Wednesday Rotary Club

The Wednesday Rotary Club presents the Humane Society of Navarro County with a check in recognition of the September speakers and its weekly Rotary meetings. The club will donate $15 each week to the Humane Society in recognition of its speakers. If you have a program you would like to present to the Wednesday Rotary Club, are interested in joining Rotary Club or for more information, contact Carole Davenport at (903) 875-7340 . The club is always looking for new members and interesting programs. The club meets from noon to 1 p.m. every Wednesday in the YMCA Optimist Room.

Col. Roger Q. Mills Chapter 2466

Col. Roger Q. Mills Chapter 2466, Texas Division, United Daughters of the Confederacy, met Sept. 28 at the Nancy Roberts Meeting Room of the Corsicana Public Library.

President Marlene Ivy called the meeting to order. Chaplain Geneva Davis opened with prayer and led the pledges and salute to the flags. Ivy led in the ritual and Lord’s prayer. She also welcomed guests. Minutes and treasurer’s report were read by secretary/treasurer Nancy Rula. Reports were given concerning the canned food project. (Project chairman Jan Reeder gave a report that 441 pounds had been delivered to the Navarro County Food Pantry at the next meeting in October.) Bylaws committee reported that bylaws were approved and the dues had been increased.

Ivy thanked everyone for the anniversary cards that she and her husband had received from chapter members. She also read a thank-you note from Gelene Simpson about the special honor meeting she had received in March. Advertising flyers from B-RI Railroad Museum were passed out.

A report about member Jimma Traweek having moved to an assisted living home. Four members donated her dues.

Time of general convention was announced as being planned for Nov. 5-10, 2009, at Biloxi, Miss.

Ivy read the end-of-the-year report sent in.

Barbara Shore was accepted as a member of the chapter.

Verna Bonner gave the program about Confederate files in the genealogy department at the Corsicana Public Library. Nancy Rula told about Bonner finding the service records needed for a supplemental application on her great-grandfather William Blakeney. Geneva Davis reported about information found by Bonner about Confederate soldiers buried at Post Oak Cemetery at Roane. Simpson read a poem titled “The Homespun Dress” by Carrie Belle Sinclair. Meeting was adjourned with singing of “Texas, Our Texas” and “Dixie.”

Members present were Verna Bonner, Pat Chappell, Geneva Davis, Judy Greene, Marlene Ivy, Dean Nevills, Barbara Robinson, Gelene Simpson, Nancy Rula, Ines Waggoner and Nancy Weems. Visitors were Diane Armer and new member Barbara Shore.

The next meeting will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 30 at Sirloin Stockade. Everyone is responsible for their own meal.

José Antonio Navarro Chapter

José Antonio Navarro Chapter, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, met at 2 p.m. Sept. 17 in Corsicana. President Eddie Pevehouse called the meeting to order. Pevehouse reported on the dues in the absence of treasurer Marlene Ivy. A welcome was said to new member Mellie Howard. Some talk of interesting discoveries about ancestors were told by Seley Fuller and Pevehouse. Some details were found in a 1937 copy of “Leaves and Branches.” Some possible projects were discussed among which were looking for grave sites of important early Texans and putting together a book on citizens of the Republic buried in Freestone or Navarro counties or families living in Navarro County during the Republic.

The objects of the DRT were read from the yearbook. Mellie Howard volunteered to give the honor day report on Gonzales Day at the Nov. 6 meeting.

Pledges to the flags were said. Refreshments were served. Present at the meeting were Ines Waggoner, Eddie Pevehouse, Mellie Howard, Seley Fuller, Diane Armer and Gelene Simpson.

