Clubs and Organizations

Friends of the Library

DURANT, Okla. — The Friends of the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center and Library in Durant, Oklahoma will have its second annual Christmas sale this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The library is located at 1515 West Main. Sale hours will be 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday and 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Items available will include Christmas decorations and craft items. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the library.

American Association of University Women

The Texoma Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will meet at noon on Dec. 3 at Feast on This in Sherman.Guest speaker will be Dr. Jean Sorensen, discussing the mind-body exercise benefits of yoga. After the program and business meeting, attendees are invited to stay for “Coffee, Cake and Conversation.”

Sorensen began teaching in 1989 and has been a professor in the literature and language department of Grayson College since 1996. She currently serves as the coordinator of the college’s Honors College and has served as department chair. She earned her doctorate from the Institute of Philosophic Studies at the University of Dallas and her bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Pennsylvania State University. She teaches English, philosophy and yoga.

The AAUW is a nationwide organization with more than 150,000 members and supporters. There are nearly 1,000 branches and more than 7 00 college-university partners, including Austin College in Sherman. It is one of the world’s largest sources of funding for female graduate students and works to empower women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. Membership is open to all graduates holding an associate or higher degree from a qualified educational institution. Current undergraduates are eligible to join as student affiliates. More information is available at

Red River Rose Society

President Jerry Haynes led the Nov. 20 meeting of the Red River Rose Society. He also presented the program on bedding roses for the winter.

Haynes is a Consulting Rosarian, certified by the American Rose Society. He noted that the unpredictable winter temperatures in North Texas, zones 7b to 8a, results in roses not knowing when to go into the dormant state. Clean rose beds by blowing out dead leaves and removing any that may have blackpot spores. After several hard freezes — 27-28 degree or colder — the roses will be dormant and can be sprayed with dormant oil spray to kill any lingering blackspot and scale insects. Stop dead-heading roses in November and let the rose hips form. Stop feeding roses in November. Mulch rose beds now to conserve moisture, suppress weed growth and maintain the soil temperature. Per Haynes, hardwood mulch is the best to use. Pull out weeds to help prevent them from producing more in the spring. Haynes also suggested beginning a compost pile from falling leaves, shredding them and adding them to the pile as a brown layer between green layers of grass clippings and vegetable waste from the kitchen.

Haynes stressed that roses need two inches of water a week. Watering should be done early in the morning in order for the leaves to be dry by nightfall. Water deeply to keep feeder roots from growing to the surface in search of moisture. Fall is a good time to plant roses which will enable the roses to take off faster in the spring. Fall is also a good time to have soil tested for its Ph balance. The AgriLife Extension office in Sherman can provide the forms and directions on how to send a sample of soil to the Texas A&M soil testing laboratory in College Station. Roses prefer an acid-alkalinity score of 6.5 on the Ph scale, but most of the clay in this area has an 8.2 score. Agricultural sulfur will need to be added to the soil yearly in order to lower the Ph count.

Haynes ended his program by presenting Thomas Moore’s poem, “The Last Rose of Summer.”

Prize winners were Laura Brown, Janie Bice, Harriet Steward, Phyllis Lawrence and Ed Supina. Prizes were donated by members and the drawing was organized by Nancy Grella, secretary-treasurer.

The group will hold it’s annual Christmas party on Dec. 11. The next meeting of the society will be at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 15 at the Denison Public Library. Guest speaker will be Dottie Woodson, a program specialist from the Urban Solution Center in Plano.