History and Past Presidents of Austin Aggie Moms

Aggie Moms of 1934

1934 A&M Club Portrait from Daniella Knight

Ada Peoples organized the first Texas A&M University Mothers’ Club in Dallas in 1922, with the same objective that remains today. She was concerned about what she thought of as the “poor” quality of life on this all-male campus, with no entertainment, no culture, and a complete lack of women’s influence. The mothers’ club idea spread and eight clubs became a federation in 1928, with Mrs. F. L. Thomas as the first Federation President. The Federation Board of today consists of 16 officers and several appointed positions. Those women serve as a coordinating body for 124 clubs and membership of 8000+.

The Federation of Texas A&M Mothers’ Clubs may not have seemed like much when it began in 1928: just a few mothers of students of the then-Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas selling goods to support their sons’ educations. But since then, the clubs have grown into a vital network of nearly 7,000 mothers across the globe, dedicated to raising funds for Texas A&M University students and programs.

Since the organization was founded through 2010, Aggie moms have given approximately $7.9 million to support the university. To date, this year alone, the Aggie moms have collectively raised nearly $300,000. Surprisingly, the majority of this profit comes from selling trinkets — clubs peddle everything from clothing and baby clothes, cookbooks, framed artwork, Christmas ornaments, quilts, pecans, jewelry, handmade soaps and lotions, home décor and glassware — most of which is Texas A&M-themed, of course.

The impact of the Aggie moms can be seen throughout the campus, say Texas A&M officials.

“The support of our Aggie Moms’ Clubs, present and past, remains a vital factor in keeping A&M’s student body unique and special,” says LtGen Joe Weber, USMC (Ret.). “And it’s our student body which makes A&M, itself, unique and special.”

Clubs are scattered around the world, just like the Aggie Network itself, says Melinda Weiblen, president of the Federation of Texas A&M University Mothers’ Clubs. The federation has branches in Atlanta, Denver, New Orleans and Qatar, to name just a few sites.

“We’re a unique organization,” Weiblen says. “We’re 119 clubs strong, with clubs in other states. All of our fundraisers go back to the university in forms of scholarships and donations to different campus organizations. We’re here to support them, and 100 percent of our efforts go back to Aggies.”

Austin Aggie Moms’ Past Presidents

* Mrs. H. W. Zuch                                              1951-1953

Mrs. Leonard Carlton                                        1953-1954

* Mrs. William Alsup, Jr.                                    1954-1955

* Mrs. Henry Grupe                                           1955-1957

Mrs. James Miller                                              1957-1959

Mrs. A. E. Massengale                                      1959-1960

* Mrs. E. B. Snead                                             1960-1962

* Mrs. John Beasley                                          1962-1963

* Mrs. David L. Tisinger                                     1963-1964

* Mrs. Gene Howard                                          1964-1965

Mrs. W. L. DeGinder                                          1965-1966

* Mrs. Roy Johnson                                           1966-1967

Mrs. Tom McDougal                                          1967-1968

* Mrs. Jim Boswell                                             1968-1969

* Mrs. Sidney Hughes                                       1969-1970

*Mrs. C. R. Walters                                             1970-1971

Mrs. Don Cottrell                                               1971-1972

*Mrs. W. P. Mullener                                           1972-1973

Mrs. George Krause                                         1973-1974

Mrs. Walter Rasco                                             1974-1975

* Mrs. Henry Llewellyn                                      1975-1976

*Mrs. Leonard Nielsen                                        1976-1977

Mrs. C. O. Smith                                                1977-1979

Mrs. Clarence Ham                                            1979-1980

Mrs. Howard Payton                                          1980-1982

Mrs. Jack Harris                                                 1982-1983

*Mrs. Clarence W. Guelker                                1983-1984

Mrs. Ben Morgan                                               1984-1985

Mrs. Jim Yauger                                                 1985-1987

Mrs. James Redding                                          1987-1988

Mrs. Harlan Ihnen                                              1988-1989

* Mrs. Rex Crocker (Mary Jane)                        1989-1990

Mrs. Randy Berry                                               1990-1991

* Mrs. Garvin Shipley                                         1991-1992

Mrs. Bryon Blaschke (Carol)                              1992-1993

Mrs. Richard Curb (Anne Beck)                         1993-1994

Mrs. John Parker                                               1994-1995

Mrs. Ed Kruczek (Lori)                                       1995-1996

Mrs. Kenneth McDaniel (Mary)                          1996-1997

Mrs. Richard Gravett (Sue)                                1997-1998

Mrs. Sarah Ann Gowdey                                    1998-1999

Mrs. Walt Richardson (Martha)                          1999-2000

*Mrs. Hugo Bazan (Loraine)                                2000-2001

Mrs. Mike Harrison (Nancy)                               2001-2002

Mrs. Bob Walters (Marjie)                                  2002-2003

* Mrs. Bruce Nichols (Patsy)                              2003-2004

Mrs. C. B. Thomson (Pat)                                  2004-2005

Mrs. Paul Abney (Vicky)                                    2005-2006

Mrs. Bill Nalle (Christie)                                     2006-2007

Mrs. Joe Allen (Karen)                                      2007-2008

Mrs. Carolyn Storey                                          2008-2009

Mrs. Joe Allen (Karen)                                      2009-2010

Ms. Julie Black                                                  2010-2011

Mrs. Rick Mincher (Debbie)                               2011-2012

Mrs. Tom Munns (Sue)                                      2012-2013

Mrs. Heather McAshan                                     2013-2014

Mrs. Kathy Johnston                                         2014-2016

 

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