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Former Texas Business Publisher Jack Martin wrote in 1986 the Foreword for The New Legacy

The New Legacy is a book about survival. It contains timeless truths and principles that the western world, to its detriment, is turning its back on today. It will be difficult for any to denounce this work because it is a desperately needed search for perspective. Dippel has history’s many examples on his side, he is intelligent and learned, and he addresses his readers with urgency and concern.

Former Governor Allan Shivers about a year before he died remarked: “Dippel represents the desire for cohesive leadership versus the divided approach. He believes that sincerity and truthfulness outweigh deceit and misrepresentation….” Former Governor John Connally has called Dippel a “young man of vision” who has proven his commitment to every sector of our society. Respect is one constant word one hears when Dippel’s name is mentioned; friend and foe alike acknowledge his integrity.

Through the years, Dippel (40) has tended to his duties as CEO of Brenham Bancshares, Inc. and its affiliates while actively taking up countless causes. Asked why he remains in small-town Brenham instead of selling the family business and moving to a major city in the state, Dippel quotes the answer his father gave to him: “Brenham still holds the values that first brought your great grandfather to this state almost 100 years ago. Some of these values will change, but most will remain the same as they have throughout history….”

Dippel’s father was trying to leave his son a legacy of traditional values. Dippel recounts the instructions he had from his father—the principles he hopes to live by today. At this momentous time in history, its those values and principles that give Dippel clear insight and vision to peel away illusion and reveal reality on issues that beset Texas and the western world.

It’s the old legacy that in truth has become the new legacy, and if Dippel is right, it is the only one, external legacy that we should leave to our children. Dippel believes that Texans have to change their behavior just as much as the rest of the population of the United States if they are to have a more glorious future than past. Dippel warns us that America is on a downward slide similar to that of other nations in history; just because we live here doesn’t mean it won’t happen and that we can remain complacent. Evidence, Dippel asserts, is all around that we are in decline—be it the breakdown of our families, our budget deficit, trade deficit, lack of confidence in our leaders, sleazy business practices, down-right laziness, protectionism, sexual permissiveness, and forsaking individual responsibility. On top of which there is no overall agreement on what we stand for as a nation. Is it any wonder our young are cynical? There is confusion and indifference everywhere. “Live now—pay later” seems to be the general attitude, and Dippel warns that payday is just around the corner.

The only hope lies in drastic change and staunchly seeking sound economic values and principles, as well as developing citizens who take pride in individual responsibility. Dippel asks us to pause and contemplate what it was that made the United States of America a most noble and freedom loving country. Especially, he says, we must ask why Texas is losing its reputation as the last outpost of people who clung to the traditional values of self-discipline, character, and courage. We should never lose sight of what really made Texas a truly great state. It’s not the state’s size, although that is impressive, or its mineral wealth, which is world-renowned, or its agricultural output which supplies food stuffs in massive abundance. Our greatest resource, our most magnificent product has always been our people.

Dippel reckons that if Texas fails to reach its potential, it will in large part be due to the popular notion that to take the struggle out of our existence, to make life easy, is to make life good. This neglects to realize that it is the struggle in life that creates character, and it’s character in people that builds excellence, and it’s that excellence that produces a truly honored state or nation.

Individual greatness, statewide greatness, and national greatness all stem from the same thing: the will to confront adversity and overcome it. We must ask ourselves if the current generation of Texans will react to adversity as well as those who preceded us.

Dippel assures Texans that if they confront problems with integrity, ethics, and responsibility as stewards of the future, the state will overcome its present grave situation. History is against this happening, but if it does occur, Dippel’s book, The New Legacy will be recorded as a significant contribution made at the eleventh hour.

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