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.
   

 



 

Kemp teacher honored by East Texas State Fair
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

KEMP– It was a surprise as well as an honor when Kemp Middle School history teacher, Howard Jones, was named East Texas Middle School Teacher of the Year at the East Texas Fair in Tyler.
“It was an unexpected honor. There were 83 schools represented and they chose a teacher of the year for primary, middle school and high school,” Jones said.
The event took place in January at the Mayfair Building at East Texas Fair Grounds.

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Texas history teacher Howard Jones was named East Texas Middle School Teacher of the Year at the East Texas Fair in Tyler recently.

“A bit of historical trivia included the fact that Elvis Presley performed there in July and August, 1955,” Jones said, emphasizing his interest in history.
History teaches about the past but keeps people from making the same mistakes in the future, Jones said.
“When I talk to parents I tell them I expect their children to learn about history. I want them to be a voting, productive member of society,” he explained.
Jones teaches seventh grade Texas history, something he is very enthusiastic about and hopes his enthusiasm rubs off on his students.
“This is the first real dose of Texas history these students have had,” Jones said.
“We have a very colorful history and I’m glad to be teaching it,” he said.
Jones was nominated for his honor by Kemp Junior High principal Phil Edwards.
“Howard is a tremendous candidate for this honor,” Edwards said.
“He displays a true love of education and has the ability to create positive learning environments. I trust and respect his opinions on a wide range of topics,” Edwards said in his introductory speech in Tyler.
Students say his classes are fun and that he makes history enjoyable, adding they learn a lot from the many ways he has of teaching the material, Edwards added.
Jones and wife Margaret have two grown children; a son and a daughter.
Jones is a 16-year veteran of teaching, with eight years at Kemp.
He serves as head of the history department, as well as the gifted and talented teacher.
For five years, he has coached students for the KJH Academic Rodeo, leading them to victory in 2006.
He is also involved in the Shoe Boxes for Soldiers in which KJH sends shoe boxes full of items to U.S. military service members stationed in the Middle East.

 

Rotary club honored at district
Special to the Monitor
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Members of the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake attended the Rotary District 5830 Foundation Dinner in Longview, Feb. 7.
The event saw many Rotarians receive awards and members from the local club were no exception.
Keynote speaker Rotary International president-elect John Kenny presented the awards.
He and his wife, June, traveled from Scotland to attend the function.
The Rotary Club of Cedar Creek was one of two clubs in the district receiving an award banner for having 100 percent sustaining members.
This meant all club members had at least $100 given in his name to the Rotary Foundation.
Individual honors went to Rotarians Dean Fannin and Glenda Holbrook for becoming Paul Harris Fellows and to non-Rotarian Ralph Turner.
This honor is earned by contributions of $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation.
Sally Burns Rambo was not able to attend to receive her Paul Harris Fellow Plus One, certificate, representing contributions of $2,000.
The local Rotary club is very community oriented, putting a heavy emphasis on literacy, giving 30 scholarships of $500 each to graduates from Kemp, Mabank and Eustace high schools, donations to the local libraries and sponsoring projects that help those in need in difficult times.

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Members of the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake recently attended the District 5830 Foundation Dinner. Pictured are (from left) local club past president Barbara Turner, Rotary International president elect John Kenny, and wife June, and member Dean Fannin.


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