Lake Life

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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 (903) 498-4351.
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
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) 887-4666.
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) 451-4221.
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) 887-7486.
Lake Area Council of the Blind meets at 6 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month at West Athens Baptist Church.
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 for more information.
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.
RootSeekers 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 attend.
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 Mabank.
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.
TVCC Singles 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.




KISD’s Slaton receives doctorate
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

KEMP–Learning goes hand-in-hand with living and working, leading and serving.
Kemp Intermediate School assistant principal Joanna Slaton recently demonstrated this when she received her doctorate in education from Stephen F. Austin University.
Her dissertation centered on the leadership characteristics of women administrators in education through a number of interviews with female superintendents throughout the state.
Dr. Slaton spent two and a half years working on her doctorate and hopes to become a school superintendent someday.
Working for her doctorate was challenging as well as exciting, she said.
“The greatest aspect was the focus on leadership,” Slaton explained.
Herself a 1983 Kemp High School graduate, Slaton has spent the last 20 years in the field of education, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Tyler.
Teaching has always been both exciting and challenging for the veteran teacher who began her career at Brownsboro High School in 1989.
Her next assignment took her to Eustace High School, where she remained for eight years.
One of her motivations for being a teacher grew from her love of literature.
“I loved reading, and I wanted the opportunity to get the kids excited about reading and writing (as a teacher),” Slaton said.
It was a passion she wanted to share with youngsters, which she did and had fun doing it.
When a teaching post opened up at Mabank Independent School District, she accepted, spending 10 years there before transferring to Kemp Intermediate School two years ago.
KIS has an estimated 380 students in fourth through sixth grades, and Slaton is right at home among them.
“Everyday is a learning experience. I’m in my element,” she said. “I’m still teaching kids about positive choices.”
Discipline is a big part of her responsibilities.
“When there has been a behavioral problem, we talk about what they did and what is a better way to handle the cause,” Slaton explained.
Communication and relationship building are two of her strongest skills, which she employs everyday, she said.
She and her husband, Roy, have been married for 21 years.
Their 18-year-old daughter, Lauren, is a freshman at Texas A&M.
A 2008 Mabank High School graduate, Lauren was a member of the golf team that competed at the state level last year. Her mother is also an avid golfer.
“Eventually, my career goal is to be a superintendent,” Dr. Joanna Slaton said.
While working toward her degree, she recalled a quote from a pastor, “Greatness is not something to strive for, but something to serve for.”
“I will always remember that saying,” she said.
She will try incorporate the meaning into all her goals, especially her immediate desire.
“I would like to set up a system where discipline is more consistent, and positive behavior is reinforced,” she said.
“And I want to improve communication and relationships with all stakeholders (students, teachers and parents).”
Slaton was recognized for her accomplishments at Tuesday’s Kemp Independent School District board meeting.

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