LCRA, Bluebonnet Electric Co-op award $4,463 Grant to Maxwell Social Club

Energy-efficient windows will increase overall comfort, appearance of popular meeting space

Dec. 6, 2022

LCRA and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative representatives present a $4,463 grant for upgrades to the Maxwell Social Club building. The grant is part of LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. Pictured, from left to right, are: David Kristynic, Maxwell Social Club past president; Rick Arnic, LCRA Regional Affairs representative; Darrell Hess, club first vice president; Milton Shaw, Bluebonnet director; Jeff Van Horn, club president; Margaret D. “Meg” Voelter, LCRA Board member; Benny Hilburn, club past vice president; Kirk Smith, club treasurer; Ronda Reagan, club vice president; Dennis Engelke, Caldwell County grant administrator; and Jo Anna Gilland, Bluebonnet community and development services representative.

MAXWELL, Texas – A $4,463 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative will help the Maxwell Social Club purchase new energy-efficient windows and solar screens.

The Community Development Partnership Program grant will allow the club to replace seven metal single-pane windows with double-pane windows and solar screens, enhancing the comfort and appearance of the facility and making it more attractive as a meeting location.

“The Maxwell Social Club serves as a meeting place for the community of Maxwell,” said Ronda Reagan, club vice president. “It is the only regional event center around and is the center of events and gatherings for the community.”

Reagan said some Maxwell residents rent out-of-town facilities because the windows at the Maxwell Social Club contribute to uncomfortable temperatures inside the building during the summer and winter months. She said the 1985-era windows have turned colors and are not easy to see through.

New windows and solar screens will provide a more comfortable facility for the community, lower utility bills for the club and a more pleasing appearance.

“The windows will make the building more beautiful and energy efficient for all of our renters,” Reagan said.

The building is more than 6,000 square feet and sits on two acres of land. It is available for rent for reunions, weddings, graduation parties and other events. Reagan hopes the new windows draw even more visitors.

“The Maxwell Social Club represents a key part of Maxwell’s past and future,” she said. “We are excited for the community to see the updated windows and enjoy the space with their friends and family.”

The community grant is one of 46 grants awarded recently through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program, which helps volunteer fire departments, local governments, emergency responders and nonprofit organizations fund capital improvement projects in LCRA’s wholesale electric, water and transmission service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves. Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative is one of LCRA’s wholesale electric customers and is a partner in the grant program.

Applications for the next round of grants will be accepted in January. More information is available at

About LCRA
The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and transmitting electric power; providing a clean, reliable water supply; and offering outdoor adventures at more than 40 parks along the Colorado River from the Texas Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. LCRA and its employees are committed to fulfilling our mission to enhance the quality of life of the Texans we serve through water stewardship, energy and community service. LCRA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1934 and receives no state appropriations. For more information, visit

About Bluebonnet
Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative is one of the largest electric cooperatives in Texas and has been serving its members since 1939. Bluebonnet serves more than 122,000 meters and owns and maintains 12,000 miles of power lines, located across more than 3,800 square miles within 14 Central Texas counties. Bluebonnet’s service area stretches from Travis County to Washington County, and from Milam County to Gonzales County. For more information about Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative, go to and follow the co-op on Facebook and Twitter.

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