Posted by : August 24, 2014
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Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
(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,
Posted by : August 24, 2014
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Special to The Monitor
Tournament volunteers and organizers (from left) Tenny Roche, Kitty Whitted, Sandy Ward, Joy Simmons, Sydney Busch, Barbara Austin and Cathy English.
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
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Monitor Photo/Robyn Wheeler
Bearded lady KK Mitchell (front row, from left) visits wiht cotton candy lady Louann Morton, elephant Tonya Carey, bear Amy Ellsberry and (back row) strongman Bruce January.
“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.