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PAST EVENTS: February 2019 Luncheon

Friday, February 15, 2019
11:30 am-1:00 pm

Austin Woman’s Club, Chateau Bellevue

708 San Antonio St, Austin, 78701

Featured Speaker: Judy Maggio

The Changing Media Landscape
and Issues Impacting our Community Today

Judy Maggio’s 30+ years in television news gives her unique insight into how the media landscape has changed. She will share her current work at KLRU leading a new News & Public Affairs initiative & monthly news magazine – Decibel. More info:

Judy Maggio is KLRU’s Editorial Director for News & Public Affairs. She leads Decibel, a multi-platform reporting project for KLRU.  Decibel amplifies stories and issues important to Austin by listening to the community and encouraging dynamic discussions.  Maggio is an Emmy award winning, veteran journalist with more than three decades of experience as a lead news anchor in Austin.  She served as Managing Editor at both KVUE-TV (1981-2003) and KEYE-TV (2003-2014).


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January 2019 Luncheon


AWFC Luncheon
Friday, January 18, 2019
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Chateau Bellevue

708 San Antonio Street, Austin, TX

Courage, Charm and Character Presented by Martha Hartzog

Join AWFC members for the January luncheon and presentation by Austin author Martha Ann Hartzog on her new book, “Courage, Charm, and Character” which tells the story of the First Ladies of Texas from 1836 to the present. The book features the collection of historic gowns representing these First Ladies, which is housed and exhibited at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. Lavishly illustrated with color photos and historic black and whites, the book is both a history of Texas and a fashion book! It also includes sections on the two woman governors of Texas and notable women with ties to Texas such as Mamie Eisenhower and Barbara Bush.

“Courage, Charm and Character” was part of a project of the Texas Society Daughters of the American Revolution, under the then State Regent, Judy Callaway Ostler. Mrs. Ostler’s project was designed to raise funds for the conservation and preservation of the historic gown collection of Texas First Ladies, which had been originally created by the Texas Society, DAR, in 1938. Proceeds from the sale of the book, along with other activities of the project, are designated for the continued support of the collection. The cost of the book is $54.13, which includes tax. Checks or cash are accepted.


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 2018 AWFC Programs and Partner Events


Sunday, November 4:
Strings in the Park: Concert with Will Taylor and Guy Forsyth
2:00-5:00 pm
Central Market North
4001 N. Lamar Blvd.

Sit, Relax, Listen, Enjoy: Strings in the Park is a first ever, family-friendly, Austin-unique, Fall weather concert promoting Austin’s original music and community green spaces. 

Guy Forsyth is an Austin music legend who began his career playing blues in 1990. He has since become an internationally renown frontman, guitar-player, instrumentalist, and songwriter, covering several genres. He’s acted and appeared in several films, mastered several martial arts, and toured the world. Guy is also cofounder of The Asylum Street Spankers and The Hot Nut Riveters, and currently leads the Guy Forsyth duo, trio and Blues Bands in shows all over the US and Europe. Guy describes himself as a modern American Songster.

Will Taylor is one of Austin’s most innovative creatives. A multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, producer, sideman, and bandleader, Will has been a string player with orchestras all over Texas for over thirty years. Via his project, Strings Attached, he has collaborated with: AJ Croce, Bob Schneider, Daniel Johnston, Dar Williams, Gary Clark, Jr., James McMurtry, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Kat Edmonson, Kelly Willis, Pearl Jam, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Shawn Colvin to name a few.

November 2017 Luncheon Honors Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott

AWFC at the Texas Capitol

On Friday, November 10, the AWFC held the monthly luncheon at the center Texas State Capitol in the reception room of the Lt. Governor of Texas. The President and leadership conferred an honorary membership to Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott to the AWFC.

Mrs. Abbott’s mission as the First Lady of Texas is volunteerism. Not only has she devoted her professional life to helping others, she has done the same in her personal life.

Last year she launched Texanthropy Initiative to promote service to others as her primary focus. Cecilia has also partnered with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to an initiative-Network of Nurture-to raise awareness about the ways Texans can support the children and families in the state’s child welfare system. She also serves on the board of several educational organizations and is a member of many philanthropic groups.