All About the CRRC Rec Center

CRRC:  Community Resource and Recreation Center

That’s a mouthful!!!  But what does it stand for?  You’ll find out if you keep reading!

CRRC has a large campus in two locations that most people don’t even realize.  Not only can you shop our Thrift Store, get groceries from the Food Pantry, borrow durable medical equipment, get financial help with utility bills, and much more.  That’s the Community Resource part–but just down the road below the beautiful Canyon Lake Dam at 123 Mabel Jones Drive is the CRRC Recreation Center, Pavilion, Community Center, and home of the Dam Seniors.

The Rec Center, built in 2000, offers a wide variety of exercise and fitness programs, tailored to every ability level.  If you enjoy learning to dance or are ready for “Dancing with the Stars”, check out their calendar for Celtic dancing, line dancing, Western dancing, ballet, and even Latin dancing in ZUMBA!  If dancing is not your thing, that’s okay.  The Rec Center offers aerobics, yoga, Tone, Silver Sneakers, Fit and Fab, and wellness.  Join a breathing and Tai Chi class.  Or come to Weight Watchers to get ready for the summer beach season.  Pickleball is another popular sport that’s caught on everywhere, including Canyon Lake.  A Spurs Basketball league is very popular for the younger set.  For those not athletically or physically inclined, come play bridge, mahjong or bunco.

The 18,000 square foot Rec Center, Community Center (directly behind the Rec Center), and Pavilion are available for rental to just about any group or activity.  Baby showers, wedding showers, corporate retreats, anniversaries, birthdays, fundraisers, and the list is endless.

  • The Canyon Lake Dam Seniors (yes, their real name) meet every Monday and Thursday in the Senior Center, located in the Community Center Building. They offer activities from cards and dominoes to arts and crafts.  Members love the pot luck lunches, day trips and birthday celebrations.  The Seniors create handcrafted items to sell in the annual garage sale and Holiday Bazaar. Anyone can join—just show up!!!
  • The beautiful covered outdoor pavilion located adjacent to the Rec Center was built in 2013 with financial help from the Canyon Lake Noon Lions, Kronkosky Foundation, and other donors.  It was dedicated in 2014 in honor of the late Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jan Kennedy. Rentals are available from 7 am – 12 pm and guarantee your use only—including bathrooms, kitchen facilities and tables and chairs
  • CRRC Rec Center is home to the very popular North Pole Village, held the second and third weekends of December.  A community garage sale, Holiday Bazaar, and Western dance are just a few of the Rec Center events for the community.  These fundraisers help pay for upgrades, repairs, and new programs.  Check the Rec Center calendar at  for other great community events—golf tournament, Race to the Pantry, chili cook off, Mason’s BBQ, Canyon Lake Noon Lions Fish Fry and Shrimpfest, Winter Texan Reception, and Breakfast with Santa.

For information on any of the programs or activities, contact Stephanie Gonzales or Andi Taliaferro at 830-964-3003 or email them at

Spring Charity Golf Tournament Winners

The Community Resource & Recreation Center (CRRC) held their first annual charity golf tournament on May 19 at Lakeside Golf Club in Canyon Lake. Eighteen very competitive teams vied for prizes on the beautiful, meticulously groomed fairway and greens at Lakeside. First Place team came in 19 under par and consisted of (left to right) Archie Dishman, Gene Rapp, Steve Vanderbur, and Jeff Quinn. Proceeds from tournament will provide vital social services to the Canyon Lake community.)

Here is the original press release for this event:

What’s better than being outdoors after sunrise on a beautiful blue-sky Texas morning, surrounded by lush scenery, singing birds, and overlooking the serenity of Canyon Lake, while at the same time helping our Canyon Lake community??   Being on the Lakeside Golf Club course with avid golfers like you, competing for trophies, prizes, and a $10,000.00 Hole-In-One grand prize!!

Bring your fellow golfers to the Lakeside Golf Club on Saturday, May 19th, 2018, for a shotgun start at 9 am to share a Four Person Scramble.  Sign-in will open at 8 am and you can register on-line at .  Your $65.00 registration fee includes green fees, cart, range balls, and luncheon during the awards ceremony.  Trophies will be awarded for First, Second, and Third Place plus prizes for the longest drive and closest to pin.  The grand prize is $10,000.00 for a hole-in-one on the sixth hole!  Additional prizes available to win include a set of Callaway Irons, a 4K Ultra HD Smart TV; and a $500.00 VISA gift card.

