CWCC hears guest presentations about holiday season

The Career Women’s Civic Club met at the home of Betty Ewalt for their holiday party.

Betty and her daughter, Judy, hosted the event, preparing a delicious meal, enjoyed by all.

A gift exchange followed, enhanced by the reading of “Little Tim and the Christmas Angel.”

The Career Women’s Civic Club heard a program recently on “Holiday Stress and How to Prevent It,” presented by Beverly Womack, LCSW.

Many helpful suggestions were made: planning ahead; setting priorities; be flexible; ask for assistance, if needed; keep physically fit by exercising regularly; and learn to relax.

Kiwanis welcomes Joe Daniel

Joe Daniel, left, Texas Cooperative Extension Service Horticulturist, presented a potted rose to Judy Batton after concluding Thursday's Kiwanis luncheon program.

Mr. Daniel discussed several varieties of roses that thrive in this area, especially those which require a minimum of pesticide and are hardy in various weather conditions.

He also gave some tips on controlling two of every gardeners worst tormentors; the lawn bur weed, and the sand bur or grass bur.

HAPY Girls meet

HAPY Girls met Jan. 14 at Lupe’s Mexican Restaurant in Jacksonville for lunch and a monthly meeting. There were 15 members present and one guest.

They included Maxine Yeary, Margaret Hightower, Eve Stanfill, Florence Fenner, Carol Harris, Dale McCorkle, Lois Davis, Liz Lowery, Inez Dykes, Chris Corley, Erma Carpenter, Mary Reynolds, Carol Stanfill, Charline Shattuck, Evelyn Bailes and guest Linda Phillips.

Yeary was the HAPY birthday girl. Members sang Happy Birthday and pictures were taken. Cake, cookies and coffee were served after lunch.

Hostesses for the event were C. Stanfill, McCorkle and Reynolds.

The next meeting will be Feb. 11. Members will be notified of the time and place.

Master gardeners hold monthly meeting

The Cherokee County Master Gardener Association met Jan. 9 at the Woodmen of the World building in Jacksonville.

President Wayne Davis called the January meeting to order at 10 a.m. Present for the meeting were Advisor Joe Daniel, Wayne and Kathy Davis, Tom Demerit, Rebecca Glass, James Henry, Vida Joseph and Gary Traver.

The minutes for the December meeting were read and corrections were made. The date of December 12 was stated as the date for the meeting. The Annual Texas Master Gardener Conference was listed as Master Gardener Advanced Training Seminar. The minutes were approved with corrections made.

The financial report given by Treasurer Gary Traver was approved and accepted as given.

Under old business, President Davis will check on the status for a Tax Exempt number for the organization. All paper work has been turned in as requested.

It was suggested that reservations be made early if interested in attending the Annual Texas Master Gardener Conference, May 4, 5 and 6, in College Station.

The Spring Garden Tour was discussed and April 22, 2006, was set as a tentative date. Persons that have expressed interest in having their yards toured will be contacted.

Under new business, the meeting on February 13, 2006, will be at the Sardis Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

Upcoming events at the Research Center in Overton will be joint meetings with other East Texas Master Gardeners. The classes will begin at 1 p.m. Dr. Karl Steddom will cover. on Thursday, January 19. On Thursday, January 26, Dr. Scott Ludwig will be the entomology instructor. Tuesday afternoon, January 31, Dr. Doug Welch will teach environmental landscaping. The date of February 16, was set for joining the class of 2006, for a Dutch treat dinner at 5 p.m. After dinner the group will attend the Lecture Series at SFA Arboretum, at 7 p.m.

President Davis reported that he had marked plants that are to be left at Nichols Green Park. Flowerbeds at Bolton Park are in good condition with some weeding needing to be done.

Advisor Daniel reported that a background screening was now required for those working with young people. Applications were filled out for this to be done. Motion was made by Rebecca Glass and seconded by James Henry that the cost for this should come from the treasurer's fund. The motion carried. The meeting adjourned at 11:20 a.m.

The February 13, 2006 meeting will be at Sardis Baptist Church, at 10 a.m.

Directions to Sardis Baptist Church are as follows: From Jacksonville turn right on 2972, then left of FM 343. Cross Hwy. 80, then turn on FM 23 for approximately 6 tenths of a mile. Then turn night on 1857 and go about 7 miles. The church will be on the right.

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