STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO
Steve Jordan said the Horseshoe Bay Sports Club board of directors only had to think about it for a second before renaming the organization the Rudy Davalos Horseshoe Bay Sports Club.
“About that much time,” said Jordan, making a small gap with his thumb and index finger.
Jordan, who is a board member, announced the name change during the club’s end-of-year banquet April 18 at Horseshoe Bay Resort.
At the event, directors and club members honored Davalos, who is largely credited with spearheading the club’s start 10 years ago. The club invites public figures from different professions to address its members. Most of the speakers have a sports background. Many of them have accepted invitations to speak due to their friendships with Davalos, the former athletic director at the University of New Mexico, the University of Houston, and the University of Texas-El Paso.
“Rudy agreed to take charge and put it all together,” Jordan said of the club’s creation and activities. “Because of Rudy’s help and his connections, we’ve enjoyed a reputation across the country that the Horseshoe Bay Sports Club was able to bring names others couldn’t. The club enjoys a reputation others envy.”
In gratitude, artist Gregory Smith painted a portrait of Davalos. Smith is the son of Highland Lakes resident and pastor Gordon Smith. The club presented the portrait to Davalos during the banquet.
Davalos said he was touched by the gesture, which was unexpected.
“I think it’s a great honor,” he said. “This is what I wanted to do when I retired.”
When the club started, Davalos said he hoped it would draw 100 members. It has more than 300 today.
Driving that number is arguably the real purpose of the club: the friendships.
“Many of our members consider this to be one of our best assets,” Jordan said. “They develop friendships and tell their other friends. It’s really, really good.”
And none of that would have happened without Davalos, Jordan said.
“Rudy is our leader,” Jordan said. “He’s the guy who started the club and deserves all the credit. None of us would ever be able to do this.”
The club has open membership enrollment for men and women. The annual membership fee is $110; the cost to attend the monthly morning speaker gatherings is $10. The annual membership fee pays for the club’s end-of-year banquet.
Call board member Brad Goebel at (830) 798-7700 for more information.