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Every day is Eagle’s Trace Day

Mayoral proclamation honors West Houston community

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December 23rd, 2013
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It’s official.

Trace has a day of the year to call its own. Houston’s City Council recently recognized the community for its service, job creation, and intergenerational programs.

“It was my great honor to recommend a mayoral proclamation for Eagle’s Trace,” says Council Member Oliver Pennington, who nominated the West Houston community. “As a community that celebrates service to others, Eagle’s Trace has shown itself to be an outstanding citizen of our city.”

Pennington is a frequent guest at Eagle’s Trace, which hosts monthly Eldridge/West Oaks Super Neighborhood meetings. Houston is divided into 88 Super Neighborhoods, an initiative of the local government to encourage residents to identify, plan, and set priorities to address the needs of their community.

“I have been to Eagle’s Trace many times, and I am impressed by the work of its community outreach committee, as well as by the intergenerational connections created by its student scholar program,” says Pennington. “Eagle’s Trace is an asset and outstanding contributor to District G and the city at large.”

Official proclamation

Fifteen Eagle’s Trace residents and staff members visited Houston’s city hall on October 15, 2013, for the proclamation of Eagle’s Trace Day by Mayor Annise Parker.

“We are honored at the recognition that affirms we are a community dedicated to helping people live better lives,” says Eagle’s Trace Executive Director Ben Cornthwaite.

An excerpt from the official proclamation presented to Cornthwaite by Parker reads:

“Whereas, since 2007, Eagle’s Trace residents have pledged over $100,000 in collegiate scholarships for qualified high school students in its dining services department and have also completed volunteer projects coordinated by its community outreach committee through partnerships with several nonprofit organizations and agencies in Houston; 

Whereas, the City of Houston commends and appreciates Eagle’s Trace for its commitment to providing comfortable and affordable living, entertainment, and care for our seniors.

Therefore, I, Annise D. Parker, Mayor of the City of Houston, hereby proclaim October 15, 2013, as Eagle’s Trace Day.”

More than just a day

Joyce Gaddy, who was at city hall for the proclamation, moved to Eagle’s Trace with her husband Don in January 2006. She says that the mayoral proclamation is an affirmation of what she already knows.

“This is an absolutely wonderful lifestyle,” says Joyce, who serves as vice-president of the community’s Resident Advisory Council. “We have so many activities available to us; there’s always a way to get involved.”

Before moving to Eagle’s Trace, Don and Joyce spent three years traveling across the country in their RV, helping build churches through Mission America Placement Services (MAPS).

“We sold our Dallas home and purchased 13 acres in Waxahachie before we went on the road,” says Joyce. “We thought we would build on our land when we finished our MAPS assignment. But when it came right down to it, we realized we didn’t want the chores associated with home ownership.”

Don’s sister and her husband had already moved to Eagle’s Trace and embraced its carefree lifestyle. Don and Joyce decided to follow suit.

“This was a fantastic move for us,” says Joyce. “We can spend every day interacting with friends and working on projects that are meaningful to us. It doesn’t get any better than that.”