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Becoming a Lasso in 1963 was an honor and a privilege for me. Being a Lasso was something I dreamed about when I first went to Jeff because I had seen the Lassos at football games at Alamo Stadium and in Fiesta parades. I couldn’t wait to try out, but first I had to learn to rope and march. Thankfully Diana Kellerman, my neighbor, who was on the roping team had the patience to teach me. I couldn’t believe how lucky I was to become a Lasso and how proud I was to wear the blue skirt, red blouse, and those white boots and hat.

I think all Lasso sisters would agree that being a Lasso positively affected our lives. We learned leadership skills via officer positions; we learned to march, rope, and perform as a team; we learned the value of friendships.

The Lasso Alumni Association and its dedicated Board of Directors realizes that being a Lasso today still offers young women opportunities for leadership, teamwork, and friendships. We work with the young women and teach them roping skills. We support their activities by attending their performances. We devote ourselves to raising funds for uniforms, competitions, and scholarships so that any young woman who wants to be a Lasso can be a Lasso.

The demographics of the TJHS neighborhood have changed since most of us were there, and for many families it is difficult to meet the expenses of being a Lasso. That makes your contributions more important than ever in preserving the Lasso tradition.

You can help us help young woman by becoming as involved as your time permits. One important thing you can do is join the Lasso Alumni Association yearly as your dues are a valuable resource. Also consider a donation of money or time. We have many committees that need help throughout the year. Attend our fundraisers. Encourage your Lasso sisters to join and volunteer.

It does take a village to raise a child, and the Lasso Alumni Association is that village. Together we will keep the Lasso tradition alive.
Nancy Graham York
Nancy Graham York
TJHS Class of 1965