Your participation will help raise needed funds for the Community Resource and Recreation Center (CRRC) operations.   CRRC serves all of the Canyon Lake community—Food Pantry, Thrift Store, Senior Center, Community Center, Rec Center, outdoor pavilion, loan of durable medical equipment, financial assistance—and more services are planned in our ongoing expansion project.

For more information, go to or contact Tom Meyer at (830) 515-8868 with your questions.  Tournament sponsorships start at $100.00 per hole (includes your name on a marker).

CRRC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  All donations above $35.00 are tax deductible.

CRRC supports the community with your support!





Expansion Plans for the CRRC

CRRC Planning to Build New Facility for Expanded Programs

APRIL 25, 2016

In the children’s book “Stone Soup” two hungry soldiers create a pot of soup from the little bits of food
provided by reluctant villagers. It was a unique view of what can be done when everyone does just a
little bit.

Similarly, many individuals and families can be fed when a community comes together to do it. That was
the vision many years ago, and it continues to be part of the mission at the Community Resource &
Recreation Center (CRRC) of Canyon Lake, today.

CRRC annually recognizes September as Hunger Action Month, which was initiated by Feeding America
to bring awareness to food insecure people across the nation. During the month, CRRC holds a soup
supper and “empty bowls” event, to symbolically recognize the many hungry people in the Canyon Lake
community. The Empty Bowls project helps feed families in Canyon Lake by supporting the CRRC
Emergency Food Pantry.

One-in-four children in Comal County – and, one-in-five seniors – are food insecure. They aren’t sure of
where their next meal will be coming from, according to Feeding America, said Maureen Schein,
resource program manager at CRRC.

“We like getting our local schoolchildren involved in this project,” she said. “Last year, parents told us
their children didn’t understand that some of their classmates didn’t have enough food. It was a good
educational program.”

The CRRC Food Pantry sees a steady increase, most years, in the numbers of people it feeds, Schein said.
As the population in Comal County grows, so does the need for CRRC services. Food insecure families
exist in the community and need to be served. Additionally, the organization is looking at some other
ways to assist these families.

“We hope to provide some classes to help them; cooking classes that utilize the foods they receive from
our food pantry; nutrition classes on what they should be trying to serve their kids,” she said. “We’re
offering more produce now, thanks to our partnership with the San Antonio Food Bank, but not
everyone knows how to serve some of the vegetables we’re getting. We want it all to be used.”

But, in order to store the additional produce, and to have a place for the classes, CRRC is going to need
more space. It outgrew its current facility years ago, Schein said.

Seeing this need, the CRRC Board of Directors developed a strategic plan that envisions a new facility
and expanded programs as the top priority.

“If the CRRC is going to be a responsible community member as well as an accountable service
organization, we have to grow into the future to accommodate the needs of our residents, “said Board
Chairman Diane Schaule.

The organization received a $250,000 matching grant from the McKenna Foundation in June of 2014 for
use toward the construction of a new facility to house the Food Pantry and classroom space for
enhanced educational opportunities.

“In less than 18 months, we made the match,” Schaule said. “There’s a lot to be thankful for, here in
Canyon Lake, and our community is at the top of the list. It has been very, very supportive.”
Groundbreaking could happen within the next couple months. But additional funds are still needed to
complete the building.

Schein said the building will house classrooms, including a training kitchen, for the classes that are
planned. Job skills, lifestyle, nutrition and dietary classes will be held, along with the cooking classes.
CHRISTUS Santa Rosa and the San Antonio Food Bank have offered to help with the nutrition and
cooking classes. Resolute Health has offered up a TeleHealth machine for basic health testing. And New
Braunfels Works is working with CRRC to create a Canyon Lake chapter for life and job skills.
“And we can’t overlook the first need,” Schein said, “and that is the lack of storage space for our food
pantry. We have to have sufficient stock to provide the food to families, and we just don’t have the
room to do that in our current facility.”

The Community Resource & Recreation Center (CRRC) was formed in 1983 to address food and other
basic necessities of Canyon Lake residents. While the mission has been adjusted, it has not changed
dramatically. The organization counts on the kindness, generosity and abundance of the Canyon Lake

How CRRC Came To Be

The Community Resource and Recreation Center was incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization on January 23, 2003. CRRC was created when the Canyon Lake Action Center and the Canyon Lake Community Recreation Center joined together to meet the various needs of the Canyon Lake community. The CRRC mission statement, “to serve the residents of Canyon Lake by providing vital social service resources as well as life-enriching recreation and educational opportunities,” fulfilled both organizations’ desire to serve.


