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.
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.
There is a 2 p.m. Sunday meeting, also.
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
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)
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 on Fridays at 6:30
p.m. For more info, call GeriLeigh Stotts at (469) 323-7943, email
or (800) 422-2260 or visit
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 Thursday at La Fuente Mexican Restaurant 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 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
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 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) 675-7270.
approach works for Tool students, teachers, Kiwanis hear
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–Using humor and treating everybody like family are
two of the ways the Tool Elementary School has become one of the
highest-rated campuses in the Cedar Creek Lake area.
Having high expectations for both students and teachers is the key
to obtaining top results, Tool Elementary Principal Bill Morgan told
the Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis club at its weekly luncheon Wednesday.
“Every student needs to know they can be greater than they think,”
Morgan told club members. “Tool is not a school – it’s a community,
where we treat everybody as family.”
Morgan invited club members to attend one of the school’s 7:55 a.m.
assemblies, where students and teachers salute the U.S. and Texas
flags, hear announcements and hear the word of the week.
“This week’s word is ‘curiosity,’” he said.
Curiosity about planets arising from a visit to the planetarium last
year led students into rocketry, capped when 15 rockets were fired
from the school grounds.
“We’re talking about science – not in the fifth grade, where there’s
a big (TAKS) test, but in pre-K,” he said.
“We talk about building lives,” he added. “We want to empower kids
about how great they are.”
Community members do the same thing, visiting the school to
volunteer and help students understand and develop their sense of
self-worth, Morgan said.
Four-year studies using recorders in kitchens and bathrooms showed
children from wealthier homes know more words when they begin
school, Morgan related.
Students from poor families were exposed to an average of 15 million
words during the four-year study, while youngsters from middle-class
families were exposed to approximately 30 million words, Morgan
However, students from wealthy homes were exposed to an average of
45 million words, he said.
Approximately 90 percent of the students attending Tool Elementary
qualify for the federal free/reduced price meal program, Morgan
“Engagement is the key to all of this,” he said. “You’ve got to be
100 percent committed to the mission. If you’re not, people know,
and kids pick up on that.”
Kiwanis past president Ralph Fortner recalled when he was in school,
principals were always men, and they always wore suits and ties,
which were intimidating.
Morgan said when he interviewed for the principal’s position, he
told the school board members he did not intend to ever wear a suit
and tie, because that look would make it difficult to talk to the
majority of the parents he would be meeting.
A relaxed appearance also works to relax employees, he said.
“We’ve got to be a family,” he said. “I don’t know any other way to
A former Dallas police officer, who patrolled in Oak Cliff, Morgan
said he found police work was education at the point of crisis.
“I wanted to be pro-active, and prevent stuff like that,” he said.
“As a policeman, I would go into the worst situations time after
As a principal, Morgan said, he has an opportunity to be the best
person in the world to students and teachers.
“They have to know that they’re wanted,” he said. “No teacher, and
no principal, is paid what they’re worth, so you have to make that
up with the environment they’re in every day.”
One way to draw students into excelling is to find a way to
challenge them, Morgan said.
“Last year, we did kiss the pig,” he said.
Morgan explained he agreed to kiss a pig, if students read at least
500 books during the specified period.
“So, they read 1,275 books,” he said. “Kids know how committed we
are to them.”
Morgan was accompanied by school counselor Laura Smith, who is
starting her first year at the school.
“Counseling is very hard to do,” Morgan said.
Morgan said he and Smith would be setting up Kiwanis-based programs,
such as the BUGS (bringing up grades) and Terrific Kids, to prompt
“We’ll be pushing the Kiwanis part of the program,” he said. “What
it means to do the right thing, and to do the right thing all the
time, not just when you want to.”
In club news, members:
• heard past president Dr. Jeanne Caillet suggest supporting the
distribution of Albendazole – a drug that kills intestinal and
blood-borne parasites that can stunt a child’s physical and mental
development – as part of Kiwanis International’s new worldwide
Two doses of the FDA-approved drug can be given to children each
year. Each dose costs about 25 cents, and can keep children free of
parasites, Caillet explained.
“We would raise the money, and the money would go to Kiwanis
International, which would partner with UNICEF (for distribution),”
• heard Caillet report on a recent district convention, where
delegates heard the Texas-Oklahoma District lost 13 clubs and many
members last year.
Gaining membership is the main focus for programs this year, she
The Texas-Oklahoma district governor will be visiting the division
in January, and will be asking area clubs to contribute toward a
Caillet suggested holding a “white elephant” auction during the
visit to help raise funds, with Fortner volunteering to be the
“The auction will have four divisions,” she said. “First is, ‘ugly
but functional,’ then ‘what the hell is that, and what does it do?’,
along with ‘objects d’art’ and ‘ugly shoes.’”