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)
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.
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
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,
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)
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
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
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
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.
up Rachel’s Challenge
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Can the community and school environment benefit
from increasing expressions of kindness and mercy?
Representatives of Rachel’s Challenge say “Yes.”
That’s why they have brought the program to schools and communities
across the nation, most recently to Kemp and Mabank.
Budding from the 1999 shooting death of 16-year-old Rachel Joy Scott
at Columbine High School, Rachel’s Challenge has grown to reach the
most students of any assembly program, bar none.
Derek Kilgore, 22, of Englewood, Colo., presented to the Kemp
community the flesh and bones of the program inspired by an ethics
essay Rachel wrote on her own “Codes of Life.”
That code is based upon faith and trust in others, along with a
response of compassion, especially to those who seem to need it
Her father, Darrel, found that essay soon after her death, and made
a commitment to carry his daughter’s message to her peers
Today, a core group of 35 mostly young people – like family friend
Kilgore, who has foregone his own college career – are spreading the
word from school to school and heart to heart.
Rachel believed that expressions of kindness, forgiveness, helping
and leading would initiate a “chain reaction,” and ultimately impact
Her father, Kilgore and others like them are living out her dreams,
goals and ethics.
Kilgore presented five concrete actions to students and community
members that would initiate a chain reaction of loving kindness.
• The Golden Rule. Treat others the same way you would want to be
Because Rachel wanted to be liked and have friends at school, she,
in turn, befriended a handicapped student named Adam, who had become
so depressed he was contemplating ending his life. Her offer of
friendship and sense of being valued as a friend in return gave Adam
a whole new lease on life.
• Appreciate everyone, mock no one. Everyone has something good to
offer the community, whether at school or at home.
Rachel believed you had to take the time to find the good and
appreciate it. Lift it up and encourage it to grow. Rachel believed
making fun of someone, mocking them, only tended to belittle and
shrink the good inside, so it can hardly grow or express itself in
• Dream big and believe in yourself. Rachel felt big goals brought
out the best in people and kept one moving forward.
She set three goals for her life, and wanted others to do the same.
Her goals were to impact million of people through her life, create
a chain reaction of kindness which would grow globally, and she
wanted to become a famous actress.
Kilgore pointed out that by reaching 1.5 million students each
school year, she has already achieved two of her goals, and the
third was in the works with a movie of her life under production.
Don’t be afraid to dream big. If one girl can achieve her goals even
after she has died, what might you accomplish?
• Use positive gossip. Kilgore told how two signers of the
Declaration of Independence, future presidents Thomas Jefferson and
John Adams, shared an intense animosity.
This was so well-known that the painter of the famous picture “The
Signing of the Declaration of Independence” depicted Jefferson as
stepping on the toes of Adams under the table.
However, a third signer of the Declaration, Dr. Benjamin Rush (who
also happened to be the first abolitionist organizer), saw the good
in both men and made it his business to bring these two great men
together. He employed positive gossip to do it.
He’d tell Adams that Jefferson thought he was an excellent public
speaker. Rush would leave out that Jefferson regretted that Adams
didn’t have anything important to say.
Rush would tell Jefferson that Adams admired Jefferson’s keen mind
and powers of investigation, but didn’t say that Adams also thought
he could put those powers to better use.
As it turned out, the two men became the best of friends, and ended
up dying on the same day, exactly 18 years to the day following the
signing of the Declaration of Independence.
But had it not been for Rush’s determination to speak good of one to
the other in the form of positive gossip, their friendship might
never have been realized.
• Lift the discouraged with laughter. Rachel believed that people
were made up of many layers (just like ogres, it turned out) and
that laughter was one of the best ways to help people release their
guard and reveal their truest selves.
Each year, Rachel’s Challenge is taken up by thousands of teens and
community leaders, forming Chain Link clubs.
These young people are given initial training, and take it from
there into acts of community service and individual responses of
kindness in their classrooms and families.
Kilgore closed his presentation with a story about Rachel and her
older brother Craig.
They were driving to school together on that fateful day in 1999,
and were arguing about what radio station to listen to. Craig said
some very harsh things to his sister and when they arrived at
school, sprang from the car, slamming the door behind him.
He didn’t know that was the last time he would see his sister alive.
That the next time he would see her was when he looked down into her
Craig has resented those angry words ever since, and has wished he
could do it all over again.
His story is a warning to others to not let selfishness, pride and
competitiveness break down your relationships with those you love.
Don’t let angry words be spoken – they may be your last that loved
one will ever hear.
Kilgore reported that 200 kids in Kemp Junior High accepted Rachel’s
Challenge to make the world a better place by employing these five
If everyone in and around Cedar Creek Lake were to be so touched by
the life story of Rachel Joy Scott, what kind of place might this
Think about it.
To learn more about Rachel’s Challenge go on-line to