Stop and Smell the Roses

Annual Grayson Home Hospice Auxiliary Membership Luncheon

Sherman, Texas, August 15, 2017

The Auxiliary of Home Hospice of Grayson County will host its annual membership luncheon, “Stop and Smell the Roses” on Thursday, September 14nd at the Hilton Garden Inn, 5015 South US 75, Denison, Texas. This event will highlight the supportive role of the Home Hospice Auxiliary, provide an opportunity to invite others to join the organization and celebrates the 35th birthday of Home Hospice of Grayson County.

Guests at this plated luncheon will enjoy an entertaining program by top Texas humorist and conference speaker, Sally Baskey. Her book, “Laughter, My Drug of Choice”, shares her philosophy of using a sense of humor to deal with change. She will entertain, educate, and influence you by showing how humor can help diffuse difficult situations in life. Sally Baskey will make you smile, but more importantly, Sally will make you think.

This event will start at 11:30 am on September 14th. To celebrate our 35th birthday, tickets areavailable for $35 for an individual open seating ticket and $280 for a reserved table of eight. Deadline for ticket purchase is September 8, 2017.

The purpose of the Home Hospice Auxiliary is to advance the goals and objectives of Home Hospice through service and fundraising. Since 1984, the Auxiliary has been helping to provide education in the community, raise funds for special programs and create awareness for those needing support at the end-of-life.

To purchase tickets, or to get more information, contact Barb Samuelson, Volunteer and Program Manager for Home Hospice and the Auxiliary’s liaison at 903-868-9315 [email protected] or Donna Bedgood at 903-814-2319. You can also visit www.homehospice.org or visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/homehospiceofgrayson.

Home Hospice of Grayson, Cooke and Fannin Counties is a 501(c)(3) local community-based organization serving our communities for 35 years. Our mission is to provide the best care and support to enhance Quality of Life of our patients and their families. We value those we serve as they are our neighbors, our friends, and our families.

Home Hospice Auxiliary Membership Luncheon

Austin College Board Announces New President

SHERMAN, TEXAS—August 2017

The Austin College Board of Trustees announced today the appointment of Steven P. O’Day as the 16th president of Austin College, effective October 30, 2017. The announcement comes following a comprehensive national search. Interim president Michael Imhoff continues his role until October 30.

STEVEN P. O’DAYO’Day has more than 20 years of leadership experience in wide-ranging higher education administration.

He describes his career in higher education as “driven by a deeply held belief that we are called upon to personally educate and support the whole student—mind, body, and spirit—in the classroom and lab, on the athletics field, on the stage, in the studio, in the workplace, in the residence hall, throughout the global community, and in every facet of the student experience. This belief is grounded in a blending of the liberal arts and specialized training necessary for lives of significance, leadership, service, and integrity.”

He comes to Austin College from Lebanon Valley College (LVC) in Annville, Pennsylvania, where he serves as vice president of strategic initiatives and secretary of the college. During his four years at the private college with a student body of approximately 1,600 undergraduates and 200 graduate students, he also has served as interim vice president of advancement and special assistant to the president. He has held leadership roles at the college in institutional strategic planning and campus master planning and has overseen several major capital improvement projects, including the construction of a $20.8 million facility designed to house several of the college’s health professions academic programs. O’Day also has been instrumental in record-setting fundraising efforts, government and community relations, and has served as a member of the LVC senior leadership team. Prior to his work at LVC, O’Day spent 15 years at Franklin & Marshall College in a number of senior administration leadership roles.

Austin College Board of Trustees member Scott Austin, a 1983 graduate of the College, led the Search Committee for the 16th President of Austin College. “The committee worked very hard and very well together,” said Austin, “and it was clear all along the way that each of the eleven members was serving out of a deep felt love for Austin College. In addition to the committee, many members of the Austin College community, including faculty, staff, students, alumni and community leaders made significant contributions to the process. This search was about the Austin College community as a whole.”

O’Day’s professional career began in the field of law. Having received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Millersville University in Pennsylvania and a law degree from Temple University School of Law in Philadelphia, he spent 10 years as a practicing attorney. His background relates to a page from the Austin College history books: John D. Moseley, considered one of the most successful presidents (1953-1978) in Austin College’s history, also came to the presidency with a law degree.

