Ah, summer in Kingwood is here! It’s difficult to believe we’re already beyond the halfway point of 2015. Who’s doing what this summer? Here are a few highlights:

-Lynn Fields is sitting on her lanai sipping on something cool and enjoying the tropical sun in Cabo.

-Karen Boughton is back from her beachfront paradise on Hilton Head Island. I remember crabbing and shrimping on Hilton Head when we lived in Savannah – did you bring some back for me, Karen?

-Gina, Bernie and Christina Remmes are back after their fun adventure in Canada for the opening ceremony and the early matches of the Women’s World Cup.

-Denise, Paul and Cameron Krieger were at the annual Krieger Family Galveston beach house summer get-together when they were evacuated due to some storm flooding. But I think they still managed to take the grandkiddos, Dayton and Weston, for a quick trip to Moody Gardens (tickets courtesy of The Tribune eblast giveaway).

-Haven’t seen either Diane Blanco or Twila Ilgen lately, but after a whirlwind trip to see Van Morrison in concert in Cardiff, Wales, recently, they’re either in the middle of doing something really fun or planning on doing something really fun.

Congratulations, Nancy Morrison, and welcome to the Humble ISD Board of Trustees. Nancy has recently come back from the Summer Leadership Conference hosted by the Texas Association of School Boards in preparation for her new role in our district. Having worked within the district since 1975, Nancy will make a welcome addition to the board.

More scholarships to recent area high school graduates have been awarded. Memorial Hermann Northeast acknowledged and rewarded the many hours of volunteer service by four deserving young individuals: Emily Ford of Atascocita High School, National Honor Society and Health Science Program member, totaled almost 575 hours of volunteer service and will be majoring in biology and pre-medicine at Nicholls State University; Slavena Dontcheva of Carl Wunsche High School, with a total of 257 hours in two years, will be attending either the University of Texas at Austin or Columbia University with a focus on actuarial science and finance; Valbona Rashiti of Kingwood High School, who totaled 262 hours in four years, will be attending the Cullen College of Engineering at The University of Houston with a major in bio-medical engineering before proceeding on to medical school; Jacie Troung of Atascocita High School, with a total of 185 volunteer hours, will be attending The University of Houston with a major in biology and a focus on pharmacology. Congratulations to these four amazing young people who have incredibly bright futures ahead of them!

Sandy Forster, former district governor of Rotary District 5810, was the guest speaker at the installation of the Humble Intercontinental Rotary’s 2015-2016 board members, officers and committee Members. Oran Bain, incoming president, was presented by Susan Brodbeck, outgoing president, with a resolution by Houston Mayor Annise Parker proclaiming June 24 as “Oran Bain Day.” The new crop of committee chairs are as follows: Oran Bain, Club Administration and Foundation; Milan Saunders, Community and Local Funding; Pam McNair, Club Service through Fundraising; Ernest Hauser, Public Relations; Al Moore, Service and Vocational Service; Susan Brodbeck, Youth Service; Michael Say, Community and Educational Scholarships; Felipe LaRotta, International Service. This year’s directors-at-large are: Don Thompson, Kelli Paull, Corey Turner, John Dunbar, James Huey and Gloria Bain, while the new officers will be Susan Brodbeck, Alan Derby, Pam McNair, Oran Bain, Danny Contreras and Jackie Niemann. Looking forward to another great year of service, good works and community from the Humble Rotary.

Harris County Constable Mark Herman launched his re-election campaign with a huge fundraiser. Kicking off the event at Italiano's were the top go-getters of the community and despite the rainy night (again!), the room was packed wall to wall with supporters. Event organizers included Mike and Kim Sullivan, Chuck Kramer, Shawn Burns, Tom Morin, Rick Alspaugh, Danny Sullivan and Sport Cornelius. Seen in the commanding crowd were Tamara Paul, Laryssa Korduba, Larry Shiflet, Mike and Barbara Byers, Lt. Wally Wieghat, Judy Cox, Jess Fields, Greg Mielke, Eileen Booher, Capt. David Escobar, Chris Parker and Devon Alexander.

Happy Retirement, Tom Broad! A whole host of well-wishers gathered to congratulate Tom as he retired from many long years of service at Memorial Hermann Northeast. Among the gathering were Heath and Sara Rushing; Patsy Oliver and Colleen Burns from The Tribune; Humble City Mayor Merle Aaron and First Lady Linda Aaron; Humