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					                                   Federation of Texas A&M
                              University Mothers’ Clubs Newsletter
                                  President’s Message
August 2009
Volume 1, Issue 1                 Well, we’ve had an interesting time since the April Federation meeting. I’m going to
                                  start with an apology to my husband. At the Saturday meeting, Mary Cooper handed
                                  me the ceremonial gavel and told me I was to gavel the meeting to a close. My brain
                                  had been in over-drive all weekend with planning and preparation for the installation.
                                  I walked up to the podium and announced “Meeting adjourned.” On our drive home
                                  later that day an idea popped into my head. I turned to Joe and said, “Did you do the
       Coming Home                Benediction?” He said, “No, I was walking to the podium but you ended the meeting.”
                                  So…. Here’s the prayer my husband wrote for me, at least it will be read.
        to Aggieland              Dear Lord,
                                  Thank you for bringing us together today at Texas A&M. Thank you for our fellowship
                                   and successful meetings and Boutique.

                                  Please guide the Federation Board to lead the local Aggie Moms to be successful in
Contents                          their scholarship efforts and in promoting Texas A&M. Please help our children be
                                  successful in their academic careers and be happy in their lives and future careers.
President’s Message       1       Amen.

Federation Dinner         1       Another interesting item was the resignation of Dr. Murano and the appointment of
                                  Dr. Loftin. Aggie Moms are here to serve the University and the students. We can have
Help Wanted               2
                                  feelings and opinions but they must be personal and not those of our beloved
Parliamentarian Message 2         organization. I wish both Dr. Murano and Dr. Loftin well during the coming year. Our
                                  University can and will prosper.
Fall Workshops            2
Boutique Information      3       Aggie Mom Camp will be great this year. Enclosed is a flyer, which you are welcome to
                                  copy and share with your Aggie Mom friends. Registration forms can be found on the
Aggie Mom Camp            3       Federation website so don’t delay, sign up today return it to Helen or Kerri. We’ll have
Kroger Card               3
                                  lots of fun and Aggie Mom fellowship.

Historian Message         3       Please check out our website often. We post necessary forms and
                                  up-to-date information for our local clubs and we keep you informed on Federation
Federation Meetings       4       issues as well as items of interest. Linda Schmidt is and has been busy all summer
Thank You                 4       getting the web ready for your “hits”.

                                  I hope to see you at the Fall Federation Dinner, Meeting and Workshops. Forms for the
                                  workshops sign-up are on the web.
Special Inserts
Board Dinner Invitation                                          Coming Home to Aggieland,

Aggie Mom Camp Information                                           Becky Demeter ‘75
District 2010 Meetings
                                  Federation Dinner & Meeting
                                  Please join us for the Fall Federation Board Dinner on Friday, August 28. This year
                                  the Board dinner will be in the Lobby of the Academic Building (Old Main) starting at               6:00 p.m. Enclosed is an invitation to the Board Dinner. Please note that all Aggie
                                  Moms are welcome to attend both the Federation Board Dinner and Meeting.

                                  The first Federation Meeting of the 2009-2010 school year will be at Texas A&M
                                  University in Rudder Tower, Room 601. The coffee and reception begin at 8:30-9:00.
                                  The meeting begins at 9:00 a.m., followed by the workshops starting at 11:30 a.m.

