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Apache Belle alumni group kicks off East Texas Chapter

TYLER, September 17, 2013-- Apache Belle Gold, the alumni group of the Tyler Junior College Apache Belles, has established an East Texas Chapter.

The group will hold its official kickoff with a gathering 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 26, at Coyote Sam’s Bar & Grille, at 5424 Old Jacksonville Hwy, in Tyler.

“All former Apache Belles living in the East Texas area are invited to attend,” said Don Fraser, TJC director of alumni affairs.

TJC President Dr. Mike Metke will join board members of the TJC Alumni Association and Apache Belle Gold at the event.

The purpose of the East Texas Chapter is to reflect the purposes of the Tyler Junior College Alumni Association and the Apache Belle Gold, which is to unite, inform and involve Apache Belle Gold alumni and friends regionally for the purpose of promoting, protecting and preserving the Tyler Junior College Apache Belles organization.

This marks the 66th year of the Apache Belles, TJC’s high-kicking, precision dance team that began in 1947.

The Apache Belles are goodwill ambassadors for Tyler Junior College, having performed for many U.S. presidents and dignitaries. They have been featured in numerous NBA and NFL halftimes, including two Super Bowl halftime appearances.

This past spring, the Apache Belles and Apache Band traveled to Japan, where they performed for U.S. military personnel stationed overseas and in Yachiyo City, which is one Tyler’s Sister Cities.

In 2014, the groups plan to travel to Seoul, South Korea, where they will perform for U.S. military personnel.

All former Apache Belles are welcome to attend the East Texas chapter event, which will include complimentary appetizers and beverages.

To RSVP, please contact the TJC alumni office at alumni@tjc.edu, 903-510-2588 or at www.tjc.edu/etxbellegold. Deadline to RSVP is 5 p.m., Monday, Sept. 23.

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