The Arrow and the Song: A Tribute to Bill Birdwell

Bill Birdwell6:00 pm Cocktails
7:00 pm Dinner

The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History proudly presents The Arrow and the Song: a Tribute to Bill Birdwell, at the Miramont Country Club on Thursday, January 10, 2013.  The evening will begin with cocktails at 6pm followed by dinner at 7pm.  It is a wonderful opportunity to thank Bill for all of the outstanding support he has given to our community over the years.  It will be an evening filled with great food, humorous and entertaining stories, music, and fun.

The Arrow and the Song is named after one of Bill’s favorite poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  Bill treasures the songs that his many friends have breathed into his heart, and our community  is thankful for the many arrows of good deeds that he has given us.  Please join us on Thursday, January 10th, for an evening of music and laughter as we honor this great man!

Reserved Tables and Tickets

Don’t miss this chance to honor a great man! Call the Museum for more information and to RSVP: 979.776.2195. Seating is limited, so don’t delay. Checks may also be mailed to: Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History, Attn: The Arrow and the Song: a Tribute to Bill Birdwell, 3232 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan, Texas 77802.  

Reserved tables of 10 are $1,200 (includes reserved seating, table recognition, signage & recognition at event, recognition in the paper & website, and premier table locations)

Individual Tickets are $100

About Bill Birdwell

Born in  Tyler, Texas, and growing up in Hearne, Bill Birdwell is not only a native Texan, but  has been a resident of Bryan/College Station for over 37 years.  He began his private dental practice here in 1975, and has since held leadership positions with the Brazos Valley District Dental Society, the Texas Dental Association, and the American Dental Association.  He was chosen Texas Dentist of the Year in 2001, served as President of the Dental Branch Alumni Board in 2001, and named Alumnus of the Year in 2005.  He was chosen by his peers for Fellowship in the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists where he currently serves as the ICD Regent for Texas.

Bill’s contributions to our community and the State of Texas are many.  In addition to chairing the fundraising initiative for the new dental school at the UT School of Dentistry, Dr. Birdwell also helped lead the effort to establish a dental hygiene program at Blinn College.  In addition, he organized the first dental clinic in the Brazos Valley for low income families which was subsequently dedicated in his honor.

Other philanthropies important to Bill Birdwell and his wife, Susan,  include Twin City Mission, SOS Ministries, the Community Foundation of the Brazos Valley,  the St. Joseph Foundation, OPAS, Hospice, Scotty’s House, Boys & Girls Clubs, Young Life, FCA, the Brazos Food Pantry, and many missions.  Bill received the Jefferson Award for public service, he and his wife Susan were honored by the Community Foundation of the Brazos Valley, and Bill has been recognized by the Chamber of Commerce as B-CS Citizen of the Year.  In addition, Governor Perry appointed Bill to a six year term on the State Board of Dental Examiners in 2009.

Active in the First United Methodist Church, he also serves on the board of Methodist Retirement Communities.  A dedicated supporter of the local Boy Scouts,  Bill introduced the Flags Across Bryan program which has resulted in a permanent endowment to benefit scouting and other youth activities in Bryan/College Station.  He served  several years on the Bryan School Board and as its president,  and is the founding member of the Bryan ISD Education Foundation.  He also served as board president of the Brazos Valley Rehabilitation Center.