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Highland Lakes Service League Focuses on Bettering Community Through Volunteering

Highland Lakes Service League members Maureen Collier (left), Brenda Eubank, Carolyn Richmond, and Jo Walker posed with a cutout of John Wayne on April 28 during the 24th annual For Ladies Only Charity Golf Tournament. Their team, ‘Giddy-Up Gals,’ dressed the part for this year’s theme of Boots ’n’ Birdies. The golf tournament raised about $20,000, which goes toward providing scholarships to women and grants to local nonprofits. Courtesy photo

MEADOWLAKES — The idea behind the Highland Lakes Volunteer Meetup is nothing new. For decades, clubs have formed for the sole purpose of helping local nonprofit organizations and people in need.

One of the best examples of volunteerism and community service in the Highland Lakes has stood out for more than 30 years: the Highland Lakes Service League.

The league flexed its collective muscles in early March for a Community Service Day. It had 62 participants help seven local nonprofit organizations. Members, for example, painted the Highview Retirement Community Center, cleaned the kitchen at the Boys and Girls Club of the Highland Lakes-Marble Falls unit, and filled bags for children to have when they’re removed from their homes by Child Protective Serives due to abuse and/or neglect.

With a current membership of 99 women, club president Carolyn Richmond said the Highland Lakes Service League is always open to new members.

“It not only broadens our reach, but it also brings information to us about, sometimes, nonprofits that we may not even be aware of,” Richmond said. “Bringing in more members is not only about their experience but the knowledge of other areas of the Highland Lakes (and) may bring to mind other opportunities either for volunteer work or providing funds for whatever their program is.”

Two large fundraisers each year set the club’s budget for scholarships and grants. The recent Ladies Only Golf Tournament raised almost $20,000. The January dinner and silent auction event raised almost $13,000. Local nonprofit organizations can submit an application for a grant from the Highland Lakes Service League online. Last year, the group awarded grants to 15 nonprofits.

Additionally, the league provides scholarships to adult women for continuing education.

“Our scholarships are for women who want to stay in our community but need help in furthering their education and career goals,” Richmond said. “It doesn’t have to be a college degree; it can be licensing or certification in different fields.”

Scholarship applications for 2018 have ended, but women can visit the organization’s website for information about scholarships for 2019.

Volunteering and fundraising are the priorities for the Highland Lakes Service League, but none of that can be done without members. Women interested in learning more are encouraged to contact the club and attend a meeting.

“We’re open to any woman in the community who wants to serve,” Richmond said.

Meetings are noon the second Wednesday of the month from September through June at Meadowlakes Restaurant, 220 Meadowlakes Drive.

If you can’t make an upcoming Highland Lakes Service League meeting, there’s a great chance you’ll meet more than a few members volunteering May 26 during the Highland Lakes Volunteer Meetup. Numinous Coffee Roasters, 715 RR 1431 in Marble Falls, will host the event beginning at 9 a.m. Sign up in advance at 101HighlandLakes.com/MEETUP.

This month’s participating nonprofits will be Candlelight Ranch, the Hill Country Humane Society, and the Phoenix Center.

Find even more volunteering options by browsing the Highland Lakes Volunteer Guide at 101HighlandLakes.com/VOLUNTEER.

jared@thepicayune.com

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