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Texoma Council for the Deaf to hold party, car wash, picnic

Sunday April 29, 2007
By Kathy Williams
Herald Democrat

Texoma Council for the Deaf continues to invigorate its program and has planned a grand party, a car wash and a picnic for its Deaf Club members and supporters.

The club invites the deaf and hard of hearing, their parents and children, sign interpreters and students to join in the fun planned for its “Grand Opening Social Night.” The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. May 12 at the Quality Inn, 3605 Highway 75 South in Sherman. Tickets for the event are $3 for members and $5 for non-members. A room is provided free of charge for children. Party planners urge those who attend to dress casually. TCD has planned a car wash fund-raiser for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 5 at Long John Silver’s at 1828 Texoma Parkway in Sherman. Car washes will be $5 each. In case of rain, the car wash will be rescheduled.

“Many thought TCD was dead,” TCD President Lisa Wynn wrote in a press release. “But it is not. For your information, TCD has not closed down, there just has not been any advertising about the organization. It still stands strong, as it has since 1976 and has activities and board meetings. We are working very hard step by step to let people know that TCD is still here.”

Wynn said she is excited to lead the organization and her goal is for TCD to continue growing stronger. She said the Deaf Club is a non-profit organization and she invites all members of the public to get involved with it by becoming a member and to attend board meetings.

“TCD members have very good team work and cooperation because we believe that WE CAN DO IT,” Wynn wrote recently.

Wynn said officers and members will use that can-do attitude to press forward on other goals including creating a Web site, securing and equipping an office and finding more sponsors to help with these activities.

In 2005, TCD held its first picnic, which was not well attended. However, Wynn said, the group kept up its efforts to become more visible in the community. Last year’s Deaf Picnic drew about 50 participants to Munson Park in Denison.

Wynn said officers are planning more activities for children and hopes many more people will enjoy the day June 16. The picnic will move to Waterloo Park. More information on the Deaf Picnic will be released closer to the date. But TCD officers already have planned a buffet and raffle, and a social night to follow. She added she and the other planners hope to draw double last year’s crowd.

For more information on any of the events, about joining TCD, volunteering with or funding the organization, contact Wynn at deafbull2006@yahoo.com

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