Monday, January 16, 2012

Judge Beckendorff to give State of County Address at St. Francis of Assisi


Judge Glenn Beckendorff is set to give "State of the County Address” at the monthly Men’s Prayer Breakfast host by St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church on January 21 at 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at the church on 204 Dooley Street.

Judge Beckendorff will outline the works of his office, the county and some of his achievements since taking office almost two years ago.

Prior to his current role, the judge served as County Precinct 4 Commissioner, served with State Senator Glenn Hegar, State Representative Dr. John Zerwas and US Congressman Michael McCaul to help defeat the TTC I-69 corridor. He also helped to establish relationships with officials in Harris and the 13 surrounding counties through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (H-GAC).

In his county career, the judge helped Waller County in joining the Bluebonnet Groundwater Conservation District, developing the recycling center and the County Sub-regional Planning Commission, animal control center and updating the emergency management plans for Waller County. Judge Beckendorff’s goal for the county is to involve commissioners more in budget process and have monthly budget reviews, development of a Mayors’ Council, improve fire codes and county emergency management. Patrons will have an opportunity to hear and ask the judge questions following his presentation.

Professionally, he has been involved in education and believes in providing the opportunities for our youth. He holds the Bachelors in Agriculture and Masters Degrees in Education from Sam Houston Sate University and has taught vocational agriculture/FFA in high at Dulles and Katy High Schools, and was voted the Outstanding Young Agriculture Teacher in Texas. Additionally, he is a licensed auctioneer for more than 30 years, where he’s helped raise funds to benefit a variety of civic, church and youth organizations, including the Houston Livestock and Rodeo Show.

He has served on the board of directors for the Texas Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association and as Area III president; board of trustees for Katy Independent School District, Director for the Brookshire-Katy Drainage District, Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments. Additionally, the judge always make time to worked with numerous youth, civic, church and charity organizations in Waller County and across the state.

The Men’s Breakfast is an outreach activity of St. Francis Church that addresses issues and concerns in the community and to find ways to improve the quality of life for the citizens. For the past three years the featured speakers came from all walks of life to include Mayors Frank D. Jackson and Michael Wolfe, Royal Superintendent Nathaniel Richardson, Council Member Brian Rowland, Prairie View A&M University’s Deans Dr Freddie Richards (Agriculture), Dr. William Parker (Graduate School) and Dr. Lucian Yates (Education), Professors Dr. John Fuller, Dr. Lucius Wyatt, Dr. Clement Glenn, Dr. Seab Smith and Dr. Glenn Berry (Medical). Local residents Robert Poole, Luther V. Francis, Carlen Charleston and Dr. James E. Johnson. SIFE students Harun Jones, Kyle Maronie and Collegiate 100 Members Travis Reed, Dymonique Burton and Sterling Clark. Past topics include Fatherhood, Wealth Building, Community Safety, Music, Education and Economic Development to name a few.

The breakfast is free and is coordinated in part by Mr. Donald Sowell, Dr. Seab Smith, Dr. Glenn Berry and Mr. Herbert Thomas. Seating is limited. Persons interested in attending should confirm by calling 936-857-3272 or email stfrancisprairieview@yahoo.com.

St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church is located at 204 Dooley Street in Prairie View. Reverend Cynthia Engle is the Rector. Weekly services include Christian Education on Fridays at 7:00 p.m. Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and Sunday Worships at 11:00 a.m.

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