Special to the News-Times
COLDSPRING — At the spring Leadership Council meeting of the Association of Former Students of Texas A&M University in College Station earlier this year, John R. Lovett Jr. accepted a charter certificate to form a local A&M Club in San Jacinto County.
The new San Jacinto County A&M Club, one of four to be chartered in the last year, is the result of the efforts of Lovett and Andy Townend. These two Aggies participated in Texas A&M University activities and saw a need for a local A&M club.
A&M Clubs are social groups that exist to coordinate all organized former student activity in a geographical area; provide information about academic programs, scholarship opportunities and advantages at the association and Texas A&M University; recruit members and assist each other professionally, participate in community affairs, and encourage leadership and professional development and networking opportunities for former students; and provide scholarship funds for Texas A&M students.
One of the most solemn and visible traditions at Texas A&M is Aggie Muster, and each club is expected to host one locally.
This year’s Muster will be held at 6 p.m. April 21 at the pavilion of Dog Gone Hay Co. in San Jacinto County Precinct 3. A meal of hamburgers and hot dogs will be followed by a business meeting.
All former students, families and friends of Texas A&M wishing to attend are encouraged to RSVP to Lovett at (713) 553-7655.
Held on April 21st each year on the anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto, Aggie Muster is a Texas A&M University tradition in which Aggies worldwide gather to remember their time at Texas A&M together and honor those who passed away during the last year.
At each Muster ceremony around the world, a speaker will be followed by the “Roll Call for The Absent,” which is a reading of the names of those from that area who have passed away in the past year, along with those of other classmates or friends.
As each name is called, a family member or friend will answer, “Here,” and a candle will be lit in honor of their loved one. For Muster this year, Aggies in San Jacinto County are invited to the first-ever Muster to join with 40,000 fellow Aggies attending more than 300 Musters worldwide.
Organizer Lovett is a former San Jacinto County Judge, a registered investment advisor more than two decades in the financial services industry and serves as an association class agent for the Class of ’89.
Townsend owns Dog Gone Hay Co.
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