I trust all is well in your patch of Texas (or wherever you are). As you may be aware, myself and the Board had the task recently of recruiting and replacing a board positions due to vacancies from term limits and resignations. Our Treasurer, VP/Secretary and myself have “retired” from the Board. As discussed in our meetings, we wanted to be sure everything was left in good hands. SFA SP has been blessed through the years in having wonderful, enthusiastic and loyal park host volunteers. Current members and park staff included. It is also park host volunteers who will be the first 2 new board members! Mr. Andrew Hooper accepted the nomination and was voted as the new President of The Friends of Stephen F. Austin State Park and Minnie Regalado accepted the nomination and was voted as the new Treasurer.
As for me, my wife and I plan on staying on as members of the Friends Group and I will be continuing to show my passion for the park and the great outdoors of Texas through interpretive programming and volunteer coordination. I must say that serving the past 5 years has been more rewarding than I ever thought it would. Having the ability to get to know all of you and making lifelong friends while serving in the name of a great cause is priceless. We’ve seen many successes, weathered a few floods and even shed a tear or two with the passing of one of our own members.
I encourage each of you to support Andrew and Minnie as they continue build the group. They both are looking forward to getting their rigs set back up at the park. I know they have some cool things planned. If you have interest taking a board position now might be a good time to consider it.
In the meantime, keep an eye out for volunteer activities related to park restoration and other activities. I ain’t going away!
Happy Trails!
Tom Shaughnessy

Due to the inclimate weather The Friends of Stephen F. Austin State park will be CANCELLING the “Friend Raiser” event scheduled for August 28. Please join us for our regular quarterly meeting on September 11 at 6:30PM at the Sealy Chamber office where we will have a special agenda to welcome new members consider the new board . 

The current board of directors is at the end of their term limits. We are now in the process of nominating a next Board of Directors to continue leading the Friends of Stephen F. Austin State Park. Won’t you consider a nomination for a board position or becoming a voting member? Please join us at a special “Friend Raiser” meeting August 28. Click on invite: Friend Raiser Invite

On March 1 Stephen F. Austin State Park reopened the gates after almost 11 months of closure. It was great to see the RV’s from all over the country trickling in, the tents going up and kids exploring the trails and playing in the playground. Many local Friends Group members and volunteers were out too. Park staff, volunteers and contractors have worked tirelessly in getting the park to this point.

We think this Texas Bluebonnet that popped up near the old HQ is a great example of resiliency when it comes to our State Parks. Come out and see this gal and everything else SFA SP has to offer. Life’s Better Outside!