Welcome to the Northeast Tarrant County A&M Club formerly known as the Gig’Em Club of Northeast Tarrant County.
It was during the Christmas season in 2011 that several families started having discussions about the lack of involvement they had in any local organized A&M activities. Of the four married couples, seven individuals were Aggies and all were extremely involved either at the university or post graduation – former Yell Leader (Jimbo Cross ’97), Corps Commander (John Huffman ‘04), Student Government (Brian Minyard ’99 and Laura Baggett Minyard ’00), and New York A&M Club President (Payton Mayes ’98).
We found that our schedules were already full and focused on families and careers so when an A&M club in the greater DFW Metroplex was having an event, it was too easy to “pass” because of the distance involved of getting to that event. And we knew that if we felt that way, many others had to as well.
We drove down to College Station in January 2012 to meet with the Association of Former Students leadership to discuss our ideas. While they graciously listened, we knew that they had heard similar stories in the past. We decided to form a 501(c)(3) and call it the Gig ‘Em Club in order to establish a presence in Northeast Tarrant County and attempt to demonstrate the viability of a club. The Gig ‘Em Club held its first Muster on April 21, 2012 at Stampede Sports in Southlake with Southlake Carroll Superintendent David Faltys ’86 as our Muster Speaker. We had a tremendous amount of positive feedback at that event and thankfully expanded the leadership ranks with Ags willing to serve.
2017 will mark our sixth Muster and each one continues to get better. We’ve given over $10,000 in scholarships to graduating high school students entering A&M and hope to grow that figure substantially.
We have been working with the Association of Former Students for the last three years in order to be recognized as an official chartered A&M Club and that designation was awarded on December 13, 2016 and the Gig ‘Em Club is now known as the Northeast Tarrant County A&M Club.
There are over 7,000 former students living in Northeast Tarrant County and with the area’s rapid growth, that number will no doubt steadily rise.
We have been blessed by former students learning of our organization and seeking to pitch in and get involved. We would love to expand the leadership team so please email any of the officers with your interest and/or ideas on future events.