AHCA Life Membership
In 2019, AHCA revived its life membership program after 28 years of dormancy. For a one-time payment of $5000, the member gets a lifetime of benefits while paying no annual membership fees to AHCA. The one-time $5000 Life Membership payment is a real value in these times, as life memberships in other organizations are usually five to 10 times higher in cost.
The most important benefit to an AHCA Life Membership is the reach of your dollars. Your one-time $5000 payment will be placed in the 1983 AHCA Endowment, managed by the Austin Community Foundation. The funds will be maintained in perpetuity, providing interest income to the annual operation of AHCA, as needed. Other benefits include being an automatic sponsor to the annual Angelina Eberly Luncheon and other AHCA events. Life Members are also recognized in Austin Remembers, AHCA's newsletter, the AHCA website, as well as AHCA's other online sites like Twitter and Instagram.
AHCA's newest Life Member is former AHCA Board Member Becky Heiser.
Becky Heiser grew up in Austin as a 5th generation Austinite. Her grandparents, the Wallings and Bradfields, were in land development from the 1940s to 2001, subdividing neighborhoods and building homes for many Austinites. Their developments include Pemberton Heights, Highland Hills, Foothills Terrace, and Wilshire Wood.
Becky continues to serve the Austin community through her work on several projects, including as Associate of the Helping Hand Home for Children.
Ron Mullen served as Austin mayor from 1983 to 1985. Prior to that, from 1977 to 1983, he was a member of the Austin City Council. He is currently chair of the AHCA's Strategic Planning Committee, which is assessing interest in a community-wide capital campaign to raise funds for expansion of the Austin History Center.
Austin attorney Sharon Schweitzer is a best-selling author and the founder of Access to Culture, a cross-cultural consulting firm that offers expert training to leaders in Global 2000 and Fortune 500 companies. John Robinson is also an attorney and co-founder and president of Capitol Services, Inc., a private firm that provides registered agent, lien, and other corporate services.
Robyn and Bryan Cumby and Dee Garcia joined AHCA in 2019, then decided they wanted to be more strategic in their support of Austin history, so they renewed as Life Members. The Cumby’s also purchased annual AHCA memberships for all 51 of the employees of The Cumby Group. Home grown and based in Austin, The Cumby Group specializes in developing, building, selling, and leasing multi-family and commercial real estate projects and is guided by the motto, "Building Austin's Future by Upholding Its Legacy."
Dee Garcia, a leading civic entrepreneur, oversees her international foundation and has been involved in many philanthropic causes in Austin in the past 30 years, most notably as a leader on the board of St. Stephen’s Episcopal School.
They join noted Austin architect Alan Schumann and his wife, Nancy; former AHCA President Ann Dolce and her husband, Leonard; and a descendant of the family that founded Elgin-Butler Brick, Meta Butler Hunt, as AHCA Life Members.
If you are interested in becoming an AHCA Life Member, please contact our Membership Chair, Jeffrey Dochen, at 512-784-4115 or Dane Anderson, the AHCA Membership Coordinator, at 512-656-0269.