Our Aggie Moms’ Club 2016-2017 Schedule & Meeting Summaries
Usually at the Sens Center in Bellville: 5:10 pm setup, 5:30 pm social, 6:00 pm meeting
Aug. 29, 2016 – First meeting at the Sens Center, 200 Briar Ridge Drive
Oct. 3, 2016 – Meeting at the Sens Center
Nov. 7, 2016 – Meeting at St. John Lutheran Church, 520 N. Holland, in Bellville
Dec. 5, 2016 – Christmas ornament exchange
Jan. 2, 2017 – Chili supper & student guest speakers; officers’ planning session @ 4:30
Feb. 6, 2017 – Planning meeting for Aggieland Orchestra Fundraiser at the Sens Center
Feb. 10, 2017 – Aggieland Orchestra Dinner and Dance @ BUMC on Masonic in Bellville, doors open at 5:30 pm
Mar. 6, 2017 – Joint social with the Washington County Aggie Moms Club 5:30 pm at Mariachi’s Restaurant at 2104 South Market St. in Brenham
Apr. 3, 2017 – Dead week kits, speaker, and officer nominations
May 1, 2017 – Salad supper and officer initiation (this is a change from May 8th)
A Summary of the February 7th Meeting at the Sens Center
The LaVerne Lamp Scholarship Fund will be a single award in the amount of $1,000 to an A&M senior or rising junior majoring in business, agriculture, or a STEM field (in order of preference determined by the Lamp family). Our club will present the Lamp family with a shadow box of memorabilia at the Aggieland Orchestra Event in recognition of LaVerne’s contributions to the club. The two Benjamin Knox prints will be auctioned off at the Aggieland Orchestra Event, and final preparations for the event were discussed. The club will have two sale tables for T-shirts, cookbooks, crosses, and crafts; plus one raffle table for the coolers/chairs and gift cards at Boutique. Donna Brandt and Linda Burleson summarized the January Federation Meeting where the Century Tree Project was presented as a fund raiser for Aggie mom clubs. They had their pictures taken with Reveille. Peggy Janicek won the door prize.
A Summary of the January 2nd Meeting at the Sens Center
The program consisted of presentations by our students about what they have been involved in for the past year. The minutes and treasurer’s report were accepted. Committee lists for the Aggieland Orchestra event were reviewed: we have 24 dessert auction items, we believe the treasurer will write thank you notes for the silent auction items, and the Knox prints will be in the silent auction and displayed in local banks leading up to the event. The food caterer, poster and ticket distribution, band room set up, church fees, auction forms, and photo booth decorations were addressed. Boutique is April 7th & 8th. Help is needed to transport and unload merchandise either Thursday night or Friday morning. The raffle will be 3 prizes: 2 sets of a chair/cooler/cup, and then a third prize of assorted gift cards exceeding $300 in total value. Tickets will be $1 or six for $5. The door prize was donated by Pamela McReynolds and won by Serena Morris.
A Summary of the December 5th Meeting at the Sens Center
Pictures are being collected of students’ activities for a power point slideshow at the January meeting. Addresses for scholarship students whose mothers are not club members are needed for January chili supper invitations, and the refreshment list was reviewed. The scholarship committee needs to get the application forms in order for this year’s process and make recommendations on memorial scholarships. The Waco field trip was a success. The group had a great time visiting the resale shops, the “Fixer Up” Show, and the Spice Village, etc..The Lamp family is happy to donate some of LaVerne’s personal effects for the shadow box. Tickets and flyers for the Aggieland Orchestra event will be ready in January. Thirty-five dead week bags were made at the November meeting. Officers will be meeting to discuss Boutique. The Christmas party consisted of an ornament exchange and holiday refreshments.
A Summary of the November 7th Meeting at St. John Lutheran Church in Bellville
Thirty-six dead week bags were assembled, the IRS approved the club’s 990, and our tax exempt status is current. The Lamp Scholarship Fund has $915.00 in it to date. For the Aggieland Orchestra event, silent auction items will need a value for tax purposes. The fall field trip will be to Magnolia Farms on November 21. A shadow box of Laverne Lamp’s Aggie Mom momentos will be created and presented to the Lamp family. The scholarship committee will evaluate and make recommendations on naming “Foundation Moms” scholarships — whether to allocate all the funds one time, or make a recurring distribution. The January meeting will have students share their trip experiences; slide shows would be welcomed! The guest speakers were members of the Traditions Council.
A Summary of the October 3rd Meeting at the Sens Center
The guest speaker was JoAnn from Wells Fargo bank. She discussed financial tips for helping your Aggies build credit. The newly acquired Knox prints must be used this year as scholarship fundraisers; one will be in the silent auction at the Aggieland Orchestra event, and the other will be in a community-wide spring raffle. Carole Fry has an older Knox print of the Homecoming Corsage which she would be willing to donate as well. Our club is taking a field trip on Monday, November 21st, to Magnolia Farms in Waco. Contact Laura Hudgens! Student dead week kits will be assembled at the next meeting (which will be held at St. John Lutheran Church due to the elections). The Aggieland Orchestra dinner and dance will be held February 10, 2017 in the Bellville United Methodist Church MAC. Tickets will be $25 each.
