As the year ends, it's a good time to reflect on the accomplishments of the past twelve months. One of the biggest successes of 2018 would have to be the Scholarship Gala in September. The generosity of the members of AGC of Texas is wellknown but never more evident than this year. The Scholarship Committee, led by Elizabeth Zwak, planned a terrific evening which resulted in over $1 million raised to support the current and future students we support. The event is anchored by the major underwriters every year and this year was no different. Special recognition should be given to Anderson Columbia, Hunter Industries, and Williams Brothers Construction Co., Inc. for their participation to underwrite the cocktail reception and dinner. These three firms, along with numerous others, also donate and purchase silent and live auction items each year. We appreciate all the firms who contribute as event sponsors and auction participants. The entertainment provided by Travis Tritt was sponsored again by the Texas CAT dealers and capped off a fantastic evening of fun, fellowship, and funds.
Jennifer Woodard and President Chad Clark prepare for the Live Auction at the 2018 Gala, which raised over a million dollars for the Scholarship Fund.
The November 6 general election closes out the election cycle and moves us ever closer to the 86th Legislative Session in 2019. The chapter has raised and contributed over $630,000 in PAC funds during this cycle--which is a record. President Chad Clark chose to focus his year on PAC development and challenged the staff and membership to focus on our public affairs efforts across the state. As his term winds down, there is no doubt he accomplished the mission. The chapter exceeded the previous record cycle by over $100,000 and this does not reflect the contributions by individual members who supplemented the PAC activity. This success is the result of hard work across the state by the Area Chairmen and Public Affairs Vice Chairmen who have tirelessly planned PAC fundraising events and coordinated meetings with officeholders and candidates. The chapter will be in an excellent position to begin the hard work of advocacy for the highway, heavy construction industry during the upcoming legislative session.
The legislature will convene on January 8, 2019 in Austin. The chapter’s Legislative Fly-In has been planned for February 13, 2019, at the Hyatt Hotel with a reception for legislators at the Bob Bullock museum at the end of the day.
We have had a great 2018 and will build on all our success in 2019. Thanks especially to the dedicated group of staff members who are out making things happen across the state. We appreciate the support of the membership and look forward to a fabulous new year.