Eubank named ‘Kiwanian of the
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Club secretary Carol Eubank was named the “Kiwanian of the Year”
by the Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis club at the club’s end-of-year banquet
Incoming officers were formally installed by district Lt. Gov. JoAnn
McCarty of the Athens Kiwanis Club during the 90-minute fete at the
Victorian Lady Tea Room in downtown Mabank.
Outgoing president Ralph Fortner of Southside State Bank thanked club
members for helping him through the year.
During the year, the club’s annual pancake breakfast and its partnership
with the area chamber of commerce for the May Krawfish Boil and Car Show
both proved to be very successful, Fortner told the gathering.
As his final act in office, Fortner presented a clock to Eubank, noting
the vote to name her “Kiwanian of the Year” wasn’t close at all.
“One voter said she holds all of this together,” Fortner said.
Incoming president Denise York thanked Fortner, Eubank and former
president Dr. Jeannie Caillet “for helping me get ready for this.”
York reminded the group this year’s top project is for each member to
bring in a new member to the club.
In addition to York as president, the club’s new officers are
president-elect Lisa Hudgens, vice president Tate Cramm, secretary
Eubank, treasurer Derrick Hoelscher and past president Fortner.
McCarty, accompanied by her husband Dub, swore in the new officers.
In a brief address, McCarty announced Kiwanis International had voted to
require a criminal background check of every member.
“We’ve had four big lawsuits,” she said. “Each member (undergoing the
check) will get a card that’s good for two years.”
Kiwanis International will not recognize background checks conducted by
other agencies – it must be a Kiwanis check, she added.
Each background check will cost $7.50. The Athens club has voted to pay
for members’ background checks, although that is up to each individual
club, McCarty said.
The Texas-Oklahoma district is the first in the nation to implement the
required checks, she added.
Club directors were also recognized.
Directors for fiscal year 2009 include Larry Williams (2008-11), Carie
Goodrich (08-11), Paula Kimbell (06-09), Carie Bobbitt (08-10), Shannon
Steakley (07-09) and Mary Jo Love (07-10).
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis club officers for 2008-09 are president Denise
(left), president-elect Lisa Hudgens (not pictured), vice president Tate
secretary Carol Eubank, treasurer Derrick Hoelscher and past president
Rotary hosts Gold Card
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–Friday, approximately 54 Mabank High School students
were treated to lunch by the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake.
The students were among 104 eligible for the Gold Card luncheon by
maintaining a 90 or above grade average in all courses for a six-week
While the students enjoyed lunch at Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant, they
heard about the upcoming Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) camp for
The camp is near Carthage and takes place Feb. 13-15, 2009.
In addition to RYLA, the students were told about several overseas
Rotary scholarships, including a $23,000, one-year ambassadorial trip to
a foreign country.
Monitor Photo/Barbara Gartman
Approximately 54 Mabank High School students were treated to lunch at
Italian Food Restaurant. The students were among the 104 eligible this
for the Gold Card luncheon program. In order to be eligible, the
students were required
to maintain a 90 or above grade average for the six-weeks.
Main Place Cinema lists
items for soldiers program
Special to The Monitor
SEVEN POINTS–Main Place Cinema is selling Willie Wonka bars for the
Main Place Cinema will donate a portion of the profit of operation to
Stars and Stripes for every Wonka bar sold.
The cinema is also sending cases to Operation Stars and Stripes for the
For 10 days, Main Place Cinema is accepting donations of items and money
for Operation Stars and Stripes.
The holiday season is especially difficult for those away from their
Holiday stockings are filled with most-needed items, in addition to
snacks, games, books, etc., and will be sent to our troops overseas.
We are also having an area for anyone who wishes to write some
encouraging words or just say “Thanks” to the troops.
These letters will be included in the stocking sent to the troops.
Everyone who participates in our program will be on our “Thank You
Wall.” This will be in the lobby for everyone to see.
Operation Stars and Stripes, Inc. is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3)
not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to supporting America’s
military and their families at home and abroad.
Our organization operates solely by donated items and monies, as well as
funds collected by fund-raisers we conduct.
All proceeds go directly to support our brave heroes who sacrifice their
lives so that we may live freely.
We rely on monetary donations, donations of supplies and volunteers.
Many schools, churches, and civic clubs raise money and supplies through
their community service projects and “Cents for Soldiers” competitions.
List of suggested items
Most-needed items are postage stamps, sunscreen, Crystal Light on the go
packs, chewing gum, tuna and chicken salad lunches to go, Chapstick,
toothbrushes, travel size toothpaste, travel size body wash, travel-size
unscented wet wipes, men’s razors, recent DVDs, playing cards, travel
games, disposable cameras, black pens, long and thick black socks,
pocket fans, canned fly traps and batteries.
Toiletries and other items are (travel size toiletries work well)
toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, razors, shaving gel, Chapstick,
unscented lotion, mouthwash, combs, eye drops, Q-tips, dental floss,
sunblock, insect repellent (Off® with DEET is requested for troops in
Iraq and Africa), wet wipes, shampoo, body wash, foot powder, inflatable
pillow, small travel pillow, batteries, and pocket/foot warmers (during
Entertainment items are DVDs, CDs, comics, phone cards, disposable
cameras, crossword puzzles, word searches, paperback books, current
magazines, playing cards, travel games, Frisbees, water guns and Hackie
Writing supplies are envelopes, stationary, black ink pens, and
Food/snacks are: (note – all snacks must be prepackaged. Homemade
goodies are discouraged, due to custom’s regulations), chocolate (only
during the winter months), hard candies, Tic-Tacs, chewing gum, trail
mix, Cracker Jacks, Slim Jims, cookies, fruit cups in metal tins only,
individual size drink mix packs, nuts (unshelled sunflower seeds and
pistachios are favorites), handi snacks, mini-boxes of assorted cereals,
pretzels, pre-popped popcorn, fruit-by-the-foot, gummy snacks, Pringles,
and prepackaged tuna and chicken salad lunches.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
My name is Nelson. I am a
beautiful male Dachshund. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. So far, I seem pretty laid back
and gentle. I am a wonderful boy looking for my new forever
My name is Oreo. I am a beautiful
female black Lab. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. I seem to get along with other
dogs. I need help with leash training. I have been started on my
shots and need to be fixed. I am a beautiful girl looking for my
We are a whole litter of Shepherd
mix babies. We were brought to the shelter by animal control, so
we have no history. We have been started on our first set of
shots. We are good kids looking for our new forever homes.
I am a beautiful Border Collie,
who is four months old, or so. I was brought to the shelter by
animal control, so I have no history. I have not been at the
shelter long, so not much is known about me. I am a beautiful
kid looking for a 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