Friday, April 3, 2015

Renovation News

The goal of the 50 Year Club is to refurbish the old Home Economics Cottage to its former glory. It was built in 1934 on the campus of MWHS, and was the first ever free standing home economics building to be built in Texas. The project is progressing. One bathroom has been completely redone, and the room that served as a bedroom has been refurbished and is now being used as an office for the 50 Year Club. Both rooms are beautiful. Remodeling of the foyer is now underway under the direction of John Murphy, member of the 50 Year Club. The funds to begin the refurbishing of the foyer have been made available by the Class of 1960 alumni.
The Class of 1961 has provided the beautiful chandeliers and fireplace sconces you see in the “Renovation News” photographs. That class (1961) chose to provide them now, ahead of having funds to work on the Parlor, so we could be sure to have fixtures that are from the same design suite of fixtures to provide a complimentary picture from the front (Foyer) to the back (Parlor) of the building.

When finished the Lillian Peek Home Economics Cottage will be a beautiful preserved reminder of the history of Mineral Wells High School and the city of Mineral Wells.
A note from Board Member Jo Ellen McCloud Murphy, Class of 1959:
The good folks from the Class of 1960 have always claimed title to the "best Class ever" award. It would be hard to argue with them when you see what they've accomplished at the Home Economics building! They set a goal, raised the money, and got the job done. Outstanding!! The building is usually open every Tuesday morning. Go by and check out the foyer, brought back to life by the Class of 1960. You will be pleased and amazed. Without a doubt, the gorgeous chandelier is the highlight. Check it out!
I must add that the Class of 1961 donated funds to buy matching light fixtures for the parlor, and they are truly marvelous, as well. The sconces on the fireplace look as though they were made just for that spot.
Good work is being accomplished, but there is a long way to go. Perhaps other classes - or individuals - will step up to sponsor a room or fixtures or simply donate funds to be used as needed in the renovation effort. We will gladly accept any and all donations, and you don't even have to be a member of the 50 Year Club or a graduate of MWHS. The Lillian Peek Home Economics Cottage is a little jewel of a building. It still needs some polishing, but it will be stunning when it is complete. Come on by and take a look!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

April Executive Board Meeting

MWHS 50 Year Club
Executive Board Meeting

10:00 A.M.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Lillian Peek
Home Economics Cottage
215 N.W. 5th Ave.
Mineral Wells, Texas

Please Try to Attend
Hank Gayler
Class of 1957

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Hand and Foot Card Tournament Planned

Hand and Foot Card Game
Friday, June 12, 2015

Meet, Greet, Have Fun
Maybe go home with some coins after the Tournament. 
The card game will be played while the 
Golf Tournament is going on.

Cost of Hand and Foot Tournament
will be $35.00.
This will include your meal and a Split-the-Pot Card Tournament. Whatever is left over after the meal is paid for will be split with the winners of the tournament. The other "split" will go to benefit the Lillian Peek Home Economics Cottage. So, the more people we have to play, the more money someone is going to take home and the closer we will be to making the renovation of the beautiful Lillian Peek Home Economics Cottage a reality.

Hand and Foot is an easy game to play.There will be classmates from various classes there to teach you the basics and give you pointers.Everyone will have an equal opportunity to go home with some cash. It will be a great way to get together and enjoy some quality time with some you may not know or haven't seen in a long time.

Extra Prizes and Surprizes!! If interested in playing or learning more about the Tournament now, you can contact Kay Cox at

As a reminder the Class of 1965 will be inducted into the 50 Year Club this year during the Reunion on Saturday. Congratulations!

More details as to the 
time and place will follow!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

2nd Annual Mountaineer Golf Tournament Planned for Friday

Mark your Calendars ~
MWHS 50 Year Club
39th Annual Class Reunion
Friday and Saturday,
June 12-13, 2015

The MWHS 50 Year Club is hosting a Golf Tournament the first day of the 2015 Annual Reunion on Friday, June 12, benefiting the renovation of the Lillian Peek Home Economics Cottage. This building has become the home of the MWHS 50 Year Club and there are plans for special events and meetings to be held there. Construction has already begun on the renovation and refurbished interiors and it is imperative that each Class support our cause.  The Class of 1960 has declared its intention to raise funds to provide for the foyer – and they are well on their way to reaching that goal! The expenses are tremendous and we need your support to help complete the other rooms.


The 2nd Annual Mountaineer Golf Classic
will be Friday, June 12,

at the Holiday Hills Country Club

in Mineral Wells.


The cost will be $400 a Team of four

(or $100 per individual).


Tee Time will be 9:00 A.M.


Registration will be Friday, June 12,

at 7:30 – 8:30 A.M.

at which time a Breakfast Buffet

will be served (instead of a luncheon.)

So dust off those clubs and get your Team together; or come on out and we will put you on a team with others there to have a great time and donate to this great cause!

Even if you do not play golf, we are accepting donations.  Please come join us. We may have an event for the ladies who do not play golf. More details to follow.

Awards for the Tournament will be given at the 50 Year Club program on Saturday, June 13.

