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Editorial: My, how (some) things have changed in 30 years!
About politics and other thingsMarch 12, 2014 | 1,792 views | Post a comment
Looking back, it’s interesting to consider some of the changes that have taken place: The standing of women, for instance.
While the Lions clubs in both Floresville and La Vernia were active in Lionism, women still were not accepted in the organization in 1984. In fact, it wasn’t until 1986 that Lions Clubs International amended its constitution to allow for women to become members.
It was a slow process for individual clubs to join the movement and admit women. Membership was by invitation only. I remember being paid a visit by Larry Runnels shortly after opening our office in downtown Floresville. He was there to invite my husband to join the Lions Club!
The truth was that Al was still working full time at his job with City Public Service in San Antonio and was unknown in Floresville. I didn’t blame Larry, of course; that’s just the way things were.
I’m not sure exactly when, but sometime in 1984 John Winhoven finally invited me to join the Lions. I accepted, and in fact, just received my 20-year pin from the Floresville Lions Club. I was the second woman to join the chapter, following Barbara Trevino.
There have been myriad changes in the last 30 years. Fax machines came and, for the most part, went. In 1984, the Internet was just a twinkle in Al Gore’s imagination, and soon email became the communication medium of choice.
The Wilson County News was up and coming, but in 1984, was still very much just a “bored housewife’s” diversion. A classified word ad was just $2.00, but by April 1984, the price of a classified ad had gone up to $3.00 per week, as the circulation of the “little shopper” increased to 5,000 copies weekly. It was distributed to Sutherland Springs, and to rural addresses in Floresville, La Vernia, and Stockdale via Third Class mail, and to 30 locations for free countertop distribution.
What else was happening in 1984? A committee was busy working on a rededication of the Wilson County Courthouse in recognition of its 100 years of service. Serving on the committee were Aurelia Deuvall, Nelda Cox, Roy Swift, and Judge Del Cox.
Buddy and Liz Howard announced the opening of Howard’s Depot at 1019 C Street in downtown Floresville.
Elaine Kolodziej was installed as president of the Floresville Deanery Council of Catholic Women, along with officers Nonnie Grimsinger, Mary Jauer, Doris Vavra, Genne Ridgway, and Elaine Opiela.
Sheldon Walpole, 7, was featured in the “Looking to the Future” column. Bill Gleeson opened the Wilson County Insurance Agency on U.S. 181 across from Plaza Ford (now Ancira Ford), and Dr. Patrick Kimble joined his family’s chiropractic clinics, practicing in both Karnes City and Floresville, along with doctors Joyce and Janis Kimble.
Dana Lynn Perez, then 19, was featured in a story about her studies at Our Lady of the Lake College. The daughter of Harry and Linda Perez, Dana also worked at Dr. Randall S. Chandler’s dental clinic, and was preparing for a trip to Rome for World Youth Day.
Kathie Moehrig was named Miss La Vernia 1984, and Kathy Snider was named first runner-up.
In Floresville, former Mayor Carl Eschenburg was elected president of the Floresville Chamber of Commerce. Other officers were Larry Poth and Elaine Kolodziej. The chamber was studying the feasibility of applying for Main Street Improvement assistance through the State Historical Commission. Floresville was not named a Main Street City until the year 2000. (The designation did not remain, however, as Floresville city leaders withdrew from the program because of budget shortfall.)
Some things change; others stay the same.
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