Our History


It was February 23, and the year was 1978. Sixty-seven women gathered at Bar K Ranch House for a potluck dinner. The minutes make no mention of what was served! But a temporary slate of officers was named, and dues were set at $10. (As an aside, dues have only been raised three times in the 41 years of the Women’s Club; once to $12 to cover the cost of the yearbooks, in 1999 to $15 and current dues are now $25).  A Constitutional Committee was established, and sign-up sheets for each of the eight Sections were circulated. It was decided that all members who had paid their dues by the time the Constitution was accepted would be considered Charter members. By May 1978, there were 105 members! 

The original eight sections were: Volunteer with Lottie Rogers, coordinator; Literature, Liz Johnson, coordinator; Government, Ann Murrow, coordinator; Let’s Eat Out, Jean Bailey, coordinator; Tours, Roxy Young and Jean Edwards, coordinators; Conversational Bridge, Merna Andersen and Dorothy Wilcoxson, coordinators. Arts and Crafts was the final option and it was headed by Sylvia Denton. The Culture Group lacked a coordinator. Thank you for your foresight!

During the first year of existence the Lago Vista Women’s Club had four money-makers! There was a dinner dance in October of 1978, making some profit for the planned philanthropic works. And then in December of 1978,  the first Home Tour, selling tickets to see special homes. These two profit makers were followed by a raffle of $500 CD and members were required to sell tickets! 

Now you may think that was the end of raising money! Not on your life! One more event was held in the spring of 1979, and that was a Charity Dinner Show. Today, we continue with our founders' ideas of philanthropy, and once again we will sponsor a Gala, now held in January. All proceeds continue to be used for Philanthropic projects. 

For your interest, the first year of our Women’s Club the nominating committee was made up just like our current one! Two from the current Board, and three from the general membership. The two from the Board were Marguerite Dews and Merna Andersen. Who the three from the membership were I have no idea! The minutes do not say!

Originally written by Annette Stokes and Pam Hammonds, our first Web Designers, in 2003 . (Annette was also President that year). (Updated in 2017)
We continue the tradition started back in our first year of existence with an annual Gala dedicated to raising funds for community nonprofit organizations which serve the North Shore community and for scholarships for girls graduating from Lago Vista High School.  Additional money is donated to the Philanthropic Fund through our Monthly Surprise drawing and from donations for wine at our monthly luncheons.

One project, The Pat Valz Fund, is named for deceased former president Pat Valz, who started a partnership with Austin Symphony to provide Lago Vista students access to the world's best music.

At the 2019 May Luncheon titled Operation Celebration we donated $36,400 in scholarships and community grants.  Through the years our club has raised almost half a million dollars -- all this stays in our North Shore community.  Please join the effort and help us continue our tradition of spreading donated dollars all over town.

Fifteen impressive young ladies received checks toward their higher education at the luncheon and fourteen local service organizations were similarly recognized.

2018-2019 Community Grants
Turnback Canyon Conservancy
Friends of Nameless School
Hill Country Singers
Jonestown Community Library
Keep Lago Vista Beautiful
Lake Travis Music Theatre
Lago Vista Blue Santa
Lago Vista Players
Lago Vista Public Library
Lago Vista Volunteers
Twilight Concerts
Old Farm Community Center Food Pantry
Friends of Lago Vista Public Library
​Candlelight Ranch

Lago Vista ISD School Projects Sponsored by Lago Vista Women's Club

The Lago Vista Elementary School—The LVWC supports the "Box Tops for Education" program by providing a collection tin at each monthly meeting for members to contribute box tops for the benefit of Lago Vista Elementary School. "Box Tops for Education" provides the opportunity for participating scnools to ourchase items needed for the school- The contents of the collection tin are added to the school's Box Top collection barret intermittently throughout the school year. This project is coordinated by the LVWC ISD Liaison and school personnel.

