BONHAM - The new Defender program implemented in the Bonham school district was explained during last week’s Bonham Kiwanis Club meeting. Presenting the information was Dr. Marvin Beaty, superintendent of the Bonham Independent School District.
Beaty stated that in an effort to better protect students, teachers and employees of the Bonham ISD, a select number of teachers have gone through extensive training in the Defender program and will be carrying concealed handguns on campus starting this school year. Beaty went on to explain the strict guidelines for participants in the Defender program. Once the participants met the requirements, they had to complete an eight-hour concealed gun training class plus an additional 24-hour intensive training course. He noted that staff members from the Ector and S&S school districts also participated in the training.
In other business, members were reminded that the next Bonham Trade Days, managed byu the Bonham Kiwanis Club, will be Sept. 4 through 7. Money earned from booth rental at the trade days is used by the Kiwanis to support Bonham and Fannin County youth groups.
The Bonham Kiwanis Club meets every Tuesday at noon at the Bonham Housing Authority.
Grayson County Rotary Club
Michelle Lemming was guest speaker at last week’s Grayson County Rotary Club. She was the president and CEO of the Texoma Health Foundation (THF) when it was started in 2007 and is a former recipient of a Rotary Club scholarship.
Lemming explained that the non-profit THF serves Grayson, Fannin, Bryan and Marshall Counties and 100 percent of the funds raised by the group go back into the community. The THF now oversees more than $50 million in assets spread between 16 unique funds. It awards grants to area nonprofits annually and owns and operates Reba’s Ranch House. Every five years, the THF board performs an extensive needs assessment to determine the needs in this area.
In other news, the Rotary Club will continue to help with the SHARE program and collect food items the first Wednesday of each month to help feed the area’s homeless. The club also supports the KinCare program, an annual event providing school supplies to local children. Members, aided by local Boy Scout Troop IV, will be placing American flags in neighborhoods for Labor Day.
To share information with or learn more about the Grayson County Rotary Club, call Terry Everett at 903-814-0292 or go to www.graysonrotary.org. The club meets every Wednesday, 6:50 a.m., at Fulbelli’s Restaurant in downtown Sherman.