Leaving the courtroom for the athletics field in 1997, O’Day took on the role of women’s soccer head coach at Franklin & Marshall College. Over the next 10 years, his teams amassed the most wins in the program’s history, and O’Day meanwhile made a permanent transition to higher education. While coaching, he also served as an adjunct professor of business law and as pre-law advisor, and was appointed associate dean for advisement, then associate dean for student academic affairs. Upon leaving coaching in 2007, he was appointed senior associate dean of the college, a position he held until 2013 when he left Franklin & Marshall to become special assistant to the president for innovative programs at LVC.

Steven O'Day and wife CeceMr. O’Day’s wife, Cecelia “Cece,” has been a high school English teacher and swimming coach for more than 20 years. The couple has one son, Ryan, who lives and works in the greater Boston area.

“As my wife, Cece, and I have gotten to know the Austin College community, we have met people who are truly committed to preparing students for rewarding careers and for full, engaged, and meaningful lives,” Mr. O’Day said. “We share this commitment and look forward to our work together to ensure Austin College’s place among the nation’s treasured liberal arts institutions for generations to come. “

Asked about family and faith, O’Day said that spirituality, faith, and service are important aspects of his life. He describes his own faith history as quite ecumenical, with family involvement in Catholic, Lutheran, United Church of Christ, and Presbyterian traditions. Lebanon Valley College is affiliated with the United Methodist Church; his parents were Catholic; his wife is a lifelong member of the Church of the Brethren. “I am very comfortable living and working in an environment that welcomes people of different faiths. I know Austin College shares this same ethos, and I deeply value the covenant between the College and the Presbyterian Church,” O’Day said.

Members of the Austin College faculty and staff served on the Search Committee for the 16th President. “Steven brings a wealth of valuable experience—strategic planning, fund raising, enrollment, student life—and a deep understanding of the role of liberal arts in today’s changing world,” said David Baker, professor of physics. “But what impressed me the most are his personal and professional qualities: collaboration, humility, and a genuine interest in students. Steven O’Day is a great fit for Austin College.”

“His diversified skill set and demonstrated success at small, private liberal arts schools make him uniquely qualified for our campus leadership,” said Michelle Filander, women’s basketball coach and staff representative to the selection committee. “We are confident and enthusiastic about his ability to lead Austin College as we face challenges both specific to our institution and those facing higher education at large.”

DiVine Homes to hold ground breaking

DiVine Homes new premier craftsmen style community “Whispering Meadows” is set to break ground on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at 5.30 at the entrance to Whispering Meadows located on Georgetown Rd, Pottsboro Texas.

Sponsored by the Pottsboro Area Chamber of Commerce, the event will be attended by local city and county officials. Please feel free to join us on this very special occasion.

Sales have been brisk in Phase 1 and we are offering for a very limited time an excellent opportunity to own one of our finely crafted homes at a huge discount.

For 7 days only, beginning August 16, 2017 at 11:59 pm, we will offer a $25,000 incentive package, (to be used toward builder offered options), to buyers who purchase a home during this period AND we will give an additional $10,000 – $20,000 credit off the home price for homes on our premium lots in Phase 1.

After this sale ends and ground-breaking begins, prices in Phase 1 will increase $15,000. Don’t miss this one time opportunity to own the home of your dreams.

DiVine Homes builds each and every home as if it were our own and backs them with a 10- year warranty. Our trademark “ HOMES BUILT FOR A LIFETIME” is more than just a tag line, it is the core belief on which the company operates.

Please contact us at 903-702-3122 to schedule an appointment at our new sales and design center located at Preston Plaza, 501 Spur 316, Suite 204, Pottsboro, Texas or visit our web site at divinehomestx.com to view all of our beautiful models.

Preston Trail Chapter, NSDAR tour The Texas First Ladies’ Historical Gown Collection at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas

This is a long title but Texas Daughters (or “TXDAR members”) should consider making a field trip to Denton to view this wonderful display of gowns as well as the chance to see other historic rooms in Hubbard Hall which have irreplaceable interior designs.

