Clubs and Organizations


Lake Texoma Chapter 1290 of NARFE (National Active and Retired Federal Employees) met Jan. 3. President Paul Richards led the session, and Bruce Hottel, service officer, gave the invocation, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Richards shared information on his career in government service. He challenged members to set the goal of expanding membership, with emphasis on those presently employed. First Vice President Buddy Harris also spoke briefly about his government service.

Diane Geer read meeting minutes and Jane Cranford presented the treasurer’s report.

It was announced that Ron Shaeffer will be the Alzheimer’s chairman.

Second Vice President Carol Hottel gave the names of those having January birthdays: Jane Cranford, Bebe Flynn, James Groce and Charles Huddleston. Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Fry will celebrate a January anniversary.

Deidre Hornback, occupational therapist, and president of Wishing Well, provided the program. Not part of the Make A Wish Foundation, the Wishing Well is a non-profit 50l (c) (3) organization, established in 1984. It operated under the auspices of the WNJ Community Foundation until December of 2012 and is now operating independently. The first wish was granted in 1986 and, so far, the all-volunteer staff has fulfilled more than 100 wishes.

With one annual fund-raising event and donations, more than 90 percent of the organization’s budget goes toward providing program services to children facing life-threatening or catastrophic illnesses in the North Texas and Southern Oklahoma area. Children ranging in age from 3 to 18 years of age are eligible to participate and wishes are granted on the basis of medical diagnosis, not financial need. When necessary, escorts are available to assist.

For more information, go to or find the group on Facebook.

For information about NARFE and its activities, call 903-465-0099.


Donna Hunt will be the guest speaker when the National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees (NARVRE) meet this Friday. The session will be at 10 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Denison and is open to all railroaders and their spouses.

Hunt will be discussing the history of Denison and of the Katy Railroad.

Members are reminded that donations of aluminum cans and loose change are always needed to help fund the group’s miscellaneous expenses.

Red River Valley MVPA

The Red River Valley Chapter of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA) will meet Jan. 17 at Tracks Restaurant in Sherman. The session begins at 7 p.m., but attendees are encouraged to arrive at 6 p.m. to have dinner.

The session is open to the public. For more information, contact Gary Park at 903-815-7980.

Vietnam Veterans of America

The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 973 will meet this Thursday at Grandy’s Restaurant in Sherman. Persons wishing to eat should arrive at 6 p.m., The meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Speaker for the evening will be Craig Hill, the North Texas Veteran Outreach Advocate for the Veterans Administration. His role consists of helping veterans in need by providing answers to questions about the VA , filing claims or other topics.

For more information on the group, contact Charles Holcomb at 903-819-4548.

Beta Zeta Master BSP

The Beta Zeta Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Jan. 3 in the home of Gloria McCraw. Marilyn Taylor was co-hostess.

President Geraldine Campbell led the session, attended by 17 members. Vickie Watson called roll and read minutes of the previous meeting. Willene Kidd gave the treasurer’s report.

A memorial for McCraw’s son, Mike Brigham, will be a book about bird watching in Texomaland, donated to the Denison Public Library. Another book will be given in memorial of Virginia Knight.

Members were reminded to bring paper goods for Helping Hands.

Marilyn Taylor read a humorous salute to the “southern diet,” and each member read an excerpt from a book of thoughts.

The next social will be Jan. 17 at Kent’s Tex Mex in Denison. The next meeting will be Feb. 17 and will be the “Bring a Friend” meeting.