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MAAG meet at Lions stadium

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Darleene Denbow

The MAAG held their third meeting of 2009 on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Once again they were VIPS for the day as they gathered at the Ennis Lions Stadium.

Ennis Independent School District Police Chief Ross Jones was a special guest for this meeting. About the time of his arrival at the VIP room an unexpected guest who had apparently heard about the MAAG and wanted to join the group also arrived. Now this guest was not warmly welcomed and suddenly caused feet to be raised in the air and voices to be lifted in screams. Chief Jones went into action to protect these excited ladies and discovered the unwanted guest to be a tiny little mouse. Needless to say, with all the excitement, the mouse suddenly disappeared, feet were lowered, voices were calmed and laughter once again filled the room.

Following such an exciting introduction Chief Jones began to talk with the MAAG about himself and the EISD Police Department. Everyone was happy to learn that Chief Jones is a proud native of Texas who served our country as a Marine. He became a police officer and later became involved with schools and helping young people. His job and that of his officers is trying to help students to make right decisions and avoiding a life of drugs, violence and crime. He opened the floor for questions and many were asked that he happily responded to.

It was a delight to have Mrs. Jan White arrive as another special guest. She shared more about Chief Jones including a few secrets. She praised him and all his officers for the work they do and explained that when and where they are needed the schools can always count on them to be there.

Before moving to the press box for lunch the MAAG welcomed Mateo Martinez, Youth Pastor of The First United Methodist Church of Ennis who led the prayer of Thanksgiving and blessing. Everyone arrived in the press box to find a wonderful lunch buffet prepared and served by Bud White and his great crew. Lunch was enjoyed with wonderful fellowship in a very relaxed atmosphere overlooking the football field where coaches were working with young Ennis Lions.

On Wednesday, Dec. 9 the MAAG will meet in the Memorial Hall of First United Methodist Church in Ennis in celebration of Christmas. There will be a covered dish lunch hosted by Nancy Cannaday, Rosemary Washburn and Edna Newman. Special music will be presented by Kristi Copeland on her harp. A gift exchange will take place between those who bring a gift costing no more than $5.

Persons looking for good fellowship in a Christian atmosphere are welcome to visit the MAAG. Just bring a favorite salad, veggie or dessert and a gift of about $5 to the First United Methodist Church in Ennis on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 11:30 a.m. and celebrate Christmas with the MAAG.

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