LCRA, Bluebonnet Electric Co-op award $19,518 grant for upgrades to community meeting place


LCRA and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative representatives present a $19,518 grant to the Maxwell Social Club for improvements to its building. The grant is part of LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. Pictured, front row, left to right, are: Sue Smith, Maxwell Club member; Johnny Sanders, Bluebonnet representative; Joyce Buckner, Bluebonnet representative; Lori A. Berger, LCRA Board member; Susan Ohlendorf, club secretary; Kirk Smith, club treasurer; Rick Arnic, LCRA Governmental Affairs representative; and Liz Kristynik, member. Second row, left to right, Daniel Note, club member; Ed Theriot, Caldwell County commissioner and club member; Rick Schmidt, club 4th vice president; Milton Shaw, Bluebonnet representative; Joe Kelly, club member; Darrell Hess, club member; David Kristynik, club vice president; and John Buckner, club supporter.

The Maxwell Social Club soon will have a new air conditioner, new gutters and a fresh coat of exterior paint, thanks to a $19,518 Community Development Partnership Program grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative.

Maxwell Social Club opened its doors in 1952 and has hosted hundreds of community events, family reunions and weddings. It’s also a place for members and nonmembers alike to enjoy fun and fellowship. The grant, along with $4,880 in local contributions, will help the social club remain a popular community meeting place for years to come. The new air-conditioning system will be better equipped to handle the Texas heat and the gutters will keep water from pooling in front of the building near the entrance.

“The club’s founders wanted to give back to the community,” said Kirby Moore, the social club’s 1st vice president. “Apart from our regular civic engagement, opening our building to outside groups for a nominal fee is another way that we serve others. This grant will allow us to make much-needed improvements so that the building is a comfortable and inviting place for all.”  

The social club regularly hosts groups from Buda, Kyle, Lockhart, Martindale and San Marcos. At times, it has hosted guests from as far away as Austin, Luling, Round Rock and Prairie Lea.

The community grant is one of a number of grants recently awarded through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. The program provides economic development and community assistance grants to cities, counties, volunteer fire departments, regional development councils and other nonprofit organizations in LCRA’s wholesale electric and water service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves. Bluebonnet is one of LCRA’s wholesale electric customers and a partner in the grant program.

Applications for the next round of grants will be accepted July 1-July 31. More information is available at

About LCRA
The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and transmitting electric power; providing a clean, reliable water supply; and offering access to nature at more than 40 parks, recreation areas and river access sites along the Texas Colorado River, from the Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. LCRA and its employees are committed to enhancing the lives of Texans through water stewardship, energy and community services. LCRA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1934. For more information, visit

About Bluebonnet
Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative is one of the largest electric cooperatives in Texas and has been providing power to its members since 1939. Bluebonnet serves more than 96,000 meters, and owns and maintains 11,000 miles of power lines, located across more than 3,800 square miles within 14 Central Texas counties. Bluebonnet’s service area stretches from Travis County to Washington County, and from Milam County to Gonzales County. For more information about Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative, go to  and follow the co-op on Facebook and Twitter.

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Source: LCRA Business News

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