By Russell Slaton
The News Correspondent
MALAKOFF–Malakoff City Council members were informed of shelters to which homeless may be referred on these cold winter nights.
In the public comment portion of the Jan. 11 meeting, Teri Caswell of Faith in Action Outreach told council members about a ministry to homeless people which started this month. First United Methodist Church of Athens will begin opening its doors to homeless men to spend the night out of the elements each Thursday night beginning Jan. 14 through Feb. 25. The Methodist church will provide a meal, a warm, safe place to sleep, and breakfast. Caswell also said the Room in the Inn program will start in February at Gun Barrel City’s Church of the Nazarene (on a night to be decided) and hopes to find other area churches willing to donate one night of shelter per week. Women who need shelter also have access to “The Farm” run by Judy Seaton. “If you come across any homeless folks, send them our way, we can get them the resources they need,” Caswell said.
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She also reported the local kettle drive benefiting the Salvation Army raised $6,800. “All of that money will stay in the area,” she added. Faith in Action in Malakoff serves about 120 people per week, Caswell said, and is affiliated with the Salvation Army as well as the Henderson County Needs Network.
Delanda Johnson talked about upcoming events celebrating the life and achievements of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The federal holiday marking his birth is Monday, Jan. 18. That night, at 7 p.m., the Henderson County Black History Committee will host a candlelight vigil at New Hope CME Church at 120 N. Havana St.
Johnson Chapel AME Church will host the annual Gospel Explosion” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16. Johnson Chapel is located at 1403 W. Royall Blvd. (State Highway 31).
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By Russell Slaton
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By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–The members of Flotilla 5-14 held their annual awards dinner Saturday night. Enthusiasm is high for the year ahead starting with a full lake at the Cedar Creek Reservoir.
“We expect to have a very big summer,” Cmdr. Bill Fackler said. “I look forward to a great year,” increasing membership and boasting certification,” Vice Cmdr. Bob Schillo said. “I’m excited.”
The highest award, Auxiliarist of the Year, went to longtime member John Steele, with the most service hours, despite lake levels being too low to get a boat into the water.
Flotilla 5-14 excelled in five of the nine mission areas of the Silver Oar award, marking its 35th program year.
“The flotilla had to qualify without patrols on the water, so members focused attention on the areas it could excel, and it did by more than 100 percent in such areas as Public Education, Program Visitor, Member Training, Vessel Examiner, Public Affairs and Qualifications.”
Out of 85 flotillas in the Eighth Coastal Region, Flotilla 5-14 was one of 29 which qualified for the Silver Oar award this year.
It was noted that two flotilla members, Giles Farmer and Stan Fernald, both one-time District commodores, initiated the Silver Oar award 35 years ago as an incentive program, Farmer explained.
“We’re the only district in the country to have the Silver Oar program,” he said.
Current District Commodore Al Hardy told the membership of a recent e-mail from the national commodore of his desire to take the Silver Oar program national. “That’s quite an accolade to the locally initiated incentive program,” Hardy said.
Besides Hardy, Fernald and Farmer, Flotilla 5-14 member Joe Taylor has lead the district as commodore.
“This year, with water in the lake and the ability to run patrols on the weekend, we can do even better this year toward the Silver Oar award,” Fackler said.
Those named to other top awards included Joe Erwin in Operations, John Steele for Member Training and Public Education; Bob Schillo for Vessel Examinations, Royce Brimmage in Program Visitation, Jim Salzmann in Public Affairs; Chris Daley for Information Systems, Jean Steele, Materials; Howard Nicholas for Newsletter, Betty Abbott, Social Chairman; Giles Farmer as Flotilla Commander and Rusty Washam for special support.
Game Warden Dustin Balfanz thanked the Coast Guard Auxiliary for being willing to share the load.
“With all that water there goes a lot of work along with it. We’re going to have our work cut out for us. We’ll bring in a lot of game wardens on the lake to bump up safety on the lake,” Balfanz said. “I’m looking forward to continuing efforts between the Texas Parks and Wildlife and the U.S Coast Guard Auxiliary. Let’s be safe out there.”
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Special to The Monitor
PINNACLE CLUB–The Cedar Creek Lake community supported this year’s Pinnacle Women’s Club Garage Sale which enabled them to give donations to many organizations with their philanthropic endeavors.
Organizations receiving donations at the January meeting included the Family Peace Project, Disciples Clinic of Athens and Faith In Action Outreach.
The Family Peace Project works with victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse in Henderson County.
The Disciples Clinic of Athens provides medical and dental care for uninsured low-income working residents of Henderson County.
Faith in Action Outreach provides food, clothing, medical prescriptions and counseling. They also provide food to more than 100 children through a weekend food program.
Faith in Action is located in Malakoff but also serves Eustace, Cross Roads and Trinidad areas.
Pinnacle Women’s Club member Marlene Ungarean expressed appreciation for their services.