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Thursday, May 11th was the last meeting of the season for our Allegro Women’s Club. We honored 3 highly deserving students and their families with scholarships for the coming school year.  Awarding these scholarships is one of our club’s primary goals each year, and many of our women worked diligently to raise the funds to reach this goal.

Awarded were Angel Alcala, who will attend the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Lindsay Garcia, who will attend Texas A&M in Corpus Christi, and Taylor Hernandez, who will also attend Del Mar College in Corpus Christi.

Installation was held for our staff of officers for the coming 2017-2018 year.They are truly a group of women willing to give much time and thought to the success of our club in reaching its goals. Congratulations and we all wish you a wonderful year, President Lawana Jackson, 1st Vice President Penny Shephard, Secretary Anne Lockwood, 2nd Vice President Diane Rome, and Treasurer Caroline Bernardy.


The regular April meeting was one of the most informative meetings we have had in quite a while. Our guest speaker, Mike Reeves with Republic Services, told us about the new trash and recycling collection program that the city is implementing this summer. The new system is a huge change and affects all of our neighborhoods. The ladies had the opportunity to ask Mr. Reeves their questions, and those questions were numerous. His answers were thorough so when he left, we knew everything we needed to know about conforming to the new system. Just ask one of those ladies and you will get the “real story”.

Our new officers for the 2017-2018 season were formally elected: President, Lawana Jackson; 1st Vice President, Penny Shephard; 2nd Vice-President, Diane Rome; Secretary, Anne Lockwood; and Treasurer, Caroline Bernardy.

Lawana Jackson reported on the huge success our advertisement sales have been. Because of this extraordinary fund raiser, we have secured monies to support the scholarships we love to bestow. These ads will be displayed throughout our upcoming directory, so our job now is to sell the directories so that all of our sponsors will benefit from their attractive ads.

When the business was done, the ladies enjoyed visiting while they dined on their brown bag lunches and desserts.

Our Annual Tri-Club meeting was held on Tuesday, March 21, hosted by the Harbor Oaks Ladies Club in the Rockport Country Club dining room. The ladies were treated with a style show of fashions from Julian Gold of Corpus Christi. And what a style show it was! As if on a Paris catwalk the models wore the newest clothing including a collection of delightful hats. Are hats in high fashion again? Now that we’ve seen these we are tempted to start that trend going in our own Rockport social scene.

Our own slate of officers for the 2016-2017 season was presented, and there were no nominations from the floor. Formal elections will be held on April 13 at our regularly scheduled meeting and our new officers will take their positions in September. Our new leaders will be:

President: Lawana Jackson

1st Vice President: Penny Shephard

2nd Vice President: Diane Rome

Secretary: Anne Lockwood

Treasurer: Caroline Bernardy

Women’s Club February meeting was a “sea-worthy” experience. On the agenda was one of Rockport’s finest, Mr. Larry Sinclair, who works for the Rockport Police Patrol along and in our bays. Mr. Sinclair addressed security issues on Key Allegro and in all of Rockport.

Who would have thought that our regular monthly meeting on Jan. 12, 2017 was going to be such fun bidding for other women’s purses? Indeed the event proved to be fun and profitable for the Allegro Women’s club Scholarship Fund.



With Caroline Bernardy on stage, the first Allegro Women’s purse auction took place after the business meeting ended and before serving the annual soup and sandwich luncheon, which was offered by our club’s creative board members.


Below you can see some of the wonderful choices the ladies had when bidding. Some purses were antiques like the blue beaded one on the left. Some were summer-y like the straw with the perky bow attached. A few were tiny and perfect for mah jongg coins, and some would be handy on a quick flight to Dallas.                         

Once the bidding was over, the ladies enjoyed lunch and chatting about their new purses. Mary Lynn Painton found a way to make our table look even prettier than usual with delicious purse cookies – really almost too pretty to eat!



Our regular monthly meeting on December 8, 2016, was preempted by the Annual Christmas Coffee which we shared with the Key Allegro Garden Club. This year our Allegro Women’s Club hosted the gathering at the Allegro House.

A Good Sam Christmas collection taken up at the coffee brought in non-perishable foods and monetary donations to assist many of our local families in need.

Santa Cindy was there spreading joy and cheer all around.

    And President Penny Shephard oversaw the Christmas table soon to be weighed down with wonderful nibbles. The beautiful poinsettia there on the table was donated as a door prize and was won by Betsy Armstrong.


    Terry Samuels took the opportunity to sample Lovelyn’s champagne punch as soon as Penny and event coordinator Debbie Kahanek announced that it was ready. You can be sure that many of us followed Terry.



The ladies spent time enjoying the good fun and the friendships between the Allegro Women and the Key Allegro Garden Club.  This tradition is cherished b;y both clubs as the perfect way to open the Christmas season in Rockport.

The November regular meeting was a ton of fun. The highlight was a Christmas in November Style Show featuring women’s fashions from Sassy, Hidden Treasures and Attitudes & Latitudes – three of our Coastal Bend’s loveliest boutiques. The ladies enjoyed the fashions as well as the delicious lunch catered by the Rockport Country Club.

The Allegro Women’s Club Mah Jongg Tournament on Saturday, Oct 22nd was a  wonderful success. All the proceeds will be used for scholarships this spring . There were 36 players Saturday, and everyone enjoyed the day, especially our winners:

1st place   Kerry Rhotenbury from Cuero

2nd place      Pat Bemrose

3rd place       Sandy Suech

4th place     Betsy Armstrong

5th place (tie)   Teenie Bailey

5th place (tie)      Carol Watson.

A big THANK YOU goes to Joanna Schmermund, Linda Couvillion, Helen Hough, Jennie Taylor, Pam Dixon-Frost, Liz Yant, Kathleen Colville, & Fran Parsons for volunteering their time making & serving lunch.


Quite enjoyable was Key Allegro’s Property Owners’ Association board member Dave Foster’s report on the improvement activities around Bayshore Drive in Key Allegro. Much has been accomplished and much is planned around 7 objectives:  erosion control, dredging shallow waters, enhanced security, beautification, documentation organization, emergency plan for the island, and improvements in the Allegro House.

To find out more about the specifics of these projects, please see www.keyallegrohomeowners.org.


 Finally our img_1337new season began with our meeting on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016 at the Rockport Country Club with President Penny Shephard’s agenda focused on re-uniting followed by a meet-and-greet luncheon.  Lawana Jackson was set up to collect dues and is happy to report three new members: Anne Thomas, Billie Hardin, and Pam Dixon Frost.

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The tables were set beautifully by Louise Gonzales and the complimentary Champagne and mimosas made the spirit of the meeting light and fun. Click on any of these pictures to see more clearly the friendly faces of our members.

img_1342Save this date:  Our scholarship fundraiser is set for October 22. Plan ahead for the 2nd annual Allegro Ladies’ Mah Jongg play day. More information is soon to follow.   Debbie Kahanek spoke on some of the exciting plans for that Mah Jongg party and encouraged the ladies to plan to attend. For more information, call Debbie at 361-727-2094.