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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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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.