Driftwood raffle supports Community Center

One of this year’s raffle prizes is a “beautiful queen-size quilt fashioned by the Driftwood Quilters.” PHOTO BY DRIFTWOOD COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT CLUB

By: 
John Pacheco

 

The Driftwood Community Improvement Club (DCIC) will hold the drawings of its annual raffles on Saturday October 7, at 7 p.m., at the Driftwood Community Center, located at the intersection of FM 150 and CR 170 (Elder Hill Road behind the Methodist Church). The raffles provide funds for the upkeep of the Driftwood Community Center.

This year’s raffles are for a “beautiful queen-size quilt fashioned by the Driftwood Quilters,” and a Browning X-Bolt .270 Deer Rifle. Tickets are $2 each, or $5 for 3 tickets. DCIC volunteers will be selling tickets at the Salt Lick, 18300 FM 1826, Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Tickets can also be obtained by calling Jim Fletcher at (512) 858-7597, or attending the drawing on October 7, at 7pm, at the Driftwood Community. Raffle tickets will be available until just before the raffle, and the community is invited to share in a DCIC potluck supper (brisket and sausage will be provided) at the event.

“The center occupies the old schoolhouse which closed in the 1940s when the school district amalgamated with Buda,” DCIC member and historian J. Marie Bassett said.

“During the dark days of World War II, the womenfolk of the young men who had gone to war would gather there to exchange news and provide mutual support. It was from these gatherings that the Driftwood Community Improvement Club originated. For many early members, ‘the war to end all wars,’ World War I, was still fresh in their minds.”

Bassett also said this year marks another anniversary, and recollected another Driftwood event.

“This year marks 100 years since America entered that war [World War I]. News of it weighed heavily on veterans of the Civil War, gathered for their 21st annual reunion at Camp Ben McCulloch that year. A wave of patriotism resulted in a surprising addition to the flagstaff. For the first time, the ‘riddled and bloodstained Stars and Bars divided honors with the Star-Spangled banner.’ Dr. S. H. Moore, professor of history at Georgetown’s Southwestern University, spoke on the European War in ‘one of the most interesting and instructive addresses ever delivered at the camp,’” Bassett said.

“Whether Dr. Moore’s rousing address led to so many of local boys joining up is not known. It is known that 24 who gave Driftwood as their address did. All but one returned. A century later, Driftwood is a very different place, but its community spirit still exists. We invite the community to join us and share in our potluck supper.” Bassett concluded.

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