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Wednesday, April 4, 2012 • Posted April 4, 2012

The Alamo District of Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs held its Spring Convention on Saturday, March 24 in Jourdanton’s Community Center. Forty-three delegates representing nine of the 12 clubs in the district attended the all day meeting with outgoing district president Carol Habgood of the San Antonio Women’s Federation presiding. Clubs represented were the Mason Bluebonnet Study Club of Mason; Woman’s Club of Cotulla; Woman’s Club of Pleasanton; Woman’s Study Club of Port Lavaca; San Antonio Women’s Federation; and four clubs from Victoria, Bronte Club, Decora Club, Morning Study Club, and Sandalphon Study Club. Clubs not represented included Rosetta Club of Beeville, Rocksprings Woman’s Club, and Woman’s Club of Refugio. One special guest attended. State president elect Janelle Holden was there to serve as installing officer for the incoming slate of distraict officers.The host club was the Woman’s Club of Pleasanton.The convention was welcomed by Jourdanton Mayor Larry Pryor who addressed the group, briefly describing the growth spurt that Jourdanton is experiencing currently. He said that he thinks that in five years, the small town atmosphere will be gone due to the influx of big oil in the area.President Habgood announced that sadly the district has lost one club recently with the dissolving of the Lytle Woman’s Club. There are now only 12 clubs in Alamo District.During a service in memory of departed club members conducted by Robin Hogue of San Antonio, Mason’s Edna Earle Benton was honored for her many years of service. Also Bee Ann Binion was remembered. A bouquet of fresh cut flowers was built as each name was called for those that the district will miss.Awards were presented by Jo Cornstubble of Victoria. Mason received ten first place awards. The categories were Domestic Violence Awareness, Fundraising, Arts in the Community Collaboration, Education Partnership, Homelife Collaboration, Texas Heritage Historical People, Texas Historical Places and Things, President’s Special Project Domestic Violence, and Outstanding Federation Day Program (for the 70th anniversary tea). Also, the club was awarded first place in the yearbook cover contest, Texas theme, for the pictorial cover made from a picture taken by Edna Earle Benton.All during the day, doorprizes were awarded during breaks. A country store of items donated by the clubs attending was opened during these times. A delicious salad lunch was served by the Pleasanton ladies from tables decorated in pastels topped with pink napkins bearing silk bluebonnets tied in the folds with baby blue ribbon.Officers for the two year term beginning July 1 were elected. The new officers are president Pat Stevens of Pleasanton, president elect Annette Pfeil of Port Lavaca, first vice president Elizabeth Moad of San Antonio, second vice president Francisca Watts of Victoria, Texas Federation of Women;s Clubs Historical Foundation Representative Patsy Troell, Texas Federation of Women;s Clubs Scholarship Representative Robin Hogue, secretary Carol Habgood, and treasurer Patsy Troell. The officers were installed by State president elect Janelle Holden,who gave each one a beautiful red rose and a memorial coin as they were sworn into office.A reception honoring outgoing president Carol Habgood for her service followed the close of the business of the convention. She was presented with an afghan made in the theme of Federation and a beautifully decorated cake. It was announced that she has been elected national parliamentarian of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs and will be spending time in Washington. DC at headquarters during the next two years.The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is an international service organization dedicated to making life better in every community around the world through volunteers.

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