Bluebonnet and LCRA award $25,000 grant to Maxwell Social Club


LCRA and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative present a $25,000 grant to the Maxwell Social Club to renovate the club’s kitchen and dining areas. This grant is part of LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. Pictured from left to right are: Ann Wackerhagen, club secretary; Johnny Sanders, Bluebonnet manager of community and economic development; Joyce Buckner, Bluebonnet representative; Kirk Smith, club treasurer; Milton Shaw, Bluebonnet Board director; Kirby Moore, club vice president; Clarence Schulle, club vice president; Lori Berger, LCRA Board member; Rick Schmidt, Bluebonnet Board director and Karen Rankin, LCRA representative.

Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative and the Lower Colorado River Authority awarded the Maxwell Social Club a $25,000 community development grant which will be used to renovate its kitchen, bar and dining areas.

The Maxwell Social Club is an important and often-used community meeting place in Caldwell County. The building serves as the polling place for Caldwell County and Lockhart Independent School District elections. It also is the site for numerous community meetings, dance recitals, quinceañeras, family reunions, birthday parties, wedding receptions, class reunions and other events.

“Maxwell Social Club has been a popular location for community activities for a large area of Caldwell County and surrounding counties for many years,” said David Kristynik, club president. “The kitchen is an integral part of the hall and also is the most antiquated area of the building.”

Many of the events in the building involve preparing and serving food. The improvements will include a new exhaust vent, ceiling fan, prep and serving counters, storage cabinets, lighting and chairs.

“The grant will allow us to bring the kitchen and serving area up to date,” Kristynik said. “We are very appreciative of the generosity of LCRA and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative in helping Maxwell Social Club accomplish this project.”

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 electric and water service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves.

Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative is one of LCRA’s wholesale electric customers and a partner in the grant program.
Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative is one of the largest electric cooperatives in Texas and has been serving its members since 1939. Bluebonnet serves more than 85,000 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 down to Gonzales County. For more information about Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative, go to and follow the co-op on Facebook and Twitter.

LCRA is a nonprofit conservation and reclamation district that provides energy, water and community services to Texans. Created by the Texas Legislature in 1934, LCRA has no taxing authority and operates solely on utility revenues and service fees. LCRA supplies electricity to Texans through its wholesale customers. LCRA also provides many other services to the region. These services include managing floods, protecting the quality of the lower Colorado River and its tributaries, providing parks and recreational facilities, offering economic development assistance, operating water and wastewater utilities, and providing soil, energy and water conservation programs.

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