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October 6th, 2011
Three chosen for San Marcos Women’s Hall of Fame

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Three local women with a combined total of more than 80 years of volunteer service will be honored at the annual San Marcos Women’s Hall of Fame recognition program on Nov. 2.

The three 2011 Women’s Hall of Fame inductees are Hays County Women’s Center staffer Elva Gonzalez, San Marcos Academy communications director Shelley Scott Henry and San Marcos Education Foundation President Margaret Lindsey. The trio was chosen from seven community nominees by a volunteer committee composed of past honorees.

The awards program, administered by the city’s Park and Recreation division, will be at the recently-remodeled San Marcos Rec Center (formerly the City Park Recreation Hall) at 170 Charles Austin Drive.

Elva Gonzalez, a San Marcos High School graduate, marks her 32nd year as an employee of the Hays County Women’s Center this fall. She joined the staff as a bookkeeper and secretary in 1979 under the CETA program. She is currently the center’s director of programs and services.

Although Gonzalez is an employee, Marla Johnson, executive director of the Hays County Women’s Center, says her work at the center has led her to participate in many volunteer activities as well.

In addition to the many volunteer hours she has spent helping the victims of family violence, sexual assault and child abuse served by the center, Gonzalez has also served on the Family Self-Sufficiency Screening Committee and volunteered a many events for the San Marcos Housing Authority and has assisted with the Strengthening Relationships Youth Summit targeting pregnant and parent teens through the Center for Children and Families at Texas State University. She has been a dedicated volunteer at San Marcos public schools, St. John’s Catholic Church and served on the 2010 Census Committee.

A self-declared “BISM” – that’s “Born in San Marcos” for the uninitiated – Shelly Scott Henry is a 1985 Baylor University journalism and English graduate. Her credentials match perfectly her employment as San Marcos Academy’s communications director. The daughter of long-time SMA employee Jimmie Scott and wife of Hays County district court judge Bill Henry, her volunteer activities are wide ranging.

Henry is currently serving as vice chair and publicity chair for the Hays County Historical Commission. She serves on the Education Committee of the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Board of Directors of United Way of Hays County. She is a past recipient of the local chapter of Beta Sigma Phi service sorority’s “Woman of the Year” award. She is also the president-elect of the San Marcos Heritage Association.

In his letter of support for Henry’s nomination for the Women’s Hall of Fame honor, SMA President John Garrison wrote, “Shelley has a tremendous record of community service and is fiercely loyal to her home town of San Marcos. … She is a very humble person who does not seek out recognition for herself. As such, she has also been a moving force behind the scenes for a number of Academy programs including raising funds for the Susan Komen Foundation… and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

The Selection Committee for the San Marcos Women’s Hall of Fame also chose Margaret Lindsey, who served on the first Commission for Women, for a long-overdue honor.

The retired teacher and part-time San Marcos Chamber of Commerce employee volunteered to serve on the first City of San Marcos’ first Commission for Women in 1984. It was that commission that sponsored the first Women’s Hall of Fame celebration, which was entitled “Women in San Marcos Today.” Lindsey chaired the commission during her second term of service during the time when public hearings on concerns of women in the local community were held.

A 40-year resident of San Marcos who has been volunteering for most of those years here, Lindsey is currently president of the board of directors of the San Marcos Education Foundation, where she has served since 2003. She is third vice president and membership chair for the San Marcos Area League of Women Voters, serves on Gary Job Corps’ Career Technical Education Advisory Council, is a member of the board of directors of the Texas Pioneer Foundation and is a member of the Hays County Literacy Council, as well as the San Marcos Area Retired Teachers Association.

Lindsey was born and educated in Huntsville, Tex., and holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Sam Houston State University.

Melani Howard, the City’s Watershed Protection Manager, and Sandra McKenzie, Administrative Assistant, will coordinate the annual recognition program.

“The 2011 Women’s Hall of Fame nominations were strong across the board this year,” Howard said. “They are working to better define honoree selection criteria to make it a little easier. Regardless, the committee had to make some difficult choices this year.”

For more information about the Nov. 2 program, call Sandra McKenzie at (512) 393-8400.

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