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Proposal to Rename Lion’s Club Park for Minnie Gilbert

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Minnie Mae Gilbert spent most of her life as a resident of the lower College Hills neighborhood in College Station, where she and her husband raised four children in their home on Columbus Street. A kind, caring, and compassionate woman, Mrs. Gilbert was a friend to all, her door always open to neighbors, family, friends, and anyone in need, whether it be for a listening ear, advice, a meal or snack, and encouragement, so much so that the Gilbert home eventually got the nickname of “Neighborhood Community Center. Her warm heart and personality endeared her to all who met and knew her.

During the late 1980's and early 1990's Mrs. Gilbert took it upon herself to assemble various pieces of playground equipment, games, and activities on the lot her family owned onside of her home, turning it into a mini-park that all the children of the neighborhood could enjoy in a safe environment under the watch of attentive and responsible adults. Mrs. Gilbert did this all on her own, with her own money, to provide what she believed to be the right thing for those kids. Her little park remained available for several years.

The selfless and admirable efforts of Mrs. Gilbert spoke to her highly admirable character and integrity, or showing kindness and caring for her community. She did so without having to be asked, not looking for any compensation or praise. What she did came straight from her huge and loving heart.

Mrs. Gilbert passed away several years ago, yet the positive impact she had on the neighborhood and all those whose lives she touched still live on. She instilled in me values of service, compassion, and goodwill. Therefore, I wish to in her honor propose renaming Lion’s Club Park as the Lion’s Club Minnie Mae Gilbert Memorial Park to acknowledge and salute all that she did for the greater good of the neighborhood and all of its residents, who she cared deeply for no matter who or what they were. Her life is one that made the world around better, efforts for which the city should be forever grateful. I ask that you all would join me in making this name change happen. Thank you.

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