Gloria Campos tells what she’s
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–The First United Methodist Church women of Mabank served up
quiche and inspiration at their annual Mother-Daughter Brunch May 3.
WFAA-Channel 8’s award-winning news anchor Gloria Campos took each and
every woman into her heart as she spoke candidly about her experiences
as a woman, mother and granddaughter.
“My grandmother was the most influential person in my life,” Campos
She described herself as a young girl watching her grandmother struggle
to write her name.
“She would always say, study a lot, you don’t want to become a stupid
burro,” Campos said.
Thinking her grandmother’s illiteracy stemmed from her being the child
of a migrant worker, she later learned it was because her
great-grandfather didn’t believe women needed to be educated.
“See, how far we come – that I came from that,” she said.
Campos, 53, hopes to retire in five years, and gave her list of things
she’s learned along the way.
• Never stop learning. Campos plans on becoming a CASA volunteer and a
master gardener, all skills she has yet to acquire.
• Count your blessings. Her pet peeve is hearing people complain. Be
thankful for who you are and what you have, while you strive for your
goals. Don’t be envious, either, she said.
• Know when to say “I’m sorry,” and say it. Apologies go a long way. Say
it and mean it.
• Use the magic words: “thank you,” “please” and “you’re welcome.” Don’t
take each other for granted.
• Nothing is worth having if it hurts someone. If you gain by someone’s
hurt, it’s not a gain.
• Reach for the stars. Don’t sell yourself short.
“Don’t be like the top graduate of a Dallas school who said all she
wanted to become was a legal secretary,” she said. “I wanted to be the
best reporter I could be from when I was in the third grade, and look
what I’ve accomplished – but what could I have done, if I had set my
• Happiness is rooted in service to others, as the Dali Lama says. “I
believe God put us here to find happiness. If you’re feeling low, go do
something for someone else – it’s sure to perk you right up,” Campos
• Stay positive. She reminded all of the words of a song: “Life is too
short to wait. Life is long to hate.”
“Don’t hold grudges. It turns your heart black,” Campos advised. “Let go
of that anger. Let go of ill will toward anyone.”
• Don’t be a fool for love. “There are a lot of men out there who don’t
deserve our love. Don’t enter a relationship to reform or save him. It
generally doesn’t work out,” she said.
In the same way, women must verbalize their needs and expectations to
their mates. “Don’t let each other just drift apart. Build a new way to
grow together,” she said.
As the producer of “Wednesday’s Child,” a feature aimed at finding
permanent homes for adoptable children now under Child Protective
Services care, Campos told the gathering that there are now 10,000
children in the system in Northeast Texas.
“These are our children. We’re paying for their care. We’re responsible
for them,” she said.
WFAA’s “Wednesday’s Child” produces about a 65 percent adoption rate,
“The task is large and major. The more than 400 children recently added
to CPS’ work load will bring to light how severely understaffed and
overworked it is,” she said. “The strain on the system is tremendous.”
Wednesday’s Child Benefit Corp. was founded as a nonprofit 25 years ago
to assist children in the system with funds for scholarships, dance
lessons, scout uniforms, etc. she said.
“It dispenses about $500,000 every year, and it doesn’t even begin to
scratch the surface of the need,” she said.
Campos said she believes we are mostly the product of our upbringing,
and if the community can brighten the upbringing of any of these
children, it will benefit us all. Campos gently encouraged monetary
contributions to the worthy benefit, “if you want to do something good
After taking questions from those attending, Compos closed her
presentation by saying, “You see us on TV and think of us as your TV
family. Well, we think of all of you as our community family.”
Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Gloria Campos of No.1-rated Northeast Texas WFAA
Channel 8 and producer of “Wednesday's Child”
reminds the gathering that "as women, we must support
each other in every way."
Courtesy Photo/Summer Rush
Event hostess Helen Preston (left) rests her hand on
her 96-year-old mother Katherine Davis, the eldest
mother at the mother-daughter brunch. Friend and
neighbor Tim Kennedy accompanied Preston to the
brunch May 3 at the First United Methodist Church
Eustace Primary School second
graders show science smarts
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Class winners gather for a picture at the annual Eustace Primary School
Fair May 2. The overall winner, Jessica Thompson (front), received a
the other class winners are (from left) Cameron Carpenter, Joseph Cody,
Womble, Zachary Moore and Katelynn Morse.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Using a small motor to turn a cone-shaped spindle, class winner Katelynn
demonstrates how a tornado moves across a farm in her Tornado Alley
project at the Eustace Primary School Science Fair May 2.
Kiwanis eye future programs,
hear Krawfish Boil report
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–With both planned speakers unable to attend, Cedar Creek
Lake Kiwanis members spent their regular Wednesday luncheon discussing
possible programs for the upcoming months.
Veteran lawman Ray Nutt, the Republican nominee for Henderson County
Sheriff, was scheduled to speak on new laws, but was attending the
Randall Mays capital murder trial in Athens.
Another planned speaker from the Mabank Independent School District is
in the hospital after undergoing emergency surgery, Kiwanis president
Ralph Fortner reported.
During a brief discussion, members considered ideas and potential
speakers for programs, including inviting candidates for office to
debate during the months leading up to the November general election.
In club news, members:
• heard treasurer Derek Hoelscher report the club did very well at the
second annual Car Show and Krawfish Boil with the Cedar Creek Lake Area
Chamber of Commerce last Saturday.
The club sold all 400 pounds of crawfish on hand, and had to make a few
quick trips to the grocery store for more corn and soft drinks, members
heard. That marked the first time in four Krawfish Boils the club has
Approximately 3,000 people and more than 100 vehicles turned out for
Saturday’s event at the Mabank Pavilion.
• heard past president Dr. Jeanne Caillet report a planned project to
plant shrubs and flowers at the Eustace Intermediate School entrance
with the school’s K Kids club had been rained out, and was rescheduled
for noon Monday, May 12.
• heard the club will again meet at the Whatz Up Family Fun Park in
Seven Points next Wednesday, May 14, as the Lakeridge RV Park clubhouse
has been reserved by another group that day.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
My name is Nelson. I am a
beautiful male Dachshund. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. So far, I seem pretty laid back
and gentle. I am a wonderful boy looking for my new forever
My name is Oreo. I am a beautiful
female black Lab. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. I seem to get along with other
dogs. I need help with leash training. I have been started on my
shots and need to be fixed. I am a beautiful girl looking for my
We are a whole litter of Shepherd
mix babies. We were brought to the shelter by animal control, so
we have no history. We have been started on our first set of
shots. We are good kids looking for our new forever homes.
I am a beautiful Border Collie,
who is four months old, or so. I was brought to the shelter by
animal control, so I have no history. I have not been at the
shelter long, so not much is known about me. I am a beautiful
kid looking for a new home.
Pictured are just a few
animals at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven
Points in dire need of a good home. Please call or stop by the
Humane Society today and rescue one of these forgotten animals.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is located on 10220
County Road 2403 in
Seven Points. For more information, please call (903) 432-3422
after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday and Sunday.
For further information
visit our website at