José Antonio Navarro Chapter, DRT, met at 2 p.m. Oct. 8. Chaplain Geneva Davis led members in prayer. Members repeated the pledges to the flag of the United States and the Texas flag. Minutes were read and approved. The treasurer’s report was given by Marlene Ivy. Report was filed for audit. Report was given about member Jimma Traweek, who has moved to Garland. Motion was passed to pay her dues for the year. Requirement of donation to President General’s Project was discussed. The chapter discussed possible chapter projects which were suggested at the September meeting. Treasurer will check on information which Traweek may have about Richland Cemetery.

Davis suggested that copies be acquired for children in the fourth grade to learn the state song. Davis also reported on the Kerens Cotton Harvest Festival as a good opportunity to distribute information about Texas and Daughters of the Republic of Texas.

Ines Waggoner and president Eddie Pevehouse suggested an activity in Pocket Park on Beaton Street in Corsicana. Handing out Texas flags (small) and song sheets of “Texas Our Texas” was suggested.

Program for the meeting was given by Mellie Howard on the honor day celebrating Gonzales Day — Oct. 2. The Indians had marauded there and trouble with Mexico gave the Mexicans the idea to retrieve the canons which Gonzales had for protection. The Americans used the slogan, “Come and take it.” This was the beginning of the fight for independence in Texas.

Next report at November meeting will be Founder’s Day presented by Pevehouse. Davis moved to adjourn. Waggoner seconded. Motion passed. Refreshments were served.

Members present were Gelene Simpson, Marlene Ivy, Ines Waggoner, Geneva Davis, Diane Armer, Eddie Pevehouse and Mellie Howard.

Woman’s Club House Association

“The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” is almost here, and the first Wednesday in December means it’s time for the annual Christmas Benefit Tea, which will be held at Kinsloe House from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 2. The house will be beautifully decorated, and the board of directors, hosting the event, is planning delicious holiday treats for members and their guests.

Past presidents of Kinsloe House will be serving as well as welcoming guests. New this year to the occasion will be a silent auction of beautiful and useful Christmas items, so come prepared to get a lead on your Christmas shopping by buying some exciting gifts. All proceeds from the auction, as well as contributions made at the tea, will go to the operation of Kinsloe House, which brings pleasure to so many Navarro County members.

No reservations are needed for this event; members are urged to come and bring as many guests as you would like to enjoy visiting with friends and hearing beautiful piano music in the background provided by Michael Hanna.

Don’t forget December’s first Sunday luncheon 11 a.m. through 2 p.m. Dec. 6. You will enjoy a four-course meal in a relaxing setting, and you will get to choose your entrée and serving time, all for only $13, including tax and gratuity. For reservations, call Jeani at (903) 874-5791 or (903) 229-5787 by noon on Dec. 5.

Hubbard Garden Club

Hubbard Garden Club will host a tour of homes from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 5 in conjunction with the ninth annual Magnolias and Mistletoe Christmas celebration. Three of Hubbard’s beautiful homes will be featured on the tour. They are the homes of the Randy O’Briens, the Shawn Gillhams and Gracie Potter.

Randy and Monica O’Brien reside at 307 N.W. Third St. This beautiful historic home is known to many as “The White House.” It was built in 1911 by R.L. White as a wedding present for his bride, Zenobia. In recent years, it was home to Mildred Vagg and then Chuck and Christie Smith.

Shawn and Dana Gillham and their family reside at 609 N.W. Penelope Highway. Their beautiful brick home will give visitors a chance to tour one of the newer homes in the city. It comes complete with its own pond and makes for a great place to raise their children.

Gracie Potter resides at 205 Cactus Ave. This lovely 19th century home is known to many as “The Clark House.” It was completely renovated in 1997.

Tickets are $8 per person which includes a tour of all three of these lovely homes. Tickets can be purchased in advance from Pat Klutts at Country Collectibles, 221 N. Magnolia Ave.; Margot Foster at Foster Properties, 101-A N.E. Second St.; or from club members Patricia Riddle, (254) 576-2833; Donna Riddle, (254) 576-2536; or Paulette Fulton, (254) 576-2050. Tickets may also be purchased the day of the tour at the individual homes.

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