Howdy to the Fort Worth/Tarrant Aggie Moms!

We are mothers of Texas A&M students–both past and present–who like to get together for charitable and educational purposes. Our Fort Worth/Tarrant County Aggie Moms Club was the second club ever established when the Aggie mothers groups began in 1922. Don’t we look good for 95?! We have almost 200 members now. We do a lot of good and have a lot of fun in the process. Come join us!

 

Remember this sweet image? Kevin Ivey and his then-6-year-old Calvin were photographed at a game in 2015. Kevin, an 8-year Marine vet and single dad, made headlines when they were found sleeping in his truck on campus. A&M is the top university in the nation for serving veterans and you can help at the November meeting.

CORRECTION: Monday’s meeting is in St. Paul’s upper east side meeting room!

Our next meeting: Monday, Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church

Bring a Thanksgiving side dish and a gift card for veteran

Study Kits will be there and you must pick up

Representatives from A&M’s Veterans Resource Center will be speaking at our meeting Monday, Nov. 13. They also give a wonderful presentation on the many  veterans who return to college after their military service.

We will collect gift cards for A&M’s Veteran Support Center. The center, which helps the many military veterans studying at A&M, will distribute the cards to vets so they can provide Christmas for their families. The center recommends $20, $25 or $50 gift cards from Visa, Target, or OshGosh.

The Fall Study Kits will also be there for pick up. IF YOU CAN’T ATTEND THE MEETING, you must arrange for your Study Kit to be picked up. 


KENDRA SCOTT PARTY THURSDAY, NOV. 16, AT UNIVERSITY PARK
An easy way to support Aggie scholarships is do get your Christmas shopping done early–it’s a win-win!! Join us at Kendra Scott in University Park in Fort Worth for a little bubbly and a lot of bling. Please pass the word to your neighbors, co-workers, friends, family members, Bible study group, everybody!! We need a big turnout. They do not have to bring the flier below but it helps our relationship with Kendra Scott if they do.

Click this link for a pdf of a 2-to-a-page flier that you can hand out at work, post on the bulletin board, and give to neighbors: 10-09-2017 KendraScott2Up


GIVE BACK ON SUNDAY, NOV. 19

On Sunday, November 19th, the FW/TC Aggie Moms will be serving our community by serving lunch for families staying at Ronald McDonald House-Fort Worth. We will set up and start cooking at 10:30 am and are generally finished with clean up around 1:30 pm. Due to the smaller kitchen size, we are limited to 17 or so participants. A separate email will be sent to participants regarding food needs for the meal. Sign up today to reserve your spot!
Sign up here: https://signup.com/go/bUUDRek


GET YOUR MAROON ON AT OUR BOUTIQUE

Shopping for a scarf for our December scarf exchange? Looking for Christmas gifts for Aggies? Our Boutique will be at these craft fairs:

Dec. 2 &3, Keller High School, 9-5 pm Saturday, 11-4 Sunday, no admission

Saturday, Dec. 9, AN ALL-AGGIE EVENT! Dallas County Aggie Moms Club Howdy Holiday Sale, University Park United Methodist Church, 4024 Caruth Blvd., Dallas, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Our boutique will also be open at the November meeting.


HOLIDAY PARTY & SCARF EXCHANGE DEC. 4

Join us Monday, Dec. 4, from 6-8ish p.m. at MiCocina at Hulen and Interstate 30. We will be eating off a set menu (details to come) and exchanging scarves (Christmas, Aggie, infinity…any kind).

 


DEADLINE JAN. 8 TO REGISTER FOR AGGIE MOM CAMP

Details and registration here.

FEB. 2-4, 2018: AGGIE MOM CAMP AT COLLEGE STATION

Great news!!  Aggie Mom Camp 2017-2018 will be held on February 2-4, 2018, at the College Station Hilton. And it is going to be FUN!!! Cost is $285, which includes hotel, meals, tours, lots of stuff. Details are on the form below.

Spaces will fill up fast so you are encouraged to get your form and payment submitted as soon as possible to hold your spot.  The Federation will make your hotel reservation – all you need to do is submit the form and your payment to Connie and Linda at the address on the form. Questions? Contact our Federation rep Tammy Ormuz at tormuz@ charter.net.



ONLY $25 TO BECOME A MEMBER
It’s only $25 to join our group and the money supports our operations fund which supports our scholarship efforts (and it gets us points with our federation). So please join.  Membership info here.


GREAT NEW T-SHIRT AVAILABLE
This year’s club T-shirt is now available to order and will be for sale at each meeting. Prices are $12 crew neck, $15 V-neck, and $18 long-sleeved crew-neck. We will have S,M,L,XL, and 2X. We can order more when we get 24 of any combination of shirts. For order information, click here.


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WE NEED YOUR HELP WITH SILENT AUCTION

Our big annual fundraiser is coming up quickly on Feb. 19. We need your help gathering items for the Silent Auction. While you are doing your Christmas shopping, simply ask the store manager for a donation. You can download a solicitation letter here.


Shop on Amazon using their Smile program and we get 0.5% of every purchase! Same products, same prices, same service! And the money helps us raise scholarship funds.

Click the link below to access the FW/TC Aggie Moms Smile account. Be sure to put it in your bookmark tool so you can remember to use it when you shop.

https://smile.amazon.com/ch/75-2009247

This is an easy way for us to raise money so help us by promoting it to your friends.


