It is appropriate that during this week of Thanksgiving that the Flour Bluff Citizens Council Board of Directors came together to finalize the creation of the organization. Many Flour Bluff citizens have pondered the creation of such a group for many years. At last, the time is right, and God has blessed the community with a group of people who are committed to making it better in the Bluff.
On October 25, 2016, the Flour Bluff Citizens Council, held a general meeting where the members in good standing elected nine board members and one non-voting, ex officio member to serve on the board of directors. The board includes Weston Beseda, Justin Green, Chris Hooper, Kyle Pape, James Skrobarczyk, Greg Smith (ex officio), Lloyd Stegemann, Shirley Thornton, Jonathan Vela, and Jennifer Welp.
The FBCC Board of Directors met, elected officers, and established committees on November 21, 2016. The results follow:
President: Shirley Thornton, 2-year term
Vice-president: Chris Hooper, 1-year term
Secretary: Jennifer Welp, 2-year term
Treasurer: Weston Beseda, 1-year term
Committees and Chairpersons:
Parks and Recreation: Lloyd Stegemann
Homelessness: Chris Hooper and Weston Beseda
Litter and Illegal Dumping: Kyle Pape
Area Development Plan: James Skrobarczyk
Emergency Services: Jennifer Welp and Jonathan Vela
Preservation of Flour Bluff History: Shirley Thornton
Fundraising and Community Projects: Shirley Thornton (A general member who is interested in heading up this committee may contact the board about an appointment as chairperson.)
Note: The committee chairpersons are in need of help from the general membership. If anyone is interested in working in a particular area, please email the board (email@example.com) or let them know at the January general meeting.
The board authorized Public Relations Chairperson Lynn Kaylor to develop a website and set up a MailChimp account for sending out bulk email. The official snail mail address that may be shared with other Flour Bluff residents and business owners who wish to join by mailing in the Membership Application and $5 yearly dues is as follows:
Flour Bluff Citizens Council
PO Box 181176
Corpus Christi, Texas 78480
Weston Beseda is a life-long Flour Bluff resident, married to an amazing wife with two boys. He is currently a Captain with NASCC Fire Department and has had an active affiliation with Nueces County ESD2 , Flour Bluff Fire Department, for over a decade. He has been involved with the Citizens Council since its inception wants to continue to improve an already amazing community to keep it on the right track so as to preserve it for his children and his children’s children. He looks forward to working with council members as well as other officials within the community and the City of Corpus Christi.
Justin P. Green is a litigation attorney with the law firm Herrman & Herrman, P.L.L.C. He is a graduate of Flour Bluff High School. He earned his Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Management from Texas A&M University in 2009 and his Juris Doctor with Honors from the University of Akron School of Law in 2013. He currently resides in Flour Bluff with his wife, Julie.
John C. Hooper is the husband of Cheryl Hooper and the father of Flour Bluff students, Hannah and Colton Hooper. He graduated from King High School and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Chris is currently employed as a Police Lieutenant and the public information officer with the Corpus Christi Police Department.
Kyle Pape is a long-time resident of Corpus Christi. He is married to Karleen, a 1st-grade teacher at FBISD, and has 4 children – ages 12, 10, 7, and 3. The three oldest children attend FBISD, and the youngest will also attend in the future. Kyle works in the oilfield as a product development engineer with drilling tools. He’s also an avid outdoors enthusiast and a U.S. Coast Guard licensed Captain who enjoys the unique access to areas like Baffin Bay and the Laguna Madre that Flour Bluff offers. He became involved with local community politics during the City of Corpus Christi’s proposal for a solid waste transfer station near his home and seeks to make Flour Bluff a better, safer community for everyone who lives and visits here. He served on the City of Corpus Christi’s Ad-Hoc Street Committee in 2015, as well.
James Skrobarczyk was born March 18, 1950, in Corpus Christi, Texas. James, one of sixteen children, moved to Kingsville, Texas, in 1958. His father was a home builder and Real Estate broker. He ttended Corpus Christi Minor Seminary for 4 1/2 years and also attended Del Mar College and Texas A&I University. James married Lawanda Wiederanders November 26, 1971. They have four children. James is active in business and community in Corpus Christi, Kingsville, Houston, Austin, and Rockport, as a builder and Real Estate broker.
Greg Smith (ex officio) is a fifth-generation Corpus Christian and the new Corpus Christi District 4 Councilman. He has worked on various projects affecting our area including: windstorm insurance, desalination, water, electrical transmission and coastal erosion and protection. Greg has served on numerous community boards and committees, which has given him insight into areas of the city which have been very successful and at those that need improvement. Greg still lives in Flour Bluff, where he went to school and raised his own family.
Dr. Lloyd Stegemann and his family and moved to Flour Bluff three years ago. He is a bariatric and metabolic surgeon who has been an active member in the medical community. Lloyd joined the Flour Bluff Citizens Council to help unify the citizens of Flour Bluff to better our local community.
Shirley Thornton has lived in Flour Bluff for 48 years and has been married to Robert Thornton, masonry contractor and small business owner, for 40 years. They have three children together, two of whom still reside in Flour Bluff with their families. She graduated Flour Bluff HS in 1976, received her Bachelor’s Degree in English and Communications and a teaching certificate from CCSU in 1980, and went on to teach English at FBJH for 28 years. She currently serves on the FBISD School Board and other civic boards in the Flour Bluff community. She is thankful for all those who have chosen to be part of the FBCC so that Flour Bluff can become even a better place to live, work, and grow families.
Jennifer Welp is a 1992 graduate of Flour Bluff High School and has a Bachelor’s in Business Management from Southwest Texas State University and a MBA from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. Jennifer and her husband Rick were high school sweethearts and have two sons and a daughter, all who attend FBISD. She is the president of a local earth-moving business with a fleet of dump trucks. Jennifer is also very active in the Flour Bluff community and serves on many community and civic boards. She looks forward to serving and contributing to the betterment of her community.
Jonathan Vela attended FBISD from K-12 and graduated in 2005. He currently lives and runs his business Dani’s Lock & Key in the Bluff. He looks forward to serving on the FBCC board and working with all the citizens of Flour Bluff.
Retired from education after serving 30 years (twenty-eight as an English teacher and two years as a new-teacher mentor), Shirley enjoys her life with family and friends while serving her community, church, and school in Corpus Christi, Texas. She is the creator and managing editor of The Paper Trail, an online news/blog site that serves to offer a glimpse into the past and present of the little community of Flour Bluff. She wrote for The Flour Bluff Messenger, wrote and edited for The Texas Shoreline News, a Corpus Christi print newspaper that existed from December 2017 to April 2020, served as copy editor on three books, and continues to tutor students of all ages in the lively art of writing.