THE HISTORY OF

                              ROCKWALL WOMEN'S LEAGUE

 

 

When Patsy Hendrickson invited six friends to her home in September

1973 to discuss starting a woman’s organization in Rockwall, her

concept was simple: do good and have fun.

 

Many years later, that group of friends has evolved into a vibrant,

service-oriented group of women who work side-by-side with Rockwall

businesses and residents to produce the largest annual fundraiser in

Rockwall County and contribute thousands of volunteer hours to area

social service agencies.

 

In 1980, when Women’s League hosted its first fundraiser, the event was held

at Chandler’s Landing.  Some 300 people attended the Mardi Gras-

 themed ball, dancing to the sound of Starfire and enjoying a midnight

 breakfast buffet.  Raffle items included Chinese vases from Clements

Antiques and artwork by local artists including Donald Mitchell and

Electra Malone. Women’s League members were ecstatic when their

work netted almost $5,000, which the group donated to local charities.

 

Back in 1973 when fewer than 4,000 people lived in Rockwall, everyone

knew each other and neighbors helped neighbors. But by the 1980s,

Lake Ray Hubbard had been created, Rockwall’s population had

mushroomed and  Helping Hands had been founded.

 

With its yearly disbursement to the Helping Hands Children's Medical

Fund, Rockwall Women’s League has helped hundreds of children who

would otherwise have gone without medical care, prescribed medicine,

eyeglasses, dental care and counseling services.  RWL also helps

organize the annual Christmas Tree Lighting and contributes countless

hours to the school district, Helping Hands Food Pantry, Rainbow Room

and other area nonprofits.    

 

Rockwall Women’s League has made a tremendous difference in the

lives of many young people and their families by awarding scholarships

to graduating Seniors. The scholarships not only help students

financially, but give them confidence in pursuing higher education and

enable them to be role models for other students in the Rockwall

community

 

Today, Rockwall Women's League members are a diverse and

enthusiastic group, continuing the tradition of service to the community,

the League and their families.