Paul Harris Fellows honored

Paul Harris Fellows for 2017 include, front row from left, Kara G. McBride, Carla Hight, Chasity Boatman, Nancy Manning, Mark Bush, Sallye Darmstadter, Wally Dunks; back row, Paul McCurry, Wayne Ramsey, Patricia McKenzie, Rose F. Boyd, Ken Kelly and Trent Ashby. Not pictured is Deanna Wallace.

On Nov. 2, Lufkin Rotarians linked time between a gentleman who began Rotary in 1905 and committed community leaders who give of themselves in the same spirit as Paul Harris did in the early 20th century. Lufkin Rotary Club celebrated friends and members who give of their time and their talents to make the Lufkin community and world a better place for all of us.

When Rotarians or anyone else has cumulatively contributed $1,000 to Rotary International, they are eligible for a Paul Harris Fellowship. Concurrently, Rotarians may offer their 1,000 accumulated “points” to honor others in the name of service and commitment. For those honored in this category, Rotary is especially glad for them and all they do for the community.

Money raised by Rotarians for Paul Harris Fellowships are used to support vocational training for teachers establishing an early childhood education center in South Africa; water filters, toilets, and hygiene training to prevent fluorosis, diarrhea, and other diseases in India; scholarship for a medical professional in Italy to research treatments that minimize mortality rates among premature babies; peace-building seminars for 200 teachers and 1,300 students in Uganda; and treated mosquito nets and medical services that prevent malaria in Mali.

By giving from their hearts each and every year, Rotarians support families and change lives. But, the great part about those honored as Paul Harris Fellows is that they also change lives right here in Lufkin and Angelina County.

Rotary looks back at Paul Harris to his vision and commitment as Rotary now looks to Paul Harris Fellows in 2017 for their vision and commitment to our future.

Lufkin Rotary Club

The Lufkin Rotary Club has announced its 61st annual Waffle Bake will take place at the Angelina College cafeteria for three nights.

This Lufkin holiday tradition will take place at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday each evening and will feature nightly entertainment from local talent and surprise guests. Doors open at 5:15 each evening and tickets are available at the door or in advance at Austin Bank, 1022 S. John Redditt Road.

The 61st annual Waffle Bake is the Lufkin Rotary Club’s main fundraiser for the year.

Funds raised through ticket sales and sponsorships are used to support the club’s various community service projects including education scholarships for Angelina County students, sponsorship of Lufkin High School Interact student service organization, annual luncheon honoring Senior National Honor Society members, sponsorship of Boy Scout Hut, Chambers Park pet therapy at local nursing homes and Woodland Heights Hospital, Texas Parks & Wildlife hunter education program, Lufkin/Beachy Head, England, Summer Youth Exchange Program, Hope of Hearing — providing hearing aids for Haitian deaf children, The Rotary Foundation-Polio Plus Project eradicating polio from the planet, Ellen Trout Park and Zoo projects, Meals on Wheels, The Luncheon, pet therapy, wildlife hunting education, local playground equipment project and other community projects as presented.

Tickets are $4/$2 in advance or $5/$3 at the door.

Deep East Texas Area Agency on Aging

If you are concerned about the needs of older people, become a volunteer ombudsman and learn to advocate for people living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Ombudsmen work with 42 nursing facilities throughout the Deep East Texas region.

Each volunteer is paired with a facility and visits that facility two hours every week.

Free training is provided by DETCOG’s Area Agency on Aging of Deep East Texas.

Volunteers are mentored on how to speak with residents and handle complaints working at their own pace.

For more information or if you need assistance in solving a problem in a nursing home, contact Charlotte McGalin, managing local ombudsman with the Deep East Texas Area Agency on Aging, at (800) 256-6848 ext. 5305, or (409) 384-5704 ext. 5305.

Also, if you’re among the many Americans facing financial challenges with their health care costs, there may be ways you can save money on your health care costs if you have Medicare.

If you have limited income and resources, you may qualify for Medicaid — a joint federal and state program that helps with medical costs.

Even if you don’t qualify for Medicaid, there are four programs that may help you pay for your Medicare premiums and other costs: Qualified Medicare Beneficiary Program, Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary Program, Qualifying Individual Program, Qualified Disabled and Working Individuals Program. View details and eligibility qualifications at medicare.gov/your-medicare-costs.

Call your State Health Insurance Assistance Program/Area Agency on Aging at (800) 442-8845 or (903) 218-6500 and speak to a certified benefits counselor.

Retired Senior

Volunteer Program

If you are 55 or older and interested in volunteering at any of the organizations listed, call Marilyn Gardner with the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program at 362-6922. These organizations have a need for volunteers: Harbour Hospice, Angelina Arts Alliance, Angelina County Senior Center, Area Agency On Aging, Brandon Elementary, city of Lufkin (Main Street), Community Reassurance Program, DETCOG Homeland Security (CERT), DETCOG Lufkin, DETCOG Ombudsman Program (Regional), Diboll High School, Family Crisis Center, Goodwill Industries, Habitat For Humanity — Lufkin, Hope Center of North Lufkin, Hospice in the Pines, Lufkin Adult Learning Center, Lufkin American Red Cross, Lufkin Police Department, Lufkin State Supported Living Center, Lufkin Veterans Administration, Museum of East Texas, Pregnancy Help Center, RSVP Advisory Council and County ADV. COMM, RSVP Office — Angelina County, Salvation Army, Salvation Army Adult Day Center, Second Blessings Food Pantry and Thrift Store, Temple Elementary School — Diboll, Temple Memorial Lbrary — Diboll, Texas Forestry Museum, Timber Point Apartment Homes and the Women’s Shelter Thrift Store.

Senior Bowling League

The Senior Bowling League at Lufkin Lanes is looking for bowlers aged 50 and over. Please join us at 11:45 on Tuesdays for league bowling. We have openings for one or two members, or join us with a complete team of four. This is a mixed league, so we welcome both men and women at all skill levels.”

Lufkin Community Band

The Lufkin Community Band is always looking for adults interested in playing in the band. No auditions are required. All are welcome.

If you played a band instrument in high school or college, join us. Come to a rehearsal at 7 p.m. any Tuesday in Hudgins Hall on the Angelina College campus. Visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/Lufkin Community Band/for more information.

Foster Grandparents

Put a little extra money in your pocket and participate in enjoyable social activities with other seniors.

Morning or afternoon schedules are available with a daily hot meals, mileage reimbursement or local transportation available, uniforms and semi-monthly checks.

Enjoy a flexible 20- to 40-hour week. Use your talent and experience to help children learn and develop.

For information, call 633-3767.

Buckner Family Pathways

Buckner Family Pathways is now accepting applications for the spring semester.

To be eligible to participate in the program, you must be accepted or currently attending Angelina College or SFA University, be a single parent with a child/children under the age of 18, be Pell eligible and not currently in default on student loans.

For more information contact 637-3300.

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