The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), founded in 1929, is the oldest and most widely respected Hispanic civil rights organization in the United States of America.
LULAC was created at a time in our country’s history when Hispanics were denied basic civil and human rights, despite contributions to American society.
The founders of LULAC created an organization that empowers its members to create and develop opportunities where they are needed most.
The LULAC Code is a set of moral principles designed and adopted by the League as its code of conduct. It represents the words of our League’s founders:
Be proud of your origin and maintain it immaculately; respect your glorious past and help to defend the rights of all the people. Learn how to discharge your duties before you learn how to assert your rights; educate and make yourself worthy and stand high in the light of your own deeds; you must always be loyal and courageous.
Filled with optimism, make yourself sociable, upright, judicious, and above all things, be sober and collected in your habits, cautious in your action, and sparing in your speech. Believe in God, love, humanity, and rely upon the framework of human progress, slow but sound, unequivocal and firm.
In war, serve your country; in peace, your convictions; discern, investigate, study, meditate, and think; at all times be honest and generous. Let your firmest purposes be that of helping to see that each new generation shall be of a youth more efficient and capable, and in this, let your own children be included.
We believe in the democratic principle of individual political and religious freedom, the right of equality of social and economic opportunity, and in the cooperative endeavor toward the development of an American Society wherein the cultural resources, integrity and dignity of every individual and group constitute basic assets of the American way of life.
We believe that as American Citizens we must assume our duties and responsibilities and assert our rights and privileges in pursuit of a fuller and richer civilization for our country.
The current Council was organized in 1993 at Dr. Luis Morton's home, to meet the needs of this Central Texas Community. The original Council meet on a monthly basis at Dr. Morton's home, under the leadership of the first Council President, Mr. Albert Gonzalez. This Council is the oldest LULAC Council in Bell County, and the 2nd oldest Council in LULAC District 17. Council 4535 was the founding Council for most of the Councils currently registered with District 17. Council President Julia Villaronga is a Past State Deputy Director for the Elderly, as well as Past District 17 Director, and currently serves as the District 17 Chaplain. Council 4535 Treasurer Raúl G. Villaronga serves as the District 17 Treasurer.
|Julia B. Villaronga||President||
|Ali Saucedo||Vice President||Harker Heights|
|Raul G. Villaronga||Treasurer||
|Dr. Luis Morton †||Miriam Ornstein|
|Margarita Morton||Francisco Salinas|
|Albert Gonzales †||Irmtraut Salinas|
|Julia Villaronga *||Toni Longoria †|
|Raul Villaronga *||Ray Soto|
|Elena Garcia||Sara Flores|
|Al Ornstein †||Humberto Flores †|
* - Current Founding Members
† - Deceased
In 2002, the Killeen-Fort Hood LULAC Council 4535 chartered a Tax Exempt 501(c)3 Non-Profit Corporation with the State of Texas and under the IRS. The Killeen LULAC Council 4535 Foundation, currently chaired by Raúl G. Villaronga. The purpose of the Foundation is to improve the socio-economic conditions of our service areas, thereby empowering residents to take charge of their futures. The Foundation will achieve these goals by offering residents opportunities to acquire knowledge of local, state, and federal services, thus, achieving opportunities to gain better lives.
Albert Gonzales, Eddie Velez, Arlina March, Joe Landez, Raul Villaronga