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Mayor's Blog | November 11, 2023

Posted on November 9, 2023 at 2:55 PM by Robert Taylor

Hello, everyone. I pray this blog finds y’all doing well. This has been another wonderful week in Boerne; the weather has been cooler and as always there is an adjustment with the time change (not a fan by the way).

Tuesday was my busiest day this week.

It was Arbor Day in Texas, and I had the opportunity to kick off the day by joining our community as we planted several new trees along the northern end of the Currey Trail. One of the joys of serving as mayor is being able to see and support these wonderful events in our community. Through the efforts of many members of our community and city staff nearly 2,000 trees have been planted in the last 12 years. I also read a mayoral proclamation in observance of Arbor Day as we renewed our shared commitment to planting trees and protecting this vital community resource. A huge thank you to the Boerne Parks and Recreation Department, Burkett Arbor Care, and the Rotary Club of Boerne for helping make this annual event a reality.

Volunteer Group Picture

Tuesday was also Election Day and I hope everyone had the opportunity to do their civic duty of voting. I capped off the day by speaking to several troops of Boy Scouts. These young men were very bright, respectful, and enthusiastic as they posed some amazing questions. It was a true privilege to meet with them and discuss civic duty and local government. How appropriate that we met when we did and were able to discuss the importance and responsibility we have to vote in our great country.

Looking ahead, Saturday is Veterans Day, which will be observed and celebrated by many on Friday and Saturday in our community and in our schools. Personally, I want to extend my sincere thanks to all our veterans and those I was blessed to have served alongside. I would encourage all of us to take a moment in the coming days to pause in thanksgiving for our fellow brothers and sisters in our community who have answered the call to serve in honor to our country and freedoms.

Lastly, I just want to again say how thankful I am to be part of the amazing things that are going on in our community. I encourage us all to keep this season of thanksgiving and celebration for all that we have, the joy of where we live, and the freedoms we enjoy. Here are some wonderful thoughts on being grateful.

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” – Melody Beatty

Today, I am grateful to be part of our community. I pray you are as well.

Together we are better, together we are Boerne.

Faithfully His

Mayor Frank