Henry Wood has been helping children through 4-H and FFA for more than 20 years.
Now, he wants to extend his volunteerism to all students in the Victoria school district.
Wood is one of three candidates for the Super District 7 seat of the Victoria school district board of trustees. Current board member Michael DiSanto did not file for reelection, leaving the position open.
Wood, a retired chief system operator for South Texas Electric Cooperative, served on several boards throughout his time with the company.
He represented electrical cooperatives across the state as a member of the technical advisory committee for the Electrical Reliability Council of Texas as a grid operator.
He represented electrical committees in Austin from 1996-2015 and chaired subcommittees during that time. His responsibilities included interfacing with the public utilities committee, provide expert testimony, and serve as a resource witness for the Texas Legislature.
“Much of what I was able to do there came because of the skills I was taught in FFA – how to conduct a meeting, rules of order, parliamentary procedures and even the hands-on basic knowledge of electrical systems,” Wood said.
Wood also teaches Sunday school for middle school students at Zion Lutheran Mission Valley church. He has also been a chairman of the Victoria County Adult Leaders Association.
It’s his professional experience and his 23 years of volunteering as a 4-H leader that Wood said would help him be a good addition to the school board.
He enjoys helping children with their 4-H projects, where he said children are taught skills such as determination and teamwork.
He is a team player who can work well with the board for the best interest of the school district, he said.
“I’m not a go-it-alone type of guy – it’s a team-building opportunity. As a school board member, your job is to influence or inspire, and I want to help inspire people,” Wood said.