New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 18, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Rotary names Les Thom Senior Citizen of Quarter
Herald Ztltuna, New Braunfels, Texas
Friday. October 18, 1991
By DAVID SULLENS Editor and Publish**
It was to a standing ovation that Les Thom, president of the Comal County Senior Citizens Foundation, was presented the New Braunfels Rotary Club’s Senior Citizen of the Quarter award Wednesday at the club’s weekly meeting.
Presenting the award, club President Dennis Hermes told the group that Thom organized and still manages the community’s “Meals On Wheels” program, is a board member of the SOS Inc. food bank, and works regularly at the Bargain Box, the St. John’s Episcopal Church thrift shop.
“And last but not least,” Hermes said, “you wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for Les. He spearheaded the effort to purchase and renovate this new seniors center. Without him this could not have become a reality.”
The club was meeting for the first time at the Senior Center of Nejv Braunfels and Comal County.
The Rotarians Wednesday also heard Kelly Gravis, daughter of clubGarden Ridge
The approximately 158 acres of the Forest Waters subdivision used to be the Holzapfel Ranch. When its owner, Dr. Edward Holzapfel died in October 1980, he left “Boysviile” the largest single bequest in its history. Boysvil-le, an institution for homeless boys, invested to proceeds front the sale of this estate and from the valuable Belgian stamp collection and dedicate a new building on its campus to the benefactor, Dr. Holzapfel.
Holzapfel, a learned bachelor, came from German in 1933 to purchase his dream ranch in Texas. The land close to Bracken in Comal County has been deeded to settlers for the fist time in 1845. The Hill Country acreage had open pasture land, forests and a meandering creek. One notable tree, the oldest cedar in the county, stands as tall as a windmill and overlooks from its hilltop the Forest Waters Villas. Browns Spring Creek was renamed Holzapfel Run at the opening of the subdivision and still flows through the manmade Forest Waters lakes during wet seasons.
Holzapfel also donated three acres, located at Forest Waters Circle and Osage, to the city of Garden Ridge as a prospective site for a municipal building. The city chose lo sell the plot and invest the money in other city projects.
Saturday is recycling day in Garden Ridge.
Between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., the San Antonio Area Council of Girl Scouts will collect recyclables as a fund raising project. Councilman Jay Milliken initiated the recycling program, scheduled for the third Saturday of each month.
Items to be accepted include newspapers without advertising slicks, glass containers without metal or plastic lids, heavier plastics (Nos. I and 2) and aluminum cans. Pickup location is the parking lot behind the municipal building, fronting Schoent-hal Road.
On Oct. 6, the Bracken Volunteer Fire Department held its annual election. Martin Hendrix and Chuck Welder were elected to the board and incumbent Fred Moos was re-elected president. Moos has voluntarily served the fire department almost since its inception in 1968 and was fire chief for 12 years.
The fire departments has 11 board members and officers including Bob Fleming, vice president; Judy Wartier, secretary; and Jerry Krupp, treasurer.
Moos invites anyone interested to slop by the station. Firefighters Donald Zipp and Bill Hanz are available for tours of the station and to explain the equipment.
To place item* of inure*! in the Garden Ridge area, call lidda Buchner rn (512) 651 -6314.
Veterans memorial fund meeting set
All post commanders, committee chairman and interested citizens are invited to attend a Veterans Memorial Committee meeting Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #8573 Post Home at Canyon Lake.
The committee will discuss how to raise the needed funds for the veteran’s memorial in Landa Park.
For more information call 625-0179 or 629-2140.
member Carol Gravis and Robert Gravis, speak of accomplishing goals.
“A loser says I can’t help it,” Gravis said. “A winner says if it is to be, it is up to me.”
The meeting also featured a report by Geoff Barr, son of Rotarian Gary Barr, on his participation in Boys State activities recently. The club sponsored that participation.
The New Braunfels Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at noon at the Senior Center.
Mrs. Les (Sally) Thorn looks on as New Braunfels Rotary Club President Dennis Hermes, right, presents Les Thorn a plaque noting his selection as . Senior Citizen of the Quarter. (Photo by David Sullens)
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