Experimental Aircraft Association

Experimental Aircraft Association

Sherman Chapter 323 of the Experimental Aircraft Association will meet this Thursady, 7 p.m., in the terminal building of the Sherman Municipal Airport, 1200 South Dewey Avenue. Anyone interested in aviation is encouraged to attend.

Jim Smisek, chapter member, will be discussing commuting to work using an airplane. He will provide a cost comparison between aerial commuting and vehicles and also tell of interesting situations.

For more information about the chapter, go to www.eaa323.org or call Leldon Locke at 903-893-1226.


Members of the Lake Texoma Chapter 1290 of National Active and Retired Federal Employees met Oct. 3 at The Renaissance to celebrate the group’s 40th anniversary. The invocation was given and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Bruce Hottel, service officer,

President Paul Richards welcomed attendees and noted that Tom Davis and Buddy Harris have are the longest-running members, having joined in 1988. Albums and scrapbooks covering the group’s activities were viewed. Among these articles was a letter from Feb. 15, 1976 granting the chapter’s charter and a page on the planting of the Tejas tree on Feb. 15, 1976 on the Sherman square in tribute to the chapter.

Presentations were made by Rhonda Crowder with the Community Sales Leader and new NARFE member Jacqueline Oliver.

Richards discussed the December meeting to be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sherman. He urged members to invite potential members to attend. He also announced that the chapter will have a classic car entry in the Nov. 9 Veterans Day parade in Denison.

Larry Peters, past president, gave the names of the proposed new officers for the coming year. Candidates are: Paul Richards, president; Ralph Mattingly, vice president; Jackie Oliver, second vice president; Diane Geer, secretary/programs; and Jane Cranford, treasurer.

For information about NARFE, call 903-465-0099.


President Derl Tucker led last week’s meeting of the National ASsociation of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees. Monthly reports were heard from Bettye Henry, Fran Tucker, Harry Gates and Lyle "Cookie" Nelson.

Members observing October birthdays are Stan Holden, Vera Kennedy, Linda Solomon, Bettye Henry, Betty Bond, Kay Clark, Roy Cooper, Faye Darnell, May Eldredge, Vera Harrison, Louise Hauschild, Betty Grier, Mary Griffin, Vernetta Wilder, Jackie Hunt, Billie Mace, Mary Malear, Jeannean Smith, James Wiggins, Genette Wheeler and Doris Decker. Celebrating October anniversaries are Billie and Joe Mace, Lewis and Faye Darnell, Kenneth and Sandy Kendall, Kay and Willie Clark and C.J. and Mary Griffin.

Billie Mace won the door prize.

The next meeting will be Nov. 8 at the First Christian Church in Denison.

Beta Zeta Master BSP

Syble Cox hosted 14 members of the Beta Zeta Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi (BSP) met Oct. 3. President Lucille Shelton led the session.

Willeen Kidd conducted the BSP Exemplar Degree for recognition of services for Lucille Shelton and Louise Shorter. The degree recognizes members who exemplify the highest purposes of BSP. Kidd also presented Dorothy Bates with her 65-year BSP membership pin.

A three-star rating for "You Are Among Friends" for the previous year was received from BSP International and presented to Geraldine Campbell who presided over the meetings that year. A brief discussion was held on how to form a "Friendly Venture" chapter, and Shelton advised members that the BSP magazine, The Torch, is now available online.

Ruby Moran read a thank-you card from Marilyn Taylor who recently transferred to Colorado Springs, Colorado. Shelton read a card with condolences from BSP International for the death of Imogene Gilliam, a chapter member. The card will be forwarded to her family. Members approved a motion to send a memorial to Eleanor Via, widow of O.W. Via.

Vicki Watson discussed donations to be made to Helping Hands and the Kids Pantry. Members can bring these donations to the next meeting.

Judy Bolen advised members that the Grayson College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management program has re-opened its student-run restaurant. Regular hours are Wednesdays and Fridays during the semester and hours of operation will be 11:15 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. Menus will be posted on Facebook.

Dorothy Bates of the Ways and Means Committee is gathering items for a garage sale set for Oct. 18 and 19 at the home of Wanda Odom. Volunteers to assist with the sale are needed.

Geraldine Campbell presented a program on interesting facts about inventions by Thomas Edison, Lady Randolph Churchill, the Egyptians, the Chinese, the Squibb Company and David Giuliani. She also discussed using household items to treat physical problems such as molasses for easing muscle cramps and fading varicose veins.

Door prize winners were Ann Coulter and Ruby Moran.

The next meeting will be in the home of Louise Shorter.

Grayson County Historical Society

Due to interest in the topic of DNA and genealogy, the Grayson County Historical Society will host a second meeting this month — Oct. 24 — again featuring guest speaker Michael Bassett. The session will be at 6:30 p.m. at Frontier Village inside Loy Park in Denison. The session is free and open to anyone interested in attending.

Bassett, a Plano resident, will be discussing how DNA testing can be used to help family researchers overcome genealogical "brick walls," make ancestral connections and provide other information on biological and gelgraphical heritage. He will explain Y-DNA (male), mtDNA (primarily female) and autosomal family finder (male and female) DNA tests. Also discussed will be surname projects, haplogroups and how to get started.

Bassett has been actively involved with using DNA for genealogical purposes since 2002. He is a speaker for the International Society of Genetic Genealogy, co-administrator of www.FamilyTreeDNA.com’s Bassett surname DNA project, administrator of the Chason surname DNA project and is running 16 DNA accounts for his own family lines. He will also cover DNA test results from www.23andME.com. He is past president and vice president of programs for the Collin County Genealogical Society, a past City of Plano Heritage Commissioner, a monthly genealogy volunteer for the Plano Public Library since 2007, a Boy Scouts of America genealogy merit badge couinselor and a RIP Guardian volunteer helping to maintain and enhance a historic Texas cemetery.

Hosting the evening will be Lori Malory, Rebecca Holt, Billie and Robin Montgomery and Genette and Bill Wheeler.

Leading the society is John Ramsey, president, and Ivert Mayhugh, vice president.

For more information, call 903-891-9379 or 903-463-1674 or send an email to jbdustbunny@gmail.com.

Bonham Kiwanis Club

BONHAM — Randy Bowen was named "Kiwanian of the Year" when the Bonham Kiwanis Club recently met. It was noted that he is not only active in the Kiwanis Club, but often helps in the community.

Kiwanian Michael Evans introduced Dyan Dietz, pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Bonham, and Millynn Teal of the after-school program at the Family Life Center.

Teal told the group that the program has 30 volunteers helping the children after school with reading, spelling and other homework. The program currently has space for more children and is in need of more volunteers.

Dietz reminded members of Great Days of Service which will be held in Bonham on Oct. 19. Bowen announced that 155 people have already signed-up to help with the annual project.

The club presented Brad Nichols, Bonham fire chief, with a donation to help with fire prevention programs at local schools.

Kiwanian Jane Alvizo spoke to the group about her memories of the Fannin County Fair during the 1970s and 1980s. Alvizo was the first female to serve on the fair board. She cited the efforts of many within the community including Aubrey McAlister, Bryce McIntyre and Wayne Cranfill, all of whom supported the fair in a variety of ways.

The Bonham Kiwanis Club continues to manage the monthly Bonham Trade Days which enables the group to fund its projects helping the youths of Bonham and Fannin County. The club meets every Tuesday at Cappy’s Cafe in downtown Bonham.