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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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A new face for old friends
Mabank Senior Center opens at ball park
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK–Around 300 people met for a barbecue luncheon to celebrate the opening of the new Senior Center at The Ball Park in Mabank Thursday.
Mabank city workers spent the last month and a half renovating the former YMCA building into a recreation center for area seniors, the fourth center in Kaufman County. The seniors once served by the Kemp Senior Center will now be served in this new facility, under center director Lisa Stinnett-Smith.
The revamped building, which includes all new electrical and a new roof, also houses the Mabank Area Good Samaritans (MAGS) food bank, supported by 10 area churches.
Also on hand were the representatives from STAR Transit, with services in four counties and Kaufman County Senior Services director Phyllis Walker and her staff, who oversee about 250 volunteers a year in the Meals on Wheels program.
Mayor Larry Teague started the proceedings with a word of welcome, graciously noting the loss of The Monitor editor Kerry Yancey. “The entire community will miss him. His death is a great loss to us all,” he said.
Kaufman County Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Johnny Adams spoke on behalf of his board of directors at the Kaufman County Senior Citizens Services (KCSCS) and for executive director Omega Hawkins with words of gratitude to the city of Mabank for allowing them to be a part of “this outstanding park and furnishing this beautiful building for the seniors in this area. “This facility allows us to provide services in the fastest growing area of southeast Kaufman County,” he said.
The KCSCS has been helping serve meals to the area’s hungry seniors since 1979, he said. Last year it served 175,492 meals and this year is expected to deliver 188,500 meals, he added.
“Again, a heartfelt thanks for this beautiful building and all the hard work the city crews, Scott Confer with the Mabank Economic Development Corporation, Ronnie Tuttle and many more,” he said.
KCSCS managing director Phyllis Walker introduced her staff and elaborated on the work she has been involved in for the past 26 years. “Assisting the seniors of Kaufman County has been just so rewarding. I also have a great staff that I count on,” she told The Monitor.
STAR Transit president Roy Ferrell took the opportunity to tell a little about the organization serving Kaufman, Rockwall, Ellis and Navarro counties. “Our fleet consists of 40 vehicles, four hybrids, and two small mini vans.” He said in 2010, STAR has logged 117,000 rides over 1.1 million miles. “If you need a ride, just call us,” he added.
Those under the age of 60 ride one way in the city for $2 and others for $1. Rides within the county are $5/$3 each way and inter county rides for Rockwall and Kaufman residents pay $6 each way. For more information, or to book a ride call (972) 563-5875 or in Rockwall (214) 771-0023.
The shaker and the mover behind the scenes points to Mabank city utility supervisor Ronnie Tuttle.
Tuttle joined the STAR Transit board in January and heard about MAGS looking for another location and had already been approached about the facility difficulties the Kemp Senior Center had been having.
“I just saw this as a great opportunity for the city of Mabank to bring a lot of good folks from many generations together whose areas of service seemed to overlap,” he said.
“Being 65 myself made it easier for me to see how it might workout,” he added.
Tuttle thanked the city, council, mayor, area churches and businesses and especially the city employees for making the grand opening a reality.

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Kaufman County Senior Services staff members are (left to right) finance
manager Cynthia Mateu, Mabank center director Lisa Stinnett-Smith, overall
director Phyllis Walker, Jennifer Helms/Forney, Pam Studdeny/Kaufman and
Cindy Cox/Terrell.



























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