It’s time to rodeo at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo!
We love Houston, especially in March! The trail riders, an influx of cowboy boots and hats, volunteer tags hanging from the rear view car mirror, and a general excitement to be a Houstonian. We are particularly proud of the rodeo because of the servant leadership that is shown through the many volunteers who give of their time to make this major event happen. One of our top company values is servant leadership, so we love to see this example on such a grand scale!
For those who don’t have a behind the scenes view of the work that is done behind the scenes, here are some facts about the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, as listed on the HLSR site:
- Almost every person you see “working” at the rodeo is a volunteer. They have 33,000 volunteers that make the entire event happen!
- There are 107 committees on which those 33,000 volunteers serve.
- More than 2.1 million total hours are contributed by the rodeo volunteers.
That’s a lot of volunteers! And a lot of hours! We are proud that several of our team members are part of the volunteer groups and they have such pride about their jobs as volunteers for the rodeo.
Abby, our Operations Director, is going on her 7th year as a volunteer at the rodeo. She got her start as a volunteer on the Gatekeepers committee in 2010 and enjoyed greeting rodeo patrons for two years. In 2011, she swapped to the Transportation committee and is still greeting rodeo patrons, just in a different capacity. She loves being one of the many “faces” of the rodeo, and welcoming patrons to the grounds. She has seen first-hand the impact of the volunteers and truly enjoys giving back.
Cheryl, one of our Project Managers, has enjoyed raising funds for youth through HLSR. For the past 19 years, she has served on the Souvenir Program and Speakers committees. The Speakers committee offers the opportunity to spread the mission of the show and the importance of education. Audiences range from school children to corporate business luncheons. This committee has allowed Cheryl the great opportunity to work closely with special needs children and adults while riding in grand entry, walking in, and announcing the parade. Seeing the children’s faces while riding a “barrel” bull or sitting on the back of a fire engine will forever be sealed in her heart. While Cheryl has given a great deal of time to HLSR, she feels like the opportunities have given her so much more.
Cynthia, one of our Project Assistants, volunteers on the Information Services Committee, and is responsible for setting up all of the computers around the rodeo grounds. She loves meeting and working with people in a fun environment. They are the “behind the scenes” crew that you don’t think about – but this committee is a very vital tool to keeping the rodeo running smoothly! She looks forward to the rodeo each year so she can give back to the community and help raise scholarships for HLSR.
There are many ways that each of our team members volunteer within organizations in the community, but these are just a few examples of an organization that is near and dear to our hearts. We are so proud of our team. We are so proud to be a part of such an impressive event each year that has such a positive impact on our youth.
Here is more information on visiting the HLSR and ways to get involved.