Lynx Foundation
 
What is The Lynx Foundation?
It is a separate entity of the Ex-Students Association that was formed to handle the matters of the Memorial Bell Tower.
 
The origin of the name is not known however it is assumed to have started as a play on the word links from "Three Links" associated with Odd Fellowship. The Lynx was the mascot for sports at the home until the school on campus closed in 1943. The word has been used over the years in several ways by the association. When it was decided to create a separate entity from the Ex-Student Association to handle matters for the Memorial Bell Tower, the "Lynx Foundation" was the name decided on by the Association.
 
What Does the Organization Do?
One of the important duties of the organization is the preservation of the Bell Tower, which stood and stands as an iconic symbol to the Ex-Students. When the new Bell Tower was constructed to preserve the Bell from the old wooden tower a plaque of recognition and gratitude was placed on the new tower, which reads:
 
 
 
IOOF HOME
 
MEMORIAL BELL TOWER
 
ERECTED A.D. 1987
BY THE EX-STUDENTS ASSOCIATION
TO COMMEMORATE THE HUNDREDS
OF STUDENTS
WHO LIVED, STUDIED, AND PREPARED
FOR ADULTHOOD NEAR THIS SITE.
AND TO HONOR THE
ODD FELLOWS AND REBEKAS
OF TEXAS
WHO MADE OUR HOME POSSIBLE.
THE BELL IN THIS TOWER TOLLED
THE ROUTINE OF THE DAYS
FOR MORE THAN A CENTURY,
MARKING NOT ONLY THE PASSAGE
OF TIME, BUT ALSO THE
CUMULATIVE EVENTS THAT BECAME
THE STUFF OF MEMORIES.
 
 
 
 
Officers of the Lynx Foundation
Ron Ebert, President
3711 CR 4804
Athens TX 75752
(903) 675-3835
Becca Hagli, Vice-President
2103 Van Hook Court
Arlington TX 76013
(817) 496-8551
       
Jessie Arnold, Secretary-Treasurer
1001 Field Crest Court
Arlington TX 76012
(817) 461-1001
Ida Fields Bowman
Memorial Coordinator
PO Box 314, Covington TX 76636
(254) 854-2178
 
 
 
 
Remember Your Loved Ones
Becca Smith Hagli recounts; when my dad passed away he had asked me to spread his ashes in around the inside the field at the IOOF Children’s home where he grew up. His childhood there was a happy and safe one with many special friendships made that he enjoyed throughout his life. I decided I needed some form of recognition on the property. Thus, the idea of plaques was formed. 
 
Requirements:
- Anyone can purchase one for themself, for their family, or a single family member.  
- They are to be on the brick seating area around the inside wall.
- To insure uniformity, we ask that all orders be placed through the Lynx Foundation.
 
Contact:
Becca Smith Hagli
2103 Van Hook Court
Arlington TX 76013
(817)496-8551 or Cell (817)313-0504
texbecca@sbcglobal.net
 
Plaque Size and Cost:
- Plaque is cast and is 4” X 12” with up to 4 lines of text available.
- Cost is $296 through January 1, 2011.
- Make check payable to: Lynx Foundation.
- Plaques are purchased in Corsicana.
- Ron Ebert mounts plaque without charge.
Download Plaque Facts Here: Plaque Facts