Lago Vista Intermediate School —The LVWC, in partnership with the Austin Symphony, provides an opportunity each year for either 4th or 6th grade students to attend the Young People's Concert in Austin. Funds for this opportunity are provided by the Pat Valz Fund, established by former LVWC president, Pat Valz, whose desire was to introduce LVISD students to the symphony experience. The partnership could change from year to year, depending on dates the symphony offers the Young Peoples Concert and the school's academic schedule. This project is coordinated by the LVWC ISD Liaison and the school counselor.

Lago Vista Middle School —  LVWC sponsors the 8th Grade Girls Essay Writing Contest in January each year. The essay topic is "Citizenship," chosen to coincide with the LVlSD's January' character trait, Citizenship. Representatives of the Women's Club select a Winner and an Honorable Mention, with the Winner receiving a check for $100 from the club. Both the Winner and the Honorable Mention recipients are guests at the LVWC monthly meeting, usually in February, and are also invited to attend the LVISD Board meeting for recognition. At each event, the girls have the opportunity to read their essays. A short descriptive story and their photos are provided to local news outlets. This program is coordinated by the LVWC ISD Liaison. the school counselor, and the 8th grade English teacher.

Lago Vista High School—At the high school level, the LVWC sponsors 2 projects—bluebonnet Girls State and the Senior Girls Scholarship Program. Girls State is attended in the summer by the selected LVHS junior girl entering her senior year. Girls State provides an opportunity for attendees to develop leadership skills and to meet other girls from the state of Texas who share a commitment to citizenship and mentoring through leadership among their peers. This program is coordinated by the LVWC ISD Liaison and the school counselor. The Senior Girls Scholarship Program is open to all senior girls who apply for a scholarship to an institution of higher learning. The Scholarship Committee of the LVWC receives applications from senior girls and holds interviews with those applicants. This program is coordinated by the LVWC Scholarship Chair and the school counselor-

New Digital LVWC Yearbook!  For members only.
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Good news! Our much-referenced yearbook is now available online. Unlike the printed version, the digital version is kept up to date in real time so new members are included. The online directory is password protected. You will have received an email with the password for access. You may request the current password by sending an email to [email protected]
Executive Committee
  1. Anna Johndrow
    Our leader; chief motivator, organizer and person ultimately responsible for our goals and achievements!
  2. Freth Carroll
    1st VP-Programs
    Freth organizes and confirms our guest speakers and entertainment programs.
  3. Carolyn Baranowski-Risi
    2nd VP-Social
    Carolyn coordinates the details of our monthly luncheons; tracking reservations, confirmations and catering.
  4. Ruth Lloyd
    3rd VP-Ways and Means
    All fund raising for our projects fall under Ways and Means, including our traditional Gala.
  5. Marilyn Hamblin
    4th VP-Publicity
    Marilyn writes articles for publication in the North Shore Beacon and wherever needed.
  6. Fran Plemmons
    5th VP-Membership
    Making a list and checking it twice! Membership keeps track of our ever growing list of members and where they participate and contribute.
  1. Merilea Pannell
    Marilea keeps an accurate record of how the Executive Committee addresses each of the challenges and tasks before it.
  2. Donna Nash
    With a cheery attitude and great skill, our treasurer keeps the decimal points where they should be!
  3. Judy Guthrie
    With an organization as rich in history as ours it is important to keep the details of our past so they can direct our future!
  4. Ann Murrow
    Ann keeps us on the straight and narrow, following Robert's Rules of Order.
  5. Sue Paulsen
    Every official meeting is opened by an invocation from our Chaplain, keeping us focused and centered.
Standing Committee Chairs

Financial Review Melony Kempf 
By-Laws Review Dee Phipps 
Chamber of Commerce Liaison Lana Keaster

City Liaison Carol Watson
Philanthropic Committee Laurie Engels
Lago Vista ISD Liaison Judy Eagle
Scholarship Committee Paula Fisher 
Yearbook Fostelene Halcolm
Member-at- Large Nancy Meierhoff
Communications/Newsletter Tamra Flournoy
IT Committee/Webmaster Nancy Hamilton

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