Texoma Poetry Society

Texoma Poetry Society

Fort Worth poet Lynn Lewis will be the guest speaker at the Nov. 2 meeting of the Texoma Poetry Society. The meeting begins at 2 p.m. in the Hope Waller Community Room of the Sherman Public Library and is free and open to the public.

Lewis is the winner of the 2012 Edwin M. Eakin Memorial Book Publication Award for her book Somewhere to Come From, Just this Side of Paradise. The award has been sponsored for 91 years by the Poetry Society of Texas and Lewis is the first African American to receive the honor. Though born in Chicago, Illinois, Lewis has spent most of her life in Texas and earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from North Texas State University. She was formerly a medical technician, but then followed her instincts for writing and performing poetry. She is a past president of the Poets of Tarrant County and currently sits on the board of directors of the Poetry Society of Texas.

Lewis’ dramatic performing style allows body language to help interpret her works. In Fort Worth, she performed poetry for two years with group exhibitions. Of her poetry, one reviewer notes how her poems "beautifully combine intellect and emotion into tiny, wry meditations on the human condition." A judge states that Lewis’ poems, to him, are "as welcoming as a warm kitchen in winter."

Other publications by Lewis include poems in the 2008 TExas Poetry Calendar and the collection Best of Texas Poetry Calenter. Other honors have included first place in Frontiers in Writing Competition by Panhandle Professional Writers and honorable mention for the Hidden World Poetry Contest, as well as appearnaces in Poetic License, Fort Worth Poet and the DFW Poetry Review. Since 2007, Lewis has been a contributing writer to Kids Who Care by the Musical Theater Company in Fort Worth.

Following Lewis’ program, writers of original poems may stay for a round robin reading of their work with feedback of other writers, if desired.

American Legion Riders MIA Post 23

POTTSBORO — The American Legion Riders of the American Legion MIA Post 231 recently held their monthly meeting. Carl Flemming led the session.

New members Rustin Stapleton and James Caldwell were welcomed.

It was announced that the 2014 patches are now available.

Announcements included information on fundraising poker runs, the Ivanhoe Wine and Music Festival and the American Red Cross benefit. The Elks Lodge is having a run on Nov. 9 benefiting jesse Elliott. Registration is at 11 a.m. and the run starts at 1 p.m.

Items are needed for the live and silent auctions at the fall rally.

The membership was thanked for is support of the local breast cancer awareness benefit. The group raised approximately $6,500.

A portion of the group’s bylaws was read and discussed, dealing with life memberships and duties of chapter officers. Also discussed was riding safety when in groups.

The closing prayer was led by Rick Lyons.

Grayson County Rotary Club

Larry Atherton, Grayson County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1, presented last week’s Grayson County Rotary Club meeting.

Atherton served for 24 years with the Sherman Police Department before being elected as a Justice of the Peace (JP), taking office on Jan. 1 of this year. He noted that the Justice Court was set up in the Republic of Texas by the constitution of 1836. It is based off the position called "peace keeper" from the 1300s. The constitutions have kept the justice of the peace through the y ears, although their duties have somewhat changed.

In discussing JP duties, Atherton said that a JP is requird to go to the jail daily and set bonds and must determine probable cause before setting a bond. Recently, the Justice Courts were divided into two separate courts - one that hears criminal cases and a small claims court. The small claims court hears cases involving damages from an automobile accident, security deposits, evictions, debt suits or breach of contract. There is a $10,000 limit for any civil case heard in the JP court and anything over that must be heard in a higher court. In the criminal court, the JP can hear any Class C case that does not include jail time. These include tickets that are given by the Department of Public Safety. The JP is also called upon for deaths.

To share information with or learn more about the Grayson County Rotary Club, call Terry Everett at 903-814-0292 or visit www.graysonrotary.org. The club meets every Wednesday, 6:50 a.m., at Fulbelli’s Restaurant in downtown Sherman.

Xi Theta Delta BSP

The regular meeting of the Xi Theta Delta chapter of Beta Sigma Phi was held Oct. 21 in the home of Sonia Burkart. President Janine McKee presided over the meeting, attended by eight members and one guest, Jeanie Murr.

For the month’s service project, members brought candy to fill Halloween cups for clients at the Rehab Center of Sherman. Dorothy Brinkman, service chairwoman, requested that for November members bring canned goods or donations for Grand Central Station in Sherman.

The Social Committee discussed plans for a Denison Main Street "Girls Night Out" on Nov. 7.

The Wayns and Means Committee finalized details for the annual garage sale to be held Oct. 26.

Burkart presented a program about potatoes, noting that there are more than 5,000 varieties with 3,000 of them being from the Andes area of South America. She then served mashed potato "martinis" and each member wrote down a favorite potato recipe which was copied and given to all present.

Dorothy Brinkman won the door prize and secret sister gifts were exchanged.

The next meeting will be held Nov. 11 in the home of Eve Gilmore.