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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
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  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.



Kiwanis hear Russ, Linda Rau retiring
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–Linda and Russ Rau, who have spoken to thousands of area children over the past 14 years as part of the Kiwanis Story Hour, told club members Wednesday they are retiring.
The Raus urged Kiwanis members to continue the long-standing program, which provides children attending the Story Hour at both area libraries with a brand-new book of their own.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Russ (standing) and Linda Rau announce they are retiring from presenting the Kiwanis Story Hour at both area libraries during the Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis club’s weekly luncheon Wednesday.

Linda Rau is facing some serious back surgery, and continuing health difficulties are forcing the couple to cut back their activities, they explained.
At the club’s weekly luncheon, Russ Rau told the gathering they moved to the Cedar Creek Lake area in 1995, and that next year approached the Kiwanis club about starting a Story Hour.
“We started out with just six or eight kids – sometimes just one or two,” he said, “but we’ve had more than 100 turn out at one time.”
“We are determined to keep literature alive,” Linda Rau said, adding she didn’t want a computer, or some other portable electronic item, to take the place of a traditional book.
“I don’t know who’s had more fun doing it, them or us,” she noted.
Linda Rau also praised The Monitor for reporting on the program during the years, printing pictures and names of the students who attend the monthly Story Hours presented between October and March.
“I’ve found printing children’s names in the paper is a great source of pride for them and their parents,” she said.
Linda Rau personally picked out every book used during the Story Hour.
“I’ve always insisted that the books have a meaningful message (and) excellent illustrations,” she said.
“We’ve spent hours at Barnes & Noble,” Russ Rau said.
“I love picking out books, and Kiwanis has been very, very generous,” Linda Rau said. “I’ve been given a blank check (to enable giving) kids a book of their very own to take home, stamped with ‘Compliments of the Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis.’”
Linda Rau asked all of the members to regress themselves back to the age of 4 or 5, as she presented a review of “Bunny’s Noisy Book,” which she presented to children back in 2001.
On cue, club members provided the sound of stretching, yawning, scratching and sneezing as Linda Rau read through the book, leading to a lot of giggles.
“Interactive reading is very, very exciting for children,” she pointed out.
In club news, members:
• formally approved a new slate of officers, with Denise York serving a second year as president, joined by secretary Carrie Goodrich and long-time treasurer Derrick Hoelscher, and also named Carie Bobbit and Nelda Majors as co-president-elect.
• approved the concept of starting satellite clubs, aimed at helping teachers at Mabank, Eustace and Trinidad (where the club has established programs) getting more involved.
A satellite club could meet twice monthly at the school, past president Dr. Jeanne Caillet explained, and might feature a tea or other activity at one of the meetings.
• discussed forming a membership committee and holding a membership contest to bring more folks into the club, which lost 22 members last year.
A similar discussion involved the annual flag subscription program.
A participating business subscribes to have American flags placed in front of the business by Kiwanis members in time for Labor Day, Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day.

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