The Euless chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas invites women from the community to attend an informational workshop on Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon at the Hurst Public Library to learn more about the lineage organization.
Attendees will learn all about DRT eligibility requirements, what the application process involves and have an opportunity to get acquainted with local chapter members.
Chapter President is Betsy Smith of Hurst, and Vice President is Beth Gathings from Euless. The group generally meets the third Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. from September through May. The local chapter has more than 40 members among the more than 7,000 members statewide.
Organizing Texas history essay contests for fourth- and seventh-grade students along with conducting a contest for outstanding Texas history teacher are major DRT education programs. A holiday charity project is also done annually, and the group promotes celebrating Texas honor days such as Texas Independence Day.
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Local member Judy Ramos has been a member since 2011 and has thoroughly enjoyed her DRT experience. “I like the fellowship, workshop topics, holiday parties and other gatherings, and I like when we share stories about our Texas patriot ancestors,” Ramos said.
Mid-Cities ADPi Alumnae to host state convention
Preparations are in full swing for the state convention for Alpha Delta Pi sorority, hosted by the dedicated members of the Mid-Cities Alumnae Association of ADPi. Co-chairs of the state meeting — at the Courtyard Marriott at DFW Airport on Feb. 27-28 — are Pam Durall and Barbara Nunn.
Active collegiate members and alumni from across the state will kick off the festivities on Friday evening with a fajita dinner at the hotel followed by a wine tasting for alumni at Cross Timbers Winery.
On Feb. 28, the featured luncheon speaker will be ADPi alumna Colleen Coyle, WFAA/Channel 8 meteorologist. Sorority chapters from TCU, Baylor and A&M will be in the spotlight for celebrating milestone anniversaries. An awards banquet is planned for Saturday evening.
“Several workshops are scheduled for [Saturday] afternoon and a Gift Mart featuring local vendors will be open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. There will also be a silent auction, a raffle, a photo booth to take your own pictures and opportunities to contribute to our Texas State Educational Loan Fund and other sorority-sponsored funds,” said Nunn.
February is American Heart Month
The American Heart Association in North Texas aims to build awareness of the nation’s No. 1 killer, heart disease, and No. 5 killer, stroke, by hosting local events to educate folks on the deadly disease.
According to a statement from AHA, heart disease is not just a man’s disease. Each year, 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke. In Texas, heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death caused by manageable risk factors such as obesity, smoking and physical inactivity. Eighty percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.
Local events planned include the Tarrant County Go Red For Women Luncheon on Friday at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel featuring actress, comedienne and sudden cardiac arrest survivor Tracey Conway, and the Dallas Vestido Rojo on Feb. 28 at the Irving Convention Center.
Vestido Rojo is a half-day interactive conference offered in English and Spanish where guests will attend health-focused workshops that include free health screenings, risk education, and strategies for healthy living.
Learn more at www.heart.org/northtexasevents.
H-E-B school district survey seeks community input by March 6
Residents of Hurst, Euless and Bedford have until March 6 to get their say-so about a number of important areas involving schools by participating in the survey being conducted by the H-E-B school district. You do not have to have a child enrolled in H-E-B schools to participate.
“We use the survey to gather data on a variety of operational and programmatic areas. We use that data to make decisions in H-E-B ISD,” said district spokeswoman Judy Ramos. “A higher participation rate provides us more data and enables us to make more accurate decisions.”