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Alcoa retirees to meet at KC Hall Thursday

Alcoa Retirees Club will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 11 at the Rockdale KC Hall. A fried fish dinner, catered by Poor Boy's Barbecue, will be served, priced at $8 per plate.

Members whose last names begin with A-L are asked to bring a dessert and a silent auction item. "No gifts please for the drawing," said Lanell Spence, publicist.

RCS food pantry gets support from MOPS

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) recently donated 117 non-perishable food items to the Rockdale Christian Services food pantry.

The group, consisting of approximately 20 members, collected items at the last two meetings of the year as their community service project.

In addition to the food pantry donation, MOPS also donated a large amount of hard candy to be sent to soldiers in Iraq.—

Special Needs Network fun day set Saturday

The non-profit Special Needs Network will hold its first annual "Meet and Greet Fun Day" from 2 until 5 p.m. Saturday, June 13 at Wolf Park and the I&GN Depot/ Museum on North Main Street in downtown Rockdale.

"This is a time for families of children with varied disabilities to have a common center by coming together for food, fun and fellowship," said Denitra Lewis, spokesperson.

For more information contact Lewis at 446-4910 or 512-626- 6583; Rita Schupp, 512-290-0173; or Teresa Mireles, 446-5408.

Bake sale, car wash set by Lady Tigers

A bake sale and car wash has been scheduled to raise funds to send members of the RHS Lady Tiger basketball team to summer camp.

On Friday, June 12, a bake sale will be held at Wal-Mart Supercenter and Brookshire Bros. super market from 8 a.m. until noon.

On Saturday, June 13 a car wash fund-raiser will be held at Gattis from 8 a.m. until noon.

"We w ill also be accepting donations," said Ivory Douglas, spokesperson.

Camps the Lady Tigers hope to attend are the TABC individual camp in Georgetown June 16- 18 and Texas A&M team camp 26-30.

Milam County RTA meets at General Store

Thirty members and guests of the Milam County Retired Teachers Association met at the Rockdale General Store banquet room for the end-of-the-schoolyear luncheon and program.

Elizabeth Holloway, president, opened the meeting and thanked everyone for bringing salads and desserts. Pledges to the flags were led by Laurene Shumaker. Sandra O'Donnell gave the treasurer's report and reminded that some members still need to pay their dues.

Ted Hubert presented a memorial service in honor of Eugenia Beth Vinton, long-time Milano High School secretary, and to Bonnie Scurlock, secretary for many years at Rockdale Elementary. Tributes were paid to both as good ambassadors for their schools.

Awards, presented by Shumaker, went to: Susan Larson, health care for miles walked; Carolyn Hafley, MCRTA secretary; and media appreciation awards went to The Rockdale Reporter, Ken Cooke; The Cameron Herald, Bill Crist; KRXT, Charlie McGregor; and KMIL, no representative available to attend.

More awards will be presented at the first meeting of the new year on Sept. 3, when Sharon Wishnew from the Association Member Benefits Advisors will speak.

Youngest guest was Land Laywell, granddaughter of Elaine Laywell. Door prizes were awarded. A tentative schedule for 2009-10 was distributed for consideration.—Carolyn Hafley, secretary.

Club holds annual tour of gardens

Eleven members of the Crown Garden Club were present for the club's annual tour of gardens in May.

They visited the home of sisters Diana Janz and Sharon Schueller on Murray Street; the country homes of member Ruth Voyles, her daughter and husband Elaine and Carl Alexander, and son John and Pat Voyles.

Following the tour of gardens, a salad luncheon was served by Yvonne Yount in the First Christian Church fellowship hall.

Carolyn Burford, the club's recycling chairperson, reported that over 16 tons of paper goods has been collected for recycling through the club's container located behind the One Stop Center downtown.

The bin is located at the back of the north parking lot of the center and near the alley. Any type of paper goods, including broken down cardboard boxes, may be put into the bin, but no plastic, glass or wooden items or any other types of trash are acceptable.

Two members of the club have just completed the necessary hours to become Master Naturalists. The graduates are Mrs. Burford and Janice Pelzel.

Besides Mrs. Yount and Mrs. Burford, those attending were Evelyn Hirt, Judy Matherne, Wanda Edelman, Jean Haupt, Euteva Talley, Barbara Valek, Martha Newman, Joyce Skinner and Peggy Cooke. Mrs. Schueller and Mrs. Janz also accompanied the group on the tour and were guests of the club for lunch.— Peggy Cooke, reporter

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