City of Bandera and County of Bandera, Texas
USA HONORARY CITIZEN
January 7, 1930 - January 1, 2017
The Bandera County connection and friendship between Rozmierz citizen Alfred Mrohs begin in 2003. Elenora Dugosh Goodley visited Alfred and his family with her daughter Lori Pierce, husband Steven and 4 children in May 2003. During this visit Alfred and Elenora got to know each other and talked about forming a sister partnership between the County of Strzelce Opolskie and City of Bandera, Texas. In 2004 Mr. Mrohs and Elenora Goodley agreed to contact their official representatives and form a sister city partnership. In August of 2004 Representative Mrohs came to Bandera for a visit. During this visit a Sister City Proclamation was written and signed by City of Bandera Mayor, the Honorable Denise Griffin. Representative Mrohs took the signed proclamation to Poland and it was later signed by Strzelce Opolskie Representatives, Honorable Gerhard Bartodziej and Honorable Krzysztof Fabianowski. In 2005 the Bandera County Commissioners Court approved a Sister Partnership with the County of Strzelce Opolskie. On October 13, 2005, a Sister County Proclamation was signed by Honorable Judge Evans and later signed by Strzelce Opolskie Representatives, Honorable Gerhard Bartodziej and Honorable Krzysztof Fabianowski. Exchange visits and the exchange of information, history and culture between Strzelce Opolskie Poland and Bandera, Texas were agreed upon. During this time, representative Mrohs continued to participate in exchange visits, promoting goodwill and peace through the exchange of culture, agriculture, education, economic development, historical events, partnership projects, and locating relatives of Bandera Polish descendants.
In May 2009 at the First Texas Gala In Strzelce Opolskie, Poland, Ambassador Elenora Dugosh Goodley presented Representative Mrohs with the Bandera County Commissioners Court Distinguished Service Award for his dedication and volunteer work in forming and promoting the Sister City and County Partnership with the County of Bandera, Texas USA. On August 31, 2006, the City and County of Bandera, Texas declared Alfred Mrohs an Honorary Citizen of The City of Bandera and Bandera County, Texas USA. It is with great sadness and loving respect that the City and County of Bandera ,Texas, USA, its Officials and all citizens send our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of Honorable Alfred Mrohs and the citizens and officials of city and county of Strzelce Opolskie, Poland. May God take Alfred into his kingdom of honorable soldiers.
With deepest sympathy,
Ambassador Elenora Dugosh Goodley
City and County of Bandera, Texas. USA