Lago Vista Women's Club 

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 39 years of 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 2017 May Luncheon titled Operation Celebration we donated $34,800 in scholarships and community grants.  Through the years our club has raised over $400,000 -- 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.

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

2016-2017 Community Grants
Friends of Balcones Canyonlands
Friends of Nameless School
Hill Country Busy Bees
Hill Country Singers
Jonestown Community Library
Keep Lago Vista Beautiful
Lago Vista Sewing Connection
Lake Travis Music Theatre
LV 4th of July Council
LV Blue Santa
LVISD Band Program
LVISD Education Foundation
LV Players
LV Public Library
LV Volunteers
Twilight Concerts
Veterans Memorial Park Advisory
NOTE: The application for the 2018 Grants will be made available in February of 2018.

Executive Committee
  1. Trisha Upchurch
    Our leader; chief motivator, organizer and person ultimately responsible for our goals and achievements!
  2. Fran Rimmer
    1st VP-Programs
    Fran organizes and confirms our guest speakers and entertainment programs.
  3. Mindy Henson
    2nd VP-Social
    Mindy coordinates the details of our monthly luncheons; tracking reservations, confirmations and catering.
  4. Vicki Perrin
    3rd VP-Ways and Means
    All fund raising for our projects fall under Ways and Means. Our traditional Gala is in in Vicki's capable hands.
  5. Kay Schneider
    4th VP-Publicity
    Kay writes up articles for publishing in the North Shore Beacon and wherever needed.
  6. Elyse Ernst
    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. Dee Phipps
    Dee 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. Ellen Spoto
    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. Donna Nash
    Donna keep us on the straight and narrow and following the 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 Annette Stokes 
Chamber of Commerce Liaison Patti Johnson 
Lago Vista ISD Liaison Linda Bushell
Scholarship Committee Fran Rimmer 
Yearbook Judy Devore 
Members-at- Large Sheila Nichols, Robin Little
Newsletter Anna Johndrow 
Website/IT Committee Karen Parker, Klee Lee, Anna Johndrow

Download copies of our By-Laws and Standing Rules here.
If you do not have Adobe Reader a free copy is available HERE .
​​ LVWC membership form w fields 081317.pdf

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