Loss of Two Faithful Heritage Members
Most notably, during this past week San Marcos lost two long-time Heritage members, Bettye Nagy and Rouye Rush. Both women were such significant contributors to this organization, and it's as if two bright lights have gone out. Rouye's death has only just occurred. At this writing no details are available to us, except that arrangements will be a memorial service which isn't yet scheduled.
Bettye's services will be held at Pennington Funeral Home on Tuesday morning, Jan. 21, at 11 a.m. Bettye was a force to be reckoned with in all that she did. This retired, decorated Naval officer served the Heritage Board as President in 1994, the Guild as Chairman in 2011, and was Member of the Year in 2011. In between those years, she was active every year on different groups and projects. In 2019, at age 93, this woman of her word with the wonderful laugh, was still working with the Riverwalk group. She will always be remembered fondly.
Service will be held January 21, 2020, 11 a.m. at Pennington Funeral Home, 323 N. Comanche St., San Marcos. Food and fellowship will follow, at the Price Center, 222 W. San Antonio Street.
Flowers may be sent to Pennington Funeral Home. Memorial contributions can be made to Hays County Food Bank, 220 Herndon Street, San Marcos TX 78666, the Price Center, 222 W. San Antonio St, San Marcos, TX 78666, or the charity of your choice.
Godspeed, Bettye, and thank you from the bottom of many Heritage hearts.
For Bettye's full obituary, click here.
The Cottage Kitchen reopened last week for the winter/spring season, polished like a copper penny after being closed for a roof replacement. Beautiful new wooden shingles make the place look great! Thanks to all those who moved the building's contents to safety during construction, and then had to put it all back in place. And thanks to the City of San Marcos for funding the new roof, which should last for many years.
To celebrate the reopening and spread the word about what we do, last Thursday the Guild hosted the Chamber of Commerce monthly mixer for January. Despite a steady rain, the event was a rousing success! The historic little house was packed to the rafters with smiling, munching, and impressed Chamber members. Many confessed that they never knew before about Friday luncheons . . . but they do now! Thanks to new Guild member Paula Oxford for filling tables all over the house, with her yummy and bountiful foods.
January 10 Heritage Board served delicious gumbo, rice, and cornbread
January 17 Mountain Laurel Garden Club served King Ranch Chicken
January 24 SM Lions Club will be serving hamburgers with all the fixings, plus beans and potato salad and lots of great dessert!
January 31 Host group still needed...suggestions welcome
We hope to see you this Friday and most every Friday, between 11 and 1. Eat lunch, or call in 512-392-4295 for takeout or a dinner box! We promise great meals and even better socializing. Want to get involved in preserving San Marcos? Coming to the CK on Fridays is a great way to begin. If you come in the door alone, you won't be alone long!
This week marks the end of the yearly Heritage membership drive. If your membership application wound up at the bottom of a stack of papers, dig it out and get it returned pronto! The Heritage Yearbook is such a valuable tool, but if you aren't paid up by the end of this week, you won't be in it this year. If you can't find your form, here are two options:
1) email membership chair email@example.com, who can get it done for you in a flash even including taking a credit card number over the phone (never email or text a card number)
2) go online to www.heritagesanmarcos.org and print out the one-page application form then return it with the $35 fee (either send a check or write in a credit card number)
Want to get involved and make a difference? YOU ARE SO NEEDED! Lots of committees need help.
Arguably the three most critical needs are these: someone with website or social media savvy to join the Communications team; someone with bookkeeping abilities to assist treasurer Michele Breihan; and an upbeat outgoing person to help with Membership phone calling. We want to get as many members as possible involved in this year's activities! None of those appeal?
How about joining a new social events and parade committee that will be lots of fun. Or try this: the Landmarks group needs a chairman (this is fun also....it doesn't take much time, and you will get to discuss and weed through recently restored structures.) If interested in any of this, call the CK phone number, and the right person will be prompted to call you back. There are any number of Heritage teams who would be elated to have you join in. Go to the website, and hunt up the list of all the committees that make up this organization, then just pick one!
The preservation challenge we all face, will take more than a village, it will take a whole town full of enthusiastic passionate people. We want you to be one of them! As this year's president Linda Coker told her new board last Saturday, "this organization was founded by some very mouthy people. We need to get back to those roots. We need to make things happen."
'Til next week!
The Communication Crew which sure does need a social media person