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Nina Phillips Persohn

Rangerettes has had a great influence in my life. First of all, I made my career teaching physical education and dance in Austin High Schools for 28 years. I also directed the Drill Team at Travis High School for 21 years. I like to think that I influenced several young ladies to pursue their love of dance and make a career in directing.

Both of my daughters took dance and were officers in their high school drill team. My oldest daughter, Laura Persohn Truett, was a Rangerette (96-98) and is now a dance teacher and Drill Team Director. I have also had a couple of my drill team girls, who are like daughters to me, become dance teachers and directors. My daughter's daughter is in dance and may be a third generation Rangerette. I hope the legacy continues on.

I am a breast cancer survivor and feel the stamina, strength and perseverance that I gained in Rangerettes got me through it. The experience of getting through some adverse situations, with a positive attitude and a SMILE on my face also helped. Gussie Nell's quote "beauty knows no pain" goes through my mind a lot. To me, this not only relates to outer beauty but inner beauty as well. I must add that having a loving and caring husband helped immensely. I was able to see my girls become successful ladies and see my grandkids, one girl and two boys, be born and grow.

Last, but not least, the friendships I made in Rangerettes have stayed with me throughout my life. I have passed paths with many and have also made many more through my activities as a Drill Team Director. Whenever I meet someone that was or is a Rangerette, no matter what age, we immediately have a common bond. I feel very proud and privileged to have been a Rangerette and how it has influenced my life. I am thankful that it carries on through our friendships, in and out of the Central Texas Forevers organization.

"Once a Rangerette, Always a Rangerette"

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Jean Davis Hejl

I lived in Arizona, and my journey to become a Rangerette began when I watched their Cotton Bowl performances on TV for many years! I loved to dance, and as time passed, I was a pom-pom girl at my high school... although, Arizona didn't have anything like the drill teams in Texas. I can remember, vividly, the excitement I felt when I came home from my senior year, and the packet about being a Rangerette had arrived!

When I came to Kilgore for the two-week tryouts, I didn't know anyone. I quickly got acquainted with other "Rangerette hopefuls" and many of them have remained dear friends today.

I decided to think of tryouts as fun!... in spite of eating grass, writing on toilet paper, and having ruby red lips. I can remember the horrible blisters on my heels, being so sore I only felt like rolling out of bed, the intensely hot gym (no A/C), the great Bar-B-Q sandwiches across the street from the dorm, and being excited and exhausted at the same time... ALL the time!

As a Rangerette during 1968-1970, we went to the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade twice and the All-American Bowl in Tampa. I remember practicing in the dorm hallway before games (in various stages of dress and undress), Gussie Nell yelling, "Are you ready now, Arizona!" after I'd messed up, those heavy tap boots, and the time we wore the horse costumes with the fringe.

As a Rangerette Forever, I've enjoyed returning to NY to perform in the Macy's Parade during the 50th anniversary of Rangerettes, attending Revels and Homecomings, being honored by the Jean Susan Davis Rangerette Scholarship given to KC by my parents, joining up with Nina and Edna to create Forevers Centex, and meeting many more Rangerettes  Forever through our Centex organization. Being a Rangerette holds a very special place in my heart, and I'm thankful I've been blessed to know the gals I've become acquainted with through Rangerettes!

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Jean & Nina headed to Cotton Bowl

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Edna Post Hodges

"Beauty Knows No Pain" has been my favorite quote from the famous Gussie Nell Davis. My family even uses this phrase as I instilled it in them as young children. It was an honor and a challenge being a Rangerette under her directorship. Looking back, she was truly amazing. She was in her 60's when I was a Rangerette (1968-70) and she never missed a beat! She was a warrior and a leader of perfection and excellence. I must admit, I was scared to death of her but highly respected her and grew to be a better person through her leadership. The Rangerettes prepared me for my role as an Air Force wife in many leadership positions for 22 years. Confidence to meet people of importance, accept new challenges, stand tall and walk into a room of unknowns with confidence and poise. Plus, by the time my husband and I left an assignment, our friends were all educated about the Rangerettes and knew to watch for them every Cotton Bowl. I thank Miss Davis for that!
 
My Rangerette friendships are without a doubt my most cherished friendships. The ladies in my line continue to stay close at hand and heart. My life wouldn't be complete today without them! Our time at Kilgore during 2 weeks pre-training, Macy's Day Parade, Cotton Bowl and many Ranger games and Revels are still wonderful memories. I love them all and my heart smiles from within with their friendships.
 
Forevers Centex was founded by Nina, Jean and I over many lunches in 2008-2009 when we were meeting once a month for several years as we didn't want to lose touch with each other again. We wanted to spread our wings and encompass more friendships with Rangerettes. We wanted to bring Rangerettes together who love remembering good times and cherished friendships as much as we did. We wanted a social organization of memories and experiences similar to ours during our day as a Rangerette. We wanted to share our pride and loyalty as a Rangerette with those who have "walked the walk". We wanted a Rangerette Sisterhood and hoped there were others who wanted the same. "Once a Rangerette, Always a Rangerette" is alive and true for us.
 
We started the Centex chapter with a list of Forevers in central Texas and our own money. We split up the list, bought postcards and stamps and mailed out invites to our first meeting at my house January 2011. We also sent emails introducing the new organization and meeting. Each month we discussed our accomplishments and looked for more ways to reach others. We were determined to meet our goal. With the help of the DFW chapter and Kilgore College, we were able to publish a website and look official. Our mission statement was actually written in Liberty Hill at a mexican restaurant while brainstorming.
 
Now, after 2 years, our Forevers Centex chapter is up and running and I am still looking for more Rangerettes to contact and join our organization. I am proud of our accomplshment and look forward to being a real old lady with many more Rangerette Sisters to share memories and life experiences. My roots run deep with loyalty to this organization.

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