Clubs and Organizations

Edmund Terrell SAR

The Ednumd Terrell Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) will meet Jan. 16 at Woodlawn Country Club in Sherman. Lunch will be at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting begins at 1 p.m.

Presenting the program will be members of the Preston Trail Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. They will be performing a vignette of the chapter’s upcoming play, Preston Trail Follies-2013, highlighting various historical moments in Grayson County. Included in the presentation will be Preston Trail members Carolyn Dexheimer of Bells and Ocia Jeffries of Sherman. Performing as the “singing cowboy” will be Shay Alverson, son of Preston Trail member Michelle Alverson and her husband, Drew. The play is the creation of Preston Trail member Leta Koch who will be speaking briefly at the SAR meeting. It will be presented in its entirety on May 3 and 4 as a fundraiser for Preston Trail’s project of aiding local disabled veterans.

Dorchester Women’s Club

DORCHESTER — President Barbara Welch led the recent meeting of the Dorchester Women’s Club. Hostesses were Jackie Bartlett and Margie Noel.

Following the prayer and Pledge of Allegiance, attendees were welcomed by a quote, “Community is gathering around the fire and listening to someone tell us a story,” attributed to Bill Moyers. Another quote was “If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance,” attributed to George Bernard Shaw.

The program consisted of members and guests sharing family stories and keepsakes. Among things shared were paintings, handwork, photos, cookbooks, and stories of struggles, love and ways of life from the past.

During the business meeting, minutes from the last meeting were read and approved and the treasurer’s report given. Suggestions were made of things needed by the Rehabilitation Center.

Jean Setterols won the door prize provided by Barbara Welch.

The next meeting will be a Valentine potluck luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 12 at the Dorchester Baptist Church fellowship hall. Frances Neidhardt will present a poetry program. Guests are welcome.

Martha Jefferson Randolph NSDAR

Dr. Gary N. Sisson will present the program entitled “Patrick Henry Speaks” when the Martha Jefferson Randolph Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution meets Jan. 17. The session, to be held at Woodlawn Country Club in Sherman, will begin with lunch at 12:30 p.m. and the meeting at 2 p.m.

Sisson was raised on a farm/ranch in Bonham and in Welch. He completed undergraduate work at West Texas State University and the University of Houston, and earned his doctor of optometry in 1982 from the University of Houston College of Optometry. He served as an officer in the Medical Service Corps of the United States Navy and was an optometrist in the naval hospital at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base, North Caroline. He is now in private practice in Snyder and Dallas.

Sisson is a member of the Dallas chapter of the Texas State Sons of the American Revolution. He has served his chapter as registrar, treasurer, secretary, second and first vice president and president, and has also served as the state registrar. He has also been active in theater for many years, acting on stage, as well as directing and working with the technical and musical areas of theater.

Regent Beverly Martin will lead the session and the ritual will be conducted by chapter members. Teddie Ann Salmon will bring updates on the DAR monument commemorating the Stage Coach Trail marker re-dedication.

DAR is a non-profit service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and promoting better education for children. Any woman age 18 and older who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution or from someone who gave aid to the Continental Army is eligible for membership. For more information, call Cheryl Waters at 903-449-1156.

Denison Rotary Club

The Denison Rotary Club met last week and heard from Ashley Earls, executive director of the Grayson County Shelter, located in Denison. She was introduced by Father Don Perschall, a Rotary Club member.

Earls explained that the 36-bed shelter is program-based. Clients can stay a total of 21 days. She stressed that the homeless are from all walks of life. All clients are background-checked and if they have a record of crimes against a child, they are not permitted to stay. Drug tests are also done on each client and if a test comes back positive, the client cannot stay. Clients are required to search for jobs. She said an emphasis is placed on making the shelter a positive, safe environment. Volunteers are always needed, as are supplies such as toilet paper, body soap, hygiene products, razors, food and the like.

During this week’s meeting, Roger Shires will give an update on the restoration of Munson Stadium.

For more information about the group, visit