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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. For more information, call 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. 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.
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 info, 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 info, 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 info, 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.
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 info, 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  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 1:45 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.
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.
Tamarack Ladies Club meets at 11 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the TLC Hall.
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets at 9 a.m. each Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church of Athens. Call (903) 489-0563 or (903) 675-2600.
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. Call (903) 675-6222 for info.
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. For more info, call Jean Love at (903) 451-4697 or Donna Stinson (903) 675-7270.









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HSCCL history stretches back 28 years
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

TOOL–With the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is reaching another milestone in its long story of service, The Monitor thought it was time to visit its beginnings in honor of the countless hours contributed by volunteers over the years to this worthy and much-needed organization.
With help from a clipping file kept by Toni Muirhead – an original member of the Humane Society – this review covers their efforts from its inception in 1983 to 1988.
Twenty-eight years ago, eight women formally organized the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake at a meeting in the Tool Civic Center. Thirty-two other concerned lake-area citizens were in attendance.
“There was an overwhelming sense of commitment from those people present,” spokeswoman Joan Dare said.
That night, two committees were formed and respective chairmen chosen. Heading the publicity committee was Sue Logan. Serving with her were Marilyn Larson, Diane Allison, Glenda Harley and Dare.

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Barbara Gartman
Tiffany Monk, assistant manager of the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake, looks over the office space that is almost complete. The space needs another $40,000 to finish the office and laundry area.

The hotline committee included Muirhead, Allison and Joni Baugus. Sammie King made the first monetary donation of $500, and two acres of land on Highway 85 at ABC Roof Trusses were offered for an animal shelter and general society use.
Among the many items discussed was a spaying and neutering program for the area with all area veterinarians to cooperate.
March 17, 1983, a board of directors was selected – Kaye Kiehl, Diane Allison, Gregg Smith, R.J. Johnson, Beth Heaton, Barbara Walker, Nancy Massingill, Janice Roberts, Dare, Muirhead and Ruth Woods – led by president Baugus. Smith was the first treasurer.
Donations were solicited and a booth at the Gun Barrel Flea Market was donated for the society’s use. The society met twice a month to get things rolling.
In September of its first year, the Society asked Gun Barrel City to enter into a contract with the shelter, according to a newspaper article. All 11 towns around the lake were to be asked for support.
Society spokeswomen also asked the cities to pass animal control ordinances, fine offenders and license dogs to help pay for the cost of service.
John Muirhead asked for $400 a month from Gun Barrel City. Bobby Gene Autry was mayor at the time, and pointed out the city was in a real fix, financially, having recently received $72,000 less in sales tax revenue than the year before.
In July, a door-to-door fund-raising drive took place.
Members of the society investigated reports of animal cruelty with the assistance of police, located and oversaw the return of lost pets, advocated on behalf of building a shelter and publicized donations from POAs, businesses and individuals. Funds were also raised through bake sales, raffles, garage sales, a July 4 carnival, art exhibits, circus tickets and auctions.
Funds dribbled in – $100 and $200 at a time. A published list of contributors in September, 1983, included 110 contributors with B&R Enterprises of Gun Barrel City offering a $1,000 match.
One of the biggest and earliest supporters of the Society was Sammie King of Roddy. She donated a full-size van and more than $8,000 within the first two years.
According to a monthly newspaper column submitted by the Society, within its first three months, the Society was successful in placing more than 60 animals, including a goat. But by this time, it was so overwhelmed with calls to pick up stray animals it had to start turning calls away, and received much criticism.
The column also reported on their activities, challenges and heart-breaking stories of animal cruelty and members’ attempts to mitigate the needless suffering. It also dispensed information on rabies control and vaccinations, raffles for free spay or neutering services and many thanks for much-needed ongoing financial support.
Until a shelter could be built or renovated, members kept animals in their homes. Also, foster homes were used, with the Society supplying needed pet food.
Labor Day weekend, 1985, the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake opened its doors for the first time at its present location on Flagg Lake Road, and held a ribbon cutting shortly afterwards with then-president and builder Charles Kenkman and animal control officer Nancy Massingill doing the honors.
Kenkman went on to gain a certification in animal control officer administration. It was open three hours a day six days a week. Animals stayed there for 10 days before being eligible for adoption, so lost owners could claim their lost pets. An adoption fee of $10 was charged.
Leaving an animal cost $5 to $1, depending on the size and type of animal. The first day, cars were lined up to the highway to deposit their stray and unwanted animals.
The Shelter encouraged pet owners to make use of veterinarian services from the various practitioners in the area.
“If each person would have their pets spayed or neutered there would be no need for a Humane Society,” Toni Muirhead wrote in a July 13, 1986, article.
The first shelter included a newly dug well to provide water to the site.
Weeks after opening, John Muirhead asked Henderson County Commissioners to set aside $40,000 in its 1986 budget for the shelter.
Also in 1986, the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake received a favorable evaluation from the state, judging it one of the “cleanest shelters in the state.”
That same year, the shelter obtained service contracts from Gun Barrel City, Malakoff and Trinidad, as well as several property owners’ associations. A billboard was also constructed along State Highway 274 advertising the shelter.
Funds were raised through a swim-a-thon organized by a local citizen. Also that year, construction began on a quarantine building and a program began to provide free pets to senior citizens. More than 300 animals were placed and lost pets returned to owners.
The eight-mile swim-a-thon was the brainchild of bone cancer victim Toni Crosby, 25, in 1985.
She was an avid supporter and volunteer for the Society and left an example of courage and responsibility toward defenseless animals. She had recently learned to swim underwater and was in remission at the time.
“We’ve got to give it all it’s worth for as long as we can. You’ve got to try and just carry on,” the young mother said.
Crosby successfully completed her swim from Don’s Port to Chamber Isle, under “the worst” lake conditions and raised $3,000 in the effort.
By 1986, the Society became an agent for the Friends of the Animals and also made the painful decision to begin the practice of euthanasia.
“(We) had hoped that by now, others would see the need and come forth to help. Because of lack of funds and lack of volunteers to care for the animals, we had to make this painful decision,” Muirhead wrote in the Society’s regular newspaper column July 13, 1986.
In 1987, two volunteers began taking puppies to the Mabank Nursing Home twice a month for visits with the residents there. A newspaper article titled “Puppy Love” showed a photo of a woman’s joyous smile as a puppy “kissed” her neck.
Solicitation of funds, supplies, volunteers and homes for abandoned animals have been common themes throughout the Shelter’s lifetime, including dog shows at Promenade Hall, talent shows, wrestling matches, folk dances, auctions, raffles, garage sales and parades.
On May 1, 1988, the Shelter added a petting zoo, as an attraction for families to visit and hopefully take home a new pet. It included a llama, exotic parrots, an emu, turkeys, goats, rabbits, ponies, donkeys and an assortment of fowl.
Organizations regularly supporting the Society’s efforts included the VFW Post 4376, Safeway in Athens, David’s in Seven Points, the Optimist Club, United Telephone, Elks Lodge 2702 and many others.
Today, the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is still in need of the support of volunteers, donations, foster homes, needed supplies and forever homes for its abundant population of abandoned animals.
Its service to the lake community is beyond value, as it lessens the spread of animal diseases, provides a place to get stray animals off the streets – which otherwise would present a danger to local communities – and expresses human kindness to defenseless animals, lost and abused through no fault of their own.
The board members of the Society hope the reader will remember its many needs with donations, time and prayers.




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