Mar

26

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : March 26, 2015

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.”

Mar

01

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : March 1, 2015

Courtesy Photo Pinnacle Women’s Club member Sandy Molander (from left) presents donations to Family Peach Project representative Kathey Floyd, Faith in Action Outreach Teri Caswell and Disciples Clinic of Athens Chief Medical Officer Dr. Gary Williamson at the PWC January meeting. Also pictured (right) is PWC member Marlene Ungarean.

Courtesy Photo
Pinnacle Women’s Club member Sandy Molander (from left) presents donations to Family Peach Project representative Kathey Floyd, Faith in Action Outreach Teri Caswell and Disciples Clinic of Athens Chief Medical Officer Dr. Gary Williamson at the PWC January meeting. Also pictured (right) is PWC member Marlene Ungarean.


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.

Feb

12

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 12, 2015

Monitor Photo/Ronald Wheeler Artist John Fannin, of Tool, shows a wide array of pottery at the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake meeting at the Cedar Creek Country Club Feb. 6.

Monitor Photo/Ronald Wheeler
Artist John Fannin, of Tool, shows a wide array of pottery at the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake meeting at the Cedar Creek Country Club Feb. 6.

Tool man creates pottery with character

By Robyn Wheeler
Special to The Monitor
KEMP–Local potter John Fannin told Rotarians about his life’s work as an artist, how he is starting over in Tool and the sarcasm and humor found in his trademark face jugs at their weekly meeting at the Cedar Creek Country Club Feb. 6.
“My parents and grandparents came from Mabank and Log Cabin,” Fannin said. “And I worked many years with my brother on a tree farm in Dallas.”
Fannin moved to Colorado in 2004 to pursue an interest an art including metal sculpturing, painting and pottery.
“I wanted to know everything about art in all trades. I studied the American Folk period very heavily. It changed my life.”
After the passing of several family members, Fannin’s work slowed down and he was indecisive as to where to go and how to move on. With the help of his sister, he moved back to Texas about six months ago and has picked up where he left off.
“Many centuries ago, the potter’s trade was a necessity and local shops were located in town next to the hotel, barber shop, general store and post office.
Fannin opened a pottery shop in the Colorado mountains with an outdoor gallery allowing visitors to watch him work.
He also gave glazing and pottery lessons to anyone who wanted to learn the trade.
“I wanted to give back. I was blessed to have so many people who gave me that knowledge. I want to give back and continue to receive.” Fannin said.
“Starting over again is all about having faith in God, the people around you and yourself,” Fannin said.
Fannin creates bowls, pie plates, and other usual pottery but his niche is with face jugs.
“I just think they’re fun and they sell,” he said. “I try to add sarcasm and humor into every piece.”
Each of Fannin’s face jugs and art work are one-of-a-kind and usually sell for upward of $150.
Fannin says he enjoys encouraging people to do things they want to do and step out of their comfort zone.
“I hope to begin classes here in the lake area soon. I’m working on a location and various times which would accommadate residents the best,” Fannin said.
To view more of Fannin’s art work, go to www.jwfannin.com.
For more information, contact Fannin at (719) 293-1839 or jwfannin@-gmail.com.