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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.


MS fund-raiser aims at $2.1M
Local couple raises funds for individuals impacted by multiple sclerosis
Special to The Monitor
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Lone Star Chapter is ready to roll through central Texas with its Bike MS: Valero 2009 Alamo Ride to the River on Oct. 3-4.
Athens residents Carol and Bob Morton, will join 3,500 other dedicated cyclists as they hit the roads from San Antonio to New Braunfels and back to create a world free of MS.
The two-day cycling event that begins and ends at the Alamodome in San Antonio, raises funds to support programs for the 20,000 individuals affected by MS in 174 Texas counties, as well as vital research into the cause of and a cure for the disease.
This will be the Morton’s fourth year to participate in the annual cycling event, and they kicked it off with a presentation to the Athens Kiwanis Club on the effects MS has on the individual and the family.
“We are proud to work with the National MS Society, Lone Star Chapter and assist in this fund-raising campaign,” Bob Morton said. ‘We have seen firsthand how the Society helps those affected with MS.”
In February, 2005, the Mortons’ son was diagnosed with MS, a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system and affects more than 400,000 in the U.S. and more than two million worldwide.
While their son was in college and unable to receive health insurance, the National MS Society assisted in meeting his medical needs until he was able to secure insurance. “His medication cost more than $3,500 a month,” Bob Morton noted. To meet the growing needs of the MS community, everyone impacted by MS including those diagnosed, their families and caretakers, the National MS Society provides many services including advocacy, resource assistance for individuals and families and wellness programs.
“The fund-raising goal for this event is $2.1 million,” Carol said. “It is so important that we meet, or even exceed this goal to provide the Society with the necessary funding for programs and research.”
Last year, the Mortons raised more than $5,000 for the Bike MS event with more than 86 individuals making a charitable donation to their fund-raising effort.
“Even with the economic times we are all facing, we hope to match last year’s fund-raising of $5,000,” Bob Morton said.
Their son is not the only motivation; but for all those affected with the disease including residents of Henderson County.
To make a contribution to the Mortons fund-raising efforts, mail a check payable to the National MS Society to PO Box 85, Athens, TX 75751.
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women as men being diagnosed with the disease.  MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and 2.1 million worldwide.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Lone Star Chapter
The National MS Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now.  It mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by the disease.  MS stops people from moving.  The Society exist to make sure it doesn’t.  The Lone Star Chapter serves an estimated 20,000 individuals and their families affected by multiple sclerosis in 174 Texas counties. 
The Lone Star Chapter has offices in Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. Join the movement at
 Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and contacting the National MS Society at  or 1-800-344-4867.

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