The Mason Bluebonnet Study Club will observe National Domestic Violence Awareness month at the October 17 meeting to be held at the Richard Eckert Civic Center at 2:00 pm. Judge Rob Hofmann will be special guest speaker. Judge Hofmann is assigned to the Texas Child Protection Court of the Hill Country, a position that he has held since 2002. The court has jurisdiction over all child abuse and neglect cases in twelve counties. The typical case load is 300 cases involving approximately 500 children. He has presided over 10,000 dependence case hearings and over 200 adoptions.Judge Hofmann earned his BA in Political Science from Texas A & M University, then his JD from Texas Tech University School of Law. He served five years as county attorney for Mason County during which time, he served on various distinguished boards and is a founding member of the Mason ISD Foundation and the Steady Steps Weekday Children’s Ministry. He was president of the Mason County Child Welfare Board and was awarded the Texas Lions Club International District Governor’s President Award, the United Methodist Church District Superstar Award. and the Meritorious Service Award from the San Angelo Family Shelter.Judge Hofmann’s service on committees dedicated to protecting the lives of children earned him the honor of being selected as Texas CASA Judge of the Year recently after having been nominated twice before. Judge Hofmann grew up on his family’s ranch on Bluff Creek in western Mason County and is a seventh generation Texan. He and his wife Shannon, who works in administration of the Special Education Department at Mason Elementary School, are former foster parents and have a six year old daughter and a two year old adopted son.Also on the program will be a presemtation by Spencer Bierschwale about his experiences as a cadet at the Rolling Plains Bobwhite Brigade and the conservation of Bobwhites and other species of wildlife.Guests are welcome to attend the meeting. Sherie Clarkson will serve as hostess. All those attending should bring either non perishable food items with distant expiration dates, small personal items, etc., or a cash donation for The Haven. Each October, the club has a meeting dedicated to helping our local shelter for victims of domestic violence. Spreading the word that help is only a phone call away is a primary goal of the club and the service organization to which it belongs, The General Federation of Women’s Clubs. The national hotline number is 1-800-799-3224 (TTY for the deaf). Funds and items collected are used by the shelter entirely in aiding victims who seek help because the paid workers are funded by grants received.