Paula Goode Lohse

For 20 years, the Central Texas Baylor Women, whether graduates or fans, met annually to honor the Distinguished Baylor Woman and raise money for the Central Texas Endowed Scholarship.

This year’s brunch is from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at The Venue in Salado. It includes a silent auction and a style show by Susan Marie’s of Salado.

The Baylor Religious Hour Reunion Choir, led by Kurt Kaiser will perform at the brunch and sing at the Feb. 16 service at First Baptist Church in Salado.

Another addition this year will be a reunion of former Athenean Club members of Baylor. This club later became Kappa Kappa Gamma National Sorority. Emcee will be Carol Mills, who was honored as the Distinguished Baylor Woman of 2013. Mills and her husband, Billy Mills, are the co-presidents of the Central Texas Baylor alumni.

The special guest speaker will be the first lady of Baylor University, Alice Starr, wife of president Ken Starr.

The Distinguished Baylor Woman for 2014 is Paula Goode Lohse, born and raised in Central Texas and educated in Killeen public schools. She received a bachelor’s degree in music from Baylor, attended the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and is a graduate of the National Automobile Dealer Association’s Dealer Academy. She is a board member of the Texas A&M Foundation.

Lohse is dealer in principal at Toyota of Killeen where she spearheaded the “Turkeys for the Troops” project, which handed out 3,000 turkeys to active-duty military families the week before Thanksgiving and serves as a board member for Vive Les Arts Theatre and the Metroplex Hospital Governing Board.

Recently appointed to the A&M-Central Texas School of Business Advisory Board, she was named a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of America. She received the “Friend of Education” award from Killeen ISD and the Ted Connell Community Commitment award from Peaceable Kingdom.

Lohse has three children: Jennifer Angell, Lea Anne Erwin and John Lohse; and three grandchildren, Ren, Birdie and Charlie.

Tickets for the brunch are $35 and may be paid at the door. Reservations must be made by Wednesday. Call Pam Dial Taylor at 254-760-8855.

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