Hermann Sons Lodge honors Vickers
On Thursday, Nov. 8, Jourdanton Hermann Sons Lodge 310 held their annual Thanksgiving Dinner and award ceremony. The menu consisted of turkey, sweet potatoes, dressing, green beans, a green salad and numerous deserts. The meal was catered by the Pesqueda family of Charlotte, and the meal was truly delicious as always.
This year the lodge’s Humanitarian Award was presented to a very deserving individual, Mrs. Lucinda Vickers, Atascosa County Attorney.
A native of Denton, Texas, she graduated in three years from Baylor University in 1982 with a Bachelor’s degree. In two years she graduated with a Juris Doctorate from Baylor Law School in 1984.
She came to Pleasanton in 1986 and married Joe Vickers that same year. They have one daughter, Mary Jane, who is currently a freshman at Texas A&M in College Station.
She has served tirelessly for many years in the legal profession and her real passion is for needy children and broken marriages. The award was presented by vice president Rusty Prasifka. He read the impressive list of accomplishments and organizations Vickers is associated with.
At the core of this woman is her successful law practice which she has poured herself into for nearly the last 30 years. Her specialty is Family Law and while she does all aspects of the law, her real heart is for needy children and broken marriages. She is an attorney, an advocate that cares and works hard for her clients.
Very respected in her profession, she served on the Attorney Disciplinary Committee (the group that reviews and makes determinations on professional complaints filed against attorneys) for the district that includes Atascosa County for six years.
Four years ago she was elected (and re-elected) to the office of County Attorney of Atascosa County since winning election in 2008. She was the first female County Attorney in the county’s history.
She has brought all new people into the office and renovated and streamlined its operations, to make it highly effective and functional.
Also central to her is her faith and commitment to her Church, St. Andrew’s Catholic Church.
She has been an active member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church. She taught catechism for a number of years and was on the first Pastoral Council for St. Andrew’s. She has volunteered many years at St. Andrew’s annual Picnic and Auction and at the annual Turkey Dinner.
She has participated in the Christmas Village and has been active in Court Appointed Special Advocates, a volunteer organization that provides assistance for abused and neglected children in the court system, since its inception in Atascosa County.
For many years she has been a sponsor of the annual Toys For Tots Christmas Gala, which collects Christmas toys for needy families. She has also been a co-director of Studio Players, a children’s theater group, since the early 1990s.
Vickers was president of Board of Directors of the Atascosa County Mental Health Clinic Advisory Board, Inc. for 15 years. She was in charge of fundraising and administration of funds and was named as Outstanding Volunteer for the Greater SanAntonio Area.
She has been active in Pleasanton Lions Club, a member since 1988, second female member, first female President in 1990. She has been an organizer and volunteer for numerous Lions Club charitable and civic projects throughout the years of her membership.
She has co-sponsored and organized the annual Floral Extravaganza at Coughran Hall for ten years with Rey Rodriguez. She lent her talents to Atascosa County Troupe and is a previous honoree at the Chamber Awards. She served two terms as a Director for the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce.
During the summer Hermann Sons had a unique opportunity to help raise funds for a worthy charitable organization. This year the lodge’s chosen recipient was the United Methodist Church of Jourdanton, in conjunction with the Kirby James Bentsen Memorial Soup Kitchen. Vice President Rusty Prasifka presented the donation to Gael Garwood of the United Methodist Church in Jourdanton. This was a part of the lodge’s Helping Hands Community Service.