The Mason Bluebonnet Study Club met at the Mason County Library on Monday, June 16, to install new officers for the 2008-2010 club term. Outgoing president Maudi Bergmann served as installing officer. Mary Hemphill will serve as president. Her executive board includes vice president Julia Pepper, treasurer Mary Ellen Merkel, recording secretary Julie Harrison, corresponding secretary Arianna Eckert, Federation counselor Tommie Luckenback, parliamentarian Brinda Pape, and club reporter Betty Meyer. President Hemphill revealed her theme as “Caring and Sharing.”
A short business session was then called to order by new president Hemphill. First order of business was a hardy round of applause for outgoing officers who were breathing a sigh of relief. Minutes of the last meetings were read and the club collect was recited in unison.
Julia Pepper reported that the antique rose bushes planted by the club at old Fort Mason are doing great and have already bloomed. Mrs. Pepper will head a fundraising drive for the club to sell flower bulbs. She has ordered the order packets and will distribute them when they arrive. This is a popular fundraiser in the community. Members will take orders until September. Bulbs will be delivered at the proper planting time in the fall.
A motion to award honorary membership to longtime members Lois Durst and Helen Olsen was approved unanamously.
There being no further business, the group then brainstormed and planned programs for the upcoming club year. Mary Carlman, who has graciously volunteered to do the yearbook, chaired this part of the meeting. A very interesting array of subjects will be covered during each monthly meeting. Some subjects to be covered include art in the community, education from a noted author Lisa Wingate, avoiding identity theft presented by Kristy Powell, conservation, Federation, and the club will again have a shelter shower for The Haven in an effort to aid victims of domestic violence for Make a Difference Day.
In the fall, the club will again sponsor the Go Texan Style Show. The Texas Agriculture Agent coordinates this event that showcases Texas clothing made from Texas products modeled by Mason students. A modest fee provides an evening of entertainment, good refreshments, door prizes, and helps local students attend college. A $1000 scholarship was awarded this spring to graduating student Charles Ramon as a result from last year’s show. (An added bonus to the club’s scholarship efforts came in the form of the Alamo District’s $1000 scholarship which was awarded to Mason’s own Ashley Kuhlmann.)
A delicious potluck lunch was enjoyed by Edna Earle Benton, Maudi Bergmann, Mary Carlman, Julie Harrison, Mary Hemphill, Carol Jordan, Tonya Lemoreux, Tommie Luckenbach, Mary Ellen Merkel, Betty Meyer, Brinda Pape, Julia Pepper, and Kristy Powell.
With the exception of a program workshop to be held in Lavernia on July 18, there are no business meetings of the club until September. Members will still visit the care center on the fourth Mondays of each month at 3:00 p.m. to deliver bananas and love.
The Mason Bluebonnet Study Club is a member of the Alamo District of Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs which is a part of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, an international organization dedicated to serving the needs of communities and making the lives of its members better.
New officers of the Mason Bluebonnet Study Club were installed on Monday, June 16. Left to right are installing officer, outgoing president Maudi Bergmann; club reporter Betty Meyer; parliamentarian Brinda Pape; Federation counselor Tommie Luckenbach; treasurer Mary Ellen Merkel; president Mary Hemphill; vice president Julia Pepper; and recording secretary Julie Harrison. Not present was new corresponding secretary Arianna Eckert.