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January 26th, 2012
Friends of the San Marcos Cemetery plans annual meeting Jan. 31

SUBMITTED REPORT

The public is invited to attend the annual meeting of the Friends of the San Marcos Cemetery at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31 at the LBJ Museum of San Marcos.

The organization’s 2011 accomplishments and activities projected for 2012 will be discussed at the meeting. Activities in which the group participated in 2011 included a well-attended joint dedication ceremony at the San Marcos Cemetery heralding the completion of Leadership San Marcos’s Serenity Garden project, improvements initiated by the Cemetery Commission, and the dedication of a plaque recognizing the beautification efforts of the late Helen Van Gundy.

The From Here to Eternity 5-K walk/run, one of the organization’s annual activities, has attracted a wide ranging group of participants for the past several years. The 2012 run is scheduled Saturday, Oct. 13. The usual route through the San Marcos Cemetery is planned.

In addition to the run, the Friends board wants to host a Cemetery Walk this fall. The group has received the endorsement of the Heritage Association of San Marcos to conduct the walk. Volunteers will be solicited at the meeting.

The nonprofit organization has raised more than $100,000 since 2003, which has enabled the group to have the cemetery’s trees professionally trimmed, ball moss removed, and the condition of the trees inventoried.

The Friends of the San Marcos Cemetery, founded in 2003, has as its mission the preservation and improvement of the historic San Marcos Cemetery. The nonprofit’s goals include promoting the resources, services and historic significance of the San Marcos Cemetery, raising funds and providing other assistance for maintaining and improving the cemetery grounds, facilities and services; and encouraging and supporting volunteers who assist the City of San Marcos Cemetery Commission with ongoing projects. The organization works closely with the Cemetery Commission due to the two groups’ common goals.

For more information about the organization, how to make a financial contribution or how to get involved as a volunteer, contact Friends president Pat Murdock at (512) 353-1943.

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