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Domino club to host Birthday Bash for two centenarian members

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : September 18, 2013

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell Dolly Holland (center) and Gladys Forrester (just behind her on other table) are both celebrating their 100th birthdays with friends in a joint birthday party set for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the Senior Center at the Ballpark in Mabank. Plans call for a live band, tree dedication and of course, a colossal birthday cake.

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Dolly Holland (center) and Gladys Forrester (just behind her on other table) are both celebrating their 100th birthdays with friends in a joint birthday party set for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the Senior Center at the Ballpark in Mabank. Plans call for a live band, tree dedication and of course, a colossal birthday cake.

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

CEDAR CREEK LAKE–The Cedar Creek Domino Club, along with the Senior Center at the Ballpark, is hosting a Birthday Bash for two special members passing the century mark.
Club president Patsy Black and center director Lisa Smith have planned a special birthday cake for Gladys Forrester and Dolly Holland. The festivities are set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25. A special luncheon and tree-planting ceremony are part of the celebration that will include presentations of certificates from the White House and governor’s office.
It is hoped that many of the area’s seniors will join them at the center and check out all the activities and camaraderie there is to be had at 405 West Walnut St. Calls are received at (903) 887-0067. The center is open five days a week and offers a nutritious low-cost lunch.
Both women are avid domino players, full of vim and vigor. Forrester marked her centennial Aug. 9 and Holland’s 100th birthday comes Oct. 4.
They agree that playing dominoes is a highlight of their week and helps them keep their wits sharp and their social skills polished.
The domino club is actively seeking new members to join the fun at the senior center every Wednesday. Tournament play begins right after lunch, at around 11:30 a.m. Prior to lunch, players warm up in friendly competition starting at 9 a.m., picking up tips from one another.
Unique to the “42” tournament as the club hosts it is the changing of partners after each game. This virtually eliminates the problems with “cheating” that many other tournaments have. In addition, the club has found that it could relax some of the rules adopted from the Halletsville Texas Tournament, considered by many the largest and most prestigious tournament worldwide. This practic has produced a friendlier atmosphere, which has resulted in a growing membership over the years.
Begun in 1998 as a nonprofit with just 12 members, the club first met at the fire station in Mabank and was able to collect dues and donate more than $15,000 to support the firefighters.
The move to the Senior Center in 2011 proved to be a good one, as the roomier space can accommodate more tables. Today the club averages five to six foursomes.
Over the years, the club has sponsored several tournaments around the lake and annual holiday luncheons. However, the straight domino players faded away, and the current players just want to play “42.”
Club vice president Lanny Roberts says if a few straight domino players wished to join they would be welcome to resume their favorite game.
Those unfamiliar with the game of 42, might be interested to know that it is most likely that it was invented by some young card-playing Baptists, who eventually gave up the corrupting influence of cards and replaced it with the game of 42, which they invented.
The name refers to the maximum points that can be scored in a given game, while it follows rules similar to such card games as canasta, spades and bridge. It is also considered by proud Texans to be the state’s most cherished and one of the oldest family table games, dating back to 1887.

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