AUSTIN – On June 30, GFWC Texas President Patti Poe will serve the last day of her 2-year term in office as 59th President of Texas Federated Women’s Clubs, a member of the international organization General Federation of Women’s Clubs.
She is the third president in that organization’s history to reside in Montague County joining the late Fannie Cora Bellows Potter (1927-1929) and Barbara Winingham (2004-2006) for that distinction.
In any term’s conclusion accomplishments are acknowledged and celebrated. Such was the case in San Antonio, May 2nd through 5th when GFWC Texas held its 121st annual Convention. With 135 members in attendance, Poe reported the cumulative numbers of monies raised in various programs during her term to date. They were: The President’s Special Project – Canine Companions for Independence, $23,671; Louisiana flood victims, $5,000; Hurricane Harvey victims in Florida, $5,000; Domestic Violence awareness and Prevention, $4,000; and others.
Generous donations from across the US by GFWC members in the amount of $124,000 for the Texas victims of Hurricane Harvey were administered by Poe’s administration and distributed to affected districts. $19,000 was distributed to seven different schools in the affected area. The South Texas District (Corpus Christi) was given $18,000 to distribute to those they felt were in need most and another $18,000 was given to Magnolia District (Beaumont) to follow suit. Another $21,500 was given to families, daycare facilities, and special camps for children that had been affected and recognized. Because of Federation’s history with libraries, $46,330.30 was cumulatively awarded to five different damaged libraries on the Gulf Coast.
Through the generosity, hard work, and dedication of the members of GFWC Texas set a record of $21,373, 974 being raised, distributed, and earned in in-kind donations during Poe’s administration at the local, district and state levels. That was not where this story ends.
President Poe gave her “farewell address” on Saturday, May 5, and was then surprised to be presented with a greeting from U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry and a United States Flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol on February 19, President’s Day.
Texas Senator Craig Estes also sent a greeting and a Texas Flag that flew over the Texas Capitol Building on Monday, Feb. 19.
Texas State Representative Drew Springer had earlier put wheels in motion by contacting Texas Governor Greg Abbott, urging that Patti Poe be awarded The Yellow Rose of Texas Commission. Sometimes called “Yellow Rose of Texas Award,” the sixty-year-old honorary commission is conferred by the Governors of Texas in recognition of exceptional Texas women who have served their communities in various ways, including volunteerism or charitable contributions or achievements related to the preservation of the history of Texas and its’ communities or achievements towards improving the present and building the future.