Winter Texan Times

JANUARY 25, 2023 2 WINTER TEXAN TIMES MOBILE HOME INSURANCE HIDALGO COUNTY We Also Insure PARK MODELS • TRAVEL TRAILERS MOTORHOMES • GOLF CARTS • “CASITAS” 5TH WHEELS • AUTOS • MOTORCYCLES Galvan Insurance Agency, Inc. 1101 East Business 83 Donna, TX 1 1/2 milesWest of Don-Wes Flea Market *Premium subject to carrier underwriting. Rate subject to change. *$271.00per year. Conditions Apply. As Low as Plan Covers: Fire, Lightning, Explosion, Smoke, Wind (Hurricane, Tornadoes), Hail, Riot & Civil Commotion, Land & Air Vehicles... Also Includes $100,000 Liability Coverage. Flood Coverage Available Call or Come See Us 956-464-2886 Clubs, groups and organizations Winter Texans have been known to hang out together. They usually find like-minded individuals, as we all do, and make a thing of it. According to a Winter Texan Times article in January 1988, back in the early 1940’s a small group of Winter Texans were instrumental in forming a tourist club in Edinburg. “They had such an enjoyable time during the winter in the warm Southland away from the ice and snow, and wrote such glowing letters home that more and more friends and family members flocked to the Valley, too,” says the article written by Elsie Fetters. This club was just a group getting together wherever possible to celebrate a birthday, an anniversary, or sing or eat together. Much later on, the club got organized and developed by laws and regular officers and designated volunteers. They started meeting at the Chamber of Commerce until they outgrew that and then had to find a school, church, the Echo Motel and eventually the Edinburg Boys Club Complex to hold their meetings. By 1969, the membership of this club was over 300. That is when the City of Edinburg decided to build the activity center. While this club may not be around anymore, plenty have taken their place. Today, there are clubs with main interests. There is the woodcarver’s group, the Red Hatters, rock clubs, bicycling groups, and more. There are groups within parks, and there are groups within cities. Many of these groups get together weekly, or at least monthly. You can read about some when you see the reunions and meetings in our paper. We often get submissions from these clubs after they have a meeting. These groups get together to have fun, to share hobbies, stories of their summer homes, to learn new skills, to polish old skills, and more. If you have a group or club that gets together regularly, be sure to send us the information, or send us a photo and let us know what you are doing. You can send items to news@ w i n t e r t e x a n - Winter Texan Times: Looking back 35 years Photo by Herb Moering Photo by Greg Uhrbrock