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Les Cockrell: Rotary Club honors couple with Brock Award

The Denton Rotary Club honored Betty and Joe Roy with the prestigious Brock Award on Thursday in recognition of their commitment and dedication to community service in Denton.

The award was presented by Denton Mayor Mark Burroughs and Euline and Horace Brock, the award’s eponyms.

“This is only the third year the award has been presented,” said Euline Brock. “A community service award was actually Mark Burroughs’ idea, and others worked to establish it.

“The idea is to really serve your community because you see needs or because you want to, not because you want to get credit.”

John Siegmund, a longtime member of Rotary and a former club president, nominated the Roys for the award.

“Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to recommend Betty and Joe Roy as the recipients of the 2012 Brock Award,” he wrote in the nomination letter. “Betty and Joe settled in Denton in 1997, and very quickly became involved as volunteers to support the arts and the humanities in the community.”

The Roys are both dedicated community volunteers and have been recognized many times through the years for their contributions, Euline Brock said.

“They have never asked for recognition or praise. They both do whatever they’re asked to do, whether in positions of leadership or just as a worker bee,” Brock stated in her presentation comments. “If you want to get something done in Denton, just ask one of the Roys to serve on the board or committee, and it will happen.”

Betty Roy has served as a board member for the Arts Guild of Denton, the Denton Festival Foundation, the Denton Benefit League and the Denton Animal Shelter Foundation, according to information cited during the presentation.

She also was a founding member of Denton’s Public Art Committee and was instrumental in the creation of its public art policy. She is a tireless volunteer, and is stellar when it comes to fundraising; many community nonprofits have benefited from her special talent in this area.

Among many other contributions to the community, Joe Roy was a founding member of the board of the Denton County Transportation Authority, and he has devoted many volunteer hours to the University of North Texas. In 2005, Betty and Joe Roy received the Honorary Alumni Award from UNT in recognition of their active involvement in the College of Music and College of Business.

Joe Roy plays the trumpet, and you may recall seeing his name mentioned in this column as a member of Foo McBubba, the big band at First United Methodist Church of Denton.



Local food pantry in need of donations

The Health Services of North Texas food pantry needs donations to help feed more than 300 low-income people in five counties.

Most clients have illnesses and many live alone, so the food provided by the pantry may be the only food they have access to on a continual basis, said James Taylor, nutrition center coordinator.

The pantry’s needs include canned fruit, vegetables, meat and boxed cereal.

“We can always use food,” Taylor said.

Cash donations are also accepted and allow the pantry to purchase specific items needed.

Individuals can bring donations to the pantry, located at 4210 Mesa Drive in Denton, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Taylor said.

Companies, businesses and restaurants that want to support the pantry can call Taylor at 940-381-1501, ext. 109.

The pantry cannot use food items that are past their expiration dates, Taylor said.

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LLELA to begin September activities with night hike

LEWISVILLE — Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area will launch its slate of September activities with a night hike Saturday for ages 5 and older, according to an announcement from Lisa Cole, LLELA education coordinator.

The hike is scheduled to get under way at 8 p.m. Trail guides will lead participants along the Redbud Trail. No flashlights are necessary.

Registration is required by calling 972-219-3930 or e-mailing The fee is $2 per hiker, in addition to LLELA’s regular admission fee of $5 per person.

LLELA is open to the public every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for a variety of outdoor activities. For more information about LLELA, visit .



Opening reception planned for exhibit

The city of Denton Public Art Committee commissioned poet Karla K. Morton to write 25 poems about the history of Denton in 2011, then commissioned artists from the community to create works of art inspired by her poems.

The result was an exhibition and book — Passion, Art, Community: Denton, Texas, in Word and Image.

An opening reception for the exhibition is planned for 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday in the Meadows Gallery at the Center for the Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory St.

The works include paintings, photographs and collages, each accompanied by the poem that inspired it. The reception will feature a book signing by Morton and the artists, and books will be available for purchase, according to a news release.

The exhibition opened to the public Sunday and will be on view at the gallery through Oct. 28. For more information, visit .



Lewisville rodeo set for this weekend

LEWISVILLE — The Lewisville Saddle Club, with sponsorship from the city of Lewisville, will present the 48th annual Labor Day Rodeo Friday through Sunday at the Lewisville Rodeo Arena, 101 Parkway St. in Lewisville.

Performances will begin at 8 p.m. daily, and tickets cost $8 for adults, $6 for children ages 5-11 and free for children younger than 5. A military discount is available.

The rodeo will feature the Red River Shooting Stars Drill Team. For more information, visit .



Aubrey resident captures third place at horse show

Cade McCutcheon of Aubrey captured third place in reining at the 2012 Built Ford Tough American Quarter Horse Youth Association World Championship Show on Aug. 9 in Oklahoma City, according to a news release from American Quarter Horse Journal.

McCutcheon showed Shiney Enterprise, a 2008 sorrel mare.

In the reining class, 105 entries competed for world-champion honors. McCutcheon and Shiney Enterprise earned a prize package that included a bronze trophy, an embroidered blanket, a top-10 patch and a bronze medallion.

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