Friends of the Sherman Library

Friends of the Sherman Library

The Friends of the Sherman Public Library will host a book review luncheon on Wednesday in the library’s Hope Waller Community Room. Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. and the review begins at noon. It is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and reservations are required and can be made by calling 903-892-7240.

Presenting the review of "The Idiot" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky will be Chris Dowd, senior pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Sherman. "The Idiot" is a 1868 novel telling the story of Prince Lyov Nikolayevich Myshkin. It is a classic tale of the conflict between good and evil.

Dowd attended Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, earning a master of divinity degree. He served as associate pastor and youth minister at Arapaho UMC in Richardson, then as senior pastor at the First UMC in Henrietta. He and his wife, Whitney, have two sons.

Denison Rotary Club

Information on hiring practices was given at last week’s Denison Rotary Club meeting. Presenting the program was Ronald Manthey of the Morgan Lewis Employment Law Firm. He was introduced by Rotary club president, Father Don Perschall.

Manthey docused in hiring policies, background checks, medical evaluations, physical tests and credit checks. He stressed that employers need to have good reasons and back-up information for not hiring someone. He added that hiring practices of smaller companies aren’t usually monitored as closely as larger companies unless someone complains. Leave of absence policies and medical leave are issues closely watched by the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission. He also reported that independent contractor laws have also changed and these businesses are also watched closely by the government.

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Chapter DI, PEO

Nine members of Chapter DI of the Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O) met March 18 in the home of Joanna Parks. Nancy Terry was co-hostess.

President Frankie Mann welcomed attendees and conducted the business meeting. Parks, acting chaplain, shared Psalms 131 with the group.

A formal initiation was led by officers. Taking part were: Darlene Brown, substituting as guard; Parks, acting chaplain; Linda Sullivan, substituting as vice president; Lisa Hall, acting corresponding secretary; and Regina Doden, recording secretary.

During the business meeting, it was announced that the state convention will be held in McAllen.

Brown told members that she has completed visits to nearby P.E.O. chapters and reporting on events from the recent Dallas State Convention. Chapter DI was responsible for exhibits in the Eisenhower Room.

Officers for the new year were elected and installed. They are: Katherine Cherry, president; Mann, vice-president; Hall, treasurer; Shannon Scoggins, recording secretary; Marty Sanderson, corresponding secretary; Nancye Jolly, chaplain; and Patsy Swain, guard.

The next meeting will be April 17 in the home of Glenna Godsey.