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January 25, 2023 - Reunions and Meetings

Clara City Minnesota

Clara City Minnesota Community Breakfast will be held on Friday, January 27, 9 a.m. at Martha’s Restaurant, 502 Val Verde Rd., in Donna. Anyone from that area of Minnesota is welcome. Questions, call Lorna Glesne at (320) 905-7331.

Masonic Winter Texan Reunion

The 42nd Annual MN/TX Masonic Reunion will be held on Saturday, January 28, at the Rio Grande Valley Shrine Club, 13415 E Expressway 83 in La Feria. The social hour will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch at 12:30 p.m. The cost is $15. Grand Master of Minnesota, M.W. Tony Krall, will be the honored guest and featured speaker and Masonic Widows will be recognized. For reservations, contact Roger Taylor at (320) 980-5240 or Doug Sherman at (320) 760-3914.

Kanabec County, MN Residents

All Kanabec County, Minnesota residents are welcome to meet at Gatti’s Pizza on January 31 at 11 a.m., 4100 N. 2nd St. in McAllen.

Treasure Lake Resort

Treasure Lake Resort, Branson, Missouri, will have a reunion on Wednesday, February 1, at 11:30 a.m. at Mr. Gatti’s, in McAllen,  4100 N. 2nd St. (Col. Rowe Blvd.). For more information, contact Deb Fulke at (816) 590-2350.

Ringgold County and Surrounding Areas

The Ringgold County and surrounding area, including Diagonal, Iowa reunion will be held Friday, February 3, at 11 a.m. at Martha’s Restaurant on Val Verde Rd. in Donna. Questions may be directed to Alan Oshel at (417) 770-5411. RSVP would be appreciated. If you wish to see this event continue, please attend.

Martin County Minnesota Reunion

All present and former residents of Martin County are invited to a gathering at the China Café, 4713 N. 10th St., in McAllen, on Monday, February 6, beginning at 11 a.m. For more information or questions, contact (507) 236-3470.

Hardin Co. IA Annual Reunion

The Hardin Co. IA Annual Reunion will be held at the Golden Corral, 300 W. Expwy. 83, in Weslaco, on February 6 at noon. For more information, call Alan at (319) 329-5665.

Annual Retired UAW Luncheon

The Annual Retired UAW Luncheon will be held on Monday, February 6 at Lin’s Grand Buffet, 1402 W. Expressway 83, in Weslaco, at 11:30 a.m. For information, call Gail at (612) 220-0701.

Pennsylvania 11th Annual Reunion

The Pennsylvania Winter Texans Luncheon will be held Tuesday, February 7th, at Mr. Gatti’s Pizza, 4100 N. 2nd St. (Col. Rowe Blvd.), McAllen at 11 a.m. RSVP to Allyn at (570) 335-7209.

Alcoa Retirees Meeting

The Alcoa Retirees Meeting will be held at 12 p.m. at Mr. Gatti’s on 2nd St., on Wednesday, February 8. The meeting will be held on the second Wednesday of each month through April. For more information, contact Gerry Hueser at (563) 340-3132.

Winter Texan Newmar Luncheon

The Winter Texan Newmar Luncheons will be held at The Golden Corral at 1301 E. Jackson Ave, in McAllen. It will be held February 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is a reservation deadline usually two days before event. Be sure to tell the host you are with the Newmar group when you arrive. The cost is $14.61. Judy Swing and Donna Ritchie will be the new hosts and we’re looking forward to seeing many familiar faces. You can register on the Newmar webpage, under calendar or contact Judy Swing at (815) 370-2513. Her email is

Xcel Energy Power, Northern States Retirees

XCel Energy Power, Northern States Retirees Annual Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, February 8 at 12:30 p.m. at Eldorado Hotel, 755 Main St., in Alamo. For more information, call Shirley Boerges at (956) 929-0110.

Widows’ Comfort Connection

The Widows’ Comfort Connection is a peer-led widows support group which meets the first Saturday of every month from 12 to 2 p.m. at Tropical Valley Acres Mobile Home Park, 1240 E. Business Highway 83, in Mission. For more information, call Nancy Martinez at (956) 249-5292.

Senior Slow Pitch Softball

The Ed Martens Senior Softball League meets on Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday. The games are in the mornings at 9 a.m. at West Side Park in McAllen on Ware Rd. There are two leagues – one for beginners, and one for seasoned players. Call Fred at (956) 897-6961 or Mike at (734) 834-128 for more information.

Model Rail Roading & Railroaders

Model Rail Roading & Railroaders have started getting together. Anyone interested in joining the group can join them Monday through Friday at the Hidalgo Pumphouse. Call Red at (313) 532-8549 for more information.

RGV Woodcarvers

The Rio Grande Valley Woodcarvers have begun their seasonal meetings. The woodcarvers are meeting at the Nomad Shrine Club, 1044 W. Nolana Blvd., in Pharr. The Carvers meet weekly on Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. through March. Everyone is welcome to come and visit and join the club. After a third visit, you will be asked to become a member with annual dues. More information can be found online at Get ready to build/carve for the Woodcarvers Show in January.

Senior Ambassadors

The Senior Ambassadors is looking for singers to join their chorus. Senior Ambassadors is composed of men from the Valley and Winter Texan community. They perform choral music from sacred and semi classical, to pop and country. Practice sessions are held each Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. at Bentsen Grove Resort (1645 S. Bentsen Rd.) in Mission. They perform 10 to 12 times each season at various venues in the RGV. For more information, call Paul Hunter (956) 310-9515.

Reunions are a great time to catch up with friends, old and new. Here we will feature reunions and meetings that are happening throughout the Valley. We hope that if you are having such a meeting, you will send the information to us so we can help you spread the word.

If you have a great photo from your reunion or meeting, we would love to see that too. We love seeing photos of Red Hatter groups and others as they gather at local restaurants to catch up and share what's new.

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