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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. For more information, call Larry Williams (903) 887-2847 or
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) 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. 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 info, 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.
Celebrate Recovery meets each Friday at Rope, Catch & Ride Church in Mabank, located at 570 VZ CR 2807. For more info, call (903) 603-8051.
Cub Scout Pack #333 meets at the First United Methodist Church of Mabank the second and fourth Monday at 7 p.m. For info, call 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. For more info, call GeriLeigh Stotts at (469) 323-7943, email,   or (800) 422-2260 or visit
Girl Scout Troop 2667 meets every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Aley United Methodist Church. For more info, call Suzann Smith at (903) 887-3889.
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. Call (903) 887-0293 for more information.
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 Thursday at La Fuente Mexican Restaurant in Kemp. For more info, 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 the Library at Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points. Email   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. Call (903) 887-2781 for info.
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.
Rainbow Girls, Masonic Youth organization meets on the second and fourth Saturdays at 10 a.m. at the Cedar Creek Masonic Lodge. For more information contact Donna Dean at
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.
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 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) meets at 9 a.m. each Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church of Athens. Call (903) 489-0563 or (903) 675-2600.
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. Call (903) 675-6222 for info.
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. For more info, call Jean Love at (903) 451-4697 or Donna Stinson (903) 675-7270.


Kemp teachers, community trade-up for goodwill
Teams learn how far a paperclip will take them
By Cindy Airheart

Special to The Monitor

KEMP–Kemp Intermediate School held “Campus Day” for teachers Aug. 20. We enjoyed team building activities and took care of some “housekeeping” before our students arrived for the first day of school.
Principal Kim McDowell read a book about “A RED Paperclip” by Kyle MacDonald.
She explained that the author had lost his job and needing to correct his situation he came up with the idea of “trading up.” He began with an ordinary red paperclip and traded it for a fish pin, then a door knob, eventually ending with a HOUSE!
Ms. McDowell’s challenge to us (a very fun and exciting one, too) was to take a large paperclip (no, it was not red) to our community and see if we could “trade up” and return with our “house.”
My team was the hot pink heart team and it included Gaylene Baumgartner, Pete Coleman, Troy Hawkins, Marsha Keeling, Toni McSpedden, Misti Moore,and Vickie Newsom.
We started the challenge at Margaret Eubank’s beauty shop, where she traded two beauty products for the paperclip.
We took the two beauty products to Cheryl Clamon’s New Horizon’s Day Care and traded for one day of child care, which we traded for a beautiful pot plant at the Lemon Tree Florist (owner Rhonda Hazelip donated the day care certificate back).
From there, we traded the pot plant with Sammie Atkins at Sammie’s Barber Shop for two certificates for shampoos, cuts, dry and flat iron.
We then took these two certificates to Dr. Anderson’s dentist office, where Roxie traded for a dental cleaning, four-bitewing X-rays, and exam (Roxie also donated the two certificates back to us).
We made our last trade at the King’s Creek Country Club. Mr. Gallagher traded us a round of golf for four, with cart and four golf towels for the day care certificate.
When we got back to the school, we had the round of golf for four, four golf towels, two hair care certificates, and the dental exam package.
Our ending value was approximately $400!
There were five teams working this challenge, and we were all very successful – thanks to our community.
We will use these items for gifts, prizes or maybe a silent auction to help raise money for our school.
Who knew what we would end up with? We worked as a team and had a great time in the process. To think … it all started with a paperclip!
My team would like to thank Ms. McDowell for the experience; Margaret’s Beauty Shop, New Horizon’s Day Care, The Lemon Tree Florist, Sammie’s Barber Shop, Dr. Anderson D.D.S. and Kings Creek Country Club for their continued support of our schools.
On behalf of my opposing teams, I would like to extend our thanks to all of the community businesses and friends for their participation and overwhelming generosity. From what I hear, everyone that participated in the “trade ups” was as excited as we were to see how the experiment would turn out.
So, we want to say, “Thank you, thank you and thank you.”


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