Article written by: Elnora Matura
The Lake Pointe neighborhood on Narcoossee Road and Thompkins Road had a Ribbon Cutting and Park Dedication for their former HOA President, George H. Selden Jr. on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the Lake Front Park in the neighborhood. The Lake Pointe Neighborhood leaders felt compelled to have a dedication event to give honor to whom honor is due. George H. Selden Jr., who recently passed away, completed a 29 year career of distinguished military service that included a tour in Viet Nam and several postings in the United States and Germany. He also served as an assistant in the office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during Desert Storm (1990-1992); commanded the 31st Air Defense Brigade at Fort Hood, Texas (1992-1994); and finished his career working with Attaches of other countries. Upon retiring from the Army, George and his wife Linda joined the staff of Christian Embassy, a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ (CCCI); which eventually brought them to Florida. In addition, he was an active volunteer for his community. The Lake Pointe neighborhood that he lived in would not have this beautiful park except for the fact that Mr. George H. Selden Jr., as the HOA President at the time, stood firm and fought hard against the builder when they declared bankruptcy before the community was completed. He made sure the builder honored their promises to the community. For that reason and many others, his Lake Pointe neighbors wished to honor him by dedicating the Lake Pointe lakefront park to him with a tree and commemorative plaque on a rock, placed at the entrance renaming it, “The George H. Selden Jr. Park.” Presentations at the dedication ceremony were given by Commissioner Fred Hawkins, Captain Rinehart; representative for St. Cloud Mayor Blackwell, Lake Pointe HOA Board members and other Lake Pointe residents. March 25th was officially designated as “George Selden Day” in the city of St. Cloud in his honor. Letters from Senator Marco Rubio and Governor Rick Scott honoring George H. Selden Jr. were also read. In addition, a flag was flown over the capital in Washington D.C. on the same day to honor him; which will be presented to his widow, Mrs. Linda Selden at a later date. An elegant neighborhood social with refreshments followed the ceremony. One of the attendees commented how delightful it was to see children running around waving American flags at such a beautiful event. It is our hope that the children attending the event will be reminded that serving your community and your country matters. George H. Selden, Jr. mattered to Lake Pointe.
Photos by: Sara Simpson Photography