irrigation is preferred. Smith also cautioned against using rose advice from books that aren’t based on local growing conditions. Among Smith’s favorite rose varieties are Lady Banks, Crepuscule, Old Blush, Mutabilis, McClinton Tea, Penelope, Belinda’s Dream, Double Knockout, Home Run, Quietness, Cinco de Mayo, The Fairy, Martha Gonzalez, and all the Drift varieties. All these varieties are low maintenance.

Winners of the monthly draw were Karen Page, Lacey Price and Phyllis Lawrence.

The next meeting of the society will beApril 22, 6:30 p.m., at the Denison Public Library. Guest speaker will be Barb Palmer, owner of Sweet Water Farm nursery in Denison, discussing alternate uses for roses such as making potpourri and using them to spice food.

Sherman Noon Lions Club

Eddie Brown was welcomed as the guest speaker at the recent Sherman Noon Lions Club meeting. He is the president/chief executive officer of the Sherman Chamber of Commerce.

Brown discussed various Chamber of Commerce events such as the annual awards luncheon honoring businesses and community leaders, Hot Summer Nights, the new teacher luncheon, the Arts Fest, Christmas parade and activities with Denison and Pottsboro Chambers of Commerce. He discussed how the chamber promotes Sherman in a variety of ways, the Leadership Sherman program and the trip to the Texas capital for Legislative Days. Brown also updated the group on Panda Energy, activities with the North Texas Regional Airport and the area’s branding project.

Beta Zeta Master Chapter, BSP

Gloria McCraw and Ann Coulter hosted the March 6 meeting of the Beta Zeta Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. President Lucille Shelton led the session, attended by 14 members.

Prior to the business meeting, an Exemplar Ritual was held for Linda McAnaney. Geraldine Campbell conducted the ritual, assisted by Dorothy Bates. McAnaney was recognized for her exemplary conduct, expression and purpose. Her Ritual of Jewels badge was replaced with the Exemplar Degree badge and she also received a certificate.

During the business meeting, Ruby Moran read minutes of the previous meeting and Peggy Wheat gave the treasurer’s report. A note of thanks had been sent to members by Shelton, expressing her appreciation for being chosen as Valentine queen and of her enjoyment as a BSP member.

International correspondence consisted of memorial books for Mary Frances Gladen and Willene Kidd. Members signed the books and Campbell will deliver them to the honorees’ children. International study of contributions to the endowment funds included a list of organizations benefiting from chapters’ contributions. Moran will provide a copy of the information to each member.

On March 20, members were to gather at Campbell’s home before touring the Perrin Field Historical Museum at North Texas Regional Airport. Following the tour, the group would dine at Huck’s Catfish in Denison.

Judy Bolen has become an active member on leave of absence. She will receive her training for the Ritual of Jewels during this time.

A memorial was sent to the Kid’s Pantry back pack program in Willene Kidd’s Memory. The donation was made by Sherrie Jackson. Members are also to bring items to the next meeting to be donated to the Kid’s Pantry.

It was announced that Founder’s Day will be April 29. The Preceptor Xi Mu chapter will be in charge of the event.

The nominating committee of Johnnye Felts, Campbell and Coulter will present a list of nominations at the April meeting.