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TIFFANY LEY
Her Name is Law

How DeWitt County
Officially Became Wildflower Capital of Texas

by Jack Teagarden
wildflower by fence
TE photo

Law in the Spanish language is Ley, and it's pretty appropriate since it was Tiffany who instigated legislation making it official that DeWitt County is the Wildflower Capital of Texas. Furthermore, while April has always been Wildflower Month in DeWitt County, now April is Wildflower Month for the entire state.

In an interview with The Cuero Record (a newspaper better than it has to be), Tiffany modestly says: "I'm really excited that I've done something big for DeWitt County; it's a really good feeling." Ley was gathering flowers for her collection, and was thinking of a speech by Wildflower Association President Jackie Papacek, urging people to become more involved in promoting wildflowers.

After an attempt to get a Bill passed through the State 4-H Congress, failed due to time restraints, Tiffany contacted State Representative Geanie Morrison.

In a letter to Rep. Morrison, Tiffany asked for help in presenting the bill. Morrison took up the cause and read excerpts from Ms. Ley's letter to the State Legislature. We quote: "I feel this would be a great declaration of faith and an opportunity to share with others what the flood could not destroy, that being the beauty of the wildflowers that blossom after the rains, along with God's promise of new beginnings in the early Spring." "It is with this hope our community begins re-building with pride that has not been lost through adversity."

Tiffany was surprised when she received an invitation to Austin to attend the voting on the bill. There were some doubtful moments, but it passed and Tiffany gives credit to Rep. Morrison.

Tiffany remains active in the 4-H program, where she is President of the DeWitt County 4-H Council. She is now a Senior at Cuero High School.

We have a feeling we'll be hearing more about Ms. Ley, and we'll be glad to report on her activities.

Our special thanks to The Cuero Record for letting us use their article from their issue of June 9th, 1999.


John Troesser

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