Remember: Even if you do not play golf, we are accepting donations. 
Restoration donations for the Lillian Peek Cottage
Home Economics Building Benefit 
by the MWHS 50 Year Club can be sent to:
MWHS 50 Year Club
215 NW 5th Ave
Mineral WellsTexas 76067
(Please make a notation on the check that this donation is for the Lillian Peek Cottage) 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Executive Board Meeting Scheduled for January 14, 2015

MWHS 50 Year Club
Executive Board Meeting

10:00 A.M.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Lillian Peek
Home Economics Cottage
215 N.W. 5th Ave.
Mineral Wells, Texas

Hank Gayler
Class of 1957


Friday, January 9, 2015

Nov. 12, 2014 MWHS 50 Year Club Minutes

November 12, 2014

President Hank Gayler called the meeting to order at 10:05 am on Wednesday, November 12, 2014.  Officers in attendance were:  Presiden,t Hank Gayler; 1st Vice President, Jerry Ray; 2nd Vice President, Terry Brock; Treasurer, Linda McDonnell; Recording Secretary, Lynn Waddy; and  Corresponding Secretary, Marguriete Crum.  Various Class Representatives were present.

Copies of the Minutes of the June 13, 2014 meeting were provided to the attendees for review.  Neta Mason made a motion to accept the minutes as written.  Linda McDonnell seconded the motion.  The motion passed.

Linda McDonnell provided copies of the Financial Report for review.

MWHS 50-Year Club
Financial Report

          Membership      (10/31/14)          $   2,339.56
          Renovation       (10/31/14)          $  11,174.21
          Scholarship       (09/30/14)          $    3,836.24

                TOTAL                                 $  17,350.01

Marguriete Crum made a motion to accept the Financial Report as presented.  Jo Murphy seconded the motion.  The motion passed.

Old Business

Terry Brock presented results of the 50-Year Reunion
of June 13-14, 2014.

38th MWHS 50 Year Club Reunion Results – June 13-14, 2014

# Members Attending
# Member Dues Paid:
Total Member Dues Dollars Received:
#Associate Member Dues Paid:
Total Associate Dues Dollars Received:
Total Dues Dollars Received:
#Meals Paid:
Total Meals Dollars Received:
Total Renovation Dollars Received:
Total Scholarship Dollars Received:

(Note:  Data collected from returned Reunion Registration Forms, Reunion Class Registration Sheets and Dues/Donations received since the June 2014 Reunion.)

                       Membership for Current Year (2014-2015)

                             Active Members . . . . . . . . . 1,354
                             Induction Class of 1965 . . .    188
                             Est. Total . . . . . . . . . . . . .   1,542 

Discussion followed concerning attendance and the cost of notifications.

Terry Brock also provided the attendees with the latest list of Mineral Wells High School attendees who are deceased.

Golf Tournament -- Clarence McDonnell reported on the Golf Tournament.  Plans are to have the 2015 Golf Tournament on the Friday of the reunion weekend.

Status of Renovation – John Murphy reported that the Class of ’60 is raising money and will underwrite the renovation of the entry hall.  John is currently obtaining bids for the work on the entry hall.  The Class of ’60 has raised approximately $8,500.  Hank Gayler reviewed plans for the building and its possible uses.  Georgia Dowdey asked for a list of items needed for the kitchen.  Hank described the current ideas for the kitchen; that it would be a catering kitchen and not a cooking kitchen. 

New Business:

Jo Murphy discussed proposed changes of the Articles of Association for the MWHS 50-Year Club.  She provided each attendee with a list of the proposed changes.  She discussed every proposed change.  Jerry Ray asked for clarification and a change to the “Voting Member” section.

Linda McDonnel made a motion to waive the two-week notification requirement.  Clarence MacDonnell seconded the motion. The motion passed.

Linda McDonnell made a motion to accept the changes to the Articles of Association as presented.   Margaret Strain seconded the motion.  The motion passed.

Hank Gayler discussed the fact that the club does not have a publicity chairman.   Louise Blackerby volunteered to act as publicity chairman.

Georgia Dowdey announced that the Old High School facsimile will be produced on Christmas ornaments to be available for purchase.  Pat Talkington of the Historical Society is the point of contact concerning the ornaments.  Margaret Strain volunteered to contact Pat Talkington for information as a possible fund raiser for the 50-Year Club.

Hank Gayler asked for additional business.  There was none.

Bobby Blackwell made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Jerry Ray seconded the motion.  The motion passed.

The next meeting is January 14, 2015.

Respectfully submitted:

____________________       ____________________    
Lynn Waddy                             Hank Gayler

Board Secretary                       President

Monday, November 17, 2014

Renovations MWHS 50 Year Club Office

Renovations to the Bedroom
of the
Lillian Peek Cottage
November 2014

Now the
50 Year Club Office

Lillian Peek Home Economics Cottage Renovation; Digital Format used; originals owned and released for use by Murphy, John and Jo; accessed Judith Richards Shubert 2014.
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