Dear Members,As we are now are in our second week of February, I can’t help but wish for Spring. Spring always makes you think of new beginnings, sunshine and rain. All three of those things provide a hopeful outlook; and thank goodness we’re getting very close to the season. I’d like to thank all of our attending directors and advisors for coming to last month’s very productive board meeting. The board elected to add “Rural Health” to our Human and Animal Health Subcommittee’s focus. After meeting with several experts in the area, it is obvious that there is much to be done for our rural communities. I’d also like to thank STPRA member Felisa Garza Eveland for volunteering to serve on several of our subcommittees and for attending the after meeting where we discussed a possible new strategy/idea to help landowners and others affected by illegal immigration. We’ll be talking about the idea at our three upcoming gatherings and other meetings to gain input and interest from our members prior to taking it to our law makers. The title of the concept is: “Who Wins, Who Loses, and Who Pays?” I’m currently in the process of organizing two landowner/stakeholder meetings; one next week in Kenedy County, where State and Federal law enforcement will discuss various ways to continue to help landowners in that county battle the onslaught of illegal activity, and then the following week, we’ll be hosting a landowner meeting for U.S. Congressman Chip Roy in Del Rio. Thank you to all of you who give, donate, offer input and volunteer in so many ways. We cannot continue to help South Texas prosper without you!
Until next month,