Bluebonnet and LCRA award $15,292 grant to McMahan Community Women's Club


LCRA and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative present a $15,292 grant to the McMahan Community Women’s Club to improve the McMahan Community Center’s energy efficiency. The grant is part of LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. Pictured, from left: Sherry Gonzales; Manny Gonzales; Milton Shaw (Bluebonnet Electric Board Member); Annette Wells (secretary); Jean Williams; Darlene Jeffrey (treasurer); Rick Arnic (LCRA); Martha Aiken (Vice President); Betty Holfer; Rhonda Gilpatrick; Lori Berger (LCRA Board Member); Joyce Buckner (Bluebonnet Electric); Eddie Moses; Sue White; Herb Decker; Nell Berry; Sue Shephard; Tony Martinez and Kimberly Martinez. Not pictured is Patricia Parson (president).

The McMahan Community Women’s Club in Caldwell County will make improvements to the McMahan Community Center thanks to a $15,292 community development grant from Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative and the Lower Colorado River Authority.

The grant will make the center more energy efficient and more comfortable for visitors.

The McMahan Baptist Church recently donated a used central air and heat system to the community center. The grant will help incorporate the climate-control system into the center more efficiently and make it more affordable to use. Other improvements include a porch roof, an attic ventilator, insulation, ceiling tiles and a storage closet for the kitchen.

The community center serves as a meeting place for the McMahan Community Women’s Club, Sandhills Sewing Club and numerous classes. It also serves as a polling place for Caldwell County and is a popular spot for reunions, weddings and other events.

“We are so pleased to be the recipient of this grant,” said Martha Aiken of the McMahan Community Women’s Club. “It will help us make the McMahan Community Center, aka ‘The Clubhouse,’ more energy efficient and comfortable for all the events held here.”

The McMahan Community Center is owned by the McMahan Community Women’s Club, and has been a central gathering place in eastern Caldwell County for 87 years.

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 86,500 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.

The Lower Colorado River Authority provides public services that help protect people, property and the environment in Texas. LCRA serves customers and communities in the region by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and selling electric power; ensuring a clean, reliable water supply; and operating parks. A nonprofit corporation created by LCRA also provides transmission services to help maintain electric reliability in Texas. LCRA, a nonprofit agency created by the Texas Legislature, cannot levy taxes or receive tax money.

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