In 2020, the Lindheimer Chapter celebrates 20 Years of Service, Education and Outreach. Check back often for updates and news in 2020.
NOTE: The COVID-19 Pandemic has caused an interruption in our 20th Anniversary activities. Thank you for your patience –
we will celebrate when we can!
From Art Williams, 20th Anniversary Committee Chair: ATTENTION LMN’ERS! Next year is 2020 and that means it’s the 20th anniversary of the start of our chapter. It has been a great run. We’ve trained hundreds of folks on important topics in nature, provided thousands of hours of community work, and we are approaching 200 active members in the chapter. We are becoming a powerful force for good in Comal County. In recognition of that, the board wants to make next year one of reflection and celebration, looking back on how we started, recognizing what we’ve achieved, and looking forward to where we want to go. I have agreed to chair the committee that will plan and oversee the projects and activities that will make all this happen, and I really need some good members to help do it. Those who sign on will be making a one year commitment. It will involve planning meetings (probably a lot at first) and some participation in the events and activities we organize.
In return, you will be part of the engine that will drive the Lindheimer Master Naturalist chapter through 2020—and you will earn lots of volunteer hours to bolster your lifetime total. If you are interested in helping, write Art Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org. RIGHT NOW!
–The Lindheimer Master Naturalists chapter was started by the Horticultural Committee of Comal County.
–Marty Gibbs, the County Agent in 2000, asked Darlene Welge to organize the first class because she had been instrumental in starting the Master Gardeners
–The first class met Friday afternoons in the county offices in New Braunfels for their lectures. This is the only class to be held in New Braunfels.
–The first class had no curriculum. Sandra Moody, one of the students and a professor at TX State, helped design the curriculum based on an ecology course she taught.
–The first class had no manual or notes. The presenters were asked to bring handouts of their lectures so the students could build a manual through the year.
–There was a test after each lecture for the first class. These proved so unpopular they were never repeated! 🙂
–The 15 members of the first class earned 1434 volunteer hours during their year of training. Of that, 525 hours were by Darlene Welge for organizing and running the class.
–The first project of the Lindheimer chapter was the Guadalupe River Trail for the Army Corps of Engineers, which is still supported today.