Posted by : August 24, 2014| On :
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KEMP–Bridge team players Gail Belton and Marianna Ziegler were the first place winning team at the 36th Friends of the Animals Low-Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic at Cedar Creek Lake Bridge Luncheon fundraiser at the Cedar Creek Country Club Aug. 14.
The luncheon netted $1,300 for the clinic.
The players had coffee and doughnuts upon arrival, then were served lunch prepared by the club’s chef and cupcakes, courtesy of Dot Irwin for dessert.
The first 18 winning teams choose from many prizes and for any slam bid and made, the team received a prize.
Tournament volunteers and organizers were Joy Simmons, Kitty Whitted, Sandy Ward, Barbara Austin, Cathy English and Tenny Roche.
Friends of the Animals at Cedar Creek Lake Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic is a non-profit organization that has spayed or neutered more than 31,000 animals since it began 12 years ago.
They help low-income families be responsible pet owners by offering low-cost spay/neuter surgery and vaccinations.
For information, to make an appointment or volunteer, call (903) 887-7387.
Tax deductible donations may be mailed to P.O. Box 5455, Mabank 75147.
Posted by : August 22, 2014| On :
“Under the Big Top” grosses $75,000
By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Staff Writer
ATHENS–The Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake held its 18th Annual Celebrity Waiter fundrasier Aug. 9 at the Athens Country Club.
Rotary Club members, along with more than 200 other community and business leaders, attended the event into the late evening hours, raising a record of more than $75,000.
Guests were treated to live music, a steak dinner, live and silent auctions and lots of opportunities to have fun, dance and socialize with friends and co-workers.
This year’s Celebrity Waiter theme was “Under the Big Top.” Rotary members and guests did not disappoint, showing up in full costume as various circus performers.
Many of them were just clowning around with big red noses and large floppy shoes.
One-of-a-kind costumes included a bearded lady, fortune teller and snake charmer.
The Athens Country Club was decked out with clown and circus-related balloons, streamers and decorations.
Rotary President Erin Osborn and Celebrity Waiter co-chair Andrea Pickens greeted guests with a small bag of cotton candy.
Tables were adorned with brightly colored bowls of gumballs, large suckers and a small box of popcorn.
Guests took advantage of the silent auction by bidding on various items such as golf bags, picnic baskets filled with goodies, paintings, a snow cone kit, glass vase, drill, massage gift certificates, free workouts at Better Body Basics in Seven Points and much more.
Live auction items included a United States Flag flown over the Capitol in Washington, D.C., a dove hunt for four, wooden wagon wheel rocking bench, a Big Green Egg cooker, a night at the Dallas Symphony with private guided tour of the Myerson Symphony Hall, a flight over Cedar Creek Lake, a BnR Grill Party Package, Maverick tickets, area rugs donated by Floors4U and much more.
The 2013 Celebrity Waiter raised more than $67,000 which supported community projects such as Klothes for Kids, Reading is Fundamental, Make a Difference Day and sending six students to the Rotary Youth Leadership Award camp.
Community donations included $500 scholarships each to 30 students, $2,500 to Labor of Love, $6,000 to Mabank Area Good Samaritan Food Pantry, $250 to Eustace Toys for Tots, $250 to Kaufman County CrimeStoppers and many other worthy causes.
Individuals, community and business leaders are encouraged to join the Rotary Club at Cedar Creek Lake. Weekly meetings are on Fridays at noon.
For more information, call Rotary President Erin Osborn at (903) 887-7486.
More photos from this event can be found in the Thursday, August 21, 2014 issue of The Monitor.
Posted by : August 17, 2014| On :
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TEXAS–Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility (CSBF)in Palestine representative Kathleen Smith spoke to the National Active and Retired Employees (NARFE) Aug. 12, at the Sirloin Stockade in Corsicana.
The CSBF provides launch, tracking and control, airspace coordination, telemetry and command systems, and recovery services for large (400 foot in diameter) unmanned, high-altitude (120,000 fett) research balloons.
Their customers include National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) centers, universities, and scientific groups from all over the world. Balloon research provides a low cost alternative to rocket and space shuttle launches and provides flexibility as to launch locations.
CSBF has about 70 employees and conducts 20-25 balloon launches a year from permanent facilities in Palestine, New Mexico, Antarctica and Australia.
Other launches have been made from Sweden, Argentina, Greenland, Brazil, Canada, India, New Zealand and Sicily.
In more than 40 years of operation more than 2,200 balloon launches have been made for 124 universities and technical institutes. Payloads weigh up to 8,000 pounds.
CSBF was established in Boulder, Colo., in 1961, by the National Science Foundation (NSF)and moved to Palestine in 1963.
In 1982, sponsorship was transferred from the NSF to NASA.
In 1987, NASA’s contract to operate the facility was transferred to the Physical Science Laboratory of New Mexico State University.
The contract is administered by the Goddard Space Flight Center’s Wallops Flight Facility Balloon Program Office.
NARFE Chapter 1191 covers Ellis, Navarro and the adjacent parts of the surrounding counties.
For NARFE membership information, call the Corsicana office at (903) 874-3092.