AFS Texas Annual Board Meeting and Family Day 2016
The Texas Chapter of the AFS, American Foundry Society, has an annual board meeting and family outing. This year’s event was at the Texas hill country Resort and SPA, Tapatio Springs, which is owned by the country and western musician George Strait – “Amarillo by Morning ”… For those unfamiliar with Texas, Texas has distinct regions within the state which are the Big Bend Country, the Gulf Coast, the Hill Country, The Panhandle Plains, the Piney Woods, the Prairies and Lakes, and the South Texas Plains.
The board meeting met and vetted the voting results for the incoming chapter officers and new board members. There was an evening social hour that was enjoyed by all. Membership in the chapter is up even with the loss of membership through foundry closings such as Lufkin Industries. Financially, the chapter is on sound footing and is able to provide scholarships to college students. We were saddened to learn that Dr. Laura Bartlett PhD of Texas State University is leaving to pursue other opportunities in Missouri. Dr. Bartlett was heading up the foundry program at Texas State University and had turned it into a world class educational program. She will be missed. A search is already underway for her replacement. Thank you Dr. Bartlett for everything you have done in supporting the chapter and education.
The highlight of the gathering is to raise money for the chapter scholarship funds through the Jerry Nagel Memorial Golf Classic Tournament. Jerry was an important component of the AFS Texas and National Chapters and is honored each year with this memorial outing. Jerry died unexpectedly in 2014 while serving as the AFS Chapter president.
The evening supper and program was most outstanding with great food and fellowship. The mashed potatoes, creamed corn, and blacked catfish were superb. Jerry’s widow and family were on hand for a special award.
Next up is the AFS Texas Planning meeting in Kilgore on July 15th 2016. Be sure to check out the new website @ http://www.afstexas.org/ and visit the chapter’s facebook page for all the latest news and events.
Until next time, be safe and I will see you on down the road in Kilgore Texas, which is in the Piney Woods
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