Denison Rotary Club

Denison Rotary Club

Denison Police Department’s new K-9 officer and his handler, Officer William Deering, were guests at last week’s Denison Rotary Club meeting.

Rotarian Tom Redwine introduced Deering who noted that the dog is a Dutch German shepherd trained to locate drugs. He explained that, unlike many police k-9 dogs, this dog is calm, friendly and enjoys people when off-duty, but very serious when working. He wasn’t trained to injure a person, but to apprehend and hold a person until an officer can get the person restrained. The dog only leaves the police vehicle when the officer gives him an order to do so and wears a bullet-proof vest. Money to purchase the dog was raised by a number of concerned citizens and businesses and the police department purchased the dog’s vest. Deering added that since the dog has been added to the department, a sizeable amount of drugs have already been gotten off the streets.

Presenting this week’s program will be John Akers, director of Eisenhower’s Birthplace.

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Sherman Community Garden

Members of the Sherman Community Garden group met March 4 and discussed a variety of topics surrounding the project.

At present, there are 12 gardening plots available to the public on a first come first serve basis. The project offers groups and families a place to grow their own vegetables and fruits and to learn about gardening. Scouts from Trooop 66 and a local home-school co-op called ACES worked in the garden on Feb. 22, overseen by Richard Bayless, garden coordinator, and Allen Shaw, and plan to return as time and the weather permits.

The next work day will be scheduled in April, the date to be announced after the April 1 meeting.

Members discussed adding minerals to the plots to help make the soil more organic and productive. Once the organic material needed is gotten, the group will schedule a day to till the material into the garden soil.

The group meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Bayless at 903-818-5845 or go to

Sherman Altrusa Club

Barbara Sloan led the March 4 business meeting of Altrusa International of Sherman, attended by 19 members. Elaine Wills led the invocation and pledge.

Sloan presented the accent, discussing the District Nine Conference at Austin in April. She encouraged members to attend. She also reminded members to check their handbook schedule for dates that their committees are responsible for leading the Pledge of Allegiance, giving the accent and introducing speakers. Sloan also presented a new member application from Brenda jennings who has been recommended for membership by Pat Price. She asked that members refer to their handbook regarding new members.

In other business, minutes and the treasurer’s report from the last meeting were approved. A work night is set for April 29 at the Sherman Public Library. Travel-size toiletries are needed for gift bags, but nothing containing alcohol can be used. Stephanie Singleton, Bea Harmon and Rose Marr compose the nominating committee.

Elaine Wills collected brags and pin money and Kelly Reed recognized her Finance Committee.

Wills led in the Altrusa benediction.

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

Monodrama Club

Dallas book reviewer Joy Morgan Davis will be featured when the Monodrama Club meets at 1:30 p.m. on March 21. The sessions will be held at the Grayson County College Center for Workplace Learning.

Davis will be reviewing Almina by Lady Fiona, Countess of Carnarvon. Lady Fiona lives at Highclere Castle in Hampshire, England where the television series Downton Abbey is filmed. She became interested in the castle’s history as she read the archives, letters, diaries and documents and was especially drawn to the lady of the castle, Almina, during the Edwardian period of history, just before, during and immediately after World War I. With the outbreak of World War I, Almina’s life changed as she threw open the door of Highclere as a hospital for wounded British soldiers and became a skilled nurse. The book tells Almina’s story, along with the lost legacy of Highclere Castle. Along with the review, Davis will present 10 minutes of "To Marry An English Lord" by Cecil MacCall and Carol M. Wallace.

Co-hostesses for the meeting will be Darlene Brown and Linda Scott. Members of the hostess committee are Mary Lu Aycock, Pauline Barnes, Brenda Brychta, Ruby Latham, Betsy Owens, Cathy Pilkilton, Jeanine Price, Sharon Rambo, Julia Retz, May Richards, Carolyn Stanley and Patsy Swain.

Beta Psi Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma

BONHAM — The Beta Psi Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International will have its annual spring salad luncheon on March 22. The event will be held at the Northside Activity Center, 220 North Center, in Bonham, starting at 11 a.m. Presenting musical entertainment will be Rita Fulmer.

Tickets for the luncheon can be purchased in advance from Beta Psi members or at the door and the cost is $8 per person. All money raised from the luncheon will be used to fund scholarship grants for female junior, senior or graduate college students majoring in education.

Anyone who cannot attend but would like to contribute can send checks, payable to Bets Psi, 601 CR 1005, Savoy, Texas 75479. For more information, call 903-583-0882.

Tom Bean Friends of the Library

TOM BEAN — The Tom Bean Friends of the library will hold its annual fundraiser — a spring rummage sale and book sale — on March 21 and 22. The sale will run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day in the community room of Tom Bean City Hall.

The book sale will feature several unique and antique books, as well as numerous fiction, non-fiction and children’s books.

Donations of quality household goods, garden tools, hardware, small furniture and books are being requested. Clothing and shoes will not be accepted. Items for sale can be dropped off from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. on March 20 and all day on March 21 at the community room.

For more information, call 903-819-3937.

Preston Trail NSDAR

POTTSBORO — The Preston Trail Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) will meet on March 20 at Georgetown Baptist Church in Pottsboro. Dinner will begin at 5 p.m. with a cost of $10 and the meeting begins at 6 p.m. and will be conducted by Regent Lisa Lettie.

Guest speaker will be Pamela Marshall of the Joanna Troutman NSDAR chapter in Magnolia. Marshall is the NSDAR national magazine chairwoman and state membership chairwoman. She will be giving information on the NSDAR president general’s project, Celebrate America, which is planned as the NSDAR celebrates its 125 anniversary at Continental Congress in 2015. The project also recognizes and encourages even greater community service efforts by DAR members.

Following Marshall’s program, a business meeting will focus on chapter topics. Members will be collecting items for veterans at the Bonham VA Hospital and donations will be taken for the chapter’s adopted U.S. Marine, 2nd Lt. Bryan Green and his platoon serving in Afghanistan.

Chapter members also took part in the recent Texas Society DAR 115th Conference in Dallas, attended by more than 1,400 DAR members and guests. The conference included meetings, workshops, and member recognition for leadership, volunteerism, historic preservation, education, patriotism, conservation and journalism.

Mary Lou Madden from the Preston Trail chapter received a certificate of appreciation for her service in the United States Military. The chapter as a whole received certificates of appreciation for excellence in the following areas: literacy promotion; the DAR Good Citizens program; promoting American history through its play, Times of the Preston Trail, written by chapter daughter Leta Koch; DAR service for veterans; participating in activities promoting Celebrate America!; women’s issues; history preservation; supporting the Genealogical Records Committee’s Every-Name Indexing Project; media coverage - Internet; and honorable mention for the chapter newsletter.

The NSDAR was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history and support better education and has more than 175,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide. The Texas Society of the DAR, founded in 1894, is the DAR;s largest society with more than 17,000 members.

Women ages 18 and older who are interested in learning about the NSDAR are encouraged to attend the Preston Trail 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 to assist, free of charge. For information, contact Lettie at 817-360-6830.

TMC Volunteers

The TMC Volunteers recently held their annual Appreciation Valentine’s Tea honoring physicians and the staff of Texoma medical Center for their service and dedication to patient care. Welcoming attendees were Diane Winters, president of the volunteer group, Helen Schoeck, volunteer hospitality chairwoman, and the volunteer committee.

Staff members were treated to finger sandwiches, cookies, fruit and vegetables. The night shift staff members received trays of the same at each of their work stations, along with a note of thanks from the volunteers.