When Tedi Ellison moved to College Station from Nebraska, she wasn't sure what to expect. But when she attended her first Aggie football game in the month of December, she knew she liked it.
"I said oh my goodness, I can never imagine a football game this late in the year at 65 degrees, this is a great place," joked Ellison.
Tedi initiated the Texas A&M women's athletic academic counseling program and in 1990 became the Director of Athletic Compliance. For the past 14 years she's worked with her husband Chuck at the Ellison Law Firm and that allowed Tedi to start dedicating more time to the community.
"I have a strong faith, a strong family, strong friends, and a good work environment so I should be giving back. That's what I should be doing," said Ellison.
Tedi has been involved with numerous organizations and serves on the boards of the Research Valley Partnership, Blinn College Foundation, Hospice Brazos Valley Living Endowment, and the Brazos Valley World Fest just to name a few.
For 10 straight years, she attended the annual B/CS Chamber of Commerce trip to Washington D.C. to meet with lawmakers.
"It was a great opportunity for me to get to meet a lot of people who are very influential in our community and really give up their time and their service to do good things here," said Ellison.
Tedi credits B/CS Chamber President Royce Hickman with showing her the ropes of getting involved and allowing her to take her service to the community to the next level.
"Getting to work with him over the years, it really has been an honor for me," said Ellison about Hickman.
Tedi volunteered on the Chamber of Commerce Board for 8 years and was even named Volunteer Of The Year in 2011. That's when she saw the true scope of our giving community.
"Having a leadership role in the chamber gave me the opportunity to see how important it is as a community to support those people and business that do give back to the community. They should be commended for their time and efforts that they do for the community," said Ellison.
It's hard for Tedi to take credit for countless hours of community service and winning the Jefferson Award doesn't make it any easier.
"To be singled out, to receive an honor like this it's very humbling. You want to say well there's so and so and this person, there's that person and they've done great and amazing things. There are so many people who deserve recognition," said Ellison.
But this time we salute Tedi Ellison. Her dedication to Bryan-College Station has been an invaluable service through the years and she's gained so much from it.
"When much is given, much is expected. I think that you can choose to be a giver or you can choose to be a taker. You gain so much back when you're a giver," said Ellison.