The Linden Heritage Foundation’s reception honoring Charter Members was a delightful evening graciously hosted by Ruth Halleck on April 23, 2016. Attendees came from Arkansas, the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex, South Texas, and Northeast Texas. Hospitality Committee members Mary Janet Allen Wells, Charlotte Bennett Wells, and Wanda Ayers Burns did a fantastic job with refreshments, name tags, and door prizes, and gave all a friendly Linden welcome.
President Sam Higdon welcomed everyone, presented certificates to Charter Members, introduced Directors, and reiterated the importance of the Foundation. From Joe B. Lovelace, members and guests learned details of the Firehouse Rescue Fund Campaign.
Sue Morris Lazara spoke about the Request for Proposals for commercial development of Linden’s 1934 Water Tower as well as restoration of the 1939 Firehouse. It was exciting to see LeTourneau University senior engineering student Lucas Allen’s post-restoration rendering of the historic Firehouse.
Historical-restoration architect Ed Sergeant displayed and discussed his conceptual rendering of the restored Water Tower, Firehouse, and surrounding area. His wife Laura joins him in enthusiasm about the Foundation because generations of her family have been Cass County residents.
The Foundation thanks Jo Anna Duncan and Neil Abeles for their expert photography during the evening, and to businesses and individuals who furnished door prizes. Above all, the evening would have been impossible without the Linden Heritage Foundation Charter Members whose valuable support is important now and in the future. The Foundation is also grateful to our Parliamentarian, Kay Temple Stephens, for preparing this summary of the Reception.