Boy Scout Troop #398
meets at the Cedar Creek Bible Church from 7-8:30 p.m. each Tuesday. For
more information, call (903) 498-5725 or (903) 498-3830.
Cedar Creek Art Society
meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the last Thursday of each month at the
Mabank Volunteer Fire Department. A $3 donation per artist is asked.
Cedar Creek Domino Club
meets each week on Wednesday and Thursday mornings and Saturday
afternoons at the Mabank Volunteer Fire Department. For more info, call
Cedar Creek NAR-ANON
meets at 8 p.m. on Tuesday at 715 S. Hwy. 274, Ste. D in Seven Points.
Cedar Creek Narcotics Anonymous
meets at 8 p.m., Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and
Saturday at 715 S. Hwy. 274, Ste. D in Seven Points.
Cedar Creek 49ers Club
meets from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. every Thursday for fellowship and
dancing. The club is located off Arnold Hill Road in Seven Points. A
donation $5 per person is asked.
Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis Club
meets at noon each Wednesday at Lakeridge RV Park
in Gun Barrel City (across from D.Q.), except the second week of the
month, when the club meets Thursday in conjunction with the area chamber
of commerce luncheon.
Cedar Creek Optimist Club
meets every Tuesday at noon at the Dairy Queen in Seven Points. For more
information please call Danny Hampel at (903) 778-4508.
Cedar Creek Republican Club
meets every fourth Thursday. For more information call (903) 887-4867.
Cedar Creek Rotary Club
meets at noon each Friday at Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant. For more
information, call Dee Ann Owens at (903) 340-2415.
Cub Scout Pack #333
meets at the First United Methodist Church of Mabank the second and
fourth Monday at 7 p.m. For information, call Mary Harris at (903)
451-5280 or Tonya Capley at (903) 498-4725.
Girl Scout Troop #112
meets at the First United Methodist Church in
Mabank the second and fourth Monday at 7 p.m. For more info, call
GeriLeigh Stotts at (469) 323-7943 or Malisa Bilberry at (903) 340-7451,
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Disabled American Veterans Chapter 101
meets the second Monday of each month at the
Senior Citizens Center on Hwy. 31 in Athens.
Friendship Club meets
at 1:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Tri-County
Resource Center. For more information, call Janie Ivey at (903)
Girl Scout Troop 2667
meets every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Aley United Methodist Church.
For more information, please call Suzann Smith at (903) 887-3889.
Gun Barrel Quilter’s Guild
meets from 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the
Tri-County Library in Mabank. For more information, please call (903)
Kaufman County Republican Women’s Club
meets the third Saturday of each month at the Farm
Bureau Insurance Company, located at 2477 N. Hwy. 34 in Kaufman. For
more info, call (972) 287-1239 or (903) 880-6770.
Kemp Kiwanis Club
meets at noon each Tuesday at the Nutrition Center
in Kemp. For more information, please call Dr. Jim Collinsworth at (903)
Lake Area Council of the Blind
meets at 6 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month at West Athens
Lake Area Democrats Club
meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at Dairy Queen in
Seven Points. Everyone is welcome. Email email@example.com for
Mabank/Cedar Creek Area Lions Club
meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each
month at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. Call (903) 887-5252 for info.
Mabank Garden Club
meets at 2:45 p.m. at the Tri-County Library on the third Tuesday of
every month (different times in May and December).
Oak Harbor/Tanglewood Crime Watch
meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month
at the R.T. Beamguard Community Center in Oak Harbor.
meet at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month in
the Tri-County Library in downtown Mabank. The public is welcome to
Southeast Kaufman County Senior Citizens Center
Board of Directors
meets at 1 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each
month at the center, located at 300 N. Dallas Street in Kemp. For more
info, call (903) 498-2140.
SUICIDE SURVIVORS GROUP
for those grieving the loss of someone by suicide,
meets every Monday at 6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)
meet at 6 p.m. each Monday at the First Baptist
Church of Mabank. Contact Gaye Ward at (903) 887-5913 for more info.
meet at 7 p.m. each Monday in the Nutrition Center
at TVCC, located off Park Street near the Athens Country Club. This is a
support group for singles of all ages and is supported by TVCC. For more
info, call Hilda Anding at (903) 489-2259.
Answering The Call
Eustace retiree serves as a PA on
Ike-ravaged Texas coastline
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
EUSTACE–Some folks find so much meaning and sense of purpose in
their work that when they retire they just keep on doing what they
love to do. Ed Zwanziger, 72, is one of those folks.
He retired after 34 years of service with the U.S. Air Force, first
as a medic and then a Physician Assistant (PA), and continues seeing
patients at least once a week with Primary Care Associates (PCA) in
Gun Barrel City.
“I fill in when someone is out, which is every Wednesday at least,”
All those years of experience are put to good use, especially when
working with young patients who may need to be put at ease. He can
get down right silly in order to win the trust of his patients, even
wearing a clown’s nose and using the assistance a stuffed toy
orangutan named “Huggy.”
