Mayor Brent Hinkley spoke to members and one guest of Mason Bluebonnet Study Club at the first meeting held following the summer hiatus. The meeting was held in the historic home of Edna Earle Benton on September 20.
Mayor Hinkley described some of the daily privileges and problems he encounters as the mayor of a small Texas town, from dealing with State and Federal regulations to small individual problems brought to his attention by local citizens. Passing a budget and raising funds to meet that budget was a hurdle that he had accomplished recently. He explained that his office is looking into a voucher program to assist citizens who require help in meeting expenses.
Mayor Hinkley told the group that management of the landfill is another ongoing problem that falls under his responsibility, along with the sewer plant that currently needs new aerators.
Making Mason’s drinking water meet Federal and State requirements for radium content is something that he constantly monitoring. One of his solutions to ease any worry of citizens about drinking water from the tap, which is very safe according to him, is to build a reverse osmosis unit on the grounds of the Eckert Center which would be available free of charge to Mason citizens for filling water containers. A grant has been recieved for this purpose. The plans also include bathroom facilities to accommodate handicapped citizens as a part of this new structure.
Mayor Hinkley answered questions from his audience at the close of his remarks. Edna Earle Benton then served refreshments consisting of two kinds of cake and a citrus punch.
In other business, the club installed new officers for the upcoming year. They are president Sabin Nelson, vice president Tanya Lamoreaux, secretary and reporter Betty Meyer, treasurer Mary Ellen Merkel, and Federation advisor Tommie Luckenbach. Installing officer was immediate past club president Mary Hemphill.
Minutes and treasurer’s reports were approved as read. Tommie Luckenbach gave a Federation report. Tanya Lamoreaux gave a brief description of the year’s programs which were included in yearbooks which were distributed to each member.
A motion to have a fundraiser garage sale on November 6 in front of Hemphill’s for the purpose of the club’s scholarship program was approved.
The October 18 meeting will be at the Eckert Center beginning at 2:00 pm. A representative of The Haven, the local shelter for victims of domestic abuse, will be guest speaker. Members and guests are asked to bring items to be used by those seeking help at the shelter. Suggestions of what to bring ranged from small shampoos and personal hygiene products, non perishable food, baby supplies, bedding, etc. to cash or cash cards. Any member of the community who wants to help can attend the meeting; or if unable to attend, may drop off items with any member of the club.
Attending the meeting were members Edna Earle Benton, Adrianna Eckert, Julie Harrison, Mary Hemphill, Tanya Lamoreaux, Tommie Luckenbach, Mary Ellen Merkel, Betty Meyer, Sabin Nelson; associate member Brinda Pape; and guests Lorine Metz and Mayor Brent Hinkley.
The Mason Bluebonnet Study Club is a member of the Alamo District of Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs which is a part of an international service organization, The General Federation of Women’s Clubs headquartered in Washington, DC.