It happens every year about this time. People wrap their presents and take them to a party and they are stolen. On purpose in this case. Yes, it’s time for the annual gift-stealing and recycling meeting of the Cedar Creek (ham) Amateur Radio Club.
The idea is for each member to bring an electronic-related item that works, but they haven’t used in a long time. Make sure it is wrapped or in a bag. We draw numbers and each member who brought a package gets to pick from the pile. However according to Christmas Czar Jeff Irion, you won’t necessarily be able to keep that selection. The next pickers can take it away from you, in fact it can be “stolen” twice before the final recipient can keep it. It is all quite a lot of fun and exciting.
If you need to purchase something new for the event, don’t spend more than $20. Here is a chance to pick up something new while getting rid of something old. We will also have updates on various club activities and information about disaster operations.
The meeting starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Mabank Café on Hwy 198 in Mabank. The club meets the second Saturday of each month there. The meeting starts at 9 a.m., but many come early for the breakfast buffet. Anyone interested in technology is welcome.
The Cedar Creek ARC has over forty members from the tri-county area. It maintains a VHF and UHF repeater system that provide hand-held radio coverage to hams in the lake area, and mobile and base coverage throughout the three counties. CCARC participates in the National Weather Service SKYWARN program and the Amateur Radio Emergency Service. The club also provides classes to those wishing to join the ranks of Amateur “ham” Radio. There no longer is a requirement or test for Morse code. For more information visit www.k5ccl.org.
The Gun Barrel City Rainbow Girls held a Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser at the Cedar Creek Lake Masonic Lodge in Gun Barrel City on Saturday, Nov. 4. They wish to thank everyone for their support as they raise funds to help with their term charity project and to go to their Mid-Year Conference in Garland in January. They were also excited on Saturday to accept two applications for membership into the Rainbow Girls and one application for membership into the Pledges–there are still openings for membership!
Rainbow Girls participate in a wide array of activities, including leadership training, service projects, competitions, and annual retreats. Along the way, they gather invaluable life skills that help them become the best daughter, sister, student, and friend they can be. Contact Mrs. Tonya Currey at 903-920-5608 or Mrs. Donna Dean at 903-879-4305 or visit www.txiorg.org for information on joining the greatest organization for girls ages 11 through 20. Their younger group, the Pledges, have activities for girls ages 7 to 10. Gun Barrel City Rainbow Girls and Pledges are proudly sponsored by the Cedar Creek Lake Masonic Lodge and the Gun Barrel City Chapter of Eastern Star in Gun Barrel City.
Pictured are, from left, Laura Walters, Samantha Ramos, and Tara Trimmins. Not pictured are: Katie Schaefer and Emily Currey. (Courtesy photo)
Do-it-yourself is a very popular activity and there are maker-fairs across the country. There, people show the products they have constructed.
That is the theme of the next meeting of the Cedar Creek Amateur (ham) Radio Club. President Charles Wells is challenging members to bring to the meeting an example of a project they have constructed. Charles knows he better have one himself…and he does. He has constructed a 2-meter antenna from a pants hanger.
The Gun Barrel City Masonic Youth Rainbow Girls donated much needed items to the Cedar Creek Lake Friends of the Animals on Saturday, Oct. 7. The girls enjoyed collecting these items and helping the animals.
The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls is a service-oriented, leadership organization for girls between the ages of 11 and 20. Rainbow Girls participate in a wide array of activities, including leadership training, service projects, competitions, and annual retreats. Their younger group, the Pledges, have activities for girls ages 7 to 10. Please contact Mrs. Donna Dean at 903-345-2001 or Mrs. Tonya Currey at 903-920-5608 for more information about the Rainbow Girls or visit www.txiorg.org. The Gun Barrel City Rainbow Girls and Pledges are proudly sponsored by the Cedar Creek Lake Masonic Lodge and the Gun Barrel City Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star on Legendary Lane in Gun Barrel City.
Pictured are, from left, Heavenlee and Cailee Weldon; (back) Mrs. Tonya Currey (Mother Advisor), Laura Walters, Tara Trimmins, Mason Phillips, Emily Currey, Samantha Ramos (Worthy Advisor, and Mrs. Donna Dean (Grand Deputy). (Courtesy photo)