City of Pilot Point News

Sep 22

Nancy Lieberman Charities to Unveil Dream Court with NorthRock Church in Allen Groff Park

Posted on September 22, 2023 at 12:03 PM by Wendy Haun

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What: Nancy Lieberman Charities, has teamed up with NorthRock Church and the City of Pilot Point to present a new Dream Court™ to the community. The outdoor basketball court, which is located at the Allen Groff Park, will provide a safe place for youth to play, make friends and build positive relationships.


The Dream Court is high school regulation size, 50-by-84 feet, with two new basketball goals. It features a high-performance PowerGame™ surface from Sport Court in dark and steel blue, with the Dream Court logo as its centerpiece.


Following the ribbon cutting, local children will participate in a basketball clinic on the new court with local Pilot Point Police Officers. This event is part of the public safety department's National Night Out event from 6 pm - 8 pm.


Media are asked to RSVP to City Communications staff member Wendy Haun at [email protected] or 940-293-7434.  


When: Tuesday, October 3, 4:30 p.m.

4:00 p.m.: Media Arrivals

4:30 p.m.: Dedication Ceremony

5:30 p.m.: Ribbon Cutting and Photographs

5:45 p.m.: Basketball Clinic with Local Children

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.: National Night Out Festivities with Pilot Point Police Department and Pilot Point Fire Department


Nancy Lieberman, Basketball Hall-of-Famer and two-time Olympian, BIG3 Head Coach

Mayor Beasley, City of Pilot Point

Chief Marks, Pilot Point Police Department

Jason Poncio, Parks and Recreation Director, City of Pilot Point

Pastor Guillermo, NorthRock Church 


Where: Allen Groff Park  

 1514 Washington St. 

  Pilot Point, TX 76258

About Nancy Lieberman Charities
Nancy Lieberman Charities focuses on improving outcomes for underserved youth in the areas of education, health & wellness, and career/life preparedness. We look to create impactful programs that not only achieve their goals but do so in ways conducive to fostering inclusive attitudes regarding racial/gender equality, social justice, and civic engagement. Initiatives like our Dream Courts, scholarships, basketball camps, civic responsibility/social justice lecture series, mentorship, and STEM/technology programs contribute to the health, self-esteem, and career success of the young people they serve. Find us online at on Facebook at @NancyLiebermanCharities, on Twitter @NLCharities and on Instagram at @NLCharities.

For more information, contact:
City of Pilot Point Communications
Wendy Haun
[email protected]
Traci Choate
Nancy Lieberman Charities
[email protected]

Aug 31

Pilot Point Podcast, Episode 14: J.D. "Buff" Tadlock

Posted on August 31, 2023 at 4:40 PM by Wendy Haun

Episode 14 of the Pilot Point Podcast is now live!

Pilot Point Podcast
Welcome to The Pilot Point Podcast, a podcast dedicated to exploring the fascinating history, unique culture, and current events of the City of Pilot Point, Texas. Co-hosted by City Manager Britt Lusk and local business owner Jimerson Adkins, this podcast takes you on a journey through the city's past, present, and future. In Episode 14 we sit down with the owner of Pilot Point's very own Buff's Grill, J.D. "Buff" Tadlock, where we chat about Rodeos, Restaurants, and Arenas.

Each episode features interviews with residents, business owners, and community leaders who share their personal stories and insights about life in Pilot Point. From the historic downtown district to the surrounding countryside, this podcast covers everything from local festivals and events to notable landmarks and hidden gems.

Whether you're a longtime resident, a visitor planning your trip, or simply curious about the history and culture of this small Texas town, the "Pilot Point Podcast" has something for everyone. Join us as we uncover the secrets and stories of Pilot Point and celebrate the unique character of this vibrant community.

The Pilot Point Podcast is sponsored by Pilot Point Coffee House and Dog Gone Marketing. 

Stream the latest episode:

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Aug 18

Managers Minute - August 2023

Posted on August 18, 2023 at 2:03 PM by Wendy Haun

I’ve said it many times as I have written my Manager Minutes over the past several years, they are met for me and are often a reminder for myself regarding leadership lessons I have learned over my career.

Earlier today I received an email from my friends at the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service asking me to invite my colleagues to their programs. I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to attend both LEAD (Leading, Educating, and Developing) and SEI (Senior Executive Institute). As I reminisced being on the campus in Charlottesville and the lessons learned from the programs, the overarching theme is challenging traditional leadership.

Traditional leadership models represent a hierarchy where the boss is at the top of the pyramid and each level below represent diminishing responsibility. With a traditional leadership approach, the leader encourages people to do their jobs by providing them with guidance, direction and motivation. The main focus of a traditional leader is to improve the business position of the company or the organization. The leadership models that are discussed at SCI and LEAD are the Networked Talent Model and Leadership At All Levels model. In this model they flip the pyramid upside down with top management at the bottom and the customer at the top.

Another Concept they often refer to is the study on leadership by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander in the book The Art of Possibility. Within this model they compare the work of a leader with that of an orchestra conductor. Some of the Key Concepts of their study include:

  • The Art of Leadership is about a new way of being, both individually and together - a new Change Culture dedicated to excellence
  • Lead by making others powerful (remember that the orchestra conductor doesn’t make a sound)
  • Each person has a signature leadership style, gifts, and role - like the orchestra’s diverse in-struments
  • Leadership is teamwork, not solo work – we are a symphony “sounding together”
  • Speak possibility: By recognizing downward spirals and identifying what you could “play” that would make the most difference in your professional and personal life
  • Quiet the inner voice that says “I can’t”
  • Look for shining eyes – is your presence enlivening & engaging others?
  • Include others in the journey of possibility
  • Enroll every voice in the vision
  • Everyone gets an “A” to live in to, not a standard to live up to
  • First Rule of Leadership - Rule #6: Don’t take yourself so @#!*#! seriously!
  • The most profound lesson from Zander for me was to lead by making others powerful. In a symphony “we” are all in it together.

These are the lessons from the conductor on making others powerful:

  • Conductor doesn’t make a sound – only musician who doesn’t make a sound - Depends for his power on his ability to make other people powerful by enlivening possibility in them. This was a phenomenal realization for me.
  • Ask myself ‘Am I being effective?’ Only way to tell if I am doing my job of making others powerful is to look into their eyes. Shining eyes is a place of awe.
  • So If people’s eyes are not shining, I have to ask myself “who am I being that the eyes of my players are not lit up?”
  • Disciplined Practice of Invitation - Ask for suggestions from every group I work with. One feedback – ‘You are not doing enough crescendo, so that night at the concert I did a huge crescendo.’ I hope everyone will feel “You did my crescendo!”
  • A leader never doubts the capacity of his or her people to realize whatever he or she is dreaming. Imagine if Martin Luther King, Jr. had said, “I have a dream! But I wonder if they will be up to it?”

I am thankful for my email today because it encouraged me to reach into my vault of lessons learned. I keep a flash drive plugged into my docking station that has the HPO material at the ready, and it doesn’t hurt me to occasionally click on the files and refresh and recharge my memory.

“Leadership is communicating to people their worth and potential so clearly that they are inspired to see it in themselves.” — David Marquet
References to the above material is from work produced by SEI and LEAD.