Clubs and Organizations

Ladies Auxiliary, VFW Post 2772

The Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2772 met Feb. 7 with 14 members present.

Cancer Air and Research Chairwoman Vikki Johnson held a two-day benefit in November to raise money for the program. The money was presented at the Mid-Winter Round-Up in Austin. The Round-Up — a learning session on all of the programs supported by the Auxiliary — was attended by Linda Harding Auxiliary president, Johnson, Cindy Robertson and Sue Anderson.

On Feb. 15, the VFW Post 2772 held an appreciation dinner for the Auxiliary members. The men of the post were servers and each woman attending was presented a rose. Commander Larry Harding addressed the group, thanking the women for their work and support of the post and veterans.

Students participating in the Patriotic Art Contest need to have their entries turned in no later than midnight on March 31. The packet with information on the competition was delivered in November to S&S High School, Howe HighSchool and Sherman High School.

On the second Friday of the month, Anderson, hospital chairwoman, and several of the women serve steaks to the Bonham Veterans’ Administration veterans that are brought over for Patients’ Day Out. Once quarterly, the men and women of the post and auxiliary go to Bonham and play poker/bingo with the veterans and take cake, ice cream and supplies that are needed.

For information on membership into the auxiliary of the post, contact the Hardings at 903-893-8585.

Hurricane Rotary Club

ANNA — Anna Fire Chief Tom Gothard was guest speaker at the recent meeting of the Hurricane Rotary Club. He was introduced by Anna City Manager Phillip Sanders.

Gothard gave a brief overview of his years of service and certifications. He then discussed the department’s mission statement, “To provide a quality service to our customers through dedication, training and professionalism.” He reported that the department currently has five full-time personnel and 28 volunteers. He praised the volunteer staff and their dedication, noting that in January alone, they logged in more than 1,880 hours of station time. Also discussed were the department’s various programs such as the Advanced Life Support program that was put into place seven months ago and has already saved lives. Gothard stressed that the department belongs to the citizens and encouraged the public to call or stop by any time the department’s assistance is needed.

Sherman Shakespeare Club

The Sherman Shakespeare Club held its February meeting in the community room of the Texas Star Bank. Siv Anderson and Margaret McCord served as hostesses for the meeting, attended by 10 members.

President Linda V. Thoms led the session and introduced member Linda Gattis who presented the day’s program. In keeping with the year’s theme of a study of Shakespearean films, Gattis discussed the classic, Much Ado About Nothing. Members listened to a presentation by Professor Peter Saccio of Cartmouth College. Known for his knowledge of Shakespeare, Saccio, an accomplished actor and theatrical director, has wrntten a book entitled Shakespeare’s English Kings. Much Ado About Nothing considered to one of Shakespeare’s liveliest comedies, featuring two plots and two pairs of lovers. Gattis also shared the dates and names of cast members of the various times that Much Ado About Nothing has been produced on film between 1940 and 1993.

Thoms conducted a business session. Barbara Denton gave the treasurer’s report, and is was noted that the book William Shakespeare, His Life and Times has been placed in the Sherman Public library in memory of Helena Fair.

The May meeting will be a salad luncheon and members are to invite guests. The installation of new officers will be conducted by Margaret McCord.

Jaquita Albin, incoming president, discussed plans for the new club year. Sign-up sheets for programs and hostesses were distributed to members and discussion was held on continuing programs centered on Sheakespeare’s works.

The March meeting will be held at the Texas Star Bank. Jaquita Albin will present the program on Shakespeare’s MacBeth.

Preston Trail NSDAR

POTTSBORO — Sponsorships and tickets are now available for the upcoming “Time of the Preston Trail” theatrical production by the Preston Trail National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

The humorous yet factual play, written by Leta Koch, focuses on a few of the many historic figures who became legends in Grayson County, along the famous Preston Trail. Characters like Miss Sophia Porter, Judge Thompson, the Skiddy Street girls, Lydia Starr McPherson, Olive Oatman and Col. Coffee will be featured, along with trick roper Kenneth Durham, live music and more.

The performances will be at 7 p.m. on May 3 and 2 p.m. on May 4 at the First United Methodist church in Sherman. All profits from the play will be used to benefit local disabled veterans. Tickets are priced at $25 for adults and $10 for children under 12 years of age. Sponsorship levels range from $5,000 - cattle baron down to $25-$249 - pioneers.

For sponsorship or ticket information, contact Gloria Morton at 903-624-9166. Advanced ticket purchase is also available by mailing a check, payable to the “Preston Trail NSDAR” to Margaret Alverson, chapter treasurer, P.O. Box 645, Denison, TX 75021-0645.