Tapatio Ladies Club
Monthly Luncheon Featured Speakers
The Tapatio Ladies Club Holiday Market was held on Wednesday October 18, 2023. The market is aimed at meeting every creative whim for gift giving with fashion forward clothing, handmade cowhide purses, artisan jewelry, clever travel planning, unique plants, jams, canned goods, one of a kind Holiday themed gifts, Hill Country home decor, and more!
It was a fun event and it looked like folks did a lot of shopping at this Holiday Market. Thanks to Linda Bannister who was in charge of getting all the vendors. She did an outstanding job of making this event so successful. Thank you to all of the vendors for their wonderful goods, and thank you to all of the folks who came out to support these amazing women businesses.
Our speaker for the September luncheon was Thomas Bourgeois. Thomas has been an amputee since he was 10 months old. He told his inspiring story of how he overcame his disability and participated in the Paralympic Games after reading an article in a sports magazine. In 1992 he won the Bronze Medal in Barcelona, Spain for the Men’s Pentathlon which includes the shot put, long jump, discus, 100-meter dash and the 400-meter relay. At the 1996 Summer Paralympics in Atlanta, GA he won a silver medal in the men’s Pentathlon and a bronze medal in the men’s 4X100 meter relay. At the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney, Australia, he won a silver medal in the men’s Pentathlon.
THE WAY WAY OFF BROADWAY GROUP
"The Sort of/Kinda True Story of Jane Long, Mother of Texas.”
Cast members of the Way Way Off Broadway Group performed the play entitled, “The Sort of/Kinda True Story of Jane Long, Mother of Texas.” Born in Maryland, Jane moved to Mississippi Territory where her older sister lived. In 1815, she met a physician, James Long. They married and had two daughters, Ann, and Rebecca. Then Jane set out to follow her husband to Texas. She fell ill on the way and stopped in Louisiana where she left her daughters in safety so she could join her husband in Nacogdoches, Texas. Unfortunately, her daughter Rebecca died. In 1820, the family moved to Bolivar Point near Galveston, Texas. They established an outpost to help free Texas from Spanish rule. James left for Mexico. Jane, expecting another child, stayed behind, and vowed to remain there until James returned. James was captured and killed in Mexico City, but Jane never learned of his death. She stayed even as others left, and supplies ran out. Jane, her servant girl, Kian, and her six-year-old daughter, Anne survived on dwindling supplies from the bay. Jane’s ingenuity kept the fort safe by giving the illusion of it still being occupied by soldiers protecting them from Indians in the area. On a freezing December night, alone with only her daughter and the servant girl, Jane gave birth to her daughter, Mary James Long. After being rescued, Jane settled in Fort Bend County. She was offered a land grant by Stephen F. Austin as a part of Austin’s colony. In 1832 she purchased an inn in Brazoria. With the help of Ann and Kian, she turned the inn into a place where prominent leaders of the Texas Revolution met to discuss politics. Later Jane opened another inn and developed her land grant into a prosperous plantation. Well-known men, such as Mirabeau B. Lamar and Stephen Austin, became suitors; she rejected all offers of matrimony and died a widow of James Long in1880. Jane is believed to be the first English speaking woman to give birth in Texas. Her devotion to the state earned her the title “Mother of Texas.”
LOVORN LAW FIRM, PLLC
Tom Railsback, Attorney
Tom Railsback, an attorney from Lovorn Law Firm, PLLC. helps clients address Family Law situations. His April presentation was entitled, “Planning with the End in Mind,” which focused on how to create and formalize a personal estate plan using an estate planning checklist.
He candidly spoke about what can happen if one dies without a will. For example, separate property and community property are handled differently in various states of the country. Therefore, it is vital to know exactly what you own. Everything a person owns (no matter how humble) is considered his/her estate. Taking stock of what you own is a critical step in understanding how best to protect it. There are several documents to consider when creating a plan for your estate. These documents are a will, a medical power of attorney, a financial power of attorney, and (if applicable) a trust document. Keep these papers updated as your situation changes, or as laws change. For example, keep your beneficiary designations up to date so that your assets will be distributed according to your wishes. Unanswered questions about how to settle your affairs can be tough; however, leaving the decisions for those we love would be even more difficult. That is why answering questions now and formalizing the answers in an estate plan is an important step that should not wait.
To further prove his point, Tom gave participants a free copy of Curse of Inheritance: How to Protect Your Family from Being Broke, Bitter and Blaming by Cindy Arledge.
AN EMPTY VASE FLOWERS
Kathy Neale, Floral Designer
An Empty Vase, located in historic Boerne, Texas is a family owned and operated company with one location serving the Downtown Business District of Boerne, Leon Springs, Dominon, USAA, Crownridge, and surrounding area.
