Colleen Gardner, Executive Director of the Bamberger Ranch Preserve, writes:
Everything that happens on or around the ranch is a story. And never is the story short on details. On a cold and blustery volunteer workday with the Central Texas Trail Tamers this last winter, David Bamberger caught the ear of two new volunteers—“fresh meat” as the staff likes to tease—with some of his wonderful stories. One of these women, Carolyn, was motivated to visit the ranch after seeing a public television program featuring Margaret and David’s work. After reading Water From Stone, Carolyn signed up to volunteer and has become further enamored with the Bambergers’ conservation mission. It is to her that we give credit for honoring Selah 40 years of conservation with this house resolution.
After Church’s Fried Chicken went public on the New York Stock Exchange in May 1969, David Bamberger was able to purchase the abused, worn-out, chunk of land in Blanco County that he had had his eye on – the same one we all now know to be Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve. Honoring this 40th anniversary, Carolyn instigated, wrote draft copies and hand-delivered requests to both the Texas House of Representatives and the Senate for a House Resolution and a State Flag that flew over the capitol building.
Because the House is in session, we weren’t sure if Representative Rose’s public acknowledgement of David would happen until the very last minute. Intended to be a surprise, we therefore decided to read our draft copy of the resolution in front of over 100 guests at our Family Picnic Fundraiser on May 3 so that friends and family could celebrate David and Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve.
Everything works out the way it should – we were, in fact, able to get on the Representatives’s calendar for Monday morning, May 4. And at his prompting, our esteemed Representative Patrick Rose asked David Bamberger to stand on the upper gallery that overlooks the House floor while Representative Rose publicly acknowledged him and all of his great accomplishments with the following resolution (due to time constraints, it was not read in its entirety) and asked everyone to look up and clap for one of the greatest conservationists this State has ever known. Meanwhile, Senator Dewhurst’s office provided David with a Texas flag that flew over the capitol on May 2, 2009, the exact 40th anniversary of the date when Church’s went public.