First Lady Blog
Have you had a chance to get out on the open road and see some of this spring’s wildflowers? They are absolutely breathtaking. Here in Texas, we are fortunate to have such a gorgeous natural landscape that welcomes us to spring each year. From Indian paintbrushes to Mexican hats, and from Texas lantana to our State Flower of Texas – the bluebonnet – we are blessed with so many beautiful wildflowers.
March is Women’s History Month in Texas, where we remember and celebrate the women past and present who have made lasting contributions here in the Lone Star State. Greg and I encourage all Texans to join us in celebrating Women’s History Month by honoring the women of the Lone Star State who have made noteworthy contributions to our state and nation.
You may already know that Meals on Wheels is a cause that is very near and dear to my heart. I have been a Meals on Wheels volunteer for almost a decade. Because I love this program so much, I am always looking for ways to get the word out about how wonderful it is, and the invaluable services it provides to seniors. During the month of March, Meals on Wheels programs across the country participate in March for Meals, where they hold fundraising events, walks or races, rallies, galas and more to raise awareness and funding. So Texanthropy is helping to spread the news with this week's #TexanthropySpotlight!
I am excited to once again join my fellow First Spouses across the United States in participating in the Light the Way Campaign. This initiative was started in 2011 by First Lady Mary Pat Christie of New Jersey to shine a light on the groundbreaking advances being made to empower individuals with Down syndrome. This year, First Lady Valerie Sununu of New Hampshire and First Lady Robin Hickenlooper are leading the charge.
In honor of AmeriCorps Week, today’s Texanthropy Spotlight is Shelby Thomas, the 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Awards AmeriCorps VISTA “Make a Difference” Award Winner. This award recognizes the exemplary achievement of an AmeriCorps VISTA who is currently serving or has served the State of Texas. Shelby Thomas has served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Alliance of Community Assistance Ministries, Inc. (ACAM) in their Disaster Relief and Recovery Division.
This whole week – from March 11-17 – is AmeriCorps Week, where we celebrate the programs, organizations and individuals that make this national service initiative possible in thousands of locations across the country. That is why today’s Texanthropy Spotlight is on Erin Moody, the 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Awards AmeriCorps “Make a Difference” Award Winner. This award recognizes the exemplary achievement of an AmeriCorps member who is currently serving or has served the State of Texas.
Spring Break is in full swing for many in Texas, and if you’re still looking for ideas on where to escape, an adventure to take, or a place to relax, look no further than our own Lone Star State! Texas has almost 270,000 square miles of trails to hike, beaches to surf, rivers and lakes to swim in, and roads to drive, with an abundance of culture, shopping and history to keep you entertained and invigorated. Here are a few Spring Break ideas from the Texas Tourism Office.
I had the pleasure of attending the Salvation Army’s Mission Management Conference at Hoblitzelle Camp in Midlothian last week.