A BRIEF HISTORY
HOUSTON A & M UNIVERSITY MOTHERS’ CLUB
The Houston A&M University Mothers’ Club, a member of the Federation of Texas A&M University Mothers’ Clubs, was organized in February 1927 with a membership of six. Club membership has grown steadily over the years to over 400 members.
The Houston A&M Mothers’ Club has a history of service to Texas A&M and to its students since its formation. The early years’ activities consisted mainly of providing fried chicken dinners once a month for the students at A&M. A student loan fund was established by the mid1930s, and also during that decade, a special committee was appointed to secure contributions for the “Organ Fund” for Guion Hall (a special project of the Federation). Guion Hall was demolished during the early seventies and the Rudder Tower now occupies that site.
In 1942, the Singing Cadets made their concert debut in Houston. During the ensuing years, the Singing Cadets Concert, alternating with the Aggie Band, became the annual scholarship benefit for the Club. Also during the 1940s, monies were raised for the Lounge Fund for the new Memorial Student Center.
Since 1976, the Club has published three Aggie Moms’ Cookbooks. Through the sale of these books, the Houston Club was the first Mothers’ Club to present Texas A&M with a $25,000 President’s Endowed Scholarship. In addition, the Houston A&M University Mothers’ Club Endowed Fund was established, three Sul Ross Scholarships were funded, and two Ring Cases were purchased for the Corps Center. A fourth Sul Ross Scholarship was funded, thanks to a matching funds gift from the Faulkner Foundation.
The Crazy Auction, benefiting the libraries at Texas A&M University and various TAMU organizations, has become a popular and successful event among all Houston Aggies. Through the auction and other projects, we have contributed a substantial amount toward the Federation of Texas A&M Mothers’ Club’s $500,000 Library Endowment.
Our Houston Aggie Moms are involved in fundraising through our Boutique at Texas A&M during Parents’ Weekend. Also on Parents’ Weekend, the George P.F. Jouine Award (established in 1958) is presented to the Corps Unit with the highest scholastic improvement record from midterm to midterm. We supply Finals Care Packages to our hungry Aggies and enjoy the company of our fellow Aggie Moms at our annual Christmas Holiday Luncheon.
The Houston A&M University Mothers’ Club is proud of its many accomplishments over the years, and is very honored that their name appears on the Development Foundation’s Honor Roll as a Harrington Associate. This honor is bestowed upon those individuals, corporations, or foundations whose cumulative gifts have been in the $1 million to $5 million range.