By Teresa Ohlrich Johnson
Tobin Hoffmann spends every Tuesday and Wednesday evening at the Scout Hut with the Boy Scouts of Troop 133. One weekend every month, plus every Spring Break and every summer, he takes his Scouts camping all over Texas and New Mexico. Tobin Hoffmann has kept this schedule for thirty- seven years with no signs of stopping. Tobin is a Scout Master, an Eagle Scout, a Silver Unicorn, a Distinguished Alumni, an Opa, a Rotarian, and now a Living Legend of New Braunfels.
Tobin Carl Hoffmann is a local boy whose German ancestors settled New Braunfels in the 1840s. Tobin’s parents, Carroll and Helen, passed the legacy of community service to their children who have more than honored that tradition.
For years, the Hoffmann family has decorated the Plaza for the Sophienburg Museum and Archives’ annual July 4th celebration, and Tobin’s Troop 133 has carried the large United States flag in the parade. For years, Tobin and his wife, Judy, and their three children, Catherine, Caleb, and Canaan did the planting, watering, and care of the four island flowerbeds that circled the Plaza until the City of New Braunfels took over.
Tobin continues to amass an amazing body of volunteer work while maintaining his career as a certified financial planner. He is a past president of the New Braunfels Downtown Rotary with a remarkable thirty-four-year perfect attendance record. He is a Paul Harris Fellow and the 2007-2008 Rotarian of the Year.
A member of and past Chair of the Board of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Tobin was inducted into the Chamber’s Hall of Honor. He was further recognized for his commitment to the youth in Comal County with the Chamber’s President’s Award. He is a member of the Braunfels Foundation Trust and the Wurstfest Association where he serves on the Scholarship Committee. He is a member of the Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters organization that helps connect resources within our county during a public disaster by working with organizations and non-profits like the Red Cross and Salvation Army to aid disaster victims.
Tobin is a long-time member and served on the Board of Directors of the Sophienburg Museum and Archives. He participated significantly in the restoration of the Emmie Seele Faust Library, and an audio tour at the Sophienburg Museum features the voice of none other explaining the founding of New Braunfels. He served as a member of the City of New Braunfels Bond Advisory Committee and during his tenure on the Downtown Advisory Board, trees were planted downtown and at the Courthouse and sidewalks were improved.
Tobin counts among his many honors selections as the United Way’s 2018 Volunteer of the Year, the New Braunfels Independent School District Education Foundation’s Distinguished Alumni award, and the New Braunfels Independent School District’s Silver Unicorn award. Significantly, his volunteer work was recognized by one of his professional partners, Ameritas, with the Rosen Award. Bestowed annually on someone who demonstrates both long-term success in their practice and long-term commitment to their community and the causes of humanity, the Rosen Award comes with a grant to a charity of the recipient’s choosing.
Tobin’s impact in leading and training young men to be good citizens and leaders through Boy Scouts is unrivaled. As a scout himself in Troop 133, Tobin earned his Eagle Scout 1975. After graduating from Texas State in 1981, he returned to New Braunfels to pick up where he left off. With the help of fellow former Troop 133 members, Mike Kohlenberg, Jack Reinarz, and the late Nathan Rheinlander, Tobin and company rebuilt the Troop and activated all pack levels within the Boy Scouts. He has helped hundreds of boys earn their Eagle Scout and our community has benefited greatly from the many finished Eagle Scout projects. Hundreds more boys have been mentored. In 2007, the Boys Scouts of America bestowed their highest volunteer honor, the Silver Beaver.
Finally, on and off since 2001, Tobin has battled a rare form of cancer. Six weeks after his first surgery in 2002 to remove much of his shoulder, he was on a mountainside camping with this Boy Scouts. A subsequent surgery followed in 2016, but Tobin again went on with life in typical Tobin-style – with grace, humor, and offering encouragement to others in the same boat – all at on hundred miles per hour. The Braunfels Foundation trust is therefore proud to name Tobin Hoffmann, a Living Legend for his legendary service to New Braunfels.