A couple of weeks ago we held our Annual “Citizen of the Year and Vision Awards” Ceremony where we recognized five individuals who are doing great things in our community. This was such a special night for many reasons, but this was my first year to host the event and I was truly moved to tears to see the turnout of that evening. In the digital age that we live in, it’s so easy to post something on social media saying “congrats” or “great job” and be done with it. Call me old school, but I believe in recognizing people in person. Being able to share their stories, shake their hands and present them with an award to display in their home or office is so much more meaningful, in my opinion.

Leadership Seguin

I have been here in Seguin going on three years now, and I still have a lot to learn. I have met some really amazing people, learned about the great heritage of Seguin and have made some incredible friendships along the way. I am so happy to be here, I truly love this community.

I’m learning more and more about it every day, and even more though the Leadership Seguin program.

I am a member of the 2018-19 Leadership Seguin Class and, part of our year long journey together is to come up with a community service project that we must plan, fund and execute by the time our year is finished in June. For our project, as a group, we selected to help with the much needed improvements at the Seguin Little League Fields, specifically building shade structures over the concession stand and spectator areas. Even those who live outside of Texas, know just how brutal the sun can be. And for those of us that spend countless hours, days and weekends at the ball fields, you know just how desperate the need for these structures are.

Seguin, I’m going to brag on you again. We are fortunate enough to have the City of Seguin, Seguin Parks and Recreation, the Seguin Little League and many local businesses rallying behind us. We are hosting a fundraising event in Starcke Park on Saturday March 2, that consists of a Kickball Tournament at the Little League Fields and Barbecue Cook-Off at the Pavilion (which includes a 2-night camping trip with 30/50 amp electric hook-ups). There is still time to join us and support this great cause.

This is what community is all about – giving your time, helping those in need, mentoring, volunteering and so much more. It’s because of everyone’s efforts that we have such an amazing place to call home. It takes more than just writing a check. It takes heart, it takes strength, it takes passion. We all seem to be busier and busier these days, between kids, school, work, extra-curricular activities and life in general.

It sometimes seems like we don’t have the time, but it doesn’t take much. Just know that you are making a difference in someone’s life no matter how big or small the gesture is. Your support is truly appreciated, and very much needed. I encourage you to look to your school, church, organizations, etc and find at least one thing that you could do to make Seguin and Guadalupe County a better place for all!

For more details regarding the Kickball Tournament and/or BBQ Cook-Off please contact me at elizabeth.engelhardt@seguingazette.com or 830-379-5402 x206.

Elizabeth Engelhardt is General Manager for the Seguin Gazette.

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