Spring Luncheon At
Gruene River Grill
Gruene, Texas
March 22, 2018

2018 Mar 22 Gruene
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On Thursday, March 22, 2018, members of Chevron Retirees' Hill Country Chapter and their guests, met for a luncheon at the Gruene River Grill in the historic village of Gruene, a popular tourist destination overlooking the picturesque Gruene River. The day's event convened at 11:00 AM for a pre-lunch social time. An attendance of sixty-four proved to be the best turnout in many years for the Chapter's spring meeting. Following an invocation by Diane Hoenerhoff, buffet style food service commenced at 12:00 noon. The tasty luncheon menu consisted of House Salad, Grilled Garlic Chicken, Southwest Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans and a delicious cheesecake.

Following the meal, Chapter President Paul Skakun conducted a brief business meeting. Paul first mentioned that Chapter officers and directors conducted a teleconferencing meeting in January to plan the year's events. The scheduled annual board meeting in Marble Falls was cancelled owing to inclement weather, so the teleconference was utilized in its place. This proved to work well and actually saved the Chapter some money. One significant highlight mentioned was that Hill Country Chapter has increased its membership to 263, with the addition of fifty new members. This makes our Chapter one of the few which has experienced growth over the years. Paul raised the issue of CRA's national meeting in San Antonio this coming May. He advised that anyone wishing to attend as a Member At Large needed to register as soon as possible.

Next on the agenda, Treasurer Ed Van Reet gave a brief financial report indicating that the Chapter is in sound financial shape with a checking account balance in excess of $4,000. Most expense is related to our periodic luncheons which are virtually self-supporting with small amounts of Chapter financial assistance.

Vice President Bob Bowie addressed the group concerning events for the remainder of the year. Tentative plans were in the works for a luncheon in June, but difficulties arose in locating an appropriate venue. So, efforts were discontinued. A luncheon is planned for September 12th at Georgetown's Berry Creek Club, and Jeff Shellebarger, Chevron's North American President will be present to address the group. Finally, the Chapter's traditional Holiday's Luncheon will take place at Austin's Onion Creek Club on December 5th.

The business portion of the luncheon concluded with several prize drawings conducted by Rick Hoenerhoff and Ed Van Reet.

The featured after dinner speaker was well-known Master Gardener Lee Franzel. Lee covered a wide-ranging series of topics ranging from soil and plant chemistry to landscaping. His presentation included a series of colorful and informative slides. Judging by the audience's reactions, Lee's presentation was not only informative but very well received.

The day's events concluded at 2:00 PM and members departed after enjoying one more of the Chapter's special occasions.