(Soon after the PA educational program was introduced in 1969, the
military came on board, and Zwanziger was one of the first medics to
enroll in the program in 1974, the same year he married his wife
Beverly. Today, a PA program is equal to that of a master’s degree
with some advanced forms earning a PhD, he said.)
Though working part-time with PCA, Dr. Z, as he is often called, is
also one of those summoned when medical staff is needed to serve
those hardest hit by hurricanes.
“It’s what I did in the military, that and training others to
respond to disasters,” he said.
He served evacuees of Katrina and Rita in shelters in Tyler and most
recently completed an exhaustive 10-day stint 50 miles west of
Galveston following Hurricane Ike.
Medical personnel, including PAs, rotate in and out of disaster
sites to volunteer to help those in need. So, when Zwanziger heard
the need for PAs in Bridge City, he packed up and drove the 240
miles “with the intent of doing what I could for as long as I
could,” he said.
However, since he wasn’t part of a disaster management team, he
searched for a group to join. He found a faith-based team called
Active Community Team Services (ACTS), made up of high school and
college students from across the country.
ACTS set up its base of operation in a gymnasium at Bridge High
Victims who were able to get there were examined, treated and given
prescriptions. Then he would make home visits with Orange County
residents who weren’t able to make it into the high school. ACTS
members had been checking on them and coordinated the home visits.
“We would go out doing house calls – or ‘yard calls,’ because some
of them couldn’t get into their houses – and seeing what medication
they might need,” Zwanziger explained. “I would provide refills for
maintenance medicines such as for high blood pressure, diabetes,
thyroid and the like, and they would get a 30-day supply.
“Pharmacies were out of commission,” he added. “These people had
lost their medicine and couldn’t get a refill because their doctor
was not there anymore. Some of these clinics were not going to be
reopened for two to three months.”
During these home visits, he often teamed with Canadian-based
psychologist Jeanne LeBlanc, who assessed emotional and
“It was a dynamite team, working up to 14 hours a day, returning to
the school gymnasium at night, planning the following day and
getting up and doing it all over again,” Zwanziger said.
You’d think after a lifetime of responding to disaster sites, it
would become old hat, or the comparison with Vietnam War casualties
would make the job easier, but it really doesn’t, he said.
“When dealing with the emotional status of victims, it just never
gets easier. It’s why it’s called a disaster,” Zwanziger said.
He retells of one resident who stopped by the school for a
prescription, and told him he had to hurry, because today they were
bringing in a bulldozer to level his house.
“It was very heart-wrenching to try to imagine that they had lost
literally everything they had. Everything,” Zwanziger said.
Yet, it was the same family who stepped in to assist Zwanziger and
The man was just so grateful for the shower, hot meal and a place to
sleep under the meal tent that he started helping the teams.
“Here he was, didn’t have anything, and he’s volunteering his time,”
Zwanziger recounted. Later, he saw the man dropping money into the
“Tell me if that’s not an awesome thing?” Zwanziger asked.
After 10 days, Zwanziger had to head back to fulfill his commitment
to his clinic in Gun Barrel City.
On the last day, he was asked if he could continue his work in
Galveston, but he had to decline so he could return to the clinic,
where Dr. Ben Embry had given him the time off to do what he could.
“I’d like to feel I gave them 110 percent while I was there,” he
Zwanziger continues to keep in touch with his ACTS team by helping
them develop a medical operating procedure.
He also hopes, one day soon, all states will consider allowing their
licensed PAs to respond to disasters in other states.
Zwanziger was frustrated during Hurricane Andrew when laws prevented
him from providing medical care to Louisiana victims. Instead, he
and his wife Beverly handed out ice water.
Closer to home, Zwanziger also uses his medical expertise as a
volunteer talking to teens about the benefits of sexual abstinence
and the consequences of sexually transmitted diseases.
He participates in a speakers’ bureau, “Worth The Wait,” conducting
a program at Kemp ISD every two years. He is also on call when a
judge orders someone to go through the program.
“I use graphic photographs and talk in direct and clear language
with them,” he said, noting one in five abortions involves
terminating a teenage pregnancy.
Judging from parent feedback, he says the program is more successful
than he realized.
Another student program he feels has been successful is one called
“Shattered Dreams,” where a car collision due to drunk driving is
simulated for high school students, taking place the night of the
“I’m really good at making good-looking people look bad,” he said of
his artistry with liquid latex, wax, simulated blood and make-up to
create the illusion of burns, cuts and bruises, called moulage.
“We once made up 300 people in a simulated disaster in a hour and
half,” he said. The moulage effects helped train disaster responders
When Zwanziger is not volunteering his expertise, this Eustace
resident enjoys working with his hands on crafts for the
As part of Hobby Crafters of Dallas, he and Beverly craft wooden
trucks and cars, and stuff dolls to be given away to children in
tough situations, especially at Christmas time.
He also enjoys cooking.
If all this activity seems applicable to someone much younger than
this “retired” couple, who moved to Cedar Creek Lake in 1994, it
might be helpful to know that the translation of their German last
name is “Twenty-ish.”
That explains a lot. In their case, perhaps youth is not wasted on
the young, or young at heart.