Members of Mason Bluebonnet Study Club hosted the Spring Convention of Alamo District of Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs on March 27 and 28th. All business of the convention was conducted in the Richard P, Eckert Civic Center which was donated to the community by club member Arriana Eckert in memory of her late husband.
The Executive Board of the organization met on March 27 at 4:30 pm to conduct district business and make plans for the next day’s convention. Following the meeting, delegates and board members met at Willow Creek Restaurant for one of their delicious meals.
Early the next morning, a continental breakfast was served by Bluebonnet Study Club members prior to the main convention being called to order by Alamo District Patsy Troell of Pleasanton Woman’s Club. The theme of the day was “Tipping or hats to volunteers”, so delegates arrived in a variety of hats, both beautiful and rediculous. There were vintage hats, floral hats, patriotic hats, whimsical hats (one of these was red with devil horns spouting), and yearbook theme hats. The hats were certainly an ice breaker if one was needed. Delegates included one member of Cotulla Women’s Club; two members of Lytle Woman’s Club; nine members of the host Bluebonnet Study Club of Mason; eight members of Pleasanton Women’s Club; two members of Port Lavaca Woman’s Study Club; four members of Rocksprings Woman’s Club; four members of San Antonio Woman’s Federation; three members of Decora Club of Victoria; one member of Morning Study Club, Victoria; and one member of Sandalphon Study Club of Victoria. Clubs in the district who were not represented were Rosetta Club of Beeville and Woman’s Club of Refugio.
At 10:00 a.m., president Troell called the delegates to order and called for the pledges to the flags of the United States and the State of Texas. Local president Hemphill led the group in reading the Club Collect, then introduced Mason Mayor Brent Hinkley who welcomed the group and told them about the area history and local sights. During his talk, Mayor Hinkley lauded the volunteer impact on the community by the members of Bluebonnet Study Club.
Pleasanton Woman’s Club president Linda Metcalfe led the singing of America the Beautiful and Texas Our Texas, then the assembly got down to the business of reporting area endeavors. One of the main focus points of the current administration is Domestic Violence Awareness and not only helping victims of this ongoing problem but attempting to stamp out this most vile social problem. The Bluebonnet Study Club won two first place awards for its work in gathering needed items and lending encouragement to The Haven.
Other topics discussed included the preservation of women’s history; conserving natural resources; improving home safety and individual health; the arts; supporting our veterans and members of the military in various ways; helping educate young people through mentoring and awarding scholarships; influencing legislation benefitting women and children; helping members attain training and take leading roles in the community; and generally looking into ways to improve our world one volunteer step at a time. Various fundraising methods were discussed to provide the necessary tools for clubs to make an impact.
During breaks in business discussion, and during lunch, delegates were entertained by local musicians, Petra and Daryl Watson, known as Hillhouse. A delicious lunch was catered by Mary and Nancy Scholibo. Brinda Pape and Mary Carlman manned a country store (funds are used for district expenses). A silent auction was conducted for a lovely large vase.
Guest “hat judges” Jerrie Owens and Robbie Alkek, both of Mason, watched the parade of hats and selected the winners. Ribbons and a lot of good natured ribbing was won by the lucky selections. The two beautiful judges were thanked for taking on the job and praised by President Troell for making each hatted delegate feel that her hat was special.
Doorprizes were awarded all during the day by the luck of the draw.
Awards were presented by 1st Vice President of Alamo District Carol Habgood. A certificate and a medal ala Olympics were given to club presidents as the award was presented. Bluebonnet Study Club received first place awards in GFWC(General Federation of Woman’s Clubs) Special Projects, Communications and Public Relations; TFWC (Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs) Special Project, Domestic Violence Awareness; GFWC Special Projects, Fundraising; Outstanding Club Program; Outstanding Federation Program; Yearbook Cover Contest, Texas Theme; TFWC Texas Heritage, Historical People; TFWC Texas Heritage, Hiatorical Places and Things; TFWC Texas Heritage Special Projects; Conservation Department, Beautification in the Community; Education Department, Education in the Community; Home Life Department, Helping Hands in the Community; Dollars for Delegates; and GFWC Domestic Violence Awareness, GFWC Leadership. The club also received second place for Education Department; Focus on L:iteracy; and Membership. The club won so many awards that chairman Habgood also awarded a “Best of Show” big blue ribbon to president Hemphill.
A memorial service was conducted by Mildred Allen of Cotulla honoring members who passed away during the past year.
At the close of a very successful convention, president Troell thanked the host club and spoke of the beauty of Mason and related that delegates will be coming back to visit soon. In summing up, she praised the musical group, the beautiful hat judges, Mayor Hinckley, and each one in attendance. She also expressed appreciation to all the local merchants who provided items for the colorful red, white, and blue “goody bags” put together by Bluebonnet Study Club’s Tonya Lamoreaux, who also provided lovely fresh flower arrangements to compliment the red ribbon rose at each place setting.
Mildred Allen issued an invitation to the Fall Board Meeting in Cotulla on October 17, then delegates began the long drive home, tired but fulfilled.