I have been General Manager of the Seguin Gazette for a little over six months now (a total of two years in Seguin), and in this short time I feel like I am connecting more and more with this great community. There is something so special about Seguin and Guadalupe County. It’s almost as if people on the outside just don’t get it.

You have to be present and engaged, and then you will see what Seguin is truly all about.

I am participating in Leadership Seguin, class of 2018-19 through the Chamber of Commerce, which kicked off this month.

There are 15 of us in the group, and we all come from different career backgrounds. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen or been a part of a group that connected so quickly. We started with an overnight retreat at a ropes course, which proved to be even more fulfilling than I had initially expected. The rain didn’t stop us.

I successfully — and shockingly — climbed a 50 foot pole and zip lined to the bottom. It was exhilarating and terrifying both at the same time. In the end I am so glad that I did it, because there will come a time when I physically am unable to do so.

We also did several exercises that really makes you work as a group and think outside of the box. I am already using some of those exercises at an upcoming company conference.

Each month, for the next nine months, we will spend a day visiting different businesses and organizations throughout Seguin.

Our first trip was last week, and we visited with eight local non-profit organizations: Communities in Schools, Seguin Outdoor Learning Center, Family Violence Shelter, Christian Cupboard, Guadalupe County Children’s Advocacy Center, Seguin Youth Services, Community Council and Mosaic in South Central Texas.

I was blown away by the amount of volunteers and their endless hard work to give back to their community. Unfortunately, in today’s world we hear mostly about the negative news happening around us and less about the good that is going on.

Right here in our home, there is so much good going on and we here at the Seguin Gazette are proud to spread their good word as far as it will go. Everyone should be proud of the work that is taking place here, and in so many different demographics.

Throughout the next nine months, I will keep all of you updated on our encounters and especially the community service project that we must come up with, fund and execute by the end of May.

I am proud to work alongside so many wonderful people, who love this community and want to give back as much as they can.

I encourage all of you to get involved somewhere/somehow and find just a little bit of time in your busy schedule to give back.

It doesn’t matter how big or small, your time and effort will be greatly appreciated and is very much needed.

Elizabeth Engelhardt is the general manager of the Seguin Gazette. Her column runs every other Sunday.

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