The Canyon Lake Action Center, known as CLAC, started in February 1981when a group of six ladies joined together to form The Canyon Lake Volunteer Action Center. In September 1981, the group got an office at the VFW Post 2880 in Sattler from where they made phone calls and arranged for assistance with transportation for the disabled and elderly. The group started a linen closet and then a small food pantry to help those in need.

Other organizations such as the Pilots, the K of C, Beta Sigma Phi sorority, and the churches joined in supporting the VAC activities. In 1983 the VAC Board of Directors Chairman was Clarence Gathright, Jr. and Mrs. Fran Muehleisehen was the director. At this time, the name was changed to Canyon Lake Action Center and the group purchased four lots. A temporary building was built with the help of the Canyon Lake Jaycees that became the Thrift Store. Numerous fund raising efforts were held to raise money to pay for the lots and later to build a building. In November 1984, the Action Center was dedicated. The building proved to be too small for all the activities and the Thrift Store moved to a rented space in the Bradley Building down the street from CLAC. In 1992, CLAC was able to purchase the Dove Plumbing building that was next to the Action Center and the Thrift Store moved in. Throughout the years, numerous additions were added to the buildings and in September 1998, a new building was built that currently houses the CRRC Thrift Store. Throughout the years, the most important word constantly used was “volunteers.” This still holds true today. None of this would have happened if it were not for the spirit of Canyon Lake volunteers.

The Canyon Lake Community Recreation Center (CRRC) was an idea that started in 1993 when a number of people, spearheaded by Trish Wyatt, decided the community needed a recreation center for children. Through numerous fund raising efforts including penny drives and carnivals and with the help of county officials, the Recreation Center building became a reality in 2000. The Recreation Center featured Kids in Safe Surroundings, an after school program, and numerous kid related sports activities. Again, the key word is “volunteers.”

In 2016, the Community Resource and Recreation Center is staffed by seven full and eight part-time employees and over 170 volunteers. The Canyon Lake spirit of volunteering to help the community is still going strong today. While the original programs have been somewhat modified, CRRC still provides a food pantry, emergency financial assistance, and Thrift Store vouchers. CRRC provides a durable medical equipment loan program and partners with the Comal County Senior Center for Meals on Wheels. We still have an active senior bridge group that plays on Tuesdays and every other Friday. We have a Mah Jongg group that plays on Wednesdays. We provide meeting space for HUD Assistance classes, health seminars, club meetings, voting, safe driving classes, and private meeting. The Recreation Center has active Silver Sneaker I & II programs, yoga classes, adult and girls volleyball, adult the kids basketball leagues, pickleball and other classes – nearly everything from A to Z (aerobics to Zumba). Our Thrift Store quality exceeds all expectations. CRRC has something for everyone in the community. Thank you for supporting our programs!

Volunteer Opportunities at the CRRC Thrift Store in Sattler

Volunteers are the backbone of CRRC, and nowhere is that more obvious than at the Thrift Store. Here, volunteers receive donations. All donations are sorted. Some go to the barn, and most go to the thrift store. Some go in the trash bin. Once they are sorted, volunteers price most of the items. Then, volunteers distribute the items to the proper store location. Housewares, electronics, clothing, household items, school/office supplies, computer supplies, books, DVDs, Christmas items, magazines, collectibles, porcelain dolls, greeting cards, jewelry, and antiques all have their own sections. And, in some cases, a volunteer is assigned as the lead in a section. Other volunteers are cashiers. Others research antiques or collectible book donations for proper pricing. There’s a job for just about anyone wanting to volunteer. There’s a volunteer for just about any section. And the perks? Well, let’s just say there are some special ones, and leave it at that. For now.

County Mental Health Needs Addressed by MAP-NB

In 2015, social service agencies throughout Comal County worked together to develop a strategic plan addressing mental health issues, including staffing, treatment, in-patient care and counseling.

The McKenna Foundation sponsored the six-month project.

Significant information was compiled. Important cooperation was achieved. Ideas and dreams were set in motion.

MAP-NB was one of the outcomes of this planning group.

The services offered through Mental Advocacy Partners— New Braunfels services are free to anyone in Comal County. The services include providing someone to talk to, and so much more, to those who many be experiencing a mental health crisis.

If you have, or someone you know has, problems that are overwhelming them; if they have emotions they can’t control, or you simply can’t understand; there is help. Don’t try to deal with it on your own.

