Clubs and Organizations

Denison Service League

Requests from local non-profit organizations/programs for monetary donations will be accepted by the Denison Service League through Jan. 31.

The request must include a description of the organization and what it does for the community and a list of specific needs of the organization. A specific dollar amount can be requested or a group can request “any amount.” The requests must be sent to: Allocations Chair, Denison Service League, P.O. Box 4, Denison, Texas 75021-0004.

Preston Trail NSDAR

Dr. Glen Sample Ely will bring the program when the Preston Trail National Society Daughters of the American Revolution meet this Thursday at the Denison Country Club. A buffet meal will be available at 5 p.m. for $10 per person and reservations must be made by contacting Regent Joy Martin at 903-891-1032. Guests are welcome to attend.

Ely will be introduced by Ocia Jeffries, chapter historian and will be discussing his 23-year research on the Butterfield Stage line which ran through Texomaland. Ely earned his doctorate from Texas Christian University and has published journal articles in Southwestern Historical Quarterly and the New Mexico Historical Review. His book, Where the West Begins: Debating Texas Identity was published this spring by the Texas Tech University Press and is now in its second printing. Where the West Begins seeks to settle the age old argument over whether Texas is southern, western, or something unique.

From 1984 to 2002, Ely produced Texas history documentaries for television, cities, counties, and historical societies. These works earned awards and accolades from groups such as the Texas Historical Commission, the Sons of the Republic of Texas, and the Texas Association of Museums. Examples of his film work can be found on his website at

Following his presentation, Julie Retz, chapter librarian, will present a book which will be donated to the Whitesboro Library in honor of Ely.

During the chapter’s business meeting, five new members will be installed. They are Cynthia Gudgel, Jenitta Wingate, Lisa Hall, Rebecca Denton and Desse Anthony. The installation will be led by chapter chaplain, Michelle Alverson.

Chapter officers and committee chairwomen will give their monthly reports

Door prizes will be awarded during the evening. All funds raised from the door prize drawings will go into the chapter’s scholarship fund. The chapter’s goal is to give a $1,000 scholarship to a local high school senior. Katie Strief, scholarship committee chairwoman, has announced that packets explaining the application process will be mailed to local school counselors this month.

The Preston Trail NSDAR has scheduled a genealogy workshop scheduled for 10 a.m. at Jan. 26 at the Sherman airport. The free workshop is for any women interested in tracing their family lines to an American patriot who served in the militia or gave aid during the Revolutionary War. Trained DAR volunteer genealogist will be conducting the event. To register or for more information, contact Martin.

Insurance Women of Texoma

The Insurance Women of Texoma will meet from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. this Wednesday at Fulbelli’s Restaurant inside Kelly Square in Sherman.Anyone in the insurance or related field is invited to attend.

Bringing the program will be Jerry Chapman, general manager of Greater Texoma Utility Authority, discussing water issues in the Texoma area. Chapman graduated from Austin Colleg ein 1963 and went to the University of Oklahoma to complete his master’s degree. He has been with the GTUA since 1982 and is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association, International City Management Association and Texas City Management Association.

After the program, there will be a business meeting. Members will be voting on donating school supplies to a Sherman and Denison elementary school and will discuss the state’s community service project which is the Rise School, a preschool for Down Syndrome children. The club did contribute to the Salvation Army Angel Tree in Sherman, Denison and Bonham last month.

For more information, contact Mandy Todd at 903-868-9696 or Linda Tarzis at 903-819-0741.

Grayson County NAACP

The Grayson County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will meet at 10 a.m. on Jan. 26. The gathering will be held in the fellowship hall of the St. John CME Church in Sherman.

Attendees are encouraged to present any ideas and suggestions to Steve Lewis, chapter president.