Three Vital Pieces of Our Future: Education, Young People and Agriculture

Every year between January and February, GVEC personnel travel the territory delivering checks to support Guadalupe Valley livestock shows. Doing so is one more part of our commitment to doing good and to making a difference in the lives of those we serve. More importantly, these donations support three critical parts of the future of our communities: education in the Guadalupe Valley, young people and agriculture in the Guadalupe Valley.

Supporting Education in the Guadalupe Valley

At GVEC, we see learning and knowledge as our community roadmap into tomorrow. That’s why we’re deeply committed to supporting education in the Guadalupe Valley through a number of programs:

• Louie the Lightning Bug
• GVEC PowerTown
• GVEC Summer Reading
• AG Days at the Big Red Barn
• Career Day Presentations
• High School Scholarships
• Support of Local Livestock Shows

Because we believe supporting education in the Guadalupe Valley means making meaningful contributions to learning, we also blend elements of the Texas Education Agency state test and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Test into every GVEC educational program. Doing so allows teachers to integrate our presentations into the curriculum in a way that complements and enhances state standards and requirements for student learning.

Our yearly donations to local livestock shows are an important part of our commitment to supporting education in the Guadalupe Valley. These shows teach kids the value of friendly competition, while nurturing their interest in agriculture.

Supporting Young People in the Guadalupe Valley

In order to thrive, we need a healthy number of young people who choose not only to improve themselves through education, but also to settle here and put their knowledge and training to use for the good of their communities. We aim to help provide kids and teens with local opportunities to empower themselves through scholarship and training. Our hope is that a majority of those young people will eventually settle permanently in the region as young adults to contribute to the local economy and culture. We believe one way of accomplishing this goal is by supporting Guadalupe Valley livestock shows.

Supporting Agriculture in the Guadalupe Valley

Agriculture in the Guadalupe Valley is not merely part of our shared heritage and legacy; it’s also vital to our present and future and remains an important part of our community’s lifeblood. Granted, agriculture in the Guadalupe Valley isn’t as pervasive in modern life as it was 80 years ago when GVEC was founded. However, the agricultural way of living is still very much alive and thriving here, offering many career paths for local young people. That’s why GVEC is proud to support both agriculture in the Guadalupe Valley, and Guadalupe Valley livestock shows, too.

The Following Guadalupe Valley Livestock Shows Received a GVEC Donation in 2019:

Below, we’ve compiled the names and pictures of all the Guadalupe Valley Livestock Shows who received a donation from the Cooperative in 2019.

On Jan. 10 GVEC Donated $1,225 to the 2019 Yoakum Project Show
From left: Christine Presley, community relations representative with the Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative (GVEC), presents a $1,225.00 donation to Tammy Bennett, president of the Yoakum Stock Show Committee, Guadalupe Valley Livestock Shows

From left: Christine Presley, community relations representative with the GVEC, presents a $1,225.00 donation to Tammy Bennett, president of the Yoakum Stock Show Committee.

On Jan. 11 GVEC Donated $3,000 to the 2019 Gonzales Livestock Show
Presley presents a $3,000.00 donation to 2019 Gonzales Livestock Show Board Members: Ken DuBose, Shelly Stamport, Heather Shelton and Sascha Kardosz, agriculture in the Guadalupe Valley

Presley presents a $3,000.00 donation to 2019 Gonzales Livestock Show Board Members: Ken DuBose, Shelly Stamport, Heather Shelton and Sascha Kardosz.

On Jan. 14 GVEC Donated $3,000 to the 2019 Guadalupe County Youth Livestock and Homemakers Show
From left: Kasie Tankersley, community relations representative with the Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative (GVEC), presents a $3,000 donation to Charla Bading and Travis Franke of the Guadalupe County Youth Livestock and Homemakers Show, Guadalupe Valley Livestock Shows

From left: Kasie Tankersley, community relations representative with the Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative (GVEC), presents a $3,000 donation to Charla Bading and Travis Franke of the Guadalupe County Youth Livestock and Homemakers Show

On Jan. 15 GVEC Donated $1,225 to the 2019 Wilson County Junior Livestock Show
Tankersley presents a $1,225 donation to Mark Wehe of the 2019 Wilson County Junior Livestock Show, agriculture in the Guadalupe Valley

Tankersley presents a $1,225 donation to Mark Wehe of the 2019 Wilson County Junior Livestock Show.</strong?

On Jan. 16 GVEC Donated $1,225 to the 2019 Moulton Jr. Livestock Show
Mallory Haas, FFA advisor for the Moulton Jr. Livestock Show, receives a $1,225.00 donation from Christine Presley, Guadalupe Valley Livestock Shows, education in the Guadalupe Valley

Mallory Haas, FFA advisor for the Moulton Jr. Livestock Show, receives a $1,225.00 donation from Presley

On Jan. 16 GVEC Donated $1,225 to the 2019 Nordheim Livestock Show
Presley, community relations representative from the Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative (GVEC), presents a $1,225.00 donation to Sarah White, FFA advisor and participants in the 2019 Nordheim Livestock Show, agriculture in the Guadalupe Valley

Presley presents a $1,225.00 donation to Sarah White, FFA advisor and participants in the 2019 Nordheim Livestock Show.

On Jan. 16 GVEC Donated $1,225 to the 2019 Yorktown FFA Stock Show
Guadalupe Valley Livestock Shows

Shelby Stary (L) and Stephen Gowens (R), FFA advisors to the 2019 Yorktown FFA Stock Show, receive a $1,225.00 donation Presley.

On Jan. 21 GVEC Donated $1,225 to the 2019 Hallettsvile Jr. Livestock Show
agriculture in the Guadalupe Valley

Presley presents a $1,225.00 donation to (L to R) Todd Tullos, Ronnie Sevcik, Travis Etzler, Andy Leopold and Herbert Hermes from the 2019 Hallettsville Jr. Livestock Show.

On Jan. 24 GVEC Donated $1,225 to the 2019 Hope 4-H Project Show
education in the Guadalupe Valley

Crystal Haynes, 4-H Club manager, receives a donation of $1,225.00 for the 2019 Hope 4-H Project Show from Christine Presley.

On Jan. 24 GVEC Donated $1,225 to the 2019 Waelder Livestock Show
education in the Guadalupe Valley

Presley presents a $1,225.00 donation to Dora Noyola, Show Board member of the 2019 Waelder Livestock Show.

On Jan. 29 GVEC Donated $1,225 to the 2019 Nixon-Smiley Livestock Show
From left: Christine Presley, community relations representative with the Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative (GVEC), presents a $1,225.00 donation to Sheila Mendiola, secretary with the 2019 Nixon-Smiley Livestock Show, education in the Guadalupe Valley

Presley presents a $1,225.00 donation to Sheila Mendiola, secretary with the 2019 Nixon-Smiley Livestock Show.

On Jan. 30 GVEC Donated $1,225 to the 2019 Goliad Co. Fair Association
Center: Christine Presley, community relations representative from the Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative (GVEC), presents a $1,225.00 donation to Brian Yanta, Advisor, and Roy Boyd, Chairperson for the 2019 Goliad Co. Fair Association, Guadalupe Valley Livestock Shows

Presley presents a $1,225.00 donation to Brian Yanta, Advisor, and Roy Boyd, Chairperson for the 2019 Goliad Co. Fair Association.

On Jan. 31 GVEC Donated $1,225 to the 2019 Shiner FFA Livestock Show
Christine Presley, community relations representative with the Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative (GVEC), presents a $1,225.00 donation to Bruce Pohler, FFA sponsor with the 2019 Shiner FFA Livestock Show, agriculture in the Guadalupe Valley

Presley presents a $1,225.00 donation to Bruce Pohler, FFA sponsor with the 2019 Shiner FFA Livestock Show.

On Feb. 12 GVEC Donated $3,000 to the 2019 Cuero Livestock Show
From left: Greg Gossett, board president of the 2019 Cuero Livestock Show and other members of the board, present and past, receive a $3,000 check from Presley. Next to Presley is Anthony Netardus, DeWitt Co. agricultural agent and board secretary of the 2019 Cuero Livestock Show, Quinn Berckenhoff, assistant agricultural agent, and Leo Heinemann, past board president of the Cuero Livestock Show, agriculture in the Guadalupe Valley

Greg Gossett, board president of the 2019 Cuero Livestock Show and other members of the board, present and past, receive a $3,000 check from Presley. Next to Presley is Anthony Netardus, DeWitt Co. agricultural agent and board secretary of the 2019 Cuero Livestock Show, Quinn Berckenhoff, assistant agricultural agent, and Leo Heinemann, past board president of the Cuero Livestock Show.

On Feb. 12 GVEC Donated $3,000 to the 2019 La Vernia Junior Livestock Show
From left: Kasie Tankersley, community relations representative from the Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative (GVEC), presents a $2,500 donation to Mark Koepp of the 2019 La Vernia Junior Livestock Show, Guadalupe Valley Livestock Shows

Tankersley presents a $2,500 donation to Mark Koepp of the 2019 La Vernia Junior Livestock Show

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