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Association meets with 8 western A&M Clubs

Susan "Sue" Owen '94 September 1, 2023 3:31 PM updated: September 1, 2023 3:45 PM

The Southern California Aggies held their annual Beach Bonfire in August.
The Southern California Aggies held their annual Beach Bonfire in August.
Kelly Eisenzopf ’04, left, and Jeff Baker ’04, right, of the Sierra Nevada A&M Club took The Association's Nathan Drain '23 to Lake Tahoe.


Even though Texas A&M Clubs are all unique, they are solving many similar challenges while they bring Aggies together, as Association staff member Nathan Drain ’23 can attest.

From Aug. 16 to Aug. 24, 2023, he visited eight Texas A&M Clubs in four states, meeting with as many Aggie volunteer leaders as he could along the route. 

“It is inspiring to see so many Aggies so eager to foster the Aggie Spirit outside of Aggieland,” said Drain, who is one of The Association’s two Club Programs coordinators. “The Spirit of Aggieland was never meant to reside in College Station. No matter how small the Club, the Spirit is the same across the nation.”

He drove from El Paso through New Mexico, Arizona, California and Nevada before flying back to College Station from Phoenix. Along the way, he met with:

In San Francisco, Drain met with Kylie Gerbich '14, center, and Katie Carter '17.


Over 270 A&M Clubs worldwide are chartered by The Association, and for The Association’s staff, trips like these are a valuable opportunity to visit in-depth with the volunteers they may normally only get to talk with on the phone or virtually. 

Drain said that when he talks with the Clubs about support The Association can offer them, one of the most eagerly-received ideas is the ability to send out an email survey to Aggies in the Club’s geographic area, asking for example what types of Aggie events people would like to attend and how far they are willing to drive. 

Some participants might prefer happy hours, others might want family gatherings; and many A&M Clubs are seeking fresh ideas and new ways to engage young alumni participants, Drain said.

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