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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 at the Mabank Volunteer Fire Department. For more info, call (903) 887-6549.
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. There is a 2 p.m. Sunday meeting, also.
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. Call for more information, (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 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 on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. For more info, call GeriLeigh Stotts at (469) 323-7943, email glbstotts@hotmail.com,  or (800) 422-2260 or visit www.gsnetx.org.
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 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.
Henderson County Retired School Personnel meets at 2 p.m. the second Wednesday each month at the First United Methodist Church of Athens. Call (903) 451-3585 for info.
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 Thursday at La Fuente Mexican Restaurant 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 the Library at Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points. Email bhanstrom@embarqmail.com  for more information.
Mabank Al-Anon Family Group meets at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays at Mabank First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Families of alcoholics are welcome. Call (903) 887-2781 for info.
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.
Rainbow Girls, Masonic Youth organization meets on the second and fourth Saturdays at 10 a.m. at the Cedar Creek Masonic Lodge. For more information contact Donna Dean at ddean45@hotmail.com.
Roddy Masonic Lodge meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday each month. Call (903) 887-6201 for info.
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 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.
Tamarack Ladies Club meets at 11 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the TLC Hall.
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) 675-7270.
 

Support as life’s journey ends
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Though Judy Floyd, 67, has been known as a career secretary, single parent and Bible school teacher, the word caregiver best describes her.
It’s a role she has maintained in one way or another and is currently expressed as a Hospice volunteer.
“Not everyone can do what I do. Many people are afraid of death and dying,” she said, observing that we are all mortal.
She’s been volunteering with the Hospice of East Texas for five years. During that time, she saw her own parents through their departures from this life.
Her volunteer work is very meaningful to her, and she grows to love each one of her clients, missing them terribly when they die.
However, she counts it an honor to befriend those who are making the transition from this life to what lies ahead, even though volunteering wasn’t initially her idea.
A friend she knew from church wanted to take the training and wanted to know if she would take it with her, Floyd told The Monitor.
Back in those days, the training was pretty intensive and covered a lot of material, most of which she has since forgotten, she said. “But I still have the (three-inch) binder of all of it,” she said. Now a days, it has been greatly streamlined and consists of just the high points, she added.
Well, at the conclusion of the training her friend backed away from the endeavor, but Floyd pressed on.
“I’ve always been a people person and dealing with dying people seemed easy enough – though I can understand how some cannot deal with death very well,” she said.
Typically a Hospice volunteer will be assigned to one client and family, usually being cared for in the home. When the need for Hospice care is completed, the volunteer will get another client, Floyd explains.
“A Hospice volunteer stays with the loved one, so the primary caretaker can take a break, go shopping, take care of business, or just go be with friends,” Floyd said.
Hospice volunteers may help feed and care for the client, but they do not dispense medication or do any lifting, she added.
“My hardest one was a 6-year-old girl. I had been volunteering for about a year,” she said.
“Well, all I can do is visit and see how it is,” she thought when she accepted the family as a client. Her supervisor made the introductions.
“The little girl couldn’t move and she had a younger sister who was a lot bigger than she was. She had MS, I think. I stayed about a half a day, to give her mother time to get out. It’s similar to being a babysitter,” she said.
As a Hospice volunteer, Floyd is also in charge of her own schedule. They make and keep appointments and plan those around whatever else they have going on.
In Floyd’s case, that’s a great deal, especially around the holidays. Besides volunteering with Hospice, Floyd enjoys being a member of the Avanti Singers, singing in the church choir and spending time with her grandchildren. She’s also enjoys crocheting, knitting and reading.
“During the holidays, I had to cut back on my visiting at the nursing home. In fact, the administrator said, she had missed me, and a new employee thought I was new there,” she laughs. “But a co-worker quickly corrected her, ‘She’s been coming here for years, she said.’”
That’s true. Since her parents went into the Canton Nursing Home, and the last one died two years ago, Floyd’s been assigned to be the Hospice volunteer for many others there.
“Oh, I just go and spend the day and visit with all of them,” she said. “Most (of her clients) are bedridden. “You just talk to them, and listen to them.”
Most recently, Floyd had four clients there. But with the closing of the year, she’s down to just one now.
When she first started with Martha, Floyd was told that she didn’t talk.
“But she talked to me. I asked her questions and she would answer. I think once she knew I really cared about her, she opened up. I had her for nearly a year. She was very sweet. I’d tell her most every visit that I loved her and was always patting her and giving her loving touches. She told me she loved me before she died. I miss her very much,” Floyd said.
In Martha’s case, her family seldom if ever visited her. Her daughter said, she couldn’t see her mother in this condition, Floyd said. “I’ll tell you it was hard for me to go to the funeral and keep my mouth shut,” she said. However, Floyd has also had a client where the family did visit regularly and her visits supplemented that of other family members.
“You become a part of their family, you really do,” she said.
Floyd’s visits usually last until the client becomes tired of the visit. “I’ve had some ask, ‘do you have to go, now?’ and in those cases I usually stay longer,” she said. Sometimes, Floyd also becomes familiar to the person sharing the room with one of her clients, and she continues to visit with the roommate after her client has died.
Is there any reason she can foresee that would cause her to stop being a Hospice volunteer?
“Not unless I’m dead. It’s something that I like and see no reason to give up.
For more information about becoming a Hospice volunteer, call Hospice of East Texas at (800) 777-9860 or (903) 266-3400.

 



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