Clubs and Organizations

Masonic Lodge

A memorial service for long-time Mason Willie Butler will be held at 2:30 p.m. this Sunday at the Billie Mosse Masonic Lodge, 2101 South Austin Avenue in Denison. Co-hosting the service is the Lone Star Masonic Lodge #403, also of Denison.

The service is open to all Masons, as well as family members and friends of the late Mr. Butler. Refreshments will be served following the service.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2773

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2773 of Denison is planning a number of events in coming weeks. The post is located at 531 West Crawford, corner of Crawford and Mirick Avenue.

On Jan. 26, there will be a Vietnam Peace Accord commemorative service at 11:30 a.m. All Vietnam veterans in attendance will receive a special token of appreciation from the VFW.

At 9 p.m. on Jan. 26, an “old school” dance will be held at the post. The dance is open to the public and the cost will be $5 per person.

A drawing for the post’s gasoline raffle will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 12. Three prizes — 100 gallons, 50 gallons and 25 gallons — will be drawn. The cash equivalent of each of the prizes will be given. Tickets can be purchased at the post during daily hours of operation or by calling 903-361-3377.

On Feb. 14, the post will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Grayson Rotary Club

Eddie Brown, president of the Sherman Chamber of Commerce, presented the program last week’s Grayson Rotary Club meeting. He discussed 2013 events such as the chamber’s 100th anniversary and chamber activities planned for 2013.

Brown grew up in Dallas and moved to Sherman in 1986 with his wife, Susan, and their three children. He retired from Coca Cola after 42 years of service, and has been president of the Sherman Chamber for more than a year. He served on the chamber board prior to becoming president. He announced that the chamber will be celebrating its 100th year in 2013 and a number of activities have been planned for the year, starting with the annual awards luncheon on Jan. 25. Former Dallas Cowboy player Ed “Too Tall” Jones is scheduled to be the keynote speaker. Individual tickets and sponsor tables are still available for the luncheon.

Other chamber and area activities include: “Lifelight,” to be held Memorial Day weekend at Willowood Ranch near Bells where 50,000 people are expected to attend; the World Aerobatic Championships at North Texas Regional Airport in October; and the Christmas parade in early December. He added that the chamber serves as a catalyst through which business and professional people work together for the good of the city and its businesses. The chamber keeps local businesses, non-profits and organizations updated on what is going on in the business world, and networking is a big part of this process.

In Rotary business, Stacy Braddock and Greg Pittman were proposed for membership into the club. Braddock is executive director of the Texoma Regional Blood Center and Pittman is executive director of Meals on Wheels of Texoma.

To share information with or learn more about the Grayson Rotary Club, call Terry Everett at 903-814-0292 or visit The club meets at 6:50 a.m. every Wednesday at Fulbelli’s Restaurant in downtown Sherman.

Sherman Art League

The Sherman Art League will meet on Jan. 21, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Gallery & Frames in Sherman.

Bringing the demonstration will be Teta Smith, presenting “Collage with Unique Materials.” She is the co-owner of Artists’ Showplace Gallery and paints luminescent paintings in watermedia and collage. Her love of creating art and of color began as a kindergarten student, receiving encouragement from her mother and grandmother, and continues today.

“I create to involve the viewer by expressing emotions and intengible concepts, supported by strong design,” says Smith. “My paintings take me to places that I can’t get to, and convey so much that I can’t express in any other way. Phrases, brief comments or a scene can move me to tears and I feel compelled to paint it … I am always disappointed when a painting is finished. Art that expresses a bit of the artist’s soul is inspiring.”

Smith is an associate member of the National Watercolor Society and a member of the Richardson Civic ARt Society, Southwestern Art Society and Collage Visual Art. Her work has earned numerous awards through the years. She also teaches beginning realistic and beginning abstract watermedia painting classes. She holds an undergraduate degree in education and a master’s degree in counseling. Among her teachers have been the renown watercolorist Naomi Brotherton, Katherine Chang Liu, Mary Ann Beckwith, Dale Laitenen, Ann Bagby and Carol Barnes.