Posted by : September 11, 2014
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St. Jude Catholic Church parishioner Cynthia Snyder speaks to Rotary Club members about The Gabriel Project, an organization that helps mothers and babies in need.
St. Jude Catholic Church to host International Food Festival Sept 12-13
By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake members heard about all the many activities that will take place at the St. Jude Catholic Church Rummage Sale and International Food Festival Friday-Saturday, Sept. 12-13.
“The purpose of the event is to raise money for the church’s Blessed Mother Teresa Outreach (BMTO) and The Gabriel Project and to promote fellowship,” Festival Chairperson Vickie Weaver said.
“We are all wearing matching T-shirts and the 40 community businesses that supported the event have their names printed on the back. A merchant bag with business cards, pens and notepads, will be given out to visitors at the gate,” Weaver said.
The rummage sale is both days and the food festival is Saturday, Sept. 13.
“This is going to be a huge event,” Weaver said.
Saturday’s festival will feature bounce houses, Clydesdale horse rides, a variety of vendors, live music, chuckwagon cooking, cakewalk, tractor-pulled train ride and much more.
The grand prize giveaway is four tickets to a Dallas Cowboys game.
BMTO helps needy Cedar Creek Lake citizens pay utility bills or gas for transportation to and from doctor appointments.
“Sometimes the monetary funds drop near zero,” Weaver said. “We appreciate the support and know we live in a great community that helps its fellow man,” she added.
St. Jude parishioner Cynthia Snyder also spoke about The Gabriel Project program which provides help to women and babies in need.
“The Gabriel Project gives food, baby items, transportation and support,” Snyder said.
“The church acts as a safety net and assures mothers they we will provided for,” she added.
Gun Barrel City Manager Gerry Boren attended the meeting in support of St. Jude, the festival and its projects.
“At this year’s parade (in December), we will ask everyone to bring diapers for The Gabriel Project,” Boren said.
In other news, Rotarians heard:
• Make A Difference Day is set for Saturday, Oct. 25. Electronic recycling and paper shredding will be available at the Mabank Pavilion. However, volunteers are needed for loading and unloading.
• the Rotary Club will give away 600 dictionaries to Kemp, Mabank, Malakoff and Eustace students sometime early this week.
• The second annual Cedar Creek Lake Lawnmower Races in Gun Barrel City are set for Saturday, Oct 4. The event will also feature a brisket cook-off and local young talent.
Posted by : August 28, 2014
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Social begins at 9:30 a.m. on second Tuesdays
Special to The Monitor
SEVEN POINTS–The Cedar Creek Lake Literary club’s first meeting of the new season is at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, at the The Library of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points. Doors open for refreshments and socializing at 9:30 a.m.
Sharron Lucky will review Doc by Mary Doria Russell. Lucky began writing stories for her three children with the help of her musical husband, Dr. Harrell Lucky. Several of these stories have been set to music and published.
Lucky has established herself as an author of children’s books and has spoken for educational conferences for more than 35 years.
She has served on the Children’s Museum Board and was involved in establishing one of Dallas’ most successful literacy programs for adults and children.
The devotional will be given by Samm Singleton.
Hostesses will be chairperson Carol Rigali, Connie Hallmark, Patty Raasch, Lucy Smith, Wynell Reeves and Wanda Bell.
Guests are welcome.
For information regarding membership, call club President Rosalie Randall at (903) 498-8333.
The Cedar Creek Literary Club meets at 9:30 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month.
Posted by : August 24, 2014
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(From left) Diana Humphrey, Grace Kline, Katie McPherson, Karli Gallops, Hannah Brame and Cameron Carter pose with their celebratory cake marking their final bridging ceremony as Girl Scouts. Missing from photo is Amber Keith who was called into work Saturday.
12-year Girl Scout troop holds final ceremony
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
SEVEN POINTS–A very special Girl Scout ceremony was held Saturday. It marked the 12th year and the final awards presentation for a troop of girls who grew up together in Girl Scouting and who are now embarking on life as adults.
Their leader through all 12 years, Trinidad resident Debra Kline spoke about the journey – its frustrations and its successes. “Sometimes, I wondered whether it would be worth it,” she said. “Today I know it was.”
Seven girls went through the final bridging ceremony, one of which was absent. Amber Keith was called in to work, suddenly.
“Amber has demonstrated a heart for her family and acts responsibly toward her family and we support and admire her for it,” Kline said.
In her freshman year of high school, Amber Keith lost her mother to cancer, the following year, her family’s home burned down. Through it all, her sister Girl Scouts stood by her side with help and encouragement.
“She is an over-comer and she didn’t miss a beat. She’s a true blue Girl Scout,” Kline said.
Amber Keith joined Troop 2810 six years ago and was awarded her College Artist merit badge, Gold Torch Award, Community Service Bar and 14 states patch, for the number of states she visited as a Girl Scout in her final senior year. Each girl also collected her “Sisters Forever” necklace, as a cherished momento.
The presentation was part of a very moving ceremony held at the Cedar Creek Bible Church in Seven Points.
The ceremony included a 30-minute PowerPoint slide show created by Juliette Girl Scout leader Melissa Jernigan, a flag presentation, Scouts Own, presentation of certificates of appreciation to strong supporters of the girls through the years and a bridging ceremony into adulthood.
During their years together from Brownies to Juniors, Cadettes, Senior and Ambassador scouting levels, the girls earned their Bronze and Silver awards, along with numerous merit badges. One member, Grace Kline, earned the highest award offered in this her final year – the Gold Award. Her project focused on conservation and included mounting a community presentation at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center last August, titled Conservation Invasion.
Through the two years she prepared the various elements of the award, she gained from being mentored by several adults in her area of interest.
“We honor their latest efforts in Girl Scouting,” assistant leader Tracy McPherson said. “This is not an ending but rather a jumping off point, and this world is going to be such a better place because of them.”
Girl Scouting is all about making the world a better place and about leadership. Six of the seven girls have graduated from high school. The youngest troop member, Hannah Brame, joined just two years ago. She is a junior this year. “Girl Scouting has given me great memories,” Brame said.
“We’ve experience so much together,” leader Debra Kline said, “we could write a book. Girl Scouting offers almost an endless variety of experiences. Camping and cookies are only two, as there is international friendship, science, dance, service, fitness,