Community involvement comes naturally to Sandra Skoog. “My parents were wonderful examples of good neighbors and community members; they always put others before themselves and gave much more than they took; I think that’s an important legacy that we need to model for the next generation,” Mrs. Skoog said.
One local organization to benefit from Mrs. Skoog’s volunteer spirit is Women in Longview, where she serves as vice president and chairs the scholarship committee. The annual Women in Longview Day (WILD), to be held this year on March 22, spotlights the achievements and diversity of women in the community and is an event designed to encourage, inform, support, and motivate women. Scholarships will be awarded to three graduating high school seniors and one adult woman pursuing a higher education.
“As chair of the scholarship committee, I am humbled and inspired as I read about the obstacles that some of our applicants have overcome, yet their spirits are unbroken and their passion for achieving their goals is contagious,” Mrs. Skoog said. “It is we, Women in Longview, who are honored to award these scholarships to courageous, smart, and motivated women who want to better themselves and in turn, society.”
Mrs. Skoog also lends her time to the Junior League of Longview, Longview Community Ministries, Forever Friends, and the American Heart Association. She is also involved with the Longview area chapter of Chi Omega Alumnae and is a member of the Gregg County Retired Teachers’ Association.
“Volunteerism is what I do because I feel that we are all called to help one another. Each of us can do something – serve breakfast at a mission, work in a food pantry, visit a shut-in, teach a Sunday school class, mentor a teenager, read to a school child, help a neighbor – something to leave the world a little better than we found it.”
Born in Linden, Texas, Mrs. Skoog has lived in Longview for 33 years. She graduated from Linden-Kildare High School and received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science, and her master’s degree in secondary education from Stephen F. Austin State University. Mrs. Skoog also obtained a master’s degree in counseling from The University of Texas at Tyler. She is retired from Pine Tree Independent School District where she was a junior high counselor. Mrs. Skoog and her husband, Eric, have recently celebrated their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary and they have one son, Hunter, who was just elected Senior Yell Leader at Texas A&M. As members of First Presbyterian Church, Mrs. Skoog serves as an Elder and a Sunday school teacher, is on the youth committee, and chairs the mission committee.
WILD will be held from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., on March 22, at Maude Cobb Activity Center. A full morning is planned with breakfast, seminars, vendors, entertainment, a style show, and a luncheon featuring guest speaker Kathy Patrick. Tickets may be purchased at Barron’s or the downtown location of Texas Bank and Trust. Mrs. Skoog encourages the community to attend as you will be entertained and inspired while enjoying a delicious lunch, and you will be supporting area women through the scholarship fund. Men are certainly welcome as well!