Volunteer achievements recognized


Pecan Plantation is blessed to have men and women who serve in our emergency service groups, keeping Pecan safe every day, and recently, special distinction has gone to several emergency service volunteers.

Certified Pecan firefighter Brent Owen has passed the National Registry Paramedic test. Brent joined the Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) last fall, and Pecan Fire Chief Dave Raffa calls him “an outstanding young man.”

Furthermore, Pecan’s Emergency Medical Service (EMS) saluted a number of folks for outstanding service in 2012. Recognized for their achievements were Connie Wimberly, Lavern Franzen, Leon Frazier, George Gerdes, George, Barnhart, and Sandra Winfield, EMS Chief. These volunteers were hailed last month at a combined volunteer/board/auxiliary gala.

Chief Raffa says that the emergency service groups are always looking for new recruits and that volunteers range in age from 16 to 85 years with “jobs for everyone.”

Need more information about Pecan and its emergency personnel? Stop by the VFD/EMS station during business hours or call 817-573-1643.


Tomorrow at 2 p.m. will bring a “meet the candidates” wine and cheese reception at the clubhouse. Folks seeking a spot on Pecan’s board of directors will be present to mingle with attendees, address the crowd, and answer one-on-one questions for members.


Breakfast Club is in for a treat Wednesday morning when Keith Brown, a pioneer in DNA analysis technology commercialization presents “DNA Technology: An Overview- Past, Present, and Future.” Come at 8 a.m. for breakfast and the program.


Pecan’s Archery/Air Gun Association presents its second William Tell Archery Tournament on Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon at the archery/air gun range here in Pecan.

Since no one has volunteered to have apples placed on his head for the contest, non-living stand-ins will be in place for the day.

This tournament is designed with serious archers in mind and promises to display some exciting feats of marksmanship. The winner for the day will receive vouchers for two chicken dinners at the clubhouse.

Sign up at the Pecan Activities Center (PAC) is due by Jan. 31, along with a $2 entry fee.


All funds on Pecan value cards expire on Jan. 31, so using cards this week or bringing them to the clubhouse accounting department immediately for an account credit will prevent any lost money.


Pecan’s Men’s Golf Association had 130 participants in its Toys for Tots tournament last month and collected 280 toys for children in Hood County. Thank you to these gentlemen and all who took part in the day.


Art classes for children continue at the PAC on Friday afternoons. Little ones ages kindergarten through second grade meet from 3:15 to 4 p.m., and grades three through five from 4:15 to 5. For more information, call 817-573-7952 or instructor Kendra Fox at 817-559-4736.


Acton Nature Center (ANC) invites folks to its first Saturday bird walk on Feb. 2 from 7 to 9:30 a.m. The event is free, and participants are encouraged to bring binoculars and a field guide. Leader Billy Teels will head the group on the excursion. For more information call 817-326-6005 or visit www.actonnaturecenter.org.


Our sympathy goes to the family of Frances Wren who passed away on Jan. 14.

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