Posted by : November 30, 2014| On :
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY–The Gun Barrel City Masonic Youth Rainbow Girls donated cases of bottled water and delivered freshly baked cookies to the Gun Barrel City Fire Department Nov. 8.
The girls noted how much they appreciate the firemen’s service to our community, and look forward to future projects honoring them.
The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls is a service-oriented, leadership organization for girls between the ages of 11 and 20.
Rainbow Girls participate in a wide array of activities, including leadership training, service projects, competitions and annual retreats.
Their younger group, the Pledges, have activities for girls ages seven to 10.
For more information, call Donna Dean at (903) 345-2001 or Tonya Currey at (903) 920-5608.
The Gun Barrel City Rainbow Girls and Pledges are proudly sponsored by the Cedar Creek Lake Masonic Lodge and the Gun Barrel City Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star on Legendary Lane in Gun Barrel City.
Posted by : November 27, 2014| On :
Special to The Monitor
SEVEN POINTS–Sarah Maples Chapter of NSDAR member Linda Mynar explained the flag commerating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War at their Nov. 19 meeting at The Library of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points.
The traditional use of the color gold signifies a 50th anniversary. It symbolizes the specific mission of the Department of Defense program as outlined in the Congressional language “to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.”
A representation of the Vietnam Service Medal (ribbon) rests below the inner rings. The red, white, and blue inner rings represent the flag of the United States of America and recognizes all Americans, both military and civilian, who served or contributed to the Vietnam War effort.
The outer black ring serves as a reminder of those who were held as prisoner’s of war or listed as missing in action during the Vietnam War.
The black ring surrounds the red, white, and blue rings to call attention to their sacrifices, the sacrifices of their families, and the defense of our nation’s freedom. Within the blue ring are the words “Service, Valor and Sacrifice,” virtues demonstrated by our veterans during the Vietnam War.
The gold-rimmed white star located between the words “Service” and “Valor” represents hope for the families of those veterans for which there has not been a full accounting. The blue-rimmed gold star located between the words “Valor” and “Sacrifice” represents families of those veterans who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the war.
The blue star at the bottom of the inner blue ring represents the families of all veterans and symbolizes their support from home.
At the bottom of the inner blue ring are six white stars, three on each side of the blue star.
These six white stars symbolize the contributions and sacrifices made by the United States and its Allies, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Republic of Korea and Thailand.
The center circle contains a map of Vietnam in black outline relief, signifying both the country and the Vietnamese veterans who stood with our veterans. The subdued outlines of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and surrounding waters represent the area of operation where U.S. Armed Forces served.
The green laurel wreath signifies honor for all who served. The seal’s blue background is the same color as the canton in the United States Flag.
When placed next to the flags of World War 11 and the Korean War Commemoration Flags, the Vietnam War Commemoration Flag will signify the Vietnam Veterans taking their rightful place among generations of U.S. Veterans.
George Godson who was born and raised in Belleville, Ontario, Canada, in 1958, entered the Army and was trained as a Guided Weapons Officer. George served as a Technical Officer with the British Army in Northern Germany. In the latter part of 1973, George was in Saigon, South Vietnam with the International Commission for the Control and Supervision (ICCS) to administer the Paris Peace Accords that ended the war in Vietnam.
Sarah Maples became a Commemorative Partner and the flag was sent from the Department of Defense.
Posted by : November 20, 2014| On :
Special to The Monitor
TOOL–The Literary Club of Cedar Creek Lake raised $3,112 at the Jeanie Hulsey Bridge Benefit Oct. 23 held at at the Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church in Tool.
Added to past years, the bridge tournament has raised $45,676 for The Library at Cedar Creek Lake.
Two divisions played and Bridge Studio owner Gloria Rowland acted as the director of the sanctioned duplicate division. Ruth Pimm and Judy Scott co-chaired the event.
Donated prizes were awarded to the winners of both divisions. Dottie Fink was the winner of the donated $100 gift card.
Literary Club members worked in the kitchen to serve luncheon to the players.
The Literary Club meets every second Tuesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. at The Library at Cedar Creek.
Guests are welcome.
For membership information, call President Rosalie Randall at (903) 498-8333.
More photos from this event can be found in the Thursday, November 20, 2014 issue of The Monitor.