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March 2014

MARCH 2014

HOWDY FOLKS…..IT’S HOWDY-ROO TIME!     Yes….all local pod members are soliciting sponsorships and donations for The 43rd Annual “HOWDY-ROO” Regional CCO/Lonestar State BBQ Championship on Saturday May 3rd and on Sunday The HLP “Backbone Creek” CCO.

Charities for this year are:  Pet Pals will sell raffle tickets and provide final table judges for Backbone Creek CCO, Marble Falls Helping Center will sell raffle tickets and manage the silent auction, Marble Falls VFD will sell raffle tickets, manage the concession stand and other things we ask, and Boy Scout Troup #284 will sell raffle tickets, move table and chairs, garbage pickup and other things we ask.
As you all know, sooo many things to do to get ready for such an event.  Thank you Ruby for all your dedication in doing paper work, getting sponsors, permits, judges, organizing chili and BBQ trophies, making deposits and so much more.  Thank you Fred and Melba ( for the great job you do organizing the vendors.  Thank you Johnny ( for designing and making copies of the HR flyer and taking care of the BBQ and bean cooks.  Thank you to Candi and Craig for coming in with so much energy, ideas and helping out in anyway we ask or want.
If you are interested in playing golf on Friday, contact Doc (  Tee Time is Friday at noon, please check in at Doc’s camp by 10:30 AM.  Carrie will have a snack for the golfers before we head out.  Our traveling trophy “Boggy” is so excited about his outing.  He loves HOWDY-ROO….he always gets something NEW.

Friday evenings cooks meal will be fried fish, cole slaw, hush  puppies and green beans with new potatoes prepared by Candi and Craig served at 7 PM.  Please bring chips, dips and snacks to share at 6:15 PM.  Margaritas and wine will be provided.  Haven’t heard for sure whether our desert will be donated will let you know if Carrie ( will need deserts.

If you want a red “HOWDY” shirt, please contact Carrie.  She will be taking orders until April 18th.  S-M-L-XL $8.00.  XXL-XXXL $10.00.

I appreciate everyone that has volunteered to help and all that you have done to make HOWDY-ROO a SUCCESS.  We still have a lot pending for the CCO, if you would like to have input on decisions and have some ideas, please make plans to attend the pod meetings.  If you have not been assigned a particular obligation, please be on standby because there are always things that come up that we need help with.  We will need runners and monitors in the judging area during judging, so please volunteer or you will be asked.

Congratulations to all that have qualified for TICC.  If you have qualified and have not received your qualifying pin, please remind Carrie to give you a qualifying pin.  Remember to pay your Highland Lakes Pod Memberships to Carrie @ PO Box 878, Marble Falls, TX 78654.  $8 couple/$5 single.

Now for some humor…..the Pod has what we call “Chili Lotto” started by Griff SEVERAL years ago.  To be eligible for “Chili Lotto” you have to be present at meeting and purchase tickets for the drawing at the end of the meeting.  We started with a deck of cards with one joker.  If your # is drawn you get to pick a card.  If you pick the joker then you win half the $ and half goes to the Pod. If no winner tear that card up and it continues the next meeting.  Well, we have been playing this game for a long time, I think there were 10 or 11 cards left in the deck.  Candi drew Johnny’s # and BAMMMMMMM he picked the joker and won $689.  We harassed him so he called in pizza for all.  Will start with a new deck of cards the next meeting.  Congratulations Johnny!

Sending words of cheer and wishing better health to our loved ones in our chili family who are having some challenging times.  May you all recover soon and be on the Chili Trail.

Mail your entries to:  Ruby Ross-502 E. Avenue-Marble Falls, TX 78654
BBQ-$85/Lonestar Beans $10/CASI Chili $30