Clubs and Organizations

Grayson County Rotary Club

An update on Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital-WNJ was given at last week’s Grayson Rotary Club meeting. Bringing the program was Kitty Richardson, the hospital’s vice president of business development, and the hospital’s newest neurosurgeon, Dr. Victor R. DaSilva.

Richardson noted that Wilson N. Jones Hospital began in 1914 as a not-for-profit hospital. In 2010, the hospital changed to a for-profit entity and became Texas Health Presbyterian-WNJ. It employs approximately 750 full-time employees and 30 staff members, aided by an auxiliary of volunteers totaling about 100 men and women. A total of 18 new phyisicians have been brought in the last two years. The hospital has between 90 and 100 patients daily and sees between 27,000 and 28,000 patients annually. The facility has earned a number of top accreditations and recognition for its work with patients suffering from heart attacks, strokes and related areas.

DaSilva is the former director and founder of the Comprehensive Spine Center at the University of Florida and Shands. He also served as chief of neurosurgery service and is a diplomat of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada and the American College of Neurological Surgery. He is board certified and fellowship trained in spinal surgery.

To share information with or learn more about the Grayson Rotary Club, contact Terry Everett at 903-814-0292 or by emailing

Texoma Composite Squadron

Sponsorship forms for the Civil Air Patrol, Texoma Composite Squadron’s Wreaths Across America project must be obtained from any squadron member or by accessing the Wreaths Across America page via the squadron’s website —

Orders may also be placed online or by phone using a credit card by visiting or calling 877-385-9504. When using a credit card, the Texoma squadron’s code of TXCAP262 must be used so that the wreaths will be delivered to the squadron.

Dorchester Women’s Club

DORCHESTER — Barbara Welch, president of the Dorchester Women’s Club, presided over the recent meeting and Thanksgiving luncheon at the Dorchester Baptist Church.

The day’s quote, attributed to E.B. White, was “I rise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world, and a desire to enjoy it. This makes it difficult to plan the day.” The parting thought for the day, attributed to Charles Schultz, was “Decorate your home. It gives the illusion that your life is more interesting than it is.”

Roll call was answered by each person telling if she had ever bought something “just for fun.”

Joyce White, Grayson County AgriLife Extension Agent, presented a program on decluttering one’s life. Suggestions were made on how one should distinguish between needed items, keepsakes, efficiency in organizing a closet, pantry, or kitchen, and how to begin the process of dealing with one’s “stuff”. White said that to get started, do not tackle the most cluttered area of the home first, but to choose a junky drawer or a shelf in one of the closets to develop a little confidence that the task can be accomplished. Let a friend or relative provide moral support while working on organizing. White also provided handouts giving websites with additional information on decluttering.

During the business meeting the treasurer’s report was given and the minutes were approved as read. Members were reminded to bring donations for Grand Central Station soup kitchen in Sherman to the December meeting for the winter project.

Birthday celebrants were Carol Groner and Judy Akin. Anniversary celebrants were Alice and James Stewart. The door prize provided by Groner was won by Andee Nichols.

The next meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 11 in the Dorchester home of Alice Stewart. A musical program will be presented by John Boyer. Guests are welcome.