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February 5, 2012






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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Lake Life


Explore family history with help from Rootseekers
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK–When individuals hear about a genealogy group, most imagine hours of boring research into one’s family history.
But genealogy is much more than that. As the history of each individual is uncovered, so is the history of the community they are from.
The Rootseekers Genealogy Society (RSGS) formed 19 years ago, back when the Mabank library was meeting in the old Mabank bank building. They shared a small space at the back of the building with the library.
Even then, their numbers were fairly strong as there are about 35 members listed as charter members.
Currently, the RSGS meets at 7 p.m. the third Monday of each month, at Tri-County Library with a member present on Tuesday morning to help beginning researchers.
Good fellowship and surprises about personal family history are just a small reward paid to researchers who wish to discover the interesting lives led by their ancestors.
Grace Donovan and Charles Beale are members who are often genealogy helpers at the library.
From the beginning, the members developed a habit of helping beginning researchers with the various techniques used in discovering their roots.
“We believe family research should be freely accessed. We don’t charge (when we help someone),” Skip Gustafson, outgoing Rootseekers president said.
Most of the members are also members of other historical clubs such as the Sons or the Daughters of the American Revolution, Confederacy, etc.
Researching military records reveals a surprising amount of information, Gustafson added.
“The wars include The Revolutionary War - 1776 to 1783, war of 1812 -1815, the War Between the States - 1861 to 1865 and of course, World War I and World War II,” Gustafson explained.
Member Bob Stokes updates, and is responsible for, the club’s informative and easily accessed website,
Most of the members have functions they actively take part in.
Stokes is also the editor of the newsletter and other RSGS publications.
Two of the women members are involved in interviewing veterans for their stories.
The club members are constantly building their own research base for items such as 40,000 obituaries they have catalogued for the counties of Kaufman, Van Zandt and Henderson.
They have a collection of history on Mabank and surrounding communities.
Their collection of news papers transferred onto microfiche and microfilm dates back to some of the first copies of The Mabank Banner.
They have enumerated many Kaufman County cemeteries.
Gustafson named other information items researchers can delve into, such as articles written by members showing their research.
Information lists include a wide collection of local history such as:
• a list of superintendents of Kemp Independent School District.
• valedictorians of Mabank High School.
• pictures of the early beginnings of the city of Mabank.
• actions of the Kaufman County Commissioners during the Civil War and many other little known historical facts.
But not all the information is centered around the local area. Some reach out to other states and genealogy organizations.
For instance, one past RSGS member even submitted a list of the charter members of the First Church in Salem, Mass.













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