San Antonio Turns 300!

 

San Antonio is turning 300 years old and San Antonio is gearing up for the huge milestone with a year long celebration. The Tricentennial year kicks off with the New Year's Eve celebration with family friendly music, entertainment, and a fireworks show. The headliners of the night will be Pat Benatar, Neil Giraldo, and REO Speedwagon.

May 1-6 is designated as Commemorative Week to celebrate the exact milestone. May 1, 1718, the Mission San Antonio de Valero (later known as the Alamo) was introduced. San Antonio's five area missions are Texas's only UNESCO World Heritage site and will be at the forefront of the activities.

On top of a celebration, there is a huge drive for educational events during this celebration to include history, arts and culture, and community service that is aimed at getting the San Antonio more involved with local organizations. The 300 group identified community projects and helped match volunteer groups to projects based on need and demand.

For more information to see what events are happening, or how you can get involved, take a moment to check out the 300 website and the efforts that the leader of our great city have put together.

Fiesta 2017 and the Battle of the Flowers

The Battle of the Flowers parade began in the late 19th century and is the highlight event of Fiesta today. Originally, it was intended to be a one day event to pay homage to the Battle of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. Fiesta is now a city wide event that lasts ten days.

In the beginning, 1891, local women decorated buggies and bicycles with live flowers and threw them at each other. This was the beginning of the Battle of the Flowers that has become the annual event. In 1895, the Battle of the Flowers Association began crowning a Carnival Queen; then, in 1909, a full court was established. Today, the signature Battle of the Flowers parade is known for the elaborate dresses and fancy shoes or boots worn by the court contestants.

Fiesta has now become a great resource for the city's non-profit organizations by staging over 100 events over ten days with the help of over 75,000 volunteers. There are three parades including a night parade on the River Walk.

Other featured events include Oyster Bake, Alamo Heights Night, and NIOSA (A Night in Old San Antonio). If none of these events find your fancy, there are plenty of other events during Fiesta that you might enjoy.

National Association of Residential Property Management

house_maroon Since 1995, almost all of the employees at Hendricks Property Management have been members of the San Antonio Metropolitan Chapter of NARPM, or the National Association of Residential Property Managers. We believe the education we receive through NARPM is invaluable, and it starts with the basics: ethics. Each member is required to take a 3 hour course on Property Management and Ethics.

Per NARPM, adhering to a professional Code of Ethics helps companies and individuals build relationships of trust with their customers, employees, suppliers, owners and the communities in which they work. The need to adhere to increasingly complex government regulations and the litigious nature of our society has changed how property managers view their profession. With public trust in fair business diminishing, now more than ever, it is crucially important for property management professionals to obtain the validation that comes from belonging to an organization that has set a high standard of conduct for its members.

The San Antonio chapter of NARPM was started in 1995, quickly grew to over 200 members, and is one of the fastest growing chapters in the nation. Currently, our chapter has won awards for Chapter Excellence every year from 2008-2015, and won Chapter of the Year in 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2015. We have two Board of Directors members in our office that serve as the Chapter Excellence director and Communications director. There are several upcoming events including NARPM-Texas Style, a conference for all Texas chapters of NARPM, a Next Generation Professionals Social, and our bi-monthly chapter meeting with special guest speaker Deniz Yusuf