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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.
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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. 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.
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. For more info, call GeriLeigh Stotts at (469) 323-7943, email, or (800) 422-2260 or visit
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.
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. Call (903) 887-0293 for more information.
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
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.

CCYC kicks off with tales of high adventure
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–Putting a new slate of officers in place and handling some routine business took a back seat to high seas adventure at the Cedar Creek Yacht Club’s annual kickoff meeting Feb. 27.
Members spent most of the meeting listening as Kathy and Mark Stanley recounted their adventures aboard a 42-foot sailboat last November, when they made an 1,100-mile passage between Fiji and New Zealand, taking eight days to cross that section of South Pacific Ocean.
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Cedar Creek Yacht Club officers for the coming year are (from left) vice commodore Sandy Janow, commodore Nick Nicholas, secretary Jim Wallace, treasurer Robert Murphy and fleet captain Cal Daughetee.

Mark Stanley (the club’s outgoing commodore) handled the photo projections while Kathy Stanley recounted the trials and tribulations – along with some thrills – they encountered on the voyage.
The trip was the sixth leg of a journey planned by Mahina Expeditions (
Even qualifying to become a member of the eight-man crew (which included the boat’s captain and his wife, the first mate) took quite a bit of study and physical training, she recalled.
The couple prepared themselves for the swimming requirement by paddling between their dock and a neighbor’s for several weeks, she said.
Actual schoolwork played a major role in the voyage, because written tests followed most of the activities while under sail.
Safety was the top concern, she said, explaining how each person was harnessed to a safety line – which was, in turn, attached to a cable running from stem to stern – at all times while on deck.
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Kathy Stanley tells Cedar Creek Yacht Club members details of the 1,100-mile sailing passage she and husband Mark took between the Fiji Islands and New Zealand last fall.

While the boat is equipped with state-of-the-art GPS and other navigational gear, the passengers learned how to use a sextant to determine their position, she said.
“I don’t know how to tell you how hard it is to do everything,” she recalled.
Just going on deck required a lot of preparation, including donning harness and deck shoes (other shoes were used on shore), she said.
Taking a shower meant standing along the back rail and sluicing seawater (that’s cold seawater, of course) over you, and Kathy admitted she didn’t make a big effort to continue past washing her hair.
Everybody took turns standing a two-hour watch throughout the 24-hour day, and everybody took turns being the headmaster – that’s cleaning out the head (or toilet) and disposing of their own waste, which didn’t go overboard.
Once the boat arrived at New Zealand, the Stanleys were able to get in some serious sight-seeing before flying home. The 300-mile voyage along the coast took about two weeks, with daily stops for sightseeing, Mark Stanley said.
While the experience was invaluable, and helped the Stanleys further consider their intentions to go blue water cruising by sailing around the Caribbean, “a passage is not fun,” she said.
According to, the organization has been teaching and sharing knowledge with sailors who have a passion for learning and adventure for the past 20 years.
“Joining an instructional passage aboard Mahina Tiare will give participants the skills and ability to sail anywhere on their own,” it states.
Nick Nicholas, the incoming commodore, presented Mark Stanley with a plaque as a token of thanks for his service.
Joining Nicholas as vice commodore was Sandy Janow, and they were joined by secretary Jim Wallace, veteran treasurer Roger Murphy and fleet captain Cal Daughetee.
Committee chairs were also recognized, and the members were reminded the season’s initial fourth-Saturday race day is March 27.
Socials are scheduled each second Saturday. March 13 is the first social, and a sailing clinic will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. that day at the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary office near Don’s Port Marina.



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