Lake Life

     
Clubs
& Such

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 glbstotts@hotmail.com
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 bhanstrom@embarqmail.com 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.
   

 

 

 



WRB expands to retail sales
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK–The spirit of the American entrepreneur often shows itself in the least expected ways.
Bill Bandlow, owner of WRB, Inc., Genuine Military Surplus, is expanding to add retail sales, a step that had some very humble beginnings.
The store, set for its grand opening Monday, Feb. 9, is located at 1302 S. Third Street, Suite 103 (Grooms Plaza).
It began when Bandlow saw something that interested him.
“I went to a gun show 15 years ago in Dallas. I didn’t even know there was such a thing,” he said.
Looking around at the many different items for sale, Bandlow came up with some ideas of his own.
“I designed and made some things. It wasn’t difficult,” Bandlow explained.
Next, he rented a table at a show.
“I sold about $45 worth of goods. You don’t re-invent the wheel. You just try to make things cheaper or better,” he said.
For 15 years Bandlow made custom motorcycle seats and saddle bags, for Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
“Later, when I moved to Gun Barrel City, I had the operation in my garage – it was a regular one man show,” he explained.
“I finally rented a room and did both the selling and the sewing there. I moved to the present shop about 10 years ago,” he added.
Sales were mainly Internet and wholesale, plus he does gun shows on a weekly basis.
The name, WRB, is derived from the intials of its owner, William (Bill) Robert Bandlow.
WRB has 15 employees, plus the vendors who accompany him to the gun shows.
“I stay busy seven days a week. A job is important. Without that, you can’t have anything,” he said.
The company is well known by government agencies, law enforcement, elite military units and professionals, Bandlow explained.
“We produce quality merchandise, nylon weapons cases, range bags, holsters and firearm accessories,” he said.
“Our products are at least in a dozen countries,” Bandlow added.
WRB products were used in the Middle East.
“Our soldiers carried the assault case into Iraq and into Afghanistan,” he said.
“The products we make, especially our holsters, are used by the FBI, Texas Rangers, CIA, Navy Seals, and special forces,” Bandlow said.
The products are well constructed and made locally, he added.
“Our biggest asset is our belief in old-fashioned service, quality and workmanship and the ability to design unique, handmade custom products,” he said.
Bandlow will be 65 Saturday, Feb.7, two days before the new store is set to open.
He is an Army veteran and served as a troop armorer in Germany.


Monitor Photo/Barbara Gartman
Bill Bandlow (left) shows off one of his handmade holsters to Bobbie Smith,
for sale at his new establishment located in Groom’s Plaza in Mabank.


Copyright © 2008, MediaOne, L.L.C.