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Clubs and Such

BNI (Business Network International) - Cedar Creek Professionals - meets every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at Comfort Suites, located at U.S. Hwy. 175 and TX 198 in Mabank. Larry Williams (903) 887-2847 or

Boy Scout Troop #398 meets at the Cedar Creek Bible Church from 7-8:30 p.m. each Tuesday. (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 Wednesday morning at the KC Senior Citizen Center, 405 W. Walnut in Mabank. (903) 887-6549 or (903) 887-1514.

Cedar Creek NAR-ANON meets at 8 p.m. on Thursday at 715 S. Hwy. 274, Ste. D in Seven Points. (903) 432-2405.

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. (903) 432-2405.

Cedar Creek 49ers Club meets every Thursday for fellowship and dancing. Doors open at 6 p.m. The club is located off Arnold Hill Road in Seven Points. (903) 432-3552.

Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Wednesday at The Jalapeno Tree in Gun Barrel City, except the second week of the month, when the club meets Thursday in conjunction with the area chamber of commerce.

Cedar Creek Optimist Club meets every Tuesday at noon at the Dairy Queen in Seven Points. Danny Hampel at (903) 778-4508.

Cedar Creek Republican Club meets every fourth Thursday. (903) 887-4796.

Cedar Creek Rotary Club meets at noon each Friday at Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant. Dee Ann Owens at (903) 340-2415.

Disabled American Veterans Chapter 101 meets the second Monday of each month at the Senior Citizens Center on Hwy. 31 in Athens.

Girl Scout Troop #112 meets at the First United Methodist Church in Mabank on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. Contact Kathey Brown email or (800) 422-2260 or visit

GriefShare Recovery support group meets at 7 p.m. each Tuesday at Cedar Creek Church of God, located at 142 Rodney Dr., Gun Barrel City. (903) 887-0293.

Gun Barrel Quilter’s Guild meets from 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. (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. (972) 287-1239 or (903) 880-6770.

Kemp Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Thursday at La Fuente Mexican Restaurant in Kemp. 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.

Mabank Al-Anon Family Group meets at 6 p.m. on Thursdays at Mabank First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Families of alcoholics are welcome. (903) 887-2781.

Mabank/Cedar Creek Area Lions Club meets at 1 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. (903) 887-5252.

Mabank Garden Club meets at 1:45 p.m. at the Tri-County Library on the third Tuesday of every month (different times in May and December).

Mabank TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Mabank First Baptist Church. (903) 887-7700 or (903) 451-0126.

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.

Rainbow Girls, Masonic Youth organization meets on the second and fourth Saturdays at 10 a.m. at the Cedar Creek Masonic Lodge. Donna Dean at ddean45@

Roddy Masonic Lodge meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday each month. (903) 887-6201.

RootSeekers meet at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month in the Tri-County Library in downtown Mabank.

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. (903) 498-2140.

Tamarack Ladies Club meets at 11 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the TLC Hall.

Trinity Valley Community College Band meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday in the TVCC band hall. Group is open to any community member who plays an instrument. (903) 675-6222.

Trinity Valley Singles Support Group meets at 7 p.m. each Monday at Athens First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall on Lovers Lane. This is a support group for singles of all ages. Jean Love at (903) 451-4697 or Donna Stinson (903) 675-7270.


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Youth WorkCamp participant to be housed at Mabank High School
By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Contributing Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–Kiwanis members attending the meeting at the Jalapeńo Tree Restaurant in Gun Barrel City, Jan. 25, heard from guest speaker First United Methodist Church Child and Youth Director Allison Partridge.
Partridge explained FUMC is co-sponsoring the 2012 WorkCamps with more than 400 teens participating.
The WorkCamp will be held Sunday through Saturday, June 17-23. Partridge said Mabank School superintendent Dr. Russell Marshall offered up the high school classrooms and gym for the week-long camp as well as its food workers, custodial crew and even a big-rig for supply storage.
The 440 adults and teens must bring blowup mattresses, cots or sleeping bags as well as change of clothes and necessary toiletries.
“We’ve had cabanas with cold water hoses for showers in some locations,” Partridge said, grateful for the high school accommodations.
“It is a very structured and organized, with three meals and worship every day,” Partridge said. “Wake up is at 6:45 a.m., breakfast is at 7 a.m., 8 a.m. is devotion and then everyone goes to work.”
The teens work until 3 - 4 p.m. and once back at the school, it is time for showers, mingling, Frizbee, games and another devotion around 9:30 p.m. Lights out is at 11 p.m.
The volunteer teens will keep busy each day performing hands-on-home-repair projects for the elderly such as interior and exterior painting, mobile home skirting, wheelchair and ramp repair or construction and weatherization.
The WorkCamp groups are allowed to travel 20 to 30 minutes away from Mabank to do the home repair. To qualify for free home repair, individuals must be a homeowner, elderly, low-income or disabled.
Send your name, address, phone number, directions to your residence and an explanation of the work you would like to have done to FUMC Mabank Youth Group, 501 S. 3rd St., Mabank, TX, 75147 or call (903) 887-0670.
In other news, Kiwanians heard:
• the VFW Senior Dinner Project has been cancelled.
• The Pancake Day Fundraiser is set for March 22 from 6 a.m. to noon at St. Peter Lutheran Church.
• Eustace Chamber of Commerce is holding a garage sale on the square April 14. Items that do not sell will be donated to the Family Resource Center in Gun Barrel City.
• The first annual Kiwanis Krawfish Golf Tournament is set for April 30 with 15 to 20 teams in a four-man scramble. Cost is $55 per person and includes cart, fees, balls and lunch.
• The Feb. 1 meeting will be a craft session for making 50 valentines for CASA. Bring craft items such as scissors, glue, glitter and markers and candy to attach to stuffed animals.















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