Thursday, July 29, 2021


Golfers raise money for Arbuckle Depot

First place team, “The Fab Four” Bob Martinez, Sadie Strain, Valerie Strain, and Derick Strain.

Submitted by: Gary Traynham

The Arbuckle Revitalization Committee successfully kicked off its 2021 fundraising with its first golf tournament at the Arbuckle Golf Club last week.

ARC president Diana Lytal estimated it was a $6,500 fundraiser with 12 teams participating in the scramble format.

Sadie, Valerie, and Derick Strain, and Bob Martinez won the event by a whopping 10 shots ahead of runners-up Valerie Ehrke, Trish Gustafson, Jim Borchard, and Gene Martinez. David Dudley, Jose, and Raymond Beltran, and Ruben Garcia took third.

Nancy Uhland won a 12-gauge shotgun as the top raffle prize.

Succeed Net, Zippy Chicken Farms, J. D. Charter Family Farms, and Sticky Trees were major sponsors.

“We were overwhelmed at the support for our first golf tournament,” Lytal said.

The group is directing the money to help with the dismantling of the Arbuckle Train Depot for salvage and relocating the depot adjacent to Veterans Park, where it can be used for community meetings.

ARC built LaVanche Hursh Park and Wee Park and helped with Veterans Park.

The group also uses fundraising money to support its monthly sweep-the-streets cleanup program.

Highlights on their annual calendar are the Depot Birthday and Car Show, held the last Sunday in October; the Hometown Holiday Stroll, on the first Saturday in December; the Pumpkin Festival, in October; the Vintage Market, in September; and the Farmers Market, from June through August.

Lytal adds that ARC is aiming for $20,000 in donations for the Arbuckle Depot renovation and relocation, which will come at a cost in excess of $100,000.

Other ARC officers are Elijah Rodriguez, vice president; Lacy Gimple, secretary; Mary Ann Boles, treasurer, and Rod Bradford, Virgil Lytal, Luis Rodriguez, Lorraine Joy, Valerie Ehrke and Debbie Charter, directors.

The group is currently holding a membership drive. Those wishing more information may contact Lytal at

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