Rotarians asked to plan a blood drive
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–This past summer it was announced blood
was in short supply.
Dianne Martin, recruitment consultant with Carter BloodCare, Stewart
Regional Blood Center, told Rotarians that was part of the reason the
That is why she is asking organizations, such as The Rotary Club of
Cedar Creek Lake, to sponsor at least one drive during the year, she
Martin was the main speaker for the weekly Friday luncheon, and she
offered statistics to explain the need for blood.
“We normally try to keep a three- to four-day supply of blood, and this
summer we dropped down to two to three hours,” she explained.
Her company supplies 100 percent of the blood used by East Texas Medical
Center, but ETMC, so far, holds no blood drives, Martin said.
“My challenge in handling this is to hold as many blood drives as
possible. My job is to make us visible. My goal is to collect 41,000
units of blood,” she explained.
The need is very acute across the nation, and in Texas.
“At this time, there is no replacement for human blood. Someone uses a
pint of blood every three seconds,” Martin said.
The recent blood drive at Lowe’s was very successful, Martin emphasized.
“And Lowe’s for Life has agreed to have another drive,” she added.
“I challenge you (the Rotary Club) to have one four-hour blood drive a
year,” she said.
The Rotarians all agreed with the challenge and club President Lee
Montgomery said a date in December would be a good time.
In other business, Rotarians:
• were reminded of the board meeting set for Wednesday, Oct. 17.
• heard a report from Make-A-Difference Day chairman Jan Wood.
She said plans and projects are coming along, with 16 projects scheduled
Applications are still being sought for those who need help.
If you need help or know of someone who does, fill out a registration
form and mail to the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake, P.O. Box 1658,
Mabank, TX 75147, or drop it by Tri-County Ford or Brookshire’s in
Mabank, or fax to (903) 675-4235.
• heard Andrea Pickens give an update on the trash collection for
Saturday, Oct. 27 (Make-A-Difference Day). She said no brush or tires
will be accepted.
Also a separate container is scheduled for newspapers and magazines
through the Kemp Eco-Station.
• were asked by Montgomery to put in volunteer hours on the Mabank High
School Habitat for Humanity house, to be built with the almost $60,000
raised during Spirit Week.
model railroad show set
Special to The Monitor
FORT WORTH–The Lockheed Martin Model Railroad Activity (LMRA)
railroad clubs 25th annual model train show will be held
Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 13-14.
The train show will turn gyms 1, 2 and 3 of the LMRA Sports Fitness
Center, located at 3400 Bryant Irvin Road, southwest Fort Worth, into a
hub of model railroading fun.
Admission is $6 per person with children under 10 admitted free. It is
an ideal event for children.
There will be 180 dealer tables as well as several local area modular
The local clubs will be the Heartland RR from Dallas, the Trinity N-Trak
Club of Fort Worth and the Tex-N Modular from Dallas.
Children will delight in seeing the Thomas the Tank miniature trains
running on the modules.
There will also be a new Thomas the Tank play area for children this
year, where they will be able to build layouts and run battery powered
Thomas the Tank engines and watch Thomas videos.
A special attraction this year will be a gathering of Circus Model
Builders, Inc. and the Carnival Historical & Model Builders Society.
These two organizations will be displaying circus trains, miniature
circuses and carnivals and other types of circus memorabilia.
In addition to the traveling modular clubs, the fabulous LMRA club’s
permanent layout will be open both days of the show.
The city of St. Charles has been completely rebuilt.
The Mountain States refinery has been improved with a lot of detail.
In addition, the Red Mesa Mountain area is just about finished. Signals
and many new details have been added to other areas.
Come to the show and see the many changes that have been made since last
While at the show, visit one of the many dealers. They will have many
railroad items to sell, such as trains, videos, prints, memorabilia and
For more information, call (817) 713-6887 or (817) 732-7731.
Grant for large
dog neutering available
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY–Friends of the Animals Low-Cost
Spay/Neuter Clinic has received a grant enabling people needing
financial assistance in getting large dogs, male or female, spayed or
This grant will pay for the surgery of dogs more than 40 pounds at the
time of surgery. A co-pay is required.
The reason the grant is so specific is that smaller dogs are usually
easy to place and have small litters.
Large dogs, however, languish in shelters as no one wants them, and can
have litters of up to 15 puppies two to three times a year, most of
which end up being put on the trash heap.
The grant excludes cats, because the cost of sterilization is considered
The Family Resource Center (903) 887-4711 and the Christian Life Center
Food Pantry (903) 887-5429/Tuesday and Thursday), both in Gun Barrel
City, and the Athens Food Pantry at 715 E. Corsicana in Athens
(Monday-Friday 8:30-noon), have vouchers for making appointments – or
you can call (903) 887-PETS (7387).
To obtain a voucher, you must bring your driver’s license, your Social
Security card and proof of income. A co-pay is required at the time of
Friends of the Animals at Cedar Creek Lake is a 501(c)(3) non-profit
organization running the Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic in Gun Barrel City.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
My name is Chris. I am a male
Retriever mix pup. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. I am a very sweet young man with
lots of energy. I have been given my first shots. I am a sweet
kid looking for my new forever home.
My name is Hazer. I am a
beautiful male Lab mix. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. I am now current on all of my
shots, but I still need to be fixed. I am a good boy looking for
my new forever home.
My name is Jax. I am a beautiful
male Pomeranian mix. I was brought to the shelter by someone who
found me. I am a good little guy in need of a wonderful new
start on life.
My name is Missy. I am a
beautiful female Dachshund mix. I was brought to the shelter by
animal control, so I have no history. I am now current on all of
my shots. I am a sweet girl looking for my new home.
Pictured are just a few
animals at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven
Points in dire need of a good home. Please call or stop by the
Humane Society today and rescue one of these forgotten animals.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is located on 10220
County Road 2403 in
Seven Points. For more information, please call (903) 432-3422
after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday and Sunday.
For further information
visit our website at