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GIVING BACK—Rockdale Noon Lions Club collected 633 pounds of food to donate to Rockdale Food Pantry for the holidays. Rockdale Brookshire Brothers matched the Lions’ donation. Lions pictured are (L-R) Deedra Jacob, Carrie Berry, Toby Johnson, Bill Martin, Kathy Cooke Martin, Randy Fletcher and Gloria Thrasher. 
Reorter/Mike Brown GIVING BACK—Rockdale Noon Lions Club collected 633 pounds of food to donate to Rockdale Food Pantry for the holidays. Rockdale Brookshire Brothers matched the Lions’ donation. Lions pictured are (L-R) Deedra Jacob, Carrie Berry, Toby Johnson, Bill Martin, Kathy Cooke Martin, Randy Fletcher and Gloria Thrasher. Reorter/Mike Brown The Reporter welcomes news from local organizations. There is no charge. E-mail to bill@rockdalereporter.com or fax to 446-5317.

Genealogy society sets yule fellowship Dec. 5

Milam County Genealogical Society’s final meeting of the year will be a Christmas fellowship at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec, 5 in the home of Patricia McKee, 2009 Skyles, Rockdale. Members are asked to bring a $15- $20, gift-wrapped item for exchange following the meal and Christmas program. Members willing to bring food items to serve with the meal should contact Mrs. McKee, 446- 5102, by Friday, Dec. 2, or e- mail pat genemckee @aol.com.— Linda Whorton, publicity

Crown Garden Club donates to Roundup

Crown Garden Club held its November meeting at the home of Patricia McKee with Joyce Skinner as cohostess.

Members decided to give a donation to Christmas Roundup and to a plant fund for the new Rockdale welcome signs.

Mrs. Skinner’s program was helpful hints from members on gardening, household laundry and cleaning, recycling and other subjects.

Refreshments were served to 11 members and door prizes were won by Carolyn Burford and Euteva Talley. Next meeting will be at the home of Martha Newman on Dec. 15 for the annual holiday gift exchange.—Peggy Cooke, reporter

Town & Country Club elects officers for 2012

THORNDALE— Members of the Thorndale Town & Countr y Club met Nov. 17 at the home of Mildred Weise with 14 members and one guest, Cathy Sweasea, attending. A guessing game was played with prizes and members signed Christmas cards for life members Jamie Fish and Lenora Jackson.

Of ficers elected for 2012 are Donna Harris, president; Peg g y Weise, vice-president; Rosalie Turner, treasurer; and Darleen Tucker, secretary/reporter. First meeting of the year will be Jan. 6 at the home of Ethel Seelig in Thorndale and a recreation co- chair will be named at that time.

Members will hold their annual Christmas Tour of Homes on Thursday, Dec. 15. The event will include breakfast at the home of Donna Harris, stops at the homes of several members, and lunch at the Downtown Cafe in Thorndale.

Members brought food items for the Thorndale Cares Christmas drive for the needy. They earlier had donated auction items for Relay for Life.

Happy birthday was sung to members Sarah Lincoln and Sidney McWilliams.

Hostess Mildred Weise and daughter Cathy Sweasea demonstrated dyed chinaberry bead necklaces made in the club’s early days, furnished by Lanette Tucker. They also showed other Christmas crafts and served refreshments.— Darleen Tucker, secretary

Donate used books for sale at city library

Friends of the Library need your unwanted books for their Used Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 in the city library and outside on the library sidewalks.

Used and readable books (paperback and hard cover) can be dropped off during library hours—Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Helpers for sale day are also needed. Contact Ann King (446-3773) or Annette Stone (446-3963).

Friends of the Librar y provide funds for Children’s Summer Reading, sponsor authors in the library during the Tejas Festival, and support other literary programs in the community.

Milano Exes again plan cruise as fund-raiser

MILANO—The Milano Ex-Students Association’s scholarship fund will receive $100 for each cabin booked on the exes’ annual five- day Caribbean cruise out of Galveston next year. For more information call Cindi Jenkins, 512-365-8595.

Grief support meetings held twice monthly

CAMERON—Standards Hospice is holding Grief Support Group meetings at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays, Dec. 8 and 22. “ The meetings will continue into 2012,” according to Greg Nichols, chaplain. Meeting location is 115 N. Central in Cameron.

Master Peace Quartet concert at Somerville

SOMERVILLE—The Ladies Auxil- iary of the Somerville Volunteer Fire Department will sponsor the Master Peace Quartet in concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 in the Somerville American Legion Hall.

Advance tickets for the evening of gospel music are on sale for $10 ( children 12 and under $ 5, pre-schoolers free) and can be purchased from any Auxiliary member. For more information call 979-596- 1446 or 979- 596-2453. Proceeds support the Somerville VFD.

Kountry Squares changes locations

Kountry Squares square dance club is dancing at a new location — the SPJST Home in Taylor, 501 East Lake Drive (enter using the main entrance; employees will provide directions).

Kountr y Squares continues to dance at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays. However, the club will not meet Nov. 24, Dec. 1, Dec. 15 and Dec. 22.

Visitors are welcome. Call 512-943- 0307 or email kountrysquares@gmail.com for additional information.— Jeanne Sparlin, publicity


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