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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) 498-4351.
Cedar Creek NAR-ANON meets at 8 p.m. on Tuesday 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 and Friday, at 715 S. Hwy. 274, Ste. D in Seven Points. (903) 432-2405. Saturday is a 10 p.m. candlelight meeting.
Cedar Creek 49ers Club meets every Thursday and fourth Saturday 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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) 489-2259.
   

 


Top Masonic awards presented
Roddy Lodge bestows highest honors for first time
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–A “Mason’s Mason” and Mabank native got two awards Monday night, both given for the very first time at the downtown Mabank Masonic Lodge.
As the Roddy Lodge No. 734 secretary for the past 36 years, Bill Mackee knew he would be getting his 50-year pin at Monday’s regular lodge meeting.
What he didn’t know was he would be presented the Cornerstone Award by Chapter No. 435 of the Royal Arch Masons, along with the Cryptic Triangle Award from Council No. 355 of the Royal and Select Masters.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank native Bill Mackee (left) waits as his wife, Joyce, places his 50-year Masonic pin on his lapel during a ceremony honoring his long service at the Roddy Masonic Lodge in Mabank Monday.

Both awards had never been presented before at the Roddy Lodge, and an obviously stunned Mackee admitted he was completely surprised.
“My wife says I talk too much, but I’m not sure I can say anything,” Mackee, his eyes glistening with tears, said to the small gathering.
“I look out here, and I see some of the finest people in the world,” he added. “I appreciate this, but y’all shouldn’t have done this to me.”
Terrell chapter member and past Grand Historian for the Grand Lodge of Texas Cliff Cameron presented the Cornerstone Award to Mackee.
“This,” he said, pointing to Mackee, “is a Mason’s Mason.”
The Cornerstone Award is the highest honor given by the Royal Arch Masons.
During his 50-year tenure, Mackee has served as the Roddy Lodge (Scottish Rite) Worshipful Master twice, and as the High Priest of the Mabank Lodge (York Rite) twice.
A Dallas Scottish Rite 32nd Degree Mason, Mackee has been the Illustrious Master of the Royal Arch Masons chapter three times, has served as the Scottish Rite district deputy, the York Rite district deputy grand high priest and the district deputy grand master, and has received the Golden Trowel Award.
In addition to his 50 years in the Mabank Chapter and Council, Mackee has served 50 years in the Taylor Commandery No. 85 and the Hella Temple Shrine.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank native Bill Mackee (center) holds two awards presented for the first time in the Roddy Masonic Lodge No. 734 following a ceremony Monday. Participating in the award ceremony were (from left) District Deputy Grand High Priest Dennis Bolt of Mabank, Roddy Lodge High Priest James Lewis, wife Joyce Mackee, past Grand Historian for the Grand Lodge of Texas Cliff Cameron of Terrell and District Deputy Grand Master Robert Sutton.

He received the Grand Lodge of Texas proficiency award from 1959 through 1984.
Along with his wife, Joyce, Mackee has served in similar capacities with the Order of the Eastern Star.
Current District Deputy Grand Master Robert Sutton presented the Cryptic Triangle Award – the highest award given by the Council of Royal and Select Masters – to Mackee.
Sutton explained to the gathering the award’s name was based on the legendary crypts beneath Solomon’s Temple, where Israel’s treasures, including the Ark of the Covenant, were said to be hidden before the Babyonians destroyed Jerusalem and enslaved the survivors.
Facing the crowd from his position at the secretary’s desk, Mackee recalled he had lived in Mabank all but 10 years of his life.
“I don’t know that I’ve earned these two honors tonight,” he sniffed.
Mackee recalled in 1996, the membership of the Mabank Lodge had dwindled to just 30 men, and was in danger of losing its charters.
He spoke to some of his friends in the Scottish Rite, and 11 men came forward to join the York Rite lodge.
“All 11 are still members and paying their dues,” he said. “Had it not been for those 11, those charters would be gone, and my heart would be broken.”
 


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