TIME TO RENEW YOUR KROGER LINK!

If you buy your groceries at Kroger, they will give us a share of your purchases if you link your Plus Card to 26620.
As part of its Community Rewards program, Kroger will give us a share of every dollar you spend at their store. If you have problems doing the linking, just visit the customer service counter at Krogers. Just tell them our NPO number is 26620. And you have to link it every year.

YOU CAN ORDER A SPRING STUDY KIT NOW!

Help your student get through finals week in May with one of our Study Kits–only $20. The Study Kit is a container filled with goodies; shown above is just a sample of what might be included. The kits are always a fun and creative way to encourage. Get one for their roommate, too. Our spring Study Kits are delivered to the students at College Station. Study Kit info and order form here


DON’T HAVE AN AGGIE MOMS CLUB NEARBY? JOIN US
You do NOT have to be from Tarrant County to join. You don’t even have to be from Texas! We have members from nearby counties whose work or schedule makes it easier to attend our meetings, though we encourage you to first check out your nearest Aggie Moms Club. We also have a few out-of-state moms who participate long distance. Click here to find clubs near you.


GET ON OUR MAILING LIST
Get on our email list. Don’t miss out on important info about meetings and special events. We won’t spam you and we promise never to sell or share your address. Click here and tell us to subscribe.


ADD THESE MEETING DATES TO YOUR CALENDAR

November 13: VETERANS RESOURCE CENTER AND AGGIE SHIELDS / Potluck: Thanksgiving Meal

December 4—Holiday Party & Scarf Exchange, MiCocina restaurant at Hulen & I-30. 6-8ish. We will gather to dine and to a scarf exchange (any kind of scarf: Aggie, Christmas, infinity…).

January 22–TBA / Potluck: Comfort Foods…Casseroles/Soups/Stews

February 19–CHILI COOK-OFF & SILENT AUCTION

March 19–CENTURY TREE PROJECT WITH ANDY DUFFIE / Potluck: Salads/Sandwiches…lighter fare, spring is here

April 23–BUILD / Potluck: Mexican

May: End of Year Fiesta and Officer Ceremony


CONGRATULATIONS, 2017-2018 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

This is what the Fort Worth/Tarrant County Aggie Moms Club is all about! This year we raised enough funds to grant 10 (Ten!!) $1,000 scholarships to current and incoming Aggies. This year’s recipients are:
INCOMING FRESHMEN
• Amanda McDowell
• Macy Miller
• Morgan Peterman
• Damian Varga

UPPERCLASSMEN
• Andrew Baxter
• Daniel Ballin
• Laura Deremo
• Ross McMahon
• Monica Salas
• Kelly Xavier
• Seth Reine
• Josiah Caver

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL: Back in 1994, the club established an endowment that provides an annual stipend to a deserving student for all four years of their college career. It’s called the Fort Worth/Tarrant County Aggie Moms Club Endowed Opportunity Award. The university administers the fund and selects the student receiving the award.
By the end of the 2015-2016 school year we had raised enough funds that–in addition to the scholarships granted–we made an initial $5,000 contribution toward the $25,000 required to endow a second opportunity award. This past year–the 2016-2017 school year–we were able to make another $5,000 contribution toward that second award. We will continue to push toward completing that second endowment. If you know someone who would like to help us, please have them contact us.

PLUS OUR ANNUAL GIFTS: Our club has a tradition of annual end-of-year donations to student organizations. This year our April luncheon raised $650 for The Big Event at Texas A&M. In addition, we were able to give $4,000 in support to:

Corps of Cadets
The Texas A&M Law School
Aggie Relays for Life
TAMU Women’s Lacrosse
Tell Your Story
SLOT
Big Event
Aggies Transition Camp
Career Closet
MSC Abbott Family Leadership Conference
TAMU Gilbert Leadership Conference
TAMU Legacies
Taylor’s Place
12th Can
Veteran’s Resource Support Center

Way to go, Aggie Moms!!!


GailCharmNecklacesYES, YOU CAN ORDER CHARMS

Gail Pigeon makes these wonderful charm necklaces that help raise money for our scholarship fund. They can be picked up at our general meetings or shipped directly to you.

Click here to see charm collection and to order.


Great gift idea: A baby Century Tree! And it benefits our club

babycenturytreeAndy Duffie, ’78, is growing and selling Century Tree seedlings as an A&M scholarship fundraiser. He has already funded a President’s Endowed Scholarship (2012), an Aggie Ring Scholarship (2015), and is now working on a Sul Ross Scholarship for the Corps of Cadets.

He sells the seedlings from his web site (aggiecenturyproject.com) for $100 each. The little trees are 16- to 24-inches tall, depending upon the time of year (shorter in winter months, taller by late summer). They are one year old, in excellent condition, and are planted in one-gallon containers. Customers have the option of picking up a seedling from his home in College Station or he will package and ship a seedling by UPS to any location across the southern U.S. (where live oaks grow) for an extra $20.
For every referred customer sent by our club, he sends us $20. For us to get credit, during the online purchase a pop-up box will appear asking the customer “How did you learn of the Aggie Century Tree Project?” The customer simply enters FORT WORTH/TARRANT COUNTY AGGIE MOMS CLUB in that field – which is captured as part of the transaction.