                                  Club Presidents: Please plan for you (or a representative) to pick up your
                                  President’s packet at the meeting. There will be a $5.00 postage charge to mail it
                                  to you.
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                            Help Wanted
      Federation Officers
                            Sharon Johnson, 3rd VP-Registration, needs six Aggie Moms to work the Registration
President:                  tables at the Fall Federation Meeting, Saturday, August 29th, from 8:00 a.m. until the
  Becky Demeter ‘75         meeting starts at 9:00 a.m. If you are interested in helping, please email Sharon at
Honorary President: or call (409) 882-1393
      Dr. Karin Loftin
Vice President @ Large:
                            A Message from the Parliamentarian
      Mary Cooper
President Elect:            In recent weeks, each club President should have received a letter via email from
      Mary Hodges           their club liaison concerning a Federation Bylaw Amendment. The proposed
1st Vice President:
                            amendment will allow the Federation Board to vote on issues via electronic means
                            whenever an emergency situation warrants it. Please advise your members that we
      Melinda Weiblen       will be voting on the following amendment at our Fall meeting in August:
2nd Vice President:
  Marsha Lopas              Article IX – Delegates and Voting Power
3 Vice President:           Section 2: Voting Power
      Sharon Johnson
4th Vice President:         d. A vote of the elected Federation officers conducted via electronic mail shall be
                            permissible between scheduled meetings of the Executive Board as deemed
      Gloria Graves
                            necessary by the President. The Parliamentarian shall distribute the ballots,
5th Vice President:         receive and count the returned ballots, and announce the results to the Executive
  Prissy Urban              Board. The rules for constitution of a quorum of Executive Board members as
6th Vice President          outlined in Article X shall apply.
  Dawn Powell
                            In addition, the Federation has requested a copy of each club’s bylaws plus
7th Vice President          Standard Operating Procedure of scholarship determination. The Board hopes to
  Troie Burch ‘77           create a master file and to make certain that all clubs are in compliance with the
8th Vice President          IRS 501(c)(3) regulations. Copies should be sent to Parliamentarian Peggy Spaeth
      Jeanne Harrell        ’74 by October 1, 2009 at 2519 Riata Lane, Houston, Texas 77043; or you may
                            email them to her at If you have any questions,
Recording Secretary:
                            contact Peggy at (832) 216-7315.
      Margaret Thompson
  Robin Galvin ‘79          Aggie Mom Workshops – Saturday, August 29, 2009
Historian:                  Calling all Aggie Moms to attend the workshop of your choice at the Fall Federation
      Janet Graef           Meeting! Expert Training! Workshops held immediately following the General Meeting
Electronic Information:     from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. All sessions will be in Rudder Tower.
 Linda Schmidt
                            Workshop Topics are: * President and President-Elect – Effective Leadership
Parliamentarian:            * How to Prepare for a Successful Boutique * Tax Advice for Aggie Mom Clubs
      Peggy Spaeth ‘74      * Electronic Communication – Your Website * Aggie Mom Scrapbooking
Corresponding Secretary:    * District Meeting Hostess * Increasing Membership through Great Programs
      Kristi Spencer        * Aggie Mom Camp 2009 – “Aggie Moms Just Want to Have Fun!”
Aggie Mom Camp Directors:   Presidents, gather up your members & officers, pack up the cars and get yourself
      Kerri Blanton         prepared for the best year EVER! Special guest, Robert Corrigan, Partner at Fulbright
      Helen Howell          & Jaworski L.L.P. will be assisting with the Tax Advice workshop - be sure to send a
Hospitality Directors:      member of your club to find out all the fun facts about 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
                            The Registration form is on the Federation website. There is room for everyone!
      Penny Nelson
      Betty Haywood         For questions, please contact Marsha Lopas, 2nd Federation VP Programs at
      Ginger Morton or (254) 848-5509.
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 Mark the Date * * Important BOUTIQUE Information

 Attention Club Presidents: We have a special guest speaker for the Boutique
 Workshop on Saturday, August 29th and would love to have a member of your club
 attend. Shane Hinckley, Assistant Vice President Marketing & Communications at
 Texas A&M, will give a presentation concerning the latest changes in the University
 Trademarks. This will impact all clubs in regards to the products they will market at
 Boutique during Parents Weekend, April 16th & 17th, 2010. Plan to be there and be

 For any questions, contact Prissy Urban, 5th Vice President, at (830) 570-2932 or
 email at

 Aggie Mom Fish Camp 2009 “Aggie Moms Just Want to Have Fun!”
 Attention ALL Aggie Moms! It’s time to mark your calendar and make plans for a fun         District Liaisons
 filled weekend in College Station. Aggie Mom Fish Camp will be held the weekend of
 NOVEMBER 13-15, 2009 with accommodations at the Hilton Hotel. A time to gather           District 1:
 with Aggie Moms near and far, making new friends and reuniting with old friends.
                                                                                             Betty Haywood
 Helen and I and our GREAT Staff are working hard to make this a weekend to
 remember. We look forward to seeing you in November. For Registration Form and           District 2:
 additional information go to                                             Dawn Powell
 Thank you and Gig ‘Em!                                                                   District 3:

