After our lunch, our guest speaker, the county commissioner Richard Lee spoke to the group. He gave us a quick look at plans and projects in the works for the county. He discussed first the senior meals program. There are two vans, two cooks and many meals served to senior citizens. The senior meals in Three Rivers are covered by a grant and we would like to apply for a grant to help our program to expand. He told us that there is a senior transportation program to take seniors to doctor appointments. You can call Joe at 361-449-0989. There is a program in the works for a rural transportation bus to shop in Beeville and HEB. Once the program is started, you can call Alex at 361-358-5532. Mr. Lee mentioned that forty counties have been designated to have historical restoration. The George West courthouse has installed a new roof under this program and hopes to do other projects. He discussed the census program and its importance for us to turn them in. He said there is still a need for census workers, if anyone is interested. Questions from the members were about overgrown lots in the area. He told us to contact Mr. Nicholson in regards to this matter. Citations will be written to get lots cleared. Mr. Lee also mentioned the ongoing work of fixing pot holes. TX Dot will begin paving work from 3162 to 281 and 534 to Lagarto store. We all appreciated his informative discussion.
We then discussed old and new business. Connie Reardon reminded us that it is scholarship time. We give out scholarships to two high school seniors to help with their college expenses. Applications will be accepted from the three high schools in our area. April 23rd will be the deadline for turning them in. See your school counselor for an application. A committee of Cherie McGuire, Dottie Meyer and Linda Spiess volunteered to read the applications and select the recipients. These will be awarded at our May meeting.
We honored two of our departed members Bea Powers and Nettie Kaufman by adding them to our wall plaque. It was decided due to several requests, to sell maps of our area as a fund raiser at our functions. We decided to put up a donation box for scholarships and other projects at our club functions to give many of you a chance to help out our community projects.
Our meeting then turned to discussion and planning of the main project on our minds, the 40th Anniversary Open House on March 20th from 1 to 3 p.m. All are invited and we hope everyone comes. By the time you read this it will be a fond memory. We decided if possible to wear green for our alligator mascot and Mary Salmon’s daughter is making us necklaces with our name and alligator on them to wear. We especially want to give Dottie Meyer a big applause for all the work she has done on the preparations for our party. We sent out 94 invitations and have had quite a few RSVPS. The club is purchasing an ornamental pear tree to commemorate our 40th anniversary and metal plaques will be put in place for it and two oak trees donated in the past. We are really looking forward to the Open House and hope it is a huge success.
Our next meeting will be April 8th. We would like to invite anyone interested in joining our group to attend.