The Gun Barrel City Masonic Youth Rainbow Girls attended their state conference in Frisco, June 20-23. The Gun Barrel City Assembly was recognized for being an Exemplary Vanguard Assembly, for their participation in Boxtops and Labels for Education and Take Time to Read programs, recycling old ink cartridges and cell phones, supporting the Scottish Rite Hospital as the State Charity Project, and competing in ritualistic competition. Carrie Currey was recognized for her 5-year membership in Rainbow, and Tara Trimmins and Tori Smith were recognized for their 3-year membership in Rainbow. Carrie and Tori earned their proficiency certificates. Carrie was awarded the Martha Marie and Victor C. Whitfield Scholarship and was later also delighted with her appointment to Grand Texas Flag Bearer. In addition, the girls participated at the sessions as pages and guards and sang in the choir.
The Gun Barrel City Rainbow Girls and Pledges will hold Open Installation of Officers on Saturday, July 13 at 9 a.m.
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 for more information about the Rainbow Girls or Mrs. Tonya Currey 903-275-3524 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.
The Pinnacle Women’s Club presented a donation of $1,000 to Dale Molander, board member of the Library at Cedar Creek Lake, during their June membership meeting. This library serves the Cedar Creek area and is a resource center that provides library materials and services, promotes and assists in educational development and encourages reading. It provides instruction in adult literacy, GED, English as a second language, computer, financial, health and nutrition literacy. Pictured, from left, Patsy Dehn, PWC Philanthropy Committee Coordinator, presents $1,000 to Dale Molander, Library at CCL board member. (COURTESY PHOTO)
The Pinnacle Women’s Club welcomed as speakers for their June meeting two charming and ambitious young ladies, Marisol Gallegos and Hannah Thai, who are recent graduates from Mabank High School. The pair described their experiences as co-founders of the Grader-Good Tutoring Program. This program is a free, year-round, student-led tutoring service which has been available for the last two years at the Cedar Creek Lake Library. These two young ladies initiated this service as a DECA project, which is a nationwide club for high school students that focuses on the development of entrepreneurial and management skills. In order to achieve their program’s goals, they accepted advice from retired teachers at the library, prepared lesson plans and recruited other high school students to help as tutors for about two hours per week. In 2012, their program won 1st place in the district as a DECA Community Service Project.
The PWC members were delighted and amazed as these two young ladies described their pride in watching their young students thrive and even excel in their studies.
Marisol Gallegos is currently the local president of DECA. She plans on attending North Texas where she will major in Bilingual/Elementary Education with a minor in International Studies.
She said, “My hopes are to study abroad in foreign countries, such as Italy and China, and someday become a public speaker to troubled teens and young adults.”
Hannah Thai is the 2013 Mabank High School Valedictorian, and served as president of the local Beta Club, a service club that encourages achievement, character and service. She plans to attend Yale University where she will major in Economics. “My mission is to not only help struggling students, but to provide other high school students with a more direct method of serving and bettering our community,” she said.
Mike Airheart, left, presents a $500 check to Trinidad FFA president Emily Airheart. Thank you Mr. Airheart, because of your 40 hours volunteer time with Trinidad FFA, Enbridge has contributed $500 to our chapter through its employee volunteer grant program. (COURTESY PHOTO)
The members of the Pinnacle Women’s Club (PWC) once again donated books to the Malakoff Kindergarten and first grade students at both the Malakoff and Tool campuses. This annual project, the Book Fair, is a favorite among the PWC members.