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November 3, 2021 - World War II Veteran, Mr. Allen Baker and his bride of 69 years, Bobbie wrap themselves in the Quilt of Valor he received from the Shelby County 4-H Heart to Hands Project, Texas A&M AgriLife extension.

The presentation was made at the Poultry Festival on October 7 but Mr. Baker was unable to attend. VFW Post 8904 accepted for him and took the quilt to his home in Timpson.

Mr. Baker enlisted in the US Navy at the age of 17 and served from 1946 to 1948 aboard three different ships, USS Jason, USS Estes and the USS Mason.

November 2, 2021 - Bro. Vance Jordan was presented the Abner V. McCall Service Award Monday evening by the Waco Scottish Rite Body in recognition of his selfless work in Masonry, Scottish Rite Masonry, his church and his community.

Bro. Jordan began his Masonic career in 1994 when he was raised in Joaquin Lodge No. 856, where he is an endowed member and has received the prestigious "Golden Trowel Award" from his home lodge in 2016. Vance presided as Worshipful Master four times and three of those were consecutive years. Bro. Jordan has served the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas as a District Instructor for three years and as DDGM in 2010. He is also a plural member of Tenaha Lodge No. 737 and joined the Waco Scottish Rite in 2016.

Vance and his wife Cathy reside in Joaquin where he is retired from the oilfield. He is a member of Jackson Missionary Baptist Church where he serves on the financial,benevolence and pulpit search committees.

For the past seven years Vance has faithfully been a group of Masons that has picked up groceries every Monday morning from Walmart and delivered them to Community Christian Services food pantry in Joaquin.

The Abner V. McCall Service award is named after Bro. McCall, an honor graduate of the Masonic Home and School, where he was awarded a full scholarship to Baylor University. He went on to serve in the FBI during WW II, graduated from Baylor law school and taught there. He was appointed a Texas Supreme Court Justice, and after serving in several capacities at Baylor, he became president in 1961. His humanitarian service continues to be honored by awarding recipients of this award annually.

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2021-22 Rotary Club President, Faythe Abraham

November 1, 2021 (Flyer) - The Rotary Club of Center is hosting a fundraiser with the grand prize being a Generac Guardian 24KW Home Backup Generator! Ticket donations are $10 for one ticket or $100 for 11 tickets. The winner will be drawn on November 2, 2021!

The Generac Guardian 24KW Home Backup Generator is valued at $8,900 and includes standard installation within Shelby County or within 30 miles of Center. Installation does not include gas hook; it will be the responsibility of the winner. Winner need not be present to win.

Center Rotary Club members have tickets as well as the following business locations: Blake Furniture, Center Glass, East Texas Poultry Supply, Farmers State Bank, Mathews Realty, Shelby County Today, and Shelby Savings Bank.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to charitable donations made by the Rotary Club to the community. For more information, call 936-332-4845.

Visit the following link to view a brochure about the generator - https://www.generac.com

October 28, 2021 - Tenaha Masonic Lodge #737 held their bi-annual "Clean the Highway" trash pickup on Saturday morning, October 23, 2021. Masons and family members helped to make a difference on Loop 157 in Tenaha, TX.

The lodge picks up during the spring and fall of each year as part of the Texas Adopt-a-Highway program. Adopt-a-Highway is a Texas-born program that allows volunteers to adopt stretches of state-maintained roadway to conduct litter pickups. For more information about the program, click here.

October 13, 2021 - Friends of the Library will be conducting their fall book sale at the Fannie Brown Booth Library from October 28 to October 30

The library is located at 619 Tenaha Street, Center, TX. The sale will run Thursday, October 28 from 10am until 6pm, Friday, October 29 from 10am until 4pm, and the final day is Saturday, October 30 from 10am until 2pm. Proceeds benefit the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library. 

For more information or to help volunteer, please call the library at 936-598-5522.

October 27, 2021 - The students of Joaquin High School will present a Veteran’s Day Program on Thursday, November 11, 9:00 am in the High School Gym. The highlight of the program is the introduction of our local veterans to our community, honoring them for their service to our country. If you know a veteran or anyone who has served in the Armed Forces, please invite them to attend. The student council will be hosting a breakfast reception in the HS library for our veterans and their family members following the ceremony. We hope you can join us in our celebration of our veterans and current service members.

October 26, 2021 - (Album) - The Center Fire Department hosted F.L. Moffett students at their fire station on Tuesday, October 5, 2021.

Fire Chief Keith Byndom covered a wide variety of safety measures for the students including the importance of not playing with matches, having smoke detectors in the home, what to do during a house fire and not playing on 911. Byndom also wanted the students to understand that “firemen are our friends.”

Firefighter Del Birdwell demonstrated the use of bunker gear. He told the students of the protective value of the clothing in firefighter safety. He donned SCBA (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus) so the students could see, and hear him to not be afraid in the event they were to ever have a firefighter in their house during a fire.

