October 13, 2021

The Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce welcomed the Class of 2022, following a year off from the program due to the pandemic, with a class retreat in October at The Ingenhuett on High in Comfort.


Class members include: Hattie Allen, The Grace Center; Kaitlyn Burg, St. Mary's Catholic School; JeriLynne Clifford, Hill Country Memorial; Jamie Duecker, Security State Bank & Trust; Kelly Ellebracht, BridgeNorth Wealth Advisors; Carlin Friar, Happy State Bank; Emily Kirchner, St. Barnabus Episcopal Church; Kelsey Lansford, Laughlin Homes & Restoration; Tony Lombardi, Gillespie County Airport; Adam Luton, Guadalupe Bank; Brianna Pradia, Abacus Planning Group; JJ Price, Hill Country Windows & Doors; Dr. Joe Rodriguez, Fredericksburg Independent School District; Karen Stevenson, National Museum of the Pacific War; Sam Sutton, Fredericksburg Standard; Tammy Vollmar, Weaver Technologies; Krista Wareham, City of Fredericksburg; JD Windham, Christian Job Corps of Gillespie County; Taylor Young, Fredericksburg Convention & Visitors Bureau and Debbie Zabica, Hill Country SPCA.


Special thanks to program coordinators, Marilyn McNabb and Todd Eidson and Class of 2020 officers Anna Hudson, Justin Hill, Beth Bayliss, Zach Criddle, Caroline Eidson, Kelly Eckhardt. We also thank Jeanine and Craig Leeder, owners of The Ingenhuett on High, for use of their beautiful venue and Clear River Pecan Co. for class treats.

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October 20, 2021

Leadership Gillespie County is in full swing after the group’s second meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 20.


During that meeting, the class of 2022 learned about the workings of all things local government, including the responsibilities of Mayor Charlie Kiehne, City Manager Kent Myers, County Commissioner Donnie Schuch, Veterans Service Officer Tami King and the Gillespie County Court at Law Judge, Chris Nevins. Also speaking were Parks Department Director Andrea Schmidt and Jason Lutz, Director of Development.


At a break, the class got to step into the past by touring Gillespie County’s old jail, which was constructed in 1885. Leading the tour was David Shields, Executive Director of the Gillespie County Historical Society. The jail was active until 1939. It was the fourth to be constructed in Fredericksburg. In the jail, one can find old carvings and writings on the walls by former prisoners of the early 1900s.


Coordinating the afternoon were class of 2022 members Carlin Friar, Emily Kirchner, Krista Wareham, Tony Lombardi and JJ Price, who scheduled the speakers and coordinated food and beverages for the group throughout the afternoon.


Once meetings were concluded, students voted on the officers who will lead the class throughout the year. Officers are listed below:

• President – Emily Kirchner

• Vice President – Brianna Pradia

• Treasurer – Krista Wareham

• Secretary – Kaitlyn Burg

• Sergeant of Arms – JJ Price

• Photographer – Kelsey Lansford

• Historian – Samuel Sutton

• Class Mouse – JD Windham


After elections, the class began discussing ideas for the end-of-year class project. The project must help the community in some way, but must also be completed at the day of graduation.


Some items of discussion included raising funds to purchase a sonogram license for the MOM Center, a workforce job fair or leadership opportunities for high school students or a community-wide positivity campaign. The goal is to make a decision on this by the next meeting on Nov. 3.


At that time, members Jerrillynn Clifford, Samuel Sutton, Tammy Vollmar, Hattie Allen and JD Windham will coordinate a class centered around the town’s history and culture.