Have the Nerve to Serve?

Few things excite me more than to roll up my sleeves — or put on my thinking cap — and work with others to accomplish a task or reach a goal.   Whether it’s painting houses in the colonias of Mexico, serving sack lunches to the less fortunate, planning a fund-raising event or singing in a church choir, lending a helping hand and being part of a group are things that have always been rewarding to me. I just love to help!

Soon after I started working for the city a little more than a year ago, I enrolled in College Station Citizen’s University, where I learned about our many citizen committees. I had no idea that there were so many ways to serve my community. Committee members operate and work alongside other residents and city staff.

Many of these committees are looking for new members.  If you are interested in serving your community in a meaningful way, a committee likely exists to fit your own personal passions, interests and expertise.  For example, did you know we have a committee that works to collect and preserve our city’s history?  If you’re a history buff, the Historic Preservation Committee might be for you, and it also would be a great way to learn more about your hometown.

Committees are in place to help direct our library, cemeteries and parks.  Others boards and commissions work closely with city staff in planning and zoning, design review and future development.  Our city staff relies heavily on the expertise, knowledge and opinions of our citizens.  The relationships developed among city staff and these committees are vital to College Station’s continued growth and success.

A full list of city committees, board and commissions can be accessed at cstx.gov/committees. These committees require only a small investment of your time, yet the rewards you gain and the relationships you build are invaluable.  I urge you to take a look at the offerings and apply today!

Merribeth Kahlich
Merribeth Kahlich
Council Services Coordinator | City Secretary

One response

  1. lwink2

    Thanks for all you do for our city, Merribeth! And many thanks for helping to promote my favorite place at the College Station Conference Center: the Heritage Programs office. Our office certainly knows the value of citizen committees through our liaison with the Historic Preservation Committee and the Landmark Commission. These folks are super volunteers!

    Anne Boykin

    September 30, 2010 at 3:34 pm

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