City of Coupland
At the last election, there were three seats to be filled on the Coupland City Council. Two incumbents, Barbara Piper and Sarah Torluemke, filed for new terms. Susan Schmidt, who had been on the Council since Coupland incorporated in 2013, chose not to run for re-election. Mayor Jack Piper said, “Susan will be greatly missed. John Roulston-Bates submitted an application for the position. Since no other application as submitted, John was granted an Alderman’s seat.”
Barbara Piper and Sarah Torluemke were sworn in by City Secretary LaVerne Rohlack on November 8. Roulston-Bates was out of town at that time, so he was sworn in at the January 10 meeting. Barbara Piper was re-elected as Mayor Pro Tem by her fellow council members; she has held this position since Coupland’s incorporation.
Coupland Civic Organization
On Monday, January 28, the Coupland Civic Organization will hold its official annual meting in the Fellowship Hall of St. Peter’s Church of Coupland. All community members are invited for the free chili supper hosted by the board of directors at 6:30 p.m. Come to visit and enjoy homemade chili, cornbread and desserts.
The meeting will follow at 7 p.m. President Susan Schmidt will recap 2018 activities, and Caboose Coordinator Barbara Piper will discuss the restoration of the historic caboose. Treasurer Mike Schneider will report on finances, and Coupland Mayor Jack Piper will present the “state of the City.” Attendees will vote to fill one vacant board place.
After the official business, author Jim “Kicker” Garry, a Coupland-area native who now lives in Wyoming, will discuss the history of our area and stories of the Old West. His two western folklore books are This Ol’ Drought Ain’t Broke Us Yet and The First Liar Never Has a Chance. His third book is Weapons of the Lewis & Clark Expedition.
All Coupland residents are encouraged to come and enjoy the meal and the program.
On January 22, Coupland School hosted CRASE Training. CRASE stands for Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events, developed by ALERRT in 2004; it teaches a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event.
ALERRT stands for Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training that was developed at Texas State University in partnership with the San Marcos Police Department and the Hays County Sheriff’s Office as active shooter training for first responders. In 2013, ALERRT was named the National Standard in Active Shooter Response Training by the FBI.
Coupland School Superintendent Tammy Brinkman reported, “Topics included the history and prevalence of active shooter events, civilian response options, medical issues, and considerations for conducting drills.”
The very informative program was presented by Deputy Brandon Schaefer, the Lead Instructor and Program Coordinator at the Williamson County Sheriff’s Self-Defense Academy. He said, “We have to work together as a community to keep our community safe. The training takes over, and we can step up to the challenge.”
Teacher Kathy Hill announces that the Student Council and the National Junior Honor Society will work on the Courtyard Project on February 2. She adds, “They also have a Candy Gram Sale and a Valentine’s Dance coming up in February.”
Coupland competed against Holland, Granger, and Westphalia at the UIL District Competition in Holland and Granger on December 11 and 12. Hill reports, “Coupland placed second overall, Middle School placed second place, and Elementary fourth place. What a feat to compete against the larger area schools! We appreciate all of the sponsors, the support from Superintendent Brinkman, and all of our parents!”
Coupland earned second place at the One-Act Play Competition on January 10 at the Performing Arts Center at Temple College in Temple. Directed by Annie Violette, the students performed Wild Strawberries by Jerry Ayers.
Brenna Floyd won Overall Best Actress in the District. Gabriella Sandoval, Andrea Cedillo, and Jaxon Larson were recognized as All-Star Actors. Callie Molineux, Daniella Osorio-Perez, and Savanna Miller were awarded Honorable Mention. The Tech Crew—sound man Bradley Smith, light crew Taylor Clarke, Stage Manager Katelyn Chambers, Patricia Barrientos, and Kassidy Viktora—earned the Best Crew Award.
On January 11, the Home Show performance was in Taylor at the Main Street Events Center Auditorium. Hill says, “Look for Violette’s next production for Coupland School, The Adams Family, the Musical, on April 12 in Taylor at the Main Street Events Center Auditorium.
St. Peter’s Church
The annual Congregational Meeting was Sunday, January 13. Members elected new Church Council members and committee members and reviewed annual committee reports and the church budget.
Co-Chair Lois Schmidt, reporting on the January 15 Seniors Luncheon, says, “Wow, what a great attendance! There were 47 senior citizens including hostesses and helpers.” Thanks to hostesses Cynthia Wittliff and Marge Gebhardt (menu planners), Becky Sutton, Janet Doss, Lois Schmidt, and Charlotte Albert. Helpers were Sandra and Don Wernli, Wanda Walther, JoAnn Ging, Bonnie Sladek, Arthur Henze, and Teddy Wittliff.
Lois says, “Charlotte did our decorating, and Joyce Henze was in charge of bingo. ‘42’ dominos were played. Also thanks to the LIFT Ladies for gift cards and bingo prizes.” The next luncheon will be on March 19 at 11:30 a.m.
The annual Church Council Retreat was Saturday, January 26.
Pastor Martin Garrison announces, “On the fourth Sunday of almost every month, St. Peter’s hosts a potluck dinner. Aside from a great meal, the potluck is one of the best times to get to know folks in the community. We hope St. Peter’s can be a place to connect with each other.” Upcoming potlucks will be on January 27, February 24, March 24, and April 28. The Sunday service starts at 10:15 a.m., and the potluck begins a little after 11.
On February 15, the Men’s Brotherhood will host a spaghetti supper.
New Sweden Church
Marilyn Samuelson reports, “New Sweden Lutheran’s regular schedule of services and meetings will continue in 2019. Everyone is welcome to come and join us.” On January 13, church council members were installed, and on January 20, the annual meeting part II was held. The congregation heard committee reports and adopted a budget. A meeting was held on January 27 to plan all activities for the year ahead.
New Sweden will observe Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Easter season, on March 6, with services and Holy Communion at 7 p.m. Marilyn says, “Each Wednesday thereafter during Lent, a meal will be served at 6 p.m. and the service will be at 7 p.m.
Yegua Creek EFC
Charlene Hanson Jordan reports that the two Evangelical Free Churches in Type and Elgin will re-combine their efforts. She explains, “From 1908 to 1954, Type and Kimbro shared a pastor, and then they joined to form the Elgin Evangelical Free Church. Now, they will again share a pastor. It will be under the names of the Yegua Creek Evangelical Free Church at Type and the Elgin Evangelical Free Church. “
The pastor is Terry Kennedy. He and his wife Rachel serve the Elgin church. Times will be coordinated so that Sunday morning services will be held one after the other at Yegua Creek and Elgin. Pastor Terry graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary and was ordained in the Southern Baptist Church, then was ordained in the Evangelical Free Church as well.
Charlene says, “Pastor Terry has served as a minister for many years, and he has special background showing love for others in his having worked for two years with troubled youth. Pastor Terry also uplifted people at the end of life by working for two years as a hospice minister.” She adds, “We welcome Pastor Terry and Rachel, as we bid farewell to Pastor Paul who will return to his family in Virginia.”
Coupland Volunteer Fire Department
Mark your calendars now for the annual CVFD Chili Supper—Saturday, March 2, from 5 p.m. until sold out, at the Coupland Fire Station. Lieutenant John Roulston-Bates says, “We welcome you to our 31st Chili Supper fundraiser. After 31 years we’ve gotten pretty good at the chili.”
The firefighters appreciate the community coming out to support the department. Volunteer fire departments depend on this type of fundraising to operate. Donations support training, equipment, and other essential supplies. John Roulston-Bates adds, “We offer our signature chili available in medium, hot, and 3-alarm, desserts, and iced tea, as well as a silent auction and fire truck tours.
Lone Star Polocrosse Club
Prissy Rumel announces that the Lone Star Polocrosse Club, located 5 miles east of Coupland, is gearing up for the 2019 season. The Club will be hosting Polocrosse playdays March 2-3, April 6-7, and June 1-2 at their field on FM 1466.
Prissy says, “Spectators are welcome! Also we will be having regular practices every weekend, usually Saturday afternoons. We invite anyone interested to come and join us.” She adds, “We have some of the best Polocrosse coaches in the country in our club! We are excited to be cheering on two of our club members who will be traveling to Australia in mid-April to represent the USA at the Polocrosse World Cup.”
Polocrosse is similar to polo and lacrosse. Prissy explains, “You only need one horse to play this sport, so if you’re looking for something fun and exciting to do, come join us.” Polocrosse offers levels for all ages and abilities. She says, “If you are a member of a horse club or association and would like to have a Polocrosse clinic, contact us and we’ll arrange that.” Their Facebook page is Lone Star Polocrosse. Prissy can be reached at 512-635-7292 and firstname.lastname@example.org.