A Summary of the August 29th Meeting at the Sens Center
The meeting opened at 5:30 pm with a potluck dinner and social time. The guest speaker, Stacy Okonski of A Pop of Pink, led a demonstration on make-up application and the products available at her boutique. The new co-president called the meeting to order. The May meeting minutes were approved, and the new treasurer presented the treasurer’s report. Donations from the LaVerne Lamp Memorial fund total $775 so far. The club discussed naming some scholarships after the founding mothers and presenting the Lamp family with LaVerne’s name tag. Information from the Federation Meeting relevant to fundraising included the pre-approval of raffles, no more cash or gift cards given to students from the club, and revenues raised from amusement events (e.g., the Aggieland Orchestra performance) not being taxed. Other discussions included adding details to the “for sale” page on the website, planning attendance for the Federation winter meeting, making the quilt square for the theme “Keeper of the Spirit”, allowing the officers to decide how to best utilize the Benjamin Knox prints for fundraising, and permanently changing the meeting time to 5:30 pm for the social time and to 6:00 pm for the business portion. The motion passed. Maroon U and The Best Little Warehouse discount cards are available for pickup by all Austin County Aggie moms. Thank you cards have been received from almost all the scholarship winners, and October is the Aggie Mom Camp. The November meeting will be at the St. John Lutheran Church due to the election. October 3rd is our next regular meeting at the Sens Center.
A Summary of the July 20, 2016 Officers Meeting
The new officers met for a planning session for the upcoming 2016 – 2017 school year. Preliminary meeting dates and locations were outlined, noting that due to upcoming elections, some changes will have to be made. The regular meeting start times will be changed to 5:30 pm for the social portion and 6:00 pm for the business matters. The club is still receiving donations from the LaVerne Lamp Memorial. Our club has a new P. O. box address: P. O. Box 944 in Sealy, TX 77474. This year’s scholarship recipients were announced in The Bellville Times newspaper and posted on our website. Boutique will be April 7/8, 2017, and our club wishes to continue with a multiple prize raffle. It was felt the gift cards and the Yeti-themed prize would be good to continue, perhaps even offering a his and her Yeti gift set. Some Roundtop Collection items were held back to use as guest speaker appreciation gifts. The President also requested to know who would be interested in attending the Fall Federation meeting and Workshops to be held August 27th.
ASummary of the May 2, 2016 Meeting at the Sens Center in Bellville
Mr. Batson, former Aggie and member of the A&M baseball team (and retired principal of Bellville High School), told stories about his time at Texas A&M in the 1960’s and about General Rudder. He also referenced a book that many might enjoy: Rudder, Leader to Legend, by Thomas Hatfield.
Cheryl Maeker, mother of Austin Maeker, attended as a guest and prospective new Aggie Mom as her son will be attending Texas A&M this fall!
Patti Sebesta gave the treasurer’s report, and in summary, the total profit from Boutique was $3,319.03 from both the raffle and table sales. All four of our Boutique table costs were covered by sponsors. Thank you to all who donated! The raffle winners were Karen Miller for the Yeti tub, Maria won the cow skull, and Tamra Dixon Evans took home all the gift cards.
Preparations for the last fundraising event, selling A&M wares at the Market Days on the Square went smoothly; and a sign-up sheet was passed around for the Pinot’s Palette field trip on June 24th. Aggie Moms, friends, and their A&M students are invited to attend. We may rent a party bus!
A presentation was made by Laura Mann about the new web site. She requested Aggie Moms to send in pictures of our Aggies, a good Austin County photo to use for the home page, and Br”Ags”. Suggestions were made to post Muster information, scholarship applications, and a directory.
A Summary of the April 4th Meeting
It was dead week bag assembly night! About 36 smartly decorated bags were filled with all sorts of items ranging from freshly baked maroon & white cookies to Kleenex. After a wonderful array of homemade snacks for all attendees, Travis Gonzales, the County Extension Agent with Texas A&M Agrilife, gave a presentation on gardening strategies for our area.
Most of the evening’s business focused on Boutique. Our club will have 3 raffle items – a Yeti tub, over $300 in gift cards, and an A&M mosaic-tiled cow skull. Our sales table will include crafts, cookbooks, the ever-so-popular “Jesus, He Had 12 Men, Too” T-shirts, and items from an outside vendor, featuring The Round Top Collection. There were plenty of volunteers signing up to work one or both days of Boutique.
The election committee had done a fine job of finding candidates for next year’s officers, and it looks like the club will have Co-Presidents: Anne Davis and Laura Hudgens! The scholarship committee reported 12 applications were received, and the club will set up a vendor booth at the next market Days on the Square to raise more money. The Treasurer’s Report reflected the dedication and thoroughness needed to keep up with all the fundraising events going on this year. Thank you, Patti!
A summer field trip to Pinot’s Palette in College Station is planned for June 24th, contact Donna Brandt if interested in going, and rumor has it the date just so happens to be someone’s birthday…party!