Kiwanis Club

Kiwanis Club: August in Review

Kathy Perry

The Aug. 6 speaker was the Fire Department’s Assistance Division Chief Cody Miller.

Chief Miller presented a very in-depth presentation about the workings of the chief job and the responsibilities of Engine House 514. This is the House that usually responds to our calls. The Argyle Fire Department services six areas, 40 to 50,000 people. Currently the department has 30 full time and 15 part time responders. Chief Cody said that with the rapid growth of the area several more new stations would be needed soon.

The Aug. 20 speaker was the Interfaith Ministries’ Executive Director Condell Garden.

We were pleased to welcome Condell back to give us an update as to the Ministries’ latest projects. Interfaith Ministries is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency that provides short term assistance to individuals and families. She told us they had been working on getting kids and families ready for back to school. There are more than 45% of children considered at risk students attending Denton schools. They had provided backpacks with school supplies, personal hygiene, and grooming products to 450 students. Kiwanis once again stepped up with a donation for the children of Denton.

Come and check us out on the first and third Friday of each month, at 8:30 a.m. for social; the meeting starts at 9 a.m. at the clubhouse, watch the HOA Bulletin for latest news and speaker information. Contact President Susan Galbraith at 940-262-0600, or Incoming President Roy Meyer at 254-718-8357 with any questions. After Oct. 1, call Greg Laffey, membership chairman, at 617-877-7575.

Kiwanis Gets the 411 on COVID-19 and the Delta Variant

Kathy Perry

On July 16, we were delighted to welcome Julie Casillas, Administrator of Wise Health System and Dr. Neil Soloman. Wise Health System Urgent Care Center is down the street from us at the corner of I35 and Crawford Road. In addition to the Urgent Care Center and the ER, the three-year-old center has a Surgery Specialty Center with six OR suites and 12 inpatient beds, with ICU capabilities. The center has a Physical Therapy facility. Wise is in partnership with 26 other medical centers, including nursing homes. It is a Medicare facility, and it is affiliated with Baylor Medical and Baylor Heart Medicine.

Dr. Soloman’s COVID-19 update at the time was that Delta Variant was hitting the unvaccinated the hardest. If you are vaccinated you could expect, if you are a breakthrough case, something like a summer cold. Wearing your mask and following the CDC guidelines is the best way to keep you and yours safe. Please get your shots. The facility offers both rapid and PCR COVID testing. They are open 24 hours.