River Updates

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Canyon Lake will increase releases from Canyon Lake beginning at 9:30 am on Friday, October 19, 2018. Releases will increase from approximately 620 cfs to a project release of 1,980 cfs by 5 pm this afternoon. Read More

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Besserung Award

The Besserung (Community Betterment) Award is often referred to as the outstanding citizen’s award for New Braunfels. It is designed to be presented to an individual who is currently providing a significant contribution to the community through civic activities. This awardee might have been active for more than just the past year or two, however, the emphasis is to reward the sacrifices made by a volunteer leader on a current basis. The recipient’s name is a secret until presentation at the Annual Banquet.

The Besserung Award is bestowed by the Awards Committee. The Awards Committee consists of six members serving six-year staggered terms with a new member being appointed each year by the Chair of the Board. The member with the longest service on the committee is automatically Chair.

Besserung Award Recipients

2017 - Rusty Brockman
2016 – Ron Reaves
2015 – Barron Casteel
2014 – Mary Jane Nalley
2013 – Doy Cole
2012 – Jan Kennady
2011 – Jay Brewer
2010 – Ron Friesenhahn
2009 – Mario Luna
2008 – Danny Scheel
2007 – Bruce Boyer
2006 – Monroe Miller
2005 – Marian Benson
2004 – John Lovett
2003 – Kenneth Fiedler
2002 – Moe Schwab
2001 – Edmund Kuempel
2000 – Linden Anderson
1999 – Iris Schumann

1998 – Ramon Chapa, Sr.
1997 – Helmuth & Doris Salge
1996 – Carter Casteel
1995 – Bobbie Purdum
1994 – Dennis Heitkamp
1993 – Helgard Suhr
1992 – S. D. David, Jr.
1991 – David Lamon
1990 – Janelle Berger
1989 – Jean Pfeuffer
1988 – Douglas R. Miller
1987 – W. T. Ellis
1986 – Hortense & Pat Hernandez
1985 – Roxolin Krueger
1984 – Joe Rogers
1983 – Laverne Eberhard
1982 – Bill & Nan Dillen
1981 – Doyle Krueger

1980 – Margaret Naegelin
1979 – Tom Purdum
1979 – Stanley M. Woodward
1978 – Herb Skoog
1977 – Jack Ohlrich
1976 – Frank DePasqual
1975 – Carroll U. Hoffmann
1974 – S. T. Burrus
1973 – E. P. “Pete” Nowotny
1972 – Paul Jahn
1971 – H. C. McKenna
1970 – Elliot Knox
1969 – Herb Schneider
1968 – Alfred Liebscher
1967 – A. D. “Pete” Nuhn
1966 – Merritt Schumann
1965 – Millie Karbach
1964 – Oscar Haas