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LIONS PROGRAM—Marlow resident Leroy Williamson (left), wildlife photographer, presented a program to the Milano Evening Lions Club on Aug. 4 at the Milano Senior Citizens Center. Williamson is retired from a 25-year career with Texas Parks & Wildlife Department as a photographer and Director of Information and Education Division. He is shown with wife Jonnie and club president Bill McMinn. LIONS PROGRAM—Marlow resident Leroy Williamson (left), wildlife photographer, presented a program to the Milano Evening Lions Club on Aug. 4 at the Milano Senior Citizens Center. Williamson is retired from a 25-year career with Texas Parks & Wildlife Department as a photographer and Director of Information and Education Division. He is shown with wife Jonnie and club president Bill McMinn. The Reporter welcomes news from local organizations. There is no charge. E-mail to bill@rockdalereporter.com or fax to 446-5317.

Senior Adult Summer Health Fair set Tuesday

TAYLOR—A Senior Adult Summer Health Fair will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 16 from 9 a.m. until noon, hosted by SPJST Assisted Living Community, 505 East Lake Drive in Taylor.

“The public is invited to this free event and to register for our grand prize, a 42-inch LCD HD TV,” Julie Smith said. For more information, call 512-352-6940.

Thorndale 4-H bake sale

THORNDALE—The Thorndale 4-H Club will hold a back-toschool bake sale at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, in front of the new Thorndale Meat Market, according to Lori Fisher, spokesperson. “Come out and support the 4- H’ers and help make this program a success,” she said.

Genealogy seminar

An genealogy seminar featuring Lynna Kay Shuffield will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 in the Genealogy Center in the Lucy Patterson Memorial Library in Rockdale.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a fee of $5 per person. Those wishing to attend, including MCGS members, should call Marie Hubert at 446-3937, or email mhubert@swbell.net. Preregistration is required by Aug. 9.

Wi-fi connections are available at the library but limited to the first 15 to register with the request to bring a laptop. Visual aids and handouts will be used, so laptops are not necessary—Linda Whorton, publicity

MOPS registration

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) is for women (with children ages birth through kindergarten) who desire fellowship, encouragement and friendship with other moms.

MOPS will hold a drive-through sign-up at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3 at the First Baptist Church parking lot. First meeting is Friday, Sept. 9.

The Milam County chapter meets from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. the second Friday of each month (September-May) at First Baptist Church in Rockdale, according to coordinator Mary McIntosh.

Meetings include refreshments and speakers on topics of interest to mothers, group discussion and time to complete a craft to take home.

MOPPETS is a children’s program, designed for preschoolers to enjoy during the MOPS meeting. Children are well cared for by MOPPET leaders and volunteers, McIntosh said.

For more information, contact McIntosh at 254- 931- 6758 or rockdalemops@gmail.com, or go to http://rockdalemops.blogspot.com.

Kountry Squares

Members of Kountry Squares Square Dancing Club dances at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday (except the fifth Thursday of the month) at the Salty Church. Visitors are welcome. Call 512-365-1997 or email kountrysquares@gmail.com for additional information.—Jeanne Sparlin, club reporter

Town & Country Club

Thorndale Town & County Club met in the home of Betty Ballew in the Sharp community July 28 with 16 members and four guests present: Chloe Tucker, Kayla Smith, Darian Davidson and Kendra Blodget. Games of bingo feataured prizes of colorful serving dishes forallmembers. Thankyou cards were read from Lenora Jackson regarding her 101st birthday, the family of Anita Kasner, and the family of Bill Lincoln.

President Donna Harris thanked members for a good turnout at the July 4th party for the MARC clients.

Members voted to eat together at the Sirloin Stockade in Taylor on Thursday, Aug. 11. Events calendars were updated.

Hostess Betty Ballew showed blankets she made for her grandchildren and a mouse refrigerator magnet. She also invited club members to tour her new business, “Buns on the Run,” a hamburger and sandwich stand at her home in Sharp, open Fridays and Saturdays.

Refreshments included a fruit pizza, chips and dips, chicken salad, crackers and dill sandwiches. Members deighted in a watermelon porcupine with skewers of strawberries and donut holes drizzled with chocolate.

Next meeting will be held in the home of Peggy Weise on Thursday, Aug. 25.— Darleen Tucker, secretary

Genealogical Society

Milam County Genealogical Society met Tuesday, July 26 at the Rockdale Senior Citizens Center, due to a scheduling confllict with Citizens National Bank. There were 17 members and 1 guest present.

Final preparations and refreshment assignments for our upcoming seminar on Saturday, August 20, 2011 with Lynna Kay Shuffield were made. Ever yone should pre-register by August 12, 2011 in order to have enough refreshments on hand. Marie Hubert is taking registrations by phone 512- 446 - 3937 and by e- mail mhubert@swbell.net. The $ 5 fees for the seminar will be taken upon registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20. There are 25-30 registrants as of July 26.

Sara Proctor presented a program on ideas and suggestions for the keeping of a journal for our children and grandchildren. She used the outline presented in a book given to her by her daughter, which asked the journal writer to answer questions about her early life, friends, likes, dislikes, etc. Sara had taken some questions from the book and laid out an outline on her computer with questions and answers in which she thought her descendants would be interested. Sara also presented several old documents from the Civil War era, along with letters and other mementos that were left to her from her ancestors and those of her husband, Bill.

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, Aug. 23, a few days after our seminar. We will meet in the conference room at Citizens National Bank, Rockdale, at the rear entrance, at 7 p.m. David Galbreath will present the program. Members whose surnames begin with Q through Z will bring refreshments. Linda Whorton will bring paper goods, drinks and ice. All members are urged to attend. Visitors are always welcome.— Linda Whorton, publicity

‘Afternoon of Music’ planned here Sept. 25

Rockdale’s Matinee Musical Club is planning a public music event, “An Afternoon of Music,” on Sunday, Sept. 25 from 3 until 4:30 p.m. in the Peace Lutheran Church fellowship hall.

The afternoon w ill feature “ OA SIS,” a women’s quar tet singing barbershop four-part harmony. “This group qualified for international competition in Seattle, Washington last October,” said Annette Griesbach, Matinee spokesperson.

Entertainment will also include Matinee Musical Club members Leah Thomason on the f lute, accompanied by pianist Nancy Anton. Refreshments of tea and punch, finger sandwiches and sweets will be served, with time provided to mingle with the artists.

Tickets will be $10 with proceeds going toward the Louise Hale Sessions Memorial Scholarship, awarded each May to an RHS senior who plans to continue using his/her musical abilities following graduation. Tickets will go on sale mid-August and may be purchased from any Matinee Musical Club member.


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