Guest Author - Letta Meinen
Our 2008 Ladies Golf Association of Salado is now over with our final Christmas Luncheon on December 3rd at the Stagecoach Dining Room at 11:30 a.m. Our Social director handled all the arrangements and our room was set up to serve our lady golfers. Our meal was a choice of Toss or Chicken Caesar salad with a serving of hushpuppies and broth, rolls, ice tea and coffee and a choice of dessert.
Stagecoach Inn and Dining room is a historic building in Salado which was a stagecoach stop in early Texas history. There were rooms for travelers plus a meal was prepared for them with whatever was available that day. In the 1940ís the Stagecoach was purchased and made into the restaurant for weary travelers. As years progressed a motel was added and the restaurant expanded the original building to accommodate more guests.
Stagecoach became popular for travelers along Interstate #35 and the small village of Salado grew with the addition of a nine hole golf course called Mill Creek Golf Course. Expansion came again to the golf course with 18 holes in 1987 and in 2001 added another nine holes was added. The Mill Creek Community Association was formed as people began buying and building homes making Salado a thriving small community. This small historical community continues to grow but keeps it small town atmosphere. Dining here is always a pleasant time.
Stagecoach Dining room has remained popular with travelers and guest and it was a welcome place to have our Ladies Golf Luncheon. We use this time together to hand out the winners of our Ringer and Birdie Tree prizes. We announce the new incoming officers for 2009 and as President
I gave a gift to each of my board members as thanks for their help and service for the past year. I pondered long as to just what I could give each person that would seem special and different. My thoughts went to Rochelle Beach who has a craft business where she works with a cinnamon mixture to make creative items. I have corresponded with Rochelle for many years and have ordered items from her Web site. Her items are unique and I asked her to make me 15 angels with something on them that related to golf. Since she is not a golfer we had several emails over a month or more. Her creations are either dolls or angels dressed up with something on them that corresponds with the personís interest.
I have one of her dolls that she called Hannah that I had to order as that was my motherís name and since my mother loved to sew she added a sewing basket, scissors and thread. The cinnamon smell is always a reminder of this little creation of Rochelle. For these Angels she thought of having a score card and a pencil in the hands of the angels with the name of the Mill Creek Golf Club on the card.
My order arrived and I had small gold bags ready to hold each gift with a thank you card made up for each of my board members. The gifts were well received and I included one of the Rochelleís card she had sent along as it had her web site address so they could check out the many creative items she makes with cinnamon. Here is her web site address www.cinnaminnies.com.
I was also presented a gift as past president which was a silver book marker as they all know about my books. I was also pleased as it had hearts all over it since I live on the Heart of Texas Golf hole at our Club. It was a nice ending of my year as President of our Ladies Golf Association.
Most of the people in the pictures were on my 2008 board of the LGA.