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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. Larry Williams (903) 887-2847 or www.bnine
Boy Scout Troop #398 meets at the Cedar Creek Bible Church from 7-8:30 p.m. each Tuesday. (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. (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. (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.
Cedar Creek Optimist Club meets every Tuesday at noon at the Dairy Queen in Seven Points. Danny Hampel at (903) 778-4508.
Cedar Creek Republican Club meets every fourth Thursday. (903) 887-4796.
Cedar Creek Rotary Club meets at noon each Friday at Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant. 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. 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. Contact Kathey Brown email or (800) 422-2260 or visit
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. (903) 887-0293.
Gun Barrel Quilter’s Guild meets from 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. (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. (972) 287-1239 or (903) 880-6770.
Kemp Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Thursday at La Fuente Mexican Restaurant in Kemp. 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@embarq 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. (903) 887-2781.
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. (903) 887-5252.
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).
Mabank TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Mabank First Baptist Church. (903) 887-7700 or (903) 451-0126.
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. Donna Dean at ddean45@
Roddy Masonic Lodge meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday each month. (903) 887-6201.
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. (903) 498-2140.
Tamarack Ladies Club meets at 11 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the TLC Hall.
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. (903) 675-6222.
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. Jean Love at (903) 451-4697 or Donna Stinson (903) 675-7270.


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FFA students lead drive honoring Quitman girl
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

EUSTACE–Two Eustace ag students, who spearheaded a fundraiser for the family of a Quitman FFA student who died earlier this year in a car accident, handed over a check totaling $1,750 May 25.
Becky and David Carpenter were honored to receive it in memory of their daughter, Skylar, who was just 15 when she died.

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Eustace FFA teacher Theresa Tindell (left) stands next to freshmen Caitlyn Culp and Breanna Fuller as they hand Becky and David Carpenter a check for $1,750 for the Skylar Carpenter Memorial Fund May 25.

The couple told them about the Skylarship Foundation they had formed to fund scholarships in Skylar’s memory. Just a few weeks ago, the foundation gave out its first four $1,000 scholarships to Quitman High School seniors, David Carpenter said.
In gratitude for their fund-raising efforts, Becky prepared gift bags for each student with a photo of Skylar, memory wrist bands and other small items.
When Caitlyn Culp and Breanna Fuller first heard about Skylar’s traffic death while carpooling with other FFA students to the San Antonio Livestock Show in mid-February, they wanted to do something.
Fuller told her ag teacher, Zach Tappan, that her stepsister had gone to school with Skylar and was very upset about her death.
“He gave her the go-ahead to start raising funds for the family,” fellow teacher Theresa Tindel told The Monitor.
The Eustace High School Ag Booster Club held its 14th annual chili cookoff and auction just one week after the fatal accident.
The girls set up a box to collect donations and those attending were made aware of their efforts, booster club president Danny Davis said.
The girls began collecting the donations, but things really started to heat up when local veterinarian Darrell Kinnard, DVM, donated the cake he had just won with the highest bid back to the auctioneer with the stipulation that the money raised from its re-auction be added to the fund being raised for Skylar Carpenter.
He did and it was.
“That cake was re-auctioned five times first to Doug Fortenberry and then to Joel Chapel, Seth Almonza, Larry Teague and finally to an Athens couple, Toby and Mike Harrington,” Davis said.
In this way, $1,000 was raised for the Carpenters. The club also made a donation, Davis added. “The Eustace Community just opened up and gave,” Davis added.
Skylar’s parents told how they had auctioned off a commercial heifer that Skylar was raising. The Quitman community also came out in strong support, resulting in the $15,900 sale of that animal.
Skylar’s dad is working with Quitman ag teacher Brant Lee and his ag mechanics class on the overhauling of a cooker he donated to the class.
“When they’re done with it, it’ll be beautiful and road worthy,” David Carpenter said.
It’s to be raffled off with the proceeds going to the Skylarship Foundation, he said.
“I’m also having a special belt buckle crafted and the Ag student who sells the most raffle tickets will get the belt buckle,” he said.
Both Fuller and Culp are among the Eustace FFA officers for 2011-12, with Fuller as treasurer.
“I think these two have demonstrated promising leadership skills,” Tindel commented.
Anyone interested in donating to the Skylarship Foundation Inc.may do so by sending a check to City National Bank, P.O. Box 1092, Quitman, Texas 75783 for account #54783.

































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