DAR Tour Texas First Ladies Gown Collection

More importantly, the collection was created by the Texas Society of the DAR during the administration of the late Dr. Marion Day Mullins, State Regent from 1937 to 1940, presenting the collection to TWU on behalf of the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1940.

Members of Preston Trail Chapter NSDAR of Pottsboro, as well as some members from the Rebecca Crockett Chapter of Gainesville NSDAR visited on July 20. The tour was graciously conducted by Docent Ann Barton.

Though there are approximately 40 gowns in the complete collection only 20 at a time are on display to the public as they rotated out for necessary repairs and restoration and some selections are sent to Austin for display at the University of Texas.

The gowns are displayed in environmentally protective glass cases with large plaques opposite which provide information on the governors, the First Ladies, and accomplishments of each lady.  In addition, each plaque describes the fabric of the gown with its various embellishments.  Ms. Barton gave additional historic information concerning the displays.

Older styles ranged from high necks, long sleeves, and full skirts through the 1919s and 1920s with short skirts, no sleeves, and hand-sewn decorations of beads, gems, and sequins.  Some of the more recent styles echo the older gowns but are sewn using more modern fabrics.

Gowns on display include those of Texas’ first three First Ladies from 1836 to 1846 during the Republic of Texas.  Others date from U. S. annexation in 1846 to the present, and there are several from First Ladies of the United States who have had very special ties to Texas.

Restoration and proper safeguarding of the gowns are provided for by generous donations from the community as well as from local and national foundations, and is of great importance to TXDAR, State Regent, Judy Ostler. During the 118th Texas State Conference Mrs. Ostler designated a special fund be created for the specific purpose of restoration of several heavily damaged dresses.

“We urge all Texas Daughters to try to visit this unique exhibit of Texas history,” said Mrs. Vicki McComack, Regent of the Preston Trail Chapter.  Special arrangements for the tour were attended by Mrs. Lisa Lettie, Honorary Regent Preston Trail Chapter.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 177,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations.  DAR members are committed to volunteer service having served more than 12.5 million hours in communities throughout the world during the past three years.  To learn more about the work of today’s DAR, visit www.DAR.org or connect with DAR on social media at facebook.com/TodaysDARtwitter.com/TodaysDAR and youtube.com/TodaysDAR.

JURASSIC PARK DAY to Conclude Dino Days 2017

After a summer of Ice Age fun DINO DAYS 2017 is set to conclude with “Jurassic Park Day” on August 12, 2017. “Jurassic Park Day” will feature an appearance by vehicles from the North Texas chapter of the Jurassic Park Motor Pool. Jurassic Park Motor Pool is a club for owners and enthusiasts of [replica] Jurassic Park vehicles. The group is also expected to bring an assortment of props familiar to fans of the movie. The iconic movie will be played (in Blu-ray 3D) throughout the day in the museum’s community room.

Jurrassic Park DayJurassic Park Motorpool

“The classic 1993 Jurassic Park movie is an appropriate way to close out our sixth season of DINO DAYS,” noted Dan Steelman, Museum Director. “For many of us Jurassic Park was more than a cinematic event – it was the spark that rekindled an interest in these amazing animals. Jurassic Park cinematically brought dinosaurs to life and inspired a new generation of paleontologists.” The movie was also one of the first to try to accurately portray dinosaurs. “Overall, the series has done a pretty good job of accurately rendering the prehistoric characters of the film. Velociraptor became well known as a result of the movie. It was created out-of-proportion to its actual size. We have Velociraptor skeletals in the museum that show its actual size. Dilophosaurus didn’t have a frill or venom spitting abilities. Mosasaurus was much too large in the latest movie. But it looked cool.”

The Sherman Museum is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm, and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. through DINO DAYS. Admission for DINO DAYS is $5.00 for ages 5 and up and FREE for children 4 and under and museum members

About The Sherman Museum
The Sherman Museum is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization devoted to collecting, preserving and interpreting objects of historical significance to Grayson County and the Greater North Texas Region.
For more information about The Sherman Museum, visit us on the web at www.theshermanmuseum.org.