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Van Alstyne Culture Club

The Van Alstyne Culture Club held its January meeting in the cozy and comfortable home of Mrs. Laura Cooper. Members were glad to see one another after missing the December meeting due to the icy conditions. Assisting her as co-hostesses were Mrs. Kanita Larkins and Mrs. Suzanne Exley.

President Susan Berryhill called the meeting to order and Vice-President Teddie Ann Salmon introduced the program. Our program was given by our beloved Chief of Police, Tim Barnes.

First, he warned us about Identity theft. Chief Barnes warned that once your identity is comprised it often takes three to five years to clear your credit. He reminded us to keep a close eye on our business accounts. Chief Barnes warned us never to give out personal information over the phone. He told us it is always a good idea to shred papers we receive in the mail with our name and address. After the Target incident, Chief Barnes said that we have some additional protection using credit cards over debit cards.

Then Chief Barnes gave us some tips for home safety, such as closing garage doors, locking cars in our driveways, not publicly telling of travel plans, and purchasing timers for lighting when on a trip. He gave us handouts with additional information and answered several questions about safety and Van Alstyne Protection. Thank you for the tips, Chief Barnes.

We enjoyed tasty refreshments and cooling drinks prepared by our hostesses, then President Berryhill conducted our business meeting. Our February meeting will be in Benton Hall at the First United Methodist Church.