NARFE Chapter 1191 met Oct. 12 at Asian King Buffet in Waxahachie. Shown are, from left, Ralph Nelson, NARFE program coordinator from Waxahachie, and guest speaker Kevin Strength, Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce president and CEO.

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Chapter 1191 held its monthly lunch meeting Tuesday, Oct. 12, at Asian King Buffet in Waxahachie. The guest speaker was Kevin Strength, president and CEO of the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce, where he has served since June. Previously he served on the Waxahachie City Council for 10 years, as mayor for five years and as a member and president of the North Central Texas Council of Governments.

The speaker talked about the strategic location of Waxahachie related to growth with a current 42,000-plus residents within the city limits and almost twice that many coming into the city each day. He discussed the charm and attraction of the older parts of town along with actions to help retain those qualities. He talked about the availability of an adequate water supply as another key factor, along with roads, schools, and parks, and the need to limit city spending to those important aspects of city life. Location of a new high school was also noted. A question-and-answer session followed the interesting program.

NARFE Chapter 1191 covers Ellis, Navarro and adjacent parts of the surrounding counties. Membership in NARFE is open to all active and retired federal employees and their spouses, former federal employees, and former spouses who are entitled to a federal survivor annuity. 

For more information, call Midlothian at 972-268-5793 or 972-775-2463, Waxahachie at 469-552-6649, Ennis at 214-949-6197, Red Oak at 412-722-6307, or Corsicana at 903-874-3092. You may also go to www.narfe.org or see NARFE Chapter 1191 on Facebook.

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