RSVP of South Central Texas
(9/27/2011) RSVP of South Central Texas recently had the bitter-sweet task of posthumously honoring an outstanding volunteer who passed just before receiving the project's 2011 RSVP Gladys Strauss Award. At the project's recent September Volunteer Recognition Event, Project Director Steve Doerr said offered the following remarks.
"We were all sorrowed by the passing of Eddie Garcia on September 1. But we rejoice in the faithful servant that Eddie was throughout her life. We are thankful that Eddie's husband, James, is here today to accept Eddie's award.
"It is hard to be brief when talking about Eddie because she did so much for others. She served as an active member of RSVP since September of 1982. The total number of volunteer service hours Eddie documented with RSVP was 10,162, and this was only a small portion of the service that she did in the Seguin community.
"Eddie grew up in Columbus, Georgia and graduated from high school there. She attended secretarial school and was employed in this capacity. She married Lieutenant Colonel James Garcia and moved to Fort Hood, Texas where James was stationed. Eddie and James have one daughter, Regina. Upon James' retirement from the Army, the Garcia's moved to Seguin in 1974.
"Volunteer service was monumental in Eddie's life. She served as a Silver Center Thrift Shop Volunteer and Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador. She participated in Lions Club, American Legion H.U. Wood Post 245 Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary, and Elm Creek Extension Education Club. She was also active in her church, Greater Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church.
"RSVP is proud to present the 2011 RSVP Gladys Strauss Award to Eddie Garcia."
Highlights are listed in chronological order.
RSVP of South Central Texas
Director: Stephen Doerr
PO Box 3530; Texas Lutheran University
Seguin, TX 78155-5997
Web Address: www.rsvptlu.org
Serving Comal, Guadalupe, Hayes, and Wilson Counties
2011 Gladys Strauss
(12/07/11) One of the great things about RSVP volunteers is their eagerness to help when asked. The Texas Agricultural Education & Heritage Center (the Red Barn) in Seguin had many school children coming for learning opportunities back in October. Broadway Bank had a financial station, where students explored needs versus wants, and the power of saving. The children processed what was needed for a girl to get and maintain a hamster. The children enjoyed giving solutions to problems of not having enough money, how to get more money, how to save money, what was actually needed and what was wanted but unnecessary. Thanks to RSVP volunteers who helped the bank staff this workshop: K.C. Blaemire, Barbara Effenberger, Gloria Osborn, Karen Vogel, and Rhonda Westerfield.
(11/28/2011) Approximately 280 people attended the 37th Annual RSVP Recognition Banquet on Wednesday, September 28th 2011. RSVP Volunteers from Guadalupe, Comal, Hays, and Wilson Counties were recognized at this banquet held at the Seguin Coliseum.
Pre-banquet music and music during serving of the meal was provided by the Silver Sounds. Darren Dunn, KWED News Director, served as Master of Ceremonies. Darren greeted the crowd and introduced the two videos that opened the event. Four RSVP Volunteers from Seguin who tutor children in reading at Koennecke Elementary School were featured in the video "RSVP-Making an Impact". Attending and asked to stand were Gene Loy, Carmen Wolfe, and Harry Brotze. The fourth RSVP volunteer in the film but unable to attend was Pam Turner. (Anyone can view this video by visting http://www.seniorcorps.gov) Darren led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance. Assistant Director for RSVP, Ted Wolber, gave the invocation. A delicious meal was served by Mona's Catering.
Following lunch, TLU President Stuart Dorsey, greeted all attending. RSVP Director, Stephen Doerr, presented the Gladys Strauss Award and the RSVP Partner Agency of the Year Award. The Gladys Strauss Award went to Eddie Garcia and it was accepted by her husband, James, and her daughter, Regina as sadly Eddie passed away on September 1. All attending gave Eddie a standing ovation. The RSVP Partner Agency of the Year Award went to Schertz Area Senior Center. Accepting on behalf of the center was volunteer coordinator, Nancy Scott. Jo Ann Brechtel was presented the Humana MarketPoint Independent Living Volunteer Award by Barry Cummins. Comal County RSVP America Reads Coordinator, Betty Niven, presented the RSVP Children's Literacy Volunteers of the Year Award to Ken and Jeanie Combs. RSVP office volunteer, Dottie Hough, was presented a bouquet of flowers. Humana MarketPoint was recognized for sponsoring the banquet and CMC Steel Texas was recognized as a table sponsor. Texas Lutheran University was recognized for serving as program sponsor for RSVP. Also recognized were RSVP financial supporters, advisory council members, and recruitment contest winners. The banquet concluded with a drawing for door prizes.