                                  Your AMC Co-Chairs,                                        Ginger Morton
                    Kerri Blanton        AND          Helen Howell                        District 4:
                                                                                             Robin Galvin
                                                                                          District 5:
Kroger Cards
                                                                                             Janet Graef
Aggie Moms’ clubs once again have the opportunity to participate in the rebate            District 6:
program with Kroger. Every quarter a percentage of eligible purchases will be donated
                                                                                             Gloria Graves
to our Kroger Neighbor to Neighbor Donation Fund. Please note that the program
requires that you link your Kroger Plus card to our organization. For details and         District 7:
instructions go to and click under “News & Updates”. Locate                Sharon Johnson
“Kroger Card” and print out the Customer Letter. Present the Customer Letter to your
Kroger Cashier along with your Kroger Plus card the next time you shop. This step only    District 8:
has to be done once a year. The barcode will be active through April 30, 2010.               Prissy Urban

Club Presidents you can help spread the word by making a copy of the letter and           District 9:
sharing with Aggie Moms of your local club.                                                  Mary Hodges
                                                                                          District 10:
Thank you so much for supporting The Federation of TAMU Mother’s Club.
                                                                                             Marsha Lopas
Happy shopping!
                                                                                          District 11:
Gloria Graves, 4th VP Projects                                                                        Linda Schmidt
                                                                                          District 12:
Message from our Historian                                                                  Troie Burch
A Friendly Reminder!                                                                      Districts 14 & 15:
                                                                                             Peggy Spaeth
If your club is hosting a special event i.e. Singing Cadets, Howdy Party, fundraiser or
any type of fun get-together, please send me pictures or memorabilia pertaining to the    Club Problems:
event     for   the    Federation    President’s     scrapbook.   Please    email    to     Melinda Weiblen or mail to Janet Graef, 2303 Mildred, Taylor, Texas, 76574.
                                                     F ederat i o n Meet i n g C alen dar 2 0 0 9 -2 0 1 0
             ************                    Fall Federation Board Dinner - Friday, August 28, 2009 – 6:00 p.m.
           THANK YOU!                                    Lobby of the Academic Building (Old Main)
 Mary     Cooper,    Federation
 President 2008-2009, sends a                       Fall Federation Meeting - Saturday, August    29, 2009
 big Aggie Mom thank you to all             Registration          8:15 a.m.                        Lobby of Rudder Tower
 of the clubs who sent in the               Coffee                8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.            Rudder Tower 601
 beautiful quilt squares for her            Meeting               9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.           Rudder Tower 601
 President’s gift. The quilt tells          Workshops            11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.           Rudder Tower
 the story of her year as your
 Federation President and will             Winter Federation Board Dinner – Friday, January 22, 2010 – 6:00 p.m.
 always     bring   back     fond                Location TBD (In conjunction with District 2010 meeting)
 memories      of   the    many
 wonderful Aggie Moms that she                    Winter Federation Meeting – Saturday, January 23, 2010
 met along the way. Words                   Coffee                8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.        Location TBD
 can’t express how much your                Meeting               9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.       Location TBD
 friendships mean to her. All               Lunch                11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.       Location TBD
 the love and prayers everyone              District Meetings    12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.        Location TBD
 sent during the loss of her dad             & Mini Boutique
 in February is precious to her.
 Mary    hopes     you    always        Spring Federation Meeting & Boutique – Parents’ Weekend 2010 - Reed Arena
 remember that ‘Music Brings
 Harmony to Aggieland’ and                                           Business Meeting
 anywhere else you let it.                         Yearbook Dedication and Election of 2010-2011 Officers
             ************                   Friday, April 16, 2010 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.       Reed Arena, Room 203

    For questions regarding this       Spring Meeting and Installation of Officers for 2010-11, Saturday, April 17, 2010
  newsletter or articles of interest        Registration/Meeting     8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.       Reed Arena, Room 203
        please e-mail me at:
                                                 Outgoing President’s Reception, Saturday, April 17, 2009
                                            Reception            10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.       Reed Arena, Room 204
     Thank you, Kristi Spencer                                            Boutique
     Corresponding Secretary
                                                     Friday, April 16, 2010 and Saturday, April 17, 2010

Federation Of Texas A&M University Mothers’ Clubs
Becky Demeter ‘75, President
1112 Herring
Port Neches, TX 77651