The Golden Hub is a non-profit, 501 (c) 3, charitable organization serving the needs of the citizens of Gillespie County. Donations to the organization are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. The Golden Hub is incorporated under the official name of the Gillespie County Committee on Aging.
Golden Hub Staff
DIRECTOR – Denise Usener
BOOKKEEPER – Melanie Nagel
MOW COORDINATOR – Stephanie Borda
HEAD COOK – Amanda Borders
COOK – Sara Viveros
RECEPTIONIST – Shirley Sagebiel & Janie Heinemann
MAINTENANCE – Arturo Borda
DISHWASHER – Rick Hartmann
2022-2023 Board Members
PRESIDENT – Lloyd Jolly
EXECUTIVE OFFICERS – Elizabeth Bispo, Steve Cannon, John Doudna, Charles Quindry, and Jim Ryan
DIRECTORS – Barbara Banks, Lynda Bravenec, Sandy Poole, Barb Rathke, Wil Rathke, Marilyn Smith, Bill Stehling, Jan Webb
Our History & Story
Though not called the Golden Hub at the time, an original group of approximately a dozen people, including Mrs. Leta Ann Metzger, and led by the Rev. Ted Leonard of the United Methodist Church, formed a senior club in Fredericksburg in 1975. At that time, a contest was held to name the senior group and Mrs. John (Irene) Cramer won with her entry to the “The Happy Age Club” (which was later shortened to “The Happy Agers”.
In 1976, the group first started its “Meals on Wheels” program to provide hot meals to senior citizen shut-ins. Volunteers operated out of the kitchen at the First Baptist Church. In 1977, a sidewalk bake sale paid for the charter for the Gillespie County Committee on Aging (GCCOA).
Shortly thereafter, in 1978, the group moved its operations to the old First Methodist Church (now the Gillespie County Historical Society) at 312 W. San Antonio Street. It was in that location that volunteers remodeled the facility for the purpose of a senior citizen center. Already specialized groups were forming, such as the “Kaffee Klatsch” (a current events conversation club for retired men), and a “Church Mouse” area was opened to sell sewn items in order to earn revenue to pay for building
Life in ‘312’ was educational, inspiring, and entertaining,” wrote Margaret Squires, in her “The First Fifteen Years” account of the Golden Hub’s beginning. As Meals on Wheels became more popular and the senior clubs were well attended, it became apparent that the GCCOA had outgrown “312” and the search began for a new home.
That’s when the 7,000 square foot former furniture and floor covering store at 1009 N. Lincoln (the present-day Hub) was discovered and bought (with the proceeds from a fund drive, a rummage sale, and a surprise donation from the Ruby Stevens family.) The original purchase price was $85,000.
A crew of retired folks immediately began renovation work to transform the building into a workable center, based on plans drafted years earlier by Glenn Benjamin.About the time of the move-in, the Fredericksburg Standard editor Art Kowert wrote in his weekly, “Around the Square” column: Our senior citizens have embarked on one of the most ambitious programs that have ever been undertaken.”
On Nov. 4, 1982, a preview party was hosted and a contest was launched to find a new name for the center. The grand opening luncheon was held on Dec. 6, 1982, when it was announced that Maureen Baublitt’s contest submission of “The Golden Hub” was the newly chosen title for the senior center, making her a $25 prize winner.
At the time, Mrs. Baublitt said she came up with the name because the center and its various services and programs (including Meals on Wheels) reminded her of a wagon wheel with spikes shooting off in different directions, but remaining joined at the central hub. Plus, she said, the use of the word “golden” alluded to the senior citizens being in their “golden” years.
In its new home, the Hub’s activities continued and grew on a larger scale. In just eight short months, the committee burned the mortgage in a ceremony on May 12, 1983.
The Golden Hub continues to operate at the 1009 N. Lincoln facility, and has made many improvements over the years and has evolved through frequent renovations. Some of the major improvements and enhancements have been to raise the ceilings, replaced the original carpeting with wood-look vinyl flooring, covered the the dark paneled walls with paintable wallpaper, installed new lighting, cabinets, and furniture, a complete kitchen remodel, renovation of the bathrooms, concrete paving of the main parking lot, addition of a limestone facing on the front of the building, and many changes to make our facility ADA compliant. This transformation was made possible by several large community grants, donations from the public, and the hard work of the Golden Hub Board members and volunteers.