  • Is your drinking driving you to drink?
  • Not eating eating at you?
  • Getting too used to being used?
  • Sad because you’re so sad?

Call 877-466-0660. Talk to someone. You’re not alone.

Seniors Meet Bi-Weekly

They meet at our location near the dam; just down the road from Canyon Dam. So, they call themselves “The Dam Seniors,” and they’re proud of it. They meet every Monday and Thursday from 11-3, and usually share a potluck lunch.

They’d love to have you join them! Their activities (besides eating) may include games, speakers or outings.

The program has been in existence since 2010, and they are always thinking about new activities. Do you have any ideas?

Show up at the CRRC Community Center building, behind the Rec Center on Monday and/or Thursday.

Community Garden Benefits CRRC Emergency Food Pantry

 The CRRC Community Garden was started by Susan Logue in 2013. Susan moved to Arizona, and had to leave the garden with other green thumbs.

Last year, Joe Ed Lyles, of the Canyon Lake Noon Lions Club, took the project under his wing. It contributed more than 500 lbs. of produce to the CRRC emergency food pantry.

Lyles made some improvements to the garden, and distributed the huge piles of mulch donated by the county.

‘It’s beautiful fresh produce,” says Maureen Schein, CRRC’s resource program director. “Joe Ed and his team do a wonderful job of bringing it in when it’s ready so we don’t get huge zucchini or too-small cucumbers. It’s all perfect.”

Produce is a sought after commodity for anyone’s dining table, so every pound is appreciated.

“We do get some produce brought to us from some grocery stores, but it isn’t as fresh as what Joe Ed brings to us,” she said. “And he consults with me about what to plant; which items are most popular with our clients.”

Lyles talked some members of the Canyon Lake Noon Lions Club into helping him with some improvements to the garden.

“I know that gardening is hard work; it’s time-consuming work. I’ve done it. There’s an intrinsic reward in gardening that gets added on to the actual harvest total,” Schein said. “It’s amazing to me that there are people— like Joe Ed and his team—that are willing to do it for that intrinsic reward, and give up the taste of fresh produce, so that others can enjoy the fruits of their labors.”

The CRRC Emergency Food Pantry, housed at 1917 FM 2673, in Sattler, has been nominated three times, and awarded twice, for a Golden Apple Award from the San Antonio Food Bank. In 2013, it was recognized as Hunger Fighting Team of the Year, recognizing the efforts of the volunteer team. In 2015, it received the All Around

Interesting CRRC Food Pantry Statistics

  • The CRRC Food Pantry feeds 500-600 people every month.
  • We purchased 161,961 lbs. of food from SAFB in 2017.
  • 34.6% of the individuals fed are children
  • 40% have an annual income of $10,000 or less (that’s $883/mo)
  • And the lowest rent in the area is about $750-$800/mo
  • 17.9% have an annual income of $10,000-$15,000. That’s just ($1250/mo)
  • 26% of the households are seniors
  • 11 of the 18 households helped with rent or utilities in January have an annual income of less than $15,000.
  • We give about 33 lbs. of food per person. We pay 15 cents/lb. for what we purchase from SAFB.
    24.8% of our folks are disabled.
  • The Letter Carriers food drive brought in 39,621 lbs. of food in May 2017.
  • Our local community donated about 8,000 lbs. of food in 2017.

Teamwork Building in Canyon Lake

We, at CRRC, know a lot of the other folks in Canyon Lake that provide services to those in need. Sometimes, we work together to make sure people are taken care of.

That happened last week. Greg Eckert, Mobile Integrated Healthcare (MIH) paramedic of Canyon Lake Fire/EMS, was called to visit an elderly lady. He visited with her and her mother and found they were frighteningly low on food. So, he called us at the Food Pantry. Not only did the two qualify for food, but they were eligible for a monthly food supplemental program funded by the USDA.

I asked if he would take the paperwork for that program to them. He took the papers over on Monday and found the mother on the porch with possible broken bones due to a fall. The blind daughter was unable to call for help because the phone was out of order. Greg called for an ambulance. He also traced the phone problem to a disconnected jack, and put it back into service.

What if he had not gone by? How long would the two have worried? How long would the mother have lain there?

CARE – the Canyon Lake Community Assistance & Resources for Everyone is a coalition that is working together to address the needs of our community by sharing what we do and how we do it. By communicating what we are willing to help with, other CARE members can contact us to request help for their clients.

Sometimes, It’s Teamwork.