Elk NetworkFence-Building, Camping and Fun at the North Texas Rendezvous

Volunteer News | September 23, 2021

The 2021 Texas State Rendezvous was originally planned for February; the typical unpredictable Texas weather took a turn for the worse in the form of a crippling ice storm that forced our team to move the Rendezvous to post-banquet season in summer. We met at Parrie Haynes Ranch outside of Killeen, Texas, the week of June 3rd to gather as a state.

Parrie Haynes Ranch is a private ranch which is managed by the Boys and Girls Club of Central Texas. They host many youth camps, hunts and gatherings of all sorts throughout the year. The clubhouse is set up on a hill overlooking the Lampasas River, where you can view wildlife and beautiful scenery. Our group of 40 was made up of volunteers from around the state, with all age ranges and great representation from over five chapters.

We had a campfire nightly with opportunities to fish, canoe, hike, swim, shoot clays, and more. On Saturday morning, our volunteers got together to build a split-rail fence overlooking the valley. The cedar fence took around 3 hours to build. We were able to gather for an overview and strategy meeting for current RMEF Texas committee members Saturday as well. Topics ranged from reviewing 2020 numbers, to 2021-2022 goals, and how to reach potential new volunteers as our state continues to grow. Parrie Haynes Ranch was again scheduled for the 2022 Rendezvous and we look forward to returning!