Apr

17

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 17, 2014

Courtesy Photo Sarah Maples chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution member Sue Ann Hall (from left), registrar Geneice Morris and members Clara Belle Roundtree and Ruth Shelton prepare for the Lineage Research Workshop Thursday, April 22 at the Tri-County Library.

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Sarah Maples chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution member Sue Ann Hall (from left), registrar Geneice Morris and members Clara Belle Roundtree and Ruth Shelton prepare for the Lineage Research Workshop Tuesday, April 22 at the Tri-County Library.

Assistance getting proof to join available

Special to The Monitor
MABANK–The Sarah Maples chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is helping prospective members get their papers in order with a Lineage Research Workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at the Tri-County Library.
The workshop is free and includes a light lunch and materials. Pre-registeration is requested by Friday, April 18.
Sarah Maples Registrar Geneice Morris handles new members wanting to join DAR.
She helps by showing ladies where to look for the proof needed to join.
Sue Ann Hall and Clara Belle Roundtree are working on their papers currently with assistance from Ruth Shelton.
Tri-County Library is located at 132 E. Market St., in Mabank.
To register, contact Vice Regent Suzanne Fife at (903) 432-3130 or shfife@nctv.com.

Apr

06

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 6, 2014

Courtesy Photo Rootseekers President Margaret  Ann Trail (from left) stands with guest speaker Bob Stokes and Julie Gustafson.

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Rootseekers President Margaret Ann Trail (from left) stands with guest speaker Bob Stokes and Julie Gustafson.

Special to The Monitor
MABANK– Rootseeker members heard Bob Stokes speak about the history of calendars at the Tri-County Library in Mabank March 17.
The Gregorian calendar, also called the Western calendar and the Christian calendar, is internationally the most widely used civil calendar. It has been the unofficial global standard for decades, recognized by international institutions such as the United Nations and the Universal Postal Union.
Beginning in 45 B.C., many parts of the world used the Julian calendar to mark the passage of time. By the Julian calendar, March 25 was the first day of the year and each year was 365 days and six hours long.
In 1583, Pope Gregory X111 determined the Julian calendar was incorrect, each day was just a little bit too long and the human calendar wasn’t keeping up with nature’s calendar. To solve the problem, Pope Gregory X111 created what is known as the Gregorian calendar.
This new calendar changed the first day of the year to January 1 and also jumped ahead by 10 days to make up for the lost time.
England and the American Colonies didn’t officially accept it until 1752. By the time England and the colonies adopted the new calendar, the discrepancy between the calendars was 11 days. To resolve the discrepancy, the government ordered Sept. 2, 1752, be followed by Sept. 14, 1752. Some people also added 11 days to their birth dates (a fact which is not noted on their birth certificates).
The reform was adopted initially by the Catholic countries of Europe. Protestants and Eastern Orthodox countries continued to use the traditional Julian calendar and adopted the Gregorian reform after a time for the sake of convenience in international trade. The last European country to adopt the reform was Greece in 1923.
Stokes was born in Pascagoula, Miss. He attended high school in Dallas. After two years at Baylor University, he served four years in the U.S. Coast Guard, then returned to Baylor to complete his Bachelor’s of Arts and Masters Degrees and 60 hours of graduate work at the University of North Texas.
He is married and has two children and two grandchildren.

Mar

23

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : March 23, 2014

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell Local Parrot Head Club vice president Tate Cramm (not pictured) and president Robert Render show chamber members the coveted Golden Coconut award the local club received in recognition of their success in building and opening a fishing pier dedicated to active military and veterans at Tom Finley Park, with wheelchair access. The three-year effort was named in memory of Eddie Oehler. The $80,000 Oelher’s Landing is one of the largest charitable projects undertaken by any club in the "Parrot Head Nation," Render said.

Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Local Parrot Head Club vice president Tate Cramm (not pictured) and president Robert Render show chamber members the coveted Golden Coconut award the local club received in recognition of their success in building and opening a fishing pier dedicated to active military and veterans at Tom Finley Park, with wheelchair access. The three-year effort was named in memory of Eddie Oehler. The $80,000 Oelher’s Landing is one of the largest charitable projects undertaken by any club in the “Parrot Head Nation,” Render said.

“Flip flop Therapy” day heralds warm weather

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

KEMP–The Parrot Head Club served as guest speaker at the March luncheon meeting of the Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce March 13.
Upon polling those present, about a quarter of the room identified themselves as Parrot Head Club members. Parrot Heads (more than 200 social clubs in America and Canada), raise funds for charitable causes while enjoying a tropical lifestyle emulated by the music of Jimmy Buffett.
“Party with a purpose” is the organization’s motto, local club president Robert Render said. In 2011, Parrot Heads raised $4.1 million and donated 194,000 service hours.
Last year, the Cedar Creek Lake Parrot Head Club completed a three-year project to erect a wheelchair accessible fishing pier to honor active and veteran military personnel at Tom Finley Park.
The effort raised about $80,000 and many members contributed their expertise to its completion, Render said. The pier was named Oehler’s Landing, after philanthropist member Eddie Oehler, who had died. The project was the single largest project in the “Parrot Head nation,” Render said.
As a result, the club gained recognition at the organization’s annual 2013 Meeting of the Minds convention and was awarded the coveted “Golden Coconut” award.
The club also donates five scholarships, to one senior in the amount of $1,000 – one from each area high school.
The club’s biggest fundraiser is set for July 19 – a poker run on the water. Players will get their first hand and clue at Don’s Port Marina and the run will conclude at the yet-to-open Coconuts with live and silent auctions. The event traditionally raises around $20,000, Render noted.
On Oct. 18, the fourth annual Chili and Barbecue Cookoff will be held at Tom Finley Park with $5 entry fee. Money raised will go to the park board to maintain Oehler’s Landing.
The Parrot Heads also provide the Olympic Village for special athletes. This year, the Mabank Special Olympics is set for Saturday, April 12 at Panther Stadium in Mabank.
“We hold events every month,” Render said.
In other business, chamber members:
• recognized BnR Pit Grill as Business of the Month, Mabank Floral & Gifts for providing the flower arrangements in giant margarita glasses as table center pieces, and Cedar Creek Country Club for the themed luncheon, serving sliders and chicken wings. Also recognized was luncheon sponsor First State Bank, which greeted attendees at the door with zippered coin purses, mini note pads and pencils.
• heard the Rotary Club is still accepting grant applications for up to $5,000 for specific needs from the community and has set its golf tournament for Friday, April 25.
• heard Trinity Valley Electric Co-op is also accepting grant applications from nonprofits.
• heard the Kiwanis Club is holding Pancake Day fundraiser from 6 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 26 at St. Peter Lutheran Church at 130 Luther Lane in Gun Barrel City, offering delivery for three or more orders ($6/plate) to a single local address by faxing orders to (903) 432-2415.
• heard member Floors 4U is celebrating five years in business with a fundraiser for Natalie Newman at its Mabank location on Third Street, Friday, April 11.
• heard planning for the annual Cedar Creek Lake Classic Car Show and Kiwanis Krawfish Boil was underway for May 10.
More photos from this event can be found in the Sunday, March 23, 2014 issue of The Monitor.