A Little History In 1973 the first chapter meeting was held with 59 members paying annual dues, officers were elected and committee chairpersons selected. In 1974 the Chapter hosted the second annual NSTDP Convention in Arlington, TX at the Inn of Six Flags on May 3-5. Approximately 600 attended.
On May 7, 1975 at the Tulsa Convention, Bluebonnet had the honor of being the first affiliated NSTDP Chapter.
In 1988 the Chapter co-hosted with the Yellow Rose and Fort Worth Tole and Decorative Painting Chapters, the 16th National Convention. It was held at the Anatole Hotel in Dallas Texas. Approximately 3000 attended the week of classes, trade show and programs.
The Chapter Now The Bluebonnet Chapter meets bi-monthly on the second Thursday of alternating months beginning in January. The annual meeting is held in November and officers are elected for the following year.
On General Meeting days, there is typically a morning workshop starting at 10:00 a.m., followed by lunch. The General Meeting starts at 1:00 p.m. On Board Meeting days, afternoons are devoted to Paint Ins. These are opportunities to finish up personal projects or to engage in the charitable painting projects of the Chapter.
At least one major fund raiser is held annually. These are member-taught classes and are listed on the Schedule page. Specific information about the project(s) will be posted in the Newsletter and Blog.
The Chapter has been participating in the Memory Box Program for several years, donating painted boxes to local Hospitals. The Memory Box Artist Program began in June 1998 to provide boxes to hospitals for the families of infants that pass away in the hospital. To date the program has provided more than 513,000 boxes for infant bereavement programs. In addition, the chapter engages in several other volunteer charitable projects. "Christmas in July" finds members painting favors for Meals on Wheels to be put on their delivered trays. Information on other projects can be found in the Blog and Newsletter, so visit often to stay in the loop!