The DBE in Texas was started in 1948....over 60 years ago! Thousands of women have found lasting friendships and "a little bit of home" while working to raise money for charity through their membership in the DBE.
In the early days, all the chapters were in Houston. But in the mid-sixties membership really took off and chapters were started in Dallas and San Antonio, followed by El Paso and San Angelo. The last area to be 'colonized' was central Texas and the Austin area in 1986.
Our primary charity has always been our DBE built and operated Homes for the Elderly. From 1948 to 1972 the Southern District Home was located in Florida. But in 1972 the decision was made to move the Home to Texas. 'Mountbatten House' opened its doors in 1983 in Highlands Texas on the outskirts of Houston. Since 1948, the various chapters in Texas have donated over $1 million to the Home for construction, maintenance and the general well being of our residents.
We are also active in our local communities raising money for groups such as the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, the Salvation Army, K-9 Police Dog unit for the Houston Police Department, Dallas Welfare Department, Faith in Action Caregivers, Hospice organizations and Visitation House.
The main fundraiser for the State is the Houston area Bazaar held each year in the fall. But we also raise money by having Afternoon Teas, Beetle Drives, garage sales, the Taste of Britain Tea Room in San Angelo, movie premiers, cruises, Bunko nights, Spouses suppers, pool parties, sales of British or DBE themed merchandise and so on.
Over the years, we have been privileged to have the opportunity to meet with members of the Royal Family. In 1967, Princess Alexandra came to Houston. Princess Anne came in 1982 and unveiled the name for the new Home. Prince Charles visited Houston twice. The second time was in 1986 when he made a special visit to Mountbatten House, named for a favorite uncle. HM Queen Elizabeth paid a State visit in 1991 and visited many cities in Texas at that time.