The students then were invited outside to witness the Center Fire Department ladder truck. The ladder was extended and the students were all thrilled when water was sprayed from the ladder pipe nozzle.

Each of the classes were escorted to the fire department by the teachers and Center ISD Police Officer Jim Ed Matthews.

Attending the demonstration were over 500 students and Chief Byndom sent a box of helmets with Officer Matthews for distribution to the students at school.

October 25, 2021 - VFW Post 8904 and Auxiliary honored Women in Military with a ceremony held October 18, 2021, in front of the Shelby County Veterans Memorial beside the 1885 Historic Courthouse.

The event was attended by post members and members of the public alike.

Larry Hume, Post Quartermaster, welcomed everyone to the event. The history of women in the armed forces began more than 227 years ago with women serving during the American Revolution continuing into present day.

All women who have served courageously, selflessly and with dedication in times of conflict and times of peace were honored. Women whose achievements have gone far too long without being recognized and ignored.

Women have shared many responsibilities as they served on the battlefield as nurses, water bearers, cooks and saboteurs. During the civil war women disguised themselves as men in order to serve.

Dr. Mary Walker received the medal of honor in 1865, the only woman to receive the nation's highest military honor.

During the Spanish-American War in 1898, from which the VFW was founded, thousands of soldiers became sick with typhoid, malaria and yao fever.

1,500 contract nurses were assigned to army hospitals, as well as the hospital ship named Relief. 20 of these nurses died as a result of their contact with the soldiers.

Over 21,000 nurses served in World War I in the United States and overseas.

The Navy and Marine Corps enlisted thousands of women to free up men to fight. 400 military nurses died during World War I.

During World War II there were more than 60,000 nurses serving stateside and overseas. Captured by the Japanese were 67 Army nurses in the Philippines in 1942 who were held as prisoners of war for over 2 1/2 years.

Over 150,000 served in the WACS, as they were called then, with thousands sent to the Pacific and Eurpoean theaters. 800,000 joined and served in the Navy and the Marine Corps also enlisted women to release men for combat. In the Korean War, the women who joined the reserves following World War II were involuntarily recalled and more than 500 Army nurses served in combat zones in Korea.

Over 7,000 military women served in Vietnam with the majority of them being nurses. An Army nurse was the only U.S. military woman to die from enemy fire in Vietnam with six others dying in the line of duty. 1971 saw the promotion of the first woman to the rank of Brigadier General in the United State Air Force and the first women completed the aircraft maintenance school in the Air Force.

In 1973 the first women earned their pilot wings. In 1974 an Army officer becomes the first woman military helicopter pilot. This was followed in 1976 by the admission of women into all service academies and in 1978 the Marine Corps promoted its first woman to the grade of Brigadier General. Also in 1978, the WAC (Women's Army Corps) was disestablished and all of its members integrated into the regular Army.

In 1983 200 Army and Air Force women were among forces deployed to Grenada. 1984 for the first time in history the Naval Academy's top graduate was a woman. Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm saw the deployment of 40,000 American military women and two of them were taken as prisoners of war by the Iraqis.

1998 saw the first woman fighter pilot drop a payload of missiles in combat. By year end in 2004, 19 service women had been killed in combat since the war began in 2003. In 2005 the first woman in history was awarded the Silver Star for combat action. For the first time in history in 2008 a woman was promoted to the rank of Four-star General.

In 2015, three women Army officers now wear the coveted Ranger tab on their uniform and they also all happen to be United States West Point graduates.

Women who have served were recognized.

Center Police Officer Angela Neal who is a five year Army Veteran placed the Memorial Wreath in honor of all Women Veterans.

Historical information sourced from Larry Hume.

October 26, 2021 - Center Garden Club met on October 13 at the home of Carolyn Bounds. Following a soup and salad lunch and a short business meeting, members adjourned to participate in a “hands-on” hypertufa workshop for creating molded flower pots.

Pictured mixing the hypertufa recipe (Portland cement, perlite, vermiculite, sphagnum moss and water) for creating unique molded flower pots are members Cherry Jones, Carolyn Bounds, Robbie Kerr, Janette Wittmann, and Judy Matthews.

Others present for the meeting were members Rita Hughes, Lisa Albers, Cathy Williams, Alison Scull and special guests Holly Burns and her little granddaughter Ellie Burns.

October 24, 2021 - Aryn and Sullivan McAdams recently visited the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library. They found some great Halloween books to check out. The girls hope you will also visit the library and pick out Halloween books to share with your children and grandchildren. Aryn and Sullivan enjoyed their visit to the library and hope you will visit it soon.

Next week October 28-30 will be the Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale which raises funds for our library. There will be books for all ages and interests at very reasonable prices. We invite everyone to come out and support our local library and find some great reads!

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