TEXAS COUNTRY REPORTER HOSTS HEADLINE HSU ROUND TABLE
By LORETTA FULTON
Bob and Kelli Phillips, co-hosts of the popular TV series, Texas Country Reporter, will bring their observations and insights from years of traveling the state to Abilene March 26 for the annual Hardin-Simmons University Round Table Scholarship Luncheon.
The luncheon will be held 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Abilene Country Club, 4039 Treadaway Blvd. Individual tickets are $35. Ticket and table sponsorship deadline is March 12. To make reservations and sponsorship information, go to https://connect.hsutx.edu/hsuroundtable
In addition to the presentation by Bob and Kelli Phillips, the Woman of Virtue Award and a scholarship winner will be presented. The Virtue Award goes to a woman ”who has exhibited exemplary leadership within her sphere of influence, who has exhibited fiscal, emotional or physical support to the ongoing of Hardin-Simmons University, and who represents Christian values and beliefs foundational to HSU,” according to publicity.
The scholarship winner must be entering her junior year at Hardin-Simmons the upcoming fall semester and have maintained a 3.0 grade point average since beginning her freshman year at HSU.
Bob and Kelli married in 2007 and she joined Bob on the road in September 2015. “Since 1972, Bob has traveled the backroads and told the stories of real Texans – ordinary people doing extraordinary things, according to the website, http://texascountryreporter.com. “Texas Country Reporter celebrates the history, emotion and beauty that make Texas and Texans so unique.”
Kelli was a former news anchor at KFDM television station in Beaumont, where Bob once worked.
The Round Table was founded in the fall of 1910 by Simmons College First Lady, Lucile Sandefer, to cultivate friendships among faculty wives. The first meeting was held around her round dining room table. Under her leadership and business acumen, the women undertook projects that would transform and enhance the campus.
In 1915, they purchased and planted 100 pecan trees, many of which remain on the campus today, and constructed an irrigation system to water the new plantings. In 1919 when electricity first became available to the surrounding community, the HSU Round Table convinced the City Council to install lights on the campus. Their fundraising projects brought the first concert grand piano to campus, and the early club members sponsored several concerts.
In more recent years, the club placed a sundial on the campus lawn and participated in the Millennial Light Project though the purchase of a light outside Moody Center.