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30

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : March 30, 2014

Monitor Photo/David Webb KISD Superintendent Sam Swierc (left) presents a plaque of appreciation to Dr. Jim Collinsworth, former school board president. Collinsworth is now chair of the new Kemp Education Foundation.

Monitor Photo/David Webb
KISD Superintendent Sam Swierc (left) presents a plaque of appreciation to Dr. Jim Collinsworth, former school board president. Collinsworth is now chair of the new Kemp Education Foundation.

By David Webb
Monitor Correspondent

KEMP–The Kemp Education Foundation recently received its letter of determination from the Internal Revenue Service establishing it as a nonprofit group clearing the way for operations to begin.
Dr. Jim Collinsworth, who is the chair of the foundation organized last year, presented a report of the group’s goals and plans to the Kemp Independent School District Board of Trustees March 24. The initial goal will be to raise $50,000 to fund grants, he said.
Collinsworth noted the foundation leaders want to support innovative efforts and exemplary teaching to enhance and enrich classroom experiences in the school district. “It’s pretty much wide open,” Collinsworth said. “Think outside of the box.”
The foundation will support student programs, projects and initiatives that do not receive tax-based funding.
Collinsworth said the foundation would soon be mailing out correspondence to businesses seeking support, and it would be setting up tables at community events to introduce the concept to the community. The next presentation will be at the Kemp Wildflower Festival April 12 at the city park.
Grant proposals are now being accepted by the foundation, and the last day for teachers to make application this year is April 17.
The foundation’s finance and governance committee is chaired by Vidal Jones, the development committee by Rhonda Markham, the marketing and events committee by Robin Reedy and the program committee by Sarah Wright.
Other members of the committees are Dorothy Locklin, Lynda Page, Jim Stevenson, James Whitehead, Jerri Henderson, Sharron Rankin, Melinda Polk, Laura Peace, Deborah Doss, Tommy McSpedden, Russell Bryan, Harvey McDougald, Joy Long and Tom Anderson.
The foundation will also be coordinating events such as school banquets and Homecoming activities. Extensive planning is underway for Homecoming 2014 that will include a bonfire, campus tours, pep rally, former student honors, football game, halftime festivities, street dance, parade, alumni dinner, an alumni football game and class parties.
Information will be made available through the year at www.kemphome-coming.com. The next meeting will be at the First National Bank of Kemp at 2 p.m. Sunday (today) March 30.
For information about Kemp Education Foundation visit www.kempeduca-tion foundation.org. P.O. Box 296, Kemp, TX 75143. 903-498-1312
In other action, the trustees:
• approved increasing the price of student lunches by 10 cents for students who pay full price. All other prices for breakfasts, reduced-payment lunches and adults will remain the same.
• decided trustees would attend 2014 Summer Leadership Institute in Fort Worth June 26-28 at the Omni Hotel rather than traveling to San Antonio.
• approved student band camp at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford July 6-11.

Mar

23

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

Monitor Photo/David Webb Kemp Mayor Laura Hanna Peace stands with contractor Henry Mosley on the city's new staqe, from a repurposed bridge, dedicated to the memory of Councilman Jerry Hazelip who died shortly before the project’s completion.

Monitor Photo/David Webb
Kemp Mayor Laura Hanna Peace stands with contractor Henry Mosley on the city’s new staqe, from a repurposed bridge, dedicated to the memory of Councilman Jerry Hazelip who died shortly before the project’s completion.


By David Webb
Monitor Correspondent

KEMP–An old steel bridge being converted to a stage for Kemp City Park will be dedicated to the memory of recently deceased City Council member Jerry Hazelip.
The bridge is now in place on a vacant lot directly across from City Park, and its renovation into a covered stage is complete. The stage will be used for the first time during Kemp’s Wildflower Festival on April 12. It will again be used for Easter Sunday sunrise service April 20.
Mayor Laura Hanna Peace said she plans to buy a bronze plaque to dedicate the new stage to Hazelip, who recently died in Dallas Presbyterian Hospital after suffering a heart attack and never regaining consciousness.
Peace said that she, Hazelip and general contractor Henry Mosley worked out the design for the stage just before the councilman began complaining of feeling short of breath and entering the hospital. He suffered a severe heart attack in the hospital and died about a week later on Feb. 28.
“Helping me with the bridge is one of the last things Jerry did,” Peace said. “I depended on Jerry to help me with so many things. I’m going to miss him very much. He was a very good friend.”
Peace said Hazelip had encouraged her plan to convert the old bridge to a stage, and he gave her advice about maintaining its historical integrity.
Peace and Hazelip lived directly across the street from each other in Kemp. Hazelip had previously served two terms on the city council, but he agreed to accept an appointment from Peace to return to civic service when she was elected mayor in 2013.
Hazelip was remembered in the invocation at the Kemp City Council meeting March 11 where a plaque with his name remained in front of an empty seat.
The council had previously approved spending up to $10,000 to relocate and renovate the old county bridge to its current location. The funding will come from economic development funds being held in reserve by the city.
Kaufman County originally moved the century-old bridge to a grassy area behind the post office where it had sat unnoticed for several years. The county donated it to Kemp when it was replaced with a modern bridge outside of the city limits.
Mosley said the bridge was moved to the new location within one afternoon, and that it took about five days to renovate it. All of the bridge’s steel pieces were used in the construction of the roof.

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.