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Editorial: Fellow Texans, meet Lydia Martinez
Fellow Texans — Did You Know?October 10, 2012 2,315 views 1 comment
Every now and then you meet someone who exemplifies kindness and goodness. Lydia Martinez, a retired teacher from the Floresville area, is a woman full of energy and enthusiasm whose demeanor exhibits a constant smile and warmth towards others.
Lydia was an educator for 42 years. She taught her specialties of Spanish, English, and French on all levels in high school in the Floresville ISD. She retired in 1994, and has since used her talents, gifts, and experiences to enrich lives as a volunteer for her family, her church, and her community. After retirement, she taught GED two years in the Harlandale ISD, and she taught Spanish voluntarily at the Sacred Heart Catholic School for seven years on all levels.
Lydia has been an active member of our local retired teachers, the Wilson Country Retired School Personnel (WCRSP), for 16 years and as such, is also a member of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA). Accolades go out to Lydia as one of the most active and involved members of WCRSP who has held every office of our organization.
She has served as secretary, president, and first vice president, whereby she was responsible for publishing a newsletter, conducting pre-retirement workshops, and increasing membership. As second vice president, she was responsible for the Children’s Book Project, a personal favorite of hers where she raised funds and donations to purchase books for early readers. She is presently serving as treasurer of WCRSP with a membership close to one hundred.
Lydia has been an ACTS team member for 13 years at Sacred Heart Church, planning lay members’ four-day retreats for women and teens. She has also been active in her church as a Lector and a Eucharistic Minister, and is involved every summer with Vacation Bible School. Lydia also belongs to the Catholic Daughters of the Americas and has served as secretary, vice regent, and a JCDA sponsor for the local and vice region courts. She presently oversees four courts as district deputy.
Another one of Lydia’s services that is dear to her heart is the Sam Fore Jr. Wilson County Public Library, where she has served on the advisory board for 50 years. This board has recently formed the Wilson County Education Foundation, whose purpose is to either expand the present library or rebuild. The board also reactivated the “Friends of the Library” where Lydia acts as secretary. Its purpose is to support and publicize the library activities and do fund-raising.
One library project that Lydia was involved in was to read once a week for a year and a half to the residents at the Frank M. Tejeda Texas State Veterans Home. This project showed awareness that the Wilson County Library is here to serve the entire county.
Also, in the community Lydia is a member of the Floresville Musical Club and presently serves as first vice president. As such she is responsible for planning programs, which presents student and adult performers for eight meetings throughout the year. For two years she was a volunteer photographer, and also served as a host for the rehearsal luncheon for the Peanut Festival Court.
On a personal level, Lydia has cared for her grandchildren after school, helping with homework and giving that extra-special care that only a grandmother can.
The local retired teachers applaud Lydia Martinez for her dedication and continued devotion to community service. She is an exemplary volunteer.
Pris Kincaid is a retired Texas educator who lives in Wilson County.
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