Chaparral Women's Club is a non-profit service organization that has served the community of Round Rock for over 43 years. Originally established in April of 1969 as a Junior Woman's Club made up of 14 Charter members it has now grown to over 50 active members. Although no longer affiliated with Junior Woman's Club, the Chaparrals have maintained the original mission statement.
Purpose of the Chaparral Women’s Club
The Club is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and fundraising efforts of our members. Its purpose is exclusively charitable.
Club members volunteer their time to the community by participating in a variety of service projects such as:
· Round Rock Partners in Education School Supply Drive
· Texas Baptist Children's Home Open House
· Blue Santa
· Coats for Kids Collection & Distribution
· Wonder and Worries
· Pajama Program of Williamson County
· Williamson County Crisis Center hand-Me-Ups Clothing Project
· Any Baby Can projects
· Cushing Retirement Center Annual Bingo Party
· Texas Baptist Children's Home Prom Project
· Round Rock Serving Center Annual Food Drive
· ARC "Project Parent" Collections for Families with Disabled Children
· Coats for Kids Fun One Miler Kids' Run
· Insur-A-Kid Phone Bank
Funds raised by the Chaparral Women’s Club go to non-profit organizations that serve residents of Williamson County. These organizations apply for grants at the beginning of the calendar year. After an extensive review process performed by a select committee of Chaparral members, the proposed recipients are presented to the club for final review and vote. Grants are distributed in the spring. In addition, Chaparral Women’s Club gives three scholarships to graduating seniors.
Chaparral Women’s Club has volunteered countless hours towards projects such as Texas Baptist Children’s Home, Coats for Kids, The Pajama Program, Wonders and Worries, Round Rock Serving Center, YMCA of Greater Williamson County, Meals on Wheels, Any Baby Can, Literacy Council of Williamson County, and Blue Santa.
Club membership is comprised of local women from all walks of life. Although the women of Chaparral Women’s Club are diverse, each member is dedicated to community service. Members strive to stay in tune with the needs in our community in hope for a better tomorrow. To contact a member, visit our officers page.
2011-2012 Grant Recipients
Organizations apply for grants and after an extensive review process, proposed recipients are presented to the club for final review. Last year, Chaparral Women’s Club awarded $41,500 in grants to the following charitable organizations:
|A World For Children
|Agape Pregnancy Resource Center
|Annunciation Maternity Home
|Capital Area Food Bank
|CASA of Williamson County Texas
|Children's Diabetes Camp of Central Texas
|Christ Child Society
|Epilepsy Foundation Central and South Texas
|Faith in Action Caregivers Northwest
|Faith In Action Senior Access
|Friends of the Round Rock Public Library
|Georgetown Palace Theatre, Inc.
|Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County
|Humane Society of Williamson County
|Life Steps - Williamson Council on Alcohol and Drugs
|Literacy Council of Williamson County
|Ride on Center for Kids
|Round Rock Area Serving Center
|Round Rock ISD Partners in Education Foundation
|Round Rock Police Department Operation Blue Santa
|Scott & White Healthcare Foundation
|Texas Baptist Children's Home
|The Care Communities
|Williamson-Burnet County Opportunities, Inc.
|Wonders and Worries
|YMCA of Greater Williamson County
In 2012, four scholarships totaling $4,500 were given to stellar students based on academic achievement, financial need, and a variety of distinguished character traits.
The Spirit of Chaparral Scholarship - Seeks to recognize a young woman who has spent time giving back to her community in philanthropic or religious charities, specifically in a leadership role(s). Activities, academics, financial need and essay content will be considerations for this scholarship.
The Dian Moore Memorial Scholarship - Honors a late RRISD educator and member. We seek candidates (male or female) who are pursuing education or working with young children as a career. Career goals, academic standing, leadership experiences and financial need are all considered for this scholarship.
The Chaparral Business, Science, and Technology Scholarship - Seeks to recognize a student (male or female) interested in majoring in business, applied or natural science at an institute of higher learning. Career goals, academic standing, activities, and financial need are all considered for this scholarship.
The Clay Madsen Memorial Scholarship - Honors a late RRHS scholar/athlete and son of a former Chaparral Women’s Club member. This scholarship, available only to Round Rock High School males, seeks applicants who are involved in athletics, church activities, and possess outstanding character traits.
2010-2012 Service Projects
Round Rock Partners in Education
Chaparrals launch the volunteer year by providing on-site, volunteer efforts in distributing school supplies to qualified Round Rock ISD students. In coordination with the RRISD Education Foundation, members organized, sorted and distribute thousands of supply packets each year. In 2010, more than 10,000 packets were distributed.
Texas Baptist Children’s Home Open House
For many years Chaparral Women’s Club has hosted a reception for the children at TBCH and their teachers. This reception enables the teachers of Round Rock ISD to meet House Parents and further their understanding of the work of the Texas Baptist Children’s Home. Chaparrals host the open house and provide dinner.
Round Rock Area Serving Center Food Drive
Chaparral Women’s Club offers assistance to the Serving Center in the collection of food for our local food pantry. Volunteers for this project deliver food barrels to area schools for food collection. When the food drive is complete, Chaparrals collect the food barrels and deliver them to the Serving Center.
Coats for Kids Distribution Day
Every year, club members eagerly set aside the first Saturday of November in anticipation of this much loved volunteer opportunity. Hundreds of children receive a new or nearly new coat to ward off the coming winter.
The Pajama Program provides new pajamas and books to children in need, many who are waiting and hoping to be adopted. Thousands of the children they serve live in orphanages, group homes and shelters and are shuffled often between temporary living facilities. Many of them have been abused or abandoned, and have never enjoyed the simple comfort of having a warm pair of pajamas and a book to read in bed.
Wonders & Worries
Wonders & Worries helps children cope when a parent faces serious or life-threateningillness. Chaparral members participated in an ice cream social and were able to meet some of the children and visit with them. In the fall of 2012, members also helped paint the Wonders and Worries offices and participated in their Festifall.