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Bluebonnet Study Club News
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • Posted November 2, 2011

The Mason Bluebonnet Study Club is 70 years old this year and is having a tea on November 12 at the Mason County Library between the hours of 2:00 and 4:00 pm to celebrate. Everyone in the community is welcome to drop by for refreshments and to see some of the club’s history on display.In the year 1941, a club in neighboring McCulloch County, The Rochelle Study Club, under the direction of its president, K’Nola Burk sponsored and helped organize the Mason Bluebonnet Study Club. The Rochelle ladies assisted in drawing up a constitution for the new club, helped in the application process of becoming a member of an international service organization, the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, and advised on how to elect officers. The first president of the new club was Mrs. Floyd McCollum elected by charter members Miss Averill Bellows, Miss Edith Bellows, Miss Ruby Kettner, Mrs. Jessie Lindsey, Mrs El McCollum, Mrs. Jude McDaniels, Mrs. P. A. Mixon, Mrs. James Ray, Mrs. Ellen Steffens, and Mrs. Kurt Zesch.Notice of acceptance and membership in the Federation was recieved in September, just months before the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbour, so many women were in a position of doing men’s work while the men were away at war, but the club continued to pursue community service. Some of the main areas that interested these hardy ladies included education, preserving our planet’s resources, beautifying our surroundings, promoting good health and strong families, learning about and presrving our history, and promoting the arts Although the faces have changed over the years, today’s members are still interested in the same objectives. Down through the years, many thousands of dollars have been raised and awarded to graduating students in Mason to help in gaining higher educations. For some time, the club has also sponsored a sophomore Mason student’s attendance to a leadership conference founded by Hugh O’Brien. The list of achievements is a long and impressive one of community involvement and improvement.Current club president, Sabin Nelson, chose as her theme “Expanding our Horizons” because through continued membership in the international organization of women, the club has some small part in improving the lives of many around the world. In the last several years, a lot of effort has been put into stamping out domestic violence by spreading awareness of the problem and helping local shelters. When so many women around the world combine efforts, much can be accomplished.The Mason Bluebonnet Study Club is small in numbers at this time, but still very active and working to keep up the proud traditions of those first ladies who began community service back in 1941. Members are Mary Carlman, Sherie Clarkson, Mary Hemphill, Tanya Lamoreaux, Tommie Luckenbach, Mary Ellen Merkel, Betty Meyer, Sabin Nelson, Carol Jordan, and Brinda Pape. Honorary members are Lois Durst and Helen Olsen.

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