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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 23, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitung □ Wednesday, October 23, 1996 □ 3A Purdum answers community’s call again By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer_ For more than 35 years as president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Tom Purdum was heavily involved in the community. When Purdum stepped down as chamber president last year, he did not totally escape the community’s eye. This year, Purdum became the ■ advanced gift chairman of the 1996 United Way of Comal County fall campaign. The campaign got off to a strong start under Purdum’s leadership by asking the larger contributors to give early. “It is my responsibility for getting the early commitments from residents and the larger contributors,” Purdum said. “Primarily, the larger contributors give us a flesh start and jump start us to a successful drive.’ Because of the work of dedicated volunteers on the advanced gift committee, Purdum said the United Way was able to exceed the campaign’s goals in taking in advanced gifts. “We sent out letters and then had a committee of volunteer workers call the givers,” Purdum said. “I think it is a very positive thing, because when we asked the volunteers to make the calls they were very enthusiastic about it and jump started our drive,” Purdum said. “I think they are the reason why the United Way has become successful over the last several years. I think Kathy Meurin is doing a good job of getting done and closing it successfully.” Purdum, a San Antonio native, has lived in New Braunfels since 1961, when he became manager of the Comal County and New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. He got involved in the community early. In 1964-65 he served as president ?and drive chairman of the Comals ' County Community Turfd, the forerunner to the United Way. in Comal County. Purdum started working in chamber management in 1958 when he started a three-year term as manager of the Uvalde Chamber of Commerce. While working for the chamber for Rehearsals scheduled for Advent Vespers Rehearsals for Advent Vespers, the annual communitywide choral ; concert, aa* set for Nov. 19 and 26. ; The concert will be held 4 p.m. Dec. I at Fust Baptist Church. J All singers are invited. S Melitta Frueh is the director, and JoAnn Lemmon is the accompanist. The event is sponsored by the {New Braunfels Music Study Club, land funds will be used for music scholarships. Subscribe by calling 625*9144. WORD to consider legislative changes By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Tom Purdum, the advanced gift chairman of the United Way’s 1996 drive, has served New Braunfels in a number of capacities. nearly 30 years, Purdum also served in other capacities. He was executive secretary of the Wurstfest Association for 25 years. Purdum left the chamber to operate a local retail business for three years in the 1960's. Then he left to become public affairs director and director of customer services for the Lower Colorado River Authority in 1985. He returned to the Greater New Braunfels Chamber in June 1986. Purdum is president of the Texas Economic Development Council and past president of the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives Association. He currently serves on the Hummel Museum Board of Directors as treasurer. Purdum's other activities include service as president of the San Antonio Jaycees (1956-57), president of the New Braunfels Rotary Club (1969-70), a founding member of the Institute of Texas Cultures in San Antonio and a charter member of the Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council. The New Braunfels chamber has presented him with the Hall of Honor Award, President's Award and Besserung (Citizen of the Year) Award. Purduin served in the Marine Corps during World War ll and attended Trinity University in San Antonio. He earned a degree in principles of organizational management from the U.S. Chamber Institute at the University of Colorado, i Pun!urn also earned an advanced management degree from the U.S. Chamber Institute at Texas Christian University. Purdum is married to New Braunfels native Bobbie Ohm. They have eight children and nine grandchildren. The Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District is planning a special meeting to discuss changes it would like to see the state Legislature make in the legislation that originally created the district in 1987. WORD Manager Jim Inman said the meeting is set for Oct. 30 at the Spring Branch Volunteer Fire Department building in Spring Branch. Inman said WORD board members have received copies of the legislative proposal, which they will review before the meeting. Inman said legislative changes are necessary, because “we are finding a few kinks come up as we try to do our job.” Any changes the WORD board comes up with will be forwarded to the Comal County Commissioners Court, Inman said. “We would put forth any proposed changes, develop a list and submit it,” he said. “Commissioners Court would have to review it and approve what items they so choose to approve and forward it to the Legislature.” Inman said District Attorney Bill Reimer’s campaign promise to abolish the County Attorney’s Office and to consolidate it with the District Attorney’s Office was raised at the WORD meeting last week. Reimer is running for county attorney against Vicki Langham, who opposes the abolishment of the office. Under the current legislation, the recreation district obtains its legal advice from the County Attorney's Office. Inman said the legislation that set up the district makes no mention of the District Attorney’s Office. “We would request a minor change in something of the order of the County Attorney and/or the District Attorney so that we are covered,” Inman said. Another change the board may pursue is allowing WORD to make purchase orders for items and services valued at up to $15,000, the same limit that the county operates, under, Inman said. WORD currently operates under a $10,000 limit. “We have a contract with the Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce and we would like to increase the contract, but can’t exceed $10,000 without a competitive bid,” Inman said. WORD has a $10,000 contract with the chamber to promote the Canyon Lake and Guadalupe River area to draw' tourists and visitors. WORD Treasurer Bill Mayo hopes the legislature will address any proposed changes during its spring session in 1997. “We dfd this about two years ago, and the sad thing about it is it usually takes two to three years for them to act,” Mayo said. “We have done it every year and we are hoping in any lifetime to see changes.” Mayo said the possible abolishment of the County Attorney’s Office is a very big concern to him. “The most important thing is the legal representation,” Mayo said. “Let’s face it, we have lawsuits. In one year we had to spend an exorbitant amount on it.” Mayo said WORD spends an average of $400 per month to pay attorney Holly Gilman of Austin to answer legal questions dealing with the district, such as the handling of delinquent taxpayers and tax collections. He said he also wants the Texas Open Meetings Act to be more clear about entities such as WORD. “I would like to see an absolute foolproof document in the Open Meetings Act which is clearly defined for organizations like WORD,” Mayo said. Correction A picture page in Sunday’s issue of the Herald-Zeitung should have included Susan Granzin of First American Title as one of this year's participants in Leadership New Braunfels. Marion sets hearing on ballfield proposal By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer MARION — The Marion City Council has set a date for a public hearing for a proposed ball field on city property. The council on Monday night agreed to conduct the hearing at its next meeting Nov. 4. The Marion Youth Organization wants to build ball fields on city property on West Otto Street near the city’s warehouse. A girls fast-pitch softball field, a parking lot and a concession stand would occupy the site. Plans also call for a Pony baseball field in the future. Councilman Clarence Jackson said the stray dogs and animals have been a real problem in Marion. Jackson said he would like the Marion Police Department to cite those owners more who are violating the city’s leash ordinance and to keep their pets under control. “The owners need to be aware “ Jackson said. “Let them be responsible for it.” Councilman Felix Arambula agreed wholeheartedly with Jackson. “We need to ticket a couple of them, then everybody will pick it up.” Arambula said. “That is the only way to stop it.” Marion Police Chief Max Wommack said in the last week he has sent two letters to two animal owners. Mayor Glenn Hild said the city has don’t keep their pets on a leash and that the city sets animal traps. Hild said the city's animal control officer is trained to use a tranquilizer gun, although the city has never gone as far as purchasing darts. Security for the animal control officer would have to be provided if he had to go tranquilize an animal, and a storage area for the darts would also would be needed, Hild said. The mayor said the council could look into that in the future if it Willits) In___ UNIQUE HALLOWEEN COSTUMES! Starting at s1500Ea. CHILDREN S & ADULT COSTUMES: Witches • Animals • Devils Indians • Princess • Western • And MORE' SATURDAYS ONLY 10-5 AT WEEKEND MARKET SPECIALTY SHOPS 1661 S Seguin / New Braunfels PM 725 Lidh*s Club plans ‘Shrimpfest’ The Canyon Lake Noon Lions Club is holding “Shrimpfest” at IO a.m. Nov. 23 at Dam Red Bam & RV. Tickets for meals are $6.50 apiece. For more information, call 964-4091,964-3168 or 935-4132. WHY THE INTERNET? WILL THE INTERNET HELP YOUR BUSINESS? Many of us hear all the hype about (he NET. bul never really sit down lo understand lls true potential. Many businesses do agree there are benefits to having global access lo information libraries and e-mail. However most business owners still do not see how it can increase sales, build precedence, or widen their growth potential, especially if they are dealing in a local market However, are the local businesses benefitting from all of this9 How will someone find your little antique shop among the major businesses that have saturated the search engines and web crawlers throughout the web0 How can a little shop on Main Street come close to the quality of a web site like that of multi-million dollar corporations'’ The answer to these questions are with Circle C and D.R.G., Inc. Contort Number: Toll Free I SM 629-1573 Area Codo: (210) 629-1567 Web Pages located At: Contact email address: [email protected] [email protected][email protected] Stripling Blake** LUMBER 3-DAY SALE Oct. 24, 25, & 26 Credit Cards Welcome M C, Visa, AmEx, Disc. 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