After our luncheon, we started our meeting with a program by Fire Chief Daniel Robinson. He was named Fire Chief in April of this year. He attended fire schools at both A&M and in Corpus Christi. He also has 52 hours of medical training. He began by giving us tips on how to protect our homes in case of fire. He told us that the station is in the process of getting a new fire truck with a $173,000 grant from the Texas Forestry Department. He also informed us of the assistance that the fire department gives to the Halo Flight helicopters responding in our area. He told us of the disaster team started with the big area fire on April 2nd. Every second week the Southern Men’s Baptist Association comes to clear lots and place new trailers for those who lost their homes. The team is feeding these workers. Recipients of the trailers are also helping by doing 20 hours of community service at the station. The Fire Chief told us that the burn ban has been lifted. If you are going to burn a large amount of brush, please call the County at 449-2271 to let them know so they don’t make an unnecessary call to investigate. Call 911 only if the fire gets out of hand and give specific directions to places in the country.
He said to remember when there is a large fire; the electricity is cut off, so water well pumps don’t work. So save yourselves instead of trying to save your home. He closed by answering questions from the members. It was a very informative and interesting presentation.
As the meeting continued, we discussed participation in the County fair. Oct. 21-24 in Alice. We will be selling homemade bazaar items, raffle tickets for our Nov. 14th Christmas Bazaar prizes, and our Cookbooks and History books.
The ladies made plans for a special “outing” on Oct. 15th to visit the Old San Patricio museum, followed by a tour of the McGloin House. We also added a “shopping” stop at the Old San Patricio Trading Co. (We enjoyed that trip since the meeting and learned a lot of local history and enjoyed seeing the beautiful McGloin House.)
Before closing, the Oct. birthday girls were recognized with the Happy Birthday song. This month they are Elizabeth Ellis, Jessica Keese, Dottie Meyer and Connie Castanon.
Our next meeting will be on Nov. 12th with a brown bag lunch with drinks and dessert provided by the hostesses, and the day spent setting up for our Bazaar.
Please join us for our annual Christmas Bazaar on Nov. 14th from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a bake sale, lots of homemade gift items and a small garage sale room.