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Bluebonnet Chapter No. 74, is the Austin, TX, chapter of the International Right of Way Association. Our Chapter was founded in 1985 by professionals in the right of way field to unite members for education, to improve service to employers and the public, and to advance our members within the profession. We are part of Region 2 of the International Association. Our current membership includes 199 professionals involved in a wide array of projects requiring real estate and right of way services.

including 52 SR/WA Designations


Upcoming News & Events

Save the Date – 2021 Spring Joint Forum

Mark your calendars for the upcoming 2021 Spring Joint Forum with Region 6 to be held March 31 – April 2, 2021 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in New Orleans, LA.
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February 9th – Hybrid Luncheon (In-Person and Zoom)

Join us February 9th for our hybrid Luncheon. Matt Dugan with IMAGINE AUSTIN will be our presenter. Meeting is a Hybrid Meeting DUE to COVID Restrictions only 20 seats available for In-Person tickets. February – Luncheon (Hybrid – In-Person and
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New Job Postings

Exciting new job postings, refer to link to learn more Job Postings
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November 2020 Luncheon (Virtual)

Join us October 13th for our virtual Chapter Luncheon, We will receive an update from our Region 2 Representatives as well as a planning update for the 2021 International Convention to be hosted by IRWA Chapter 39 in San Antonio,
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2021 Education Committee Survey

The Education Committee is conducting their 2021 Education Survey. Take some time to provide feedback to ensure they can meet the needs of the chapter. 2021 Education Committee Survey
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October 13th Virtual Luncheon

Join us October 13th for our virtual Chapter Luncheon, Lonny Stern of Capital Metro will present Project Connect, Capital Metro’s plan to expand transit in the region. Meeting is a virtual Zoom meeting. Luncheon Virtual Meeting Details
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Message from the President

May 2020 President’s Message

Chapter 74 Members,
“A true community is not just about being geographically close to some-one or part of the same social web network. It’s about feeling connected and responsible for what happens. Humanity is our ultimate community, and everyone plays a crucial role.” -Yehuda Berg

It’s a new year and since we have all seen such a year as 2020 together albeit, separately; let us hope things will be a little more optimistic in the future and we can once again gather together without risking the health and well-being of others at some point in the near future. One thing I can say, is that this has certainly made me more aware and very grateful for my community in every sense of the word. As I stated before in a previous newsletter, I will state again, I am so very thankful for the essential workers who choose to go to work every day. The doctors, nurses, teachers, janitors, grocery store staff, restaurant staff, delivery services, construction workers who work tirelessly to keep us healthy, safe and families fed; these are my heroes! I am so thankful and appreciative for the sacrifices and the services that they perform each day to meet the needs of my community.

I am also very grateful for our IRWA community, both personally and professionally, I long for the days of our luncheons, socials, and conferences and hoping the new year will afford us more opportunities to see each other, but until then, we remain socially distanced, together. We are working to create ways to stay connected into the foreseeable future since there are so many unknowns. If you have any suggestions on ways to keep us connected or ways we can share ideas and network, please reach out to any of our board members listed in our newsletter or on the IRWA website.

Congratulations to Alexis Vanzura and her husband James Vanzura who welcomed a son, Timothy Bruce Vanzura the morning of October 19, 2020. I am so excited for their beginning a new chapter and pray it is filled with joy and blessings. I am so glad she has returned to us and is working on offering up-coming classes in a venue that is suitable. Please reach out if you have any questions or suggestions for upcoming courses, we appreciate your flexibility during this time of both business for her and her new family as well as the unknown challenges with the pandemic.

There will be no luncheon for January so our next luncheon will be February 9th, be on the lookout for details! The Membership Drive continues and we are always on the lookout to grow our community! Please have those who might be interested reach out to our Membership Chair, Leslie Persia for additional information.

Lisa Cooper, our Communications Chair and Ray Rials, our Web Master are accepting donations for sponsorships! If you’re interested in sponsoring our Chapter and having your logo placed in the newsletter, please reach out to Ray!
Wishing you many blessings this new year!

Sincerely,

Tara O’Neal
2020-2021 Chapter 74 President