In 1939, Dr. B. E. Masters, President of Kilgore College in Kilgore, Texas, hired Gussie Nell Davis to form the first dance/drill team to perform during halftime at the Kilgore College football games. Dressed in red tops, blue skirts and white boots, hats, belts, and gauntlets, the Kilgore College Rangerettes brought a "one of a kind" performance to the gridiron and now 75 years later, continue this tradition of beauty, perfection and talent wherever they go.
It was the dream of a DFW Area Rangerette Forever, Beverly Rochin Swatzell, to create a regional group that could share the Rangerette bond by connecting as a group that shared activities and friendship, while supporting the active Rangerettes. On October 24, 2009, that dream was realized and the first meeting was held in Colleyville, Texas. In attendance were a small group of Rangerette Forevers, family and friends.
Since then, Forevers DFW has flourished and we have encouraged and assisted other regional Forevers groups to form and follow in our footsteps. Today, there are four regional Forevers groups; DFW, Central Texas, East Texas, and Houston. All have established their own leadership style, schedules and activities, but we all share the same love of the Rangerettes and work to provide a strong support system for the Rangerette organization.
Forevers DFW meets four times yearly. The first Sunday in Nov, Feb, and May are set aside for business meetings and our now famous “Summer Sizzler”, held in August, is a celebration luncheon with games and prizes and no business agenda. In between, we have other optional events, like attending Dallas Mavs or Stars games together. We also have our yearly “Cotton Bowl Healthy Snack Break", where we meet with the Rangerettes at their Cotton Bowl hotel on the first day of their arrival to serve them a snack bag, briefly socialize and then stay to watch them rehearse in the hotel ballroom. We also produce and publish the Rangerette magazine, “Rette, White and Blue”, from which all proceeds go to Rangerette scholarship endowments. We manage the Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for "Rette, White and Blue". We also run the "K-Girl Photo Contest" during Revels.
We are proud to say that our fundraising efforts over the last 5 years enabled us to endow a Rangerette scholarship the Spring of 2013. Many of our members who are Forevers, participate in the Rangerette Forevers "Adopt-a-Rangerette" program and serve on the Rangerette Forever board and other committees. Even more of the Forevers are dance educators and business owners who keep the dance and dance/drill industry going strong.
One thing is for certain, "Once a Rangerette, always a Rangerette". Thank you Miss Davis!