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August 14th, 2008
Madison Updates Rotary Club

The Rotary Club of San Marcos speaker Wednesday was Amy Madison, Director of Economic Development for San Marcos. The meeting was led David Bandy at the Price Senior Center in San Marcos.

Madison talked to the group about a review and update of the growth within the City of San Marcos. She discussed goals which included create organization, coordinate a comprehensive economic development strategic plan and establishing a new image for the city.

She has plans to implement a new public relations plan and ways to publicize the programs both locally and regionally. Madison wants to utilize both public and private partnerships. Madison added, “We want to involve youth and young professionals in our programs.”

Madison discussed the local airport and how it will get a new 1.5 million dollar new tower in 2009 and an additional 4 million possibly for additional growth. She added in San Marcos we are much more than outlet malls.

Discussion on growth also included 134,429 square feet for a new Target, 105,147 for JC Penney and 40,031 for Bealls. Also a new Dick’s Auto Museum will contain more than 45,000 square feet in new business space.

There will be four new hotels soon and also a new Walgreen’s coming soon on Ranch Road 12 in San Marcos.

The presentation was well received by the group to hear the interview click on the audio player in this story.

In Rotary News, they recognized members with August birthdays which are August 8 Carl Allen, August 10 Marion Johnson, August 10 Chad Neff, August 12 Ronald Oswalt, August 24 Barbara Castleberry, August 24 Ted Riojas, and August 29 Ronda Reagan.

$2,500 has been contributed to date for the EarlyAct First Knights of the Guild Program for Crockett Elementary. Madison noted, “I think it is dynamite that the Rotary are working with the groups in local schools.”

The Featured Rotarian of the Week was Marion Johnson. Marion and wife Betty have a small family (just one child). He says his greatest memory as a child is growing up on a farm and harvesting crops with his father. He came from a family with three sets of twins.
He also attended school where his grandfather was a former principal. Marion works in the agriculture/conservation industry as a Natural Resources Conservationist. He owns his own business, Johnson Consulting Services. He is also a member of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce since 1982. He was also a “scratch” golfer for many years.

Marion has been named “Outstanding Conservationist in Texas” for eight years in a 30-year career, with the USDA/Natural Resources Conservation Service. He has also been named District Conservationist for Hays County. His best work-related advice that he has received and would like to share: “Work hard and smart; and the rest takes care of itself. Involve yourself in the community and give back. Keep abreast of the latest technology and be willing to change.”

Marion graduated from Texas A&M University-Prairie View where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture. He then attended Texas State University to work on his Post-Graduate work. Marion says that his grandfather and mother are college graduates also. In his immediate family – 8 out of 9 attended college. Seven are college graduates.

Three have Master’s Degrees and two have obtained their Doctorate Degrees.

His greatest accomplishment is “winning golf tournaments in my younger days; all-state in football in high school; received Valedictorian Scholarship to Texas A&M-Prairie View.

Marion grew up in Livingston, Texas. He enjoys golf, traveling, & getting together with friends for a good glass of wine and hand-rolled cigars. His most memorable trip was in 1999-2000 when he traveled to Paris, France. He has also played golf at Pebble Beach in 1996 and Myrtle Beach in 2005 & 2007. He plans to visit Scotland and play at St. Andrews Golf Course.

Marion enjoys Christmas w/his family and enjoys listening to pop and jazz music. He also loves all Clint Eastwood movies.

Special thanks to Diane Riojas for her story contributions.

from Staff Reports



Amy Madison spoke to the Rotary Club of San Marcos about the growth of our city.

Chuck Nash updates the Rotary on events within the club.

Madison used maps to show the new commercial growth in San Marcos.

Sammy Faletta rings the bell at the meeting in honor of his upcoming anniversary to his wife.

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