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!

GENERAL MEETING MONDAY, JAN. 22

6:30 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1800 West Freeway

Program: We’re getting crafty with our hard-working Boutique directors. They’re going to show us what they have planned for the big Boutique at Family Weekend in April. Potluck: Comfort food. Bring a big bowl of something you love.

SILENT AUCTION MEETING at 5:30 p.m. before our general meeting. We really need your help to pull off our biggest fund-raising event. Please come early Monday to meet with auction chair Sherry Caver. Bring your auction donations and wine.

 

HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP WITH THE AUCTION 
Our goal is to raise as much scholarship money as possible with the Silent Auction and Chili Cookoff. To do that we need a lot of help and for members to do as many of these tasks as they can:
(1) Donate an item or get an item donated by a business. Bring it to Monday’s meeting, if possible.
(2) Reach out to any Fort Worth Aggie business owners to request donations.
(3) Donate a few bottles of wine (each worth at least $10) for the wine pull. Bring them to Monday’s meeting.
(4) Invite AT LEAST 2 guests to the chili cookoff.
(5) Come to auction meetings at Sherry Caver’s house  on Jan. 25, Feb.1, and Feb. 8th to help organize and price items. (Email Sherry at sbscaver@aol.com for address.)
(6) Meet Sherry the day of the auction to match up items with their assigned bid sheets and set up the auction.
(7) Dig out your family’s award-winning chili recipe and bring a big Crock Pot of it to the cookoff.
(8) Agree to oversee a section of the auction for at least 30 minutes.
(9) Bid generously—it’s going to scholarships!!
(10) Stay afterward to clean up.

You can download a solicitation letter here.


LOOKING FOR SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION?

If you are a current or future Aggie looking for college money, we appreciate your interest in our scholarships. We are still offering our annual scholarships but they are now being administered and distributed by Texas A&M University. This is good news because you don’t have to go through an additional application process. Simply follow the instructions on the TAMU scholarship website and if you meet our eligibility requirements, you will be considered for the Fort Worth/Tarrant County Aggie Moms Scholarships and many others.

Here’s the link on how to apply: https://scholarships.tamu.edu/  For information about our eligibility requirements, click here.


Note: The drawing above will take place on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the end of our Federation Boutique. The Federation will sell tickets right up until the drawing is made around 4:00 pm on that day. Our Federation Rep Lisa McMillan has tickets!


GIG ‘EM AND THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HELPED AT RONALD McDONALD HOUSE ON JAN. 13


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.

 


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

 

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.