As is the case of most organizations which begins as a banding together of friends to further a common cause, the Circle was very small at the start. During the first week of January of 1923, a group of fifteen young women approached A. Frank Smith, pastor of First Methodist Church. They requested that they be allowed to form a new organization similar to the Methodist Missionary Society, but with projects of an entirely local nature.
With the help of the pastor and that of Mrs. J.C. Adams, president of the Missionary Society, the new organization came into being. After the first meeting a typewritten note went out inviting other women to learn more about the organization: : “…. the Circle extends a cordial invitation to all the young ladies of the Church to join on next Wednesday morning.” Hence, The Blue Bird Circle was formed.
Over the next few decades, The Blue Bird Circle volunteered their time giving to local needs while fundraising for those causes.
At just eleven years old, The Blue Birds caught a vision of its destiny when it provided a space for overflowing patients from a children's ward from Methodist Hospital. Since then, The Blue Bird Circle has been stepping up to care for and love children with medical needs.
However, it wasn't until 1952 when they focused their efforts on children with neurological conditions, after a group of doctors stated their was a need for a clinic for children with cerebral disorders. The Blue Birds provided funding and volunteer time. To support the growing budget needs, they opened a resale shop in 1959, which continues today as a unique and affordable shopping experience that helps children.
As this story began 100 years ago the same mission carries on today. From those humble beginnings in January 1923 to present day, The Blue Bird Circle’s mission of love and caring has continued. Beginning with pennies, the Circle has come a long way to being able to donate close to 2 million dollars a year to support the clinics and research at Texas Children’s and Baylor College of Medicine. This incredible feat is because of the devotion of countless members providing volunteer hours. But this story is not complete without recognizing and thanking the wonderful employees and staff of The Blue Bird Circle, over the years, that have provided members with not only dedicated work but for their friendship and devotion to the Circle. We appreciate and thank all for their dedication.