It’s hard to believe that this past year has flown by as quick as I did. I know that we are always saying that, but this year truly did. Last August, I started the Leadership of Seguin program through the Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce. I had always heard great things about the program from co-workers and members of the community that had participated in previous years. And I figured it was about time I get to know the people and places of Seguin a little bit better.

We kicked off the program with a retreat at Newks in New Braunfels, where I surprised myself and climbed a 50 ft. pole and zip lined to the bottom. We met every third Thursday of the next nine months and visited numerous organizations and businesses throughout Guadalupe County. I would have to say that my favorite day, was the Industrial Day. I was completely blown away by the mass production of goods that takes place right here in Seguin.

Part of the Leadership Seguin program is planning a Community Service project. As many of you know, we chose to raise money to build shade structures over the spectator stands at the Seguin Little League Fields. If you have driven by Starcke Park east the past two weeks, you might have seen the dark green shades going up throughout the fields. The last one was covered this past week and they’re already providing great relief from the hot Texas sun as we speak. This was a large project, one that few thought we could do. But we have a tremendous group of individuals in our class, all from different backgrounds, and it took every one of us to succeed in raising the funds to cover this large project.

We were also very blessed to have the support from many local businesses, community members, the city of Seguin, Seguin Little League and Seguin Parks and Recreation. We absolutely could not have been successful without everyone involved. We not only raised enough money to cover the total cost of installing all of the shade structures, but we raised more than what was needed and will be funding additional improvements at the Seguin Little League Fields. We will have more details on those improvements in the near future.

Our Leadership of Seguin class will graduate on Wednesday, and although our mandatory time together will cease, I know that this group will do more together down the road. When you spend that amount of time with people it’s not hard to form friendships. We all work for different companies in Seguin and Guadalupe County and we all lean on each other for guidance and know that we can depend on each other to be there when we need them.

I am forever thankful that I was able to be a part of this amazing program. It has brought me closer to this wonderful community that we so proudly serve, and I look forward to being involved in more programs and events in the future.

Elizabeth Engelhardt is the publisher for the Seguin Gazette.

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