Our very talented presenter, Kathy Neale, from An Empty Vase offered some helpful hints on how to create a lovely floral arrangement. For example, it is good to always trim flowers at an angle and place them promptly into the water as often a scab will form on the fresh cut stem when exposed to air. Trim and remove some of the excess green foliage so that none of it falls below the water level in your vase. If green foliage falls into the water, it can cause bacteria growth which will cause fresh plant life to die more quickly. Don’t forget to use the little packets of plant food diluted properly with water because the sugary solution helps plants live longer. A clear tape grid or a flexible wire can be used to help create a firm hold to the structure to your floral arrangement. Be creative in layering your arrangement. Establish a base with greenery; add flowers as focal points and then fill in with your remaining items. It’s always nice to include local and seasonal plants. Have fun being creative with your floral arrangements.
Contact the professional staff at An Empty Vase for other helpful hints or ideas. Address is: 121 Lohmann St Boerne, TX 78006
Or you can email them at email@example.com
President and CEO of the Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce
Kimberly Blohm is President and CEO of the Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce. Kim is famous for implementing cutting-edge strategies and powerful campaigns that reach large audiences. She is an energetic hands-on leader with experience in the businesses of retail, banking, and real estate. Kim lives in Kendall County with her husband Justin, her three children, three dogs and two cats. Kim Blohm enlightened our group about the various benefits of being a member of the Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce. She also promoted the various scheduled events to occur in the area. Events such as, Boerne After 5 Mixers & Morning Mingles, Lemonade Day, Chamber Golf Classic, Ribbon Cuttings, and more were discussed and promoted. If companies and/or individuals are relocating to Boerne, the Chamber of Commerce offers information on the area’s economics, education, government, history of Boerne, local links and climate/weather. Information about the Boerne Chamber Scholarships is available online as well as a Senior Service Resource Guide.
The Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce, currently represents approximately 800 members representing over 17,500 employees, was established in 1928 to promote and improve economic vitality through advocacy, education and connections of its members and community. It is a wonderful resource for many businesses, organizations, and individuals in the greater Boerne area.
Born and raised in California, Kady Hinojosa always loved creative writing. However, she took a logic track in college and studied Computer Science. She met her husband, Jose (an Army Aviator), in Washington DC while on active duty in the Navy. After many years of travel, they now live in the Texas Hill Country near kids and grandkids.
The bulk of her career was spent working as a Business Analyst/Quality Assurance expert for financial, and other, websites. After retiring, she returned to her love of writing and wove her IT experience into her first thriller series - #HuntedLives, #JusticePrevails, and #DanceFever. All three books are available on Amazon.com in digital and paperback formats.
Kady enjoys exploring topics that concern her and writing about them in a way that captures the readers' attention in an entertaining manner. To learn more about her, visit her online at www.kadyhinojosa.com.
Boerne Visitor's Bureau
Val Anderson of the Boerne Visitor’s Bureau gave us information on the historical
aspects of our wonderful Boerne. She told about how Boerne was settled, and she pointed out many of the historical landmarks still here to see. Ms. Anderson displayed an array of reading material and even passed around some natural artifacts for us to view. So now as we shop and eat in Boerne, we can feel a “taste of old.”
Owner, Traditions at the Depot
October's featured speaker was the owner of Traditions at the Depot, Heather Thomas, who's a fashion expert, a model herself, and she's also a lot of fun. Traditions at the Depot is located at 518 S. Main Street in Boerne, which is an upscale boutique in downtown Boerne. It has been in operation since 1996 and is conveniently located on the Southwest corner of Main Street and River Road. They are a kitty-friendly store. The store mascot, Socks, is a brown tabby cat with 4 white feet and can be seen most days lounging behind the cash register. Their friendly human staff helped today’s models (all who were TLC members) don the latest fashions, jewelry, accessories, and shoes. The fashion show was a real success and luncheon members, and guests could shop after the luncheon meeting from the selection of items brought in from Heather’s store.
Damsel in Defense
Since her college years, Linda has always had a passion about the safety of others and as a Class Officer she designed the first safety program on her college campus that involved finding and organizing volunteers that would escort female students from campus buildings across campus to their respective dorms at night. It was only natural that in March 2020 she embarked on her latest adventure in the field of self awareness and safety selling Damsel in Defense supplies.
At our September club luncheon, Linda demonstrated many of the safety products as well as worked to heighten the importance of spatial awareness as part of safety. Her motto is "self defense is the best defense."
Vice President of Development for the Cibolo Center for Conservation
Leigh Owen, Vice President of Development for the Cibolo Center for Conservation, was our May featured speaker. Leigh presented a plethora of information indicating that the Cibolo Center for Conservation is considered a premiere example of what a community can do when folks come together. In 1988, Carolyn Chipman Evans, her husband, Brent Evans, and a handful of friends envisioned a place to connect their community with nature. Beginning with a segment of the Cibolo Creek and its neighboring land and wildlife, this group worked to ensure the creek’s preservation. With the City of Boerne’s support, Carolyn Evans brought a rebirth to the land and a revival of public concern for conservation of the area’s natural resources. The Cibolo community continued to grow with the purchase of the Herff Farm in 2007, Today the farm serves as a hub that expands access to nature and nature education for children and the larger community. The Herff Farm is home to the Nest Nature School and offers space for special events and exhibits, nature trails, sustainable living education programs, community gardens, and the weekly Farmer’s Market. What was once a small grassroots organization, today is a reputable conservation leader serving more than 100,000 children, adults, and families per year.
Library Director, Patrick Heath Library of Boerne
Kelly Skovbjerg was our featured speaker at the March 16th luncheon meeting of the Tapatio Ladies Club. Kelly talked about the many services that the library offers. She gave a power point presentation with lots of information about the library and how to access the many programs available to children all the way to senior citizens. There are many programs offered online as well as in person. Kelly also talked about the amphitheater and the upcoming events scheduled there.
Business Coach & Consultant & Fractional COO | Speaker, Author, & Educator.
John spent 21 years in the US Air Force and retired as a Master Sergeant in 2008.
For the last 32 years, John has worked with individuals and organizations as a personal and professional business coach and consultant. He’s a three-time published author, with two new books coming out this year and has a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. As a “Success Incubator,” John’s vision is to leave nothing in his wake but success. His presentation to us was entitled, “Top Three Things That Lead to Success.” John’s goal for each member of our Tapatio Ladies Club audience was to leave with a deeper understanding true self value.
Larry Woods is the current Director of the Boerne Convention & Visitors Bureau and a 54-year veteran of the tourism and hospitality industry.
For much of his career, Larry was sought after as a specialist in Bankrupt Chapter 11 hotels and resorts in difficult markets and distressed business climates. Larry has held key management positions with La Mansion, Hershey, Sheraton, Marriott, and Radisson hotels, as well as, providing leadership roles with major hotel management and development companies in the United States, Mexico, and Costa Rica.
Larry is currently serving his 2nd term on the TACVB Board of Directors and is chair elect for 2023; he is a former board member of the Texas Travel Alliance where he served two terms. In 2021, Larry received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Travel Alliance for his over 50 years of service in the tourism and hospitality industry.
For the past 14 years, Larry has served as Director of the Boerne Convention and Visitors Bureau. Larry states, “I am having the time of my life. We have had great challenges over the last 14 years, but the Boerne CVB has made great strides in the promotion, marketing, and branding of Boerne, Texas as the ultimate hill country destination.” Larry credits his great CVB team and the support from the city of Boerne staff for our success.
Tori Bellos is the current Marketing Specialist for the Boerne Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Ms. Bellows graduated from Texas State University and joined the City of Boerne Parks and Recreation Department in 2007, where she planned events and programs for the Boerne community. In 2015, she joined the team at the City of Boerne Convention and Visitors Bureau and handles all the marketing, advertising, social media, and graphic design for the department. An excellent example of her abilities is the official Boerne Visitor Guide which she designs and creates in house twice per year.
Tori is currently serving a 3 year term on the Texas Hill Country Trail board of directors. She is a 2002 graduate of Boerne High School and has lived in the Boerne area for more than 30 years and is married with 2 daughters ages 7 and 11.
Sharon Wolff, "#1 Genealogy Detective", has presented programs on Genealogy all over the state of Texas and at The Texas State Genealogical Society annual conference. Sharon Wolff is a seventh generation Texan and a sixth generation San Antonian. Sharon was named Outstanding Volunteer Genealogist of the State of Texas by the Daughters of American Revolution (DAR) and Registrar of the year for the State of Texas for The United Daughters of the Confederacy. Sharon is a member of the Genealogical Society of Kendall County since 1998 and served as Vice-President twice as well as Board member director.
Theresa Frederick, Personal Stylist at Cabi, is a native Texas who grew up in Houston. Theresa graduated from Texas A & M University in 1982 with a degree in geology. She now resides in East Texas with her husband and laborador retriever. She has two grown daughters. Theresa has always been interested in clothes. In high school she sewed her own clothes! She has been a Cabi stylist for almost 13 years and enjoys meeting and helping women with their wardrobe needs. Her hobbies are traveling and reading.
Paulette Jiles is a renowned author. She has written many books, such as
Enemy Women , The Color of Lightening, Simon the Fidler, and News of the World. Her book, News of the World, has been made into a movie starring Tom Hanks as Captain.