The Board of Directors of the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation on Friday, February 16, 2018, is scheduled to conduct interviews for the position of Executive Director, and possibly take action for the hiring of the new administrative leader of the organization.

The Board of Directors special meeting, which is open to the public, will be held in the Council Chamber at Edinburg City Hall, located at 415 W University Drive, beginning at noon.

However, the interviews may take place in executive session, according to the agenda, which is posted outside of Edinburg City Hall, and is also posted online at:

http://edinburgedc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/2-13-18-Agenda.pdf 

Any action – including no action – taken by the board of directors on all executive session items would have to be announced in public.

The agenda states:

“In accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Vernon’s Civil Statutes Annotated, Government Code, exception to requirements that meetings be open, Section 551.074 Personnel Matters, and Section 551.071 Consultation with Attorney, the Board of Directors will announce that it will adjourn into Executive Session to deliberate the following items. The EEDC Board may elect to go into Executive Session on any item, whether or not such item is posted as an Executive Session item, at any time during the meeting, when authorized by the provisions of the Texas Open Meeting Act. The EEDC Board will deliberate on the following items:

a. Conduct Interviews for the position of Executive Director and possible action for the hiring of the position of Executive Director; and

b. Consultation with Attorney.”

The Edinburg EDC is the jobs-creation arm of Mayor Richard Molina, Mayor Pro-Tem David Torres, Councilmember Homer Jasso, Jr., Councilmember Gilbert Enríquez, and Councilmember Jorge Salinas.

The Edinburg EDC Board of Directors is comprised of City Councilmember Gilbert Enríquez as President, Edinburg School Board Trustee Miguel “Mike” Farías as Vice-President, Isael Posadas, P.E., as Secretary/Treasurer, and Julio César Carranza and Noé Sauceda, Ph.D. as Members.

BRIANNA CAPETILLO NAMED BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF EDINBURG RGV JUNIOR YOUTH OF THE YEAR

Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV recently hosted the Junior Youth of the Year competition.

Junior Youth of the Year was created as a way to prepare club members ages 9-13 for the most prestigious honor they can receive: the Youth of the Year.

According to the Boys & Girls Club of America, Junior Youth of the Year seeks to develop junior leaders ages 10-13 within the Club environment. The program fosters Club members’ emerging leadership abilities while preparing them for later participation in the Youth of the Year program. In addition to recognizing the leadership achievements of Club youth, Junior Youth of the Year also cultivates their leadership potential, providing the foundation they need for advanced leadership development, academic excellence and postsecondary success. Through this program, Club youth become motivated to seek opportunities for leadership and to act as responsible citizens and change agents.

Often, Boys & Girls Club members have great stories to tell, but have difficulty telling them publicly in the Junior Youth of the Year competition, said Sabrina Walker-Hernández, CEO for Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV.

Junior Youth of the Year competitors wrote essays about their home life, their school life, what the club means to them and presented a speech to a panel of judges.

In the end, three Edinburg youths emerged as finalists: Brianna Capetillo was selected 2018 Junior Youth of the Year, Brianna García earned 2nd runner-up, and Alicia Alemán taking the 3rd runner-up honor. Each received a technology gift bag and certificate.

“This competition prepares our kids in their quest to becoming Youth of the Year,” said Walker-Hernández. “It is exciting to see them grow in their presentation skills and confidence when sharing their Club story.”

Judges in the Junior Youth of the Year Competition included Millie Smith, SVP Compliance & BSA at Texas National Bank; Dr. Tiffany Miller, DC with Family Wellness Chiropractic Center; Judi Flowers, Manager, Wells Fargo Bank; Naomi Perales, Community Relations Manager, Texas Gas Service; and Todd Miller, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resource, McAllen Consolidated Independent School District.

Since 1969, Boys & Girls Club has played an integral role in the Edinburg community, providing daily programs and services to more than 18,000 young people.

During the school year the Club is open Monday through Friday, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., and during the summer the hours from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

On all holidays and teachers work days of the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District, the Legacy Center is open from 7:30 am through 5:30 p.m.

The Club has moved its main site and administration to its new building – the Legacy Center – which is located at 702 Cullen Street (Rogers and 281). The Club offers programs that emphasize academic success, healthy lifestyles and character.

For more information about its scheduled activities or additional ways to get involved, area residents may call 956/383-2582 or visit its website at www.edinburgkids.com.

Interested individuals also may stay connected and follow the Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV on its social media channels by searching edinburgkids.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg Rio Grande Valley is a City of Edinburg partner and a United Way of South Texas Agency.

 

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Sabrina Walker-Hernandez contributed to this article. For more information on the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation and the City of Edinburg, please log on to http://edinburgedc.com or to http://www.facebook