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Wilson County seniors visit lawmakers
Wilson County senior citizens witness proceedings in the Texas Senate from the gallery Feb. 12 during a Senior Day at the Capitol visit to Austin.
WCN CorrespondentMarch 13, 2013 2,597 views Post a comment
Area seniors don’t hesitate to take the opportunity to share concerns with their elected representatives.
On Feb. 12, 85 Wilson County senior citizens boarded three buses at 6:45 a.m. and headed to Austin to visit the Capitol. Veronica Arriaga, community resource specialist with PRIDE PHC Services in San Antonio, arranged for donations from sponsors to offset costs and provide the trip free for the seniors. Jerry Kotzur with the San Antonio Water System provided the buses, La Vernia State Farm agent Matt Brown provided bottled water, and PRIDE PHC Services provided snacks. Lunch was provided by Connally Memorial Medical Center, Floresville Mayor Diana Garza, PRIDE PHC Services, insurance agents Don Wallace and Diane Hartman, and Guadalupe Regional Medical Center in Seguin.
Marlene Richter, with Care Improvement Plus, designed scarves for members of the group to wear; the cost of the materials also was donated. Wilson County seniors wore them as a form of identification and patriotism.
The group included residents of Floresville, Stockdale, La Vernia, Poth, Adkins, and other surrounding communities. A scarf was presented to Sen. Judith Zaffirini, who thanked the group for the gift while the Senate was in session.
Alene Quinney, wife of Wilson County Judge Marvin Quinney, coordinated the efforts to make sure the trip went off without a hitch. The seniors said they had a wonderful trip and look forward to going again.
The Senior Coalition has provided this trip since 2009. Seniors from across Texas go every other year when the Senate is in session; the next trip is planned for 2015.
Lunch was served at Serrano’s restaurant in Austin, where the group was joined by Rep. John Kuempel Jr., whose office is in Seguin.
Those interested in joining the Wilson County Senior Coalition can contact Alene Quinney at 830-996-3735 or Arriaga at 1-800-334-5157.
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