Wow! What a ride this has been. From wanting to take my turn at helping the Association continue being an exemplary charitable organization to representing the Association’s views in some of the most polarizing issues in recent memory was an unpredictable surprise. Current issues seem to be winding down after a whirlwind of activity. As I write this message the Univision building is being razed, and we hope that the Main Avenue closure has an outcome acceptable to all stakeholders. But don’t start relaxing – it’s not over. Remember the Member Input meeting in which we said we are a residential community.

As KWA representatives meet with city officials, city departments and other organizations we remind them that first and foremost we are a residential community with families and kids that enjoy the downtown setting and value all the different activities in the area. What I heard from our members is that they want our city leaders to include us at the planning table so that we can have a voice in shaping our neighborhood. We want to be at the table to be proactive in advocating for our neighborhood, to reach that middle ground, or, as our Councilman Diego Bernal calls it, the “sweet spot.”

But as we prepare for the discussions to come, let us not forget that this year is almost at an end. We can look back and see that KWA has truly demonstrated its support of our community through its donations to so many community-based organizations, area schools, and of scholarships to students. Who will ever forget the emotional speech made to our general membership by a scholarship recipient back in September? The quality improvement programs, i.e., sidewalks, trees and lectures, also contribute to make a difference in our community. As this year comes to a close and we look back at the year that was, we can all say with great pride, “Good job, KWA!”

This holiday season I hope the spirit engages your heart to enjoy the diversity of activities and cultures that San Antonio has to offer. May the blessings of the season touch you and your families with peace, joy and a bright star in the heavens. So from our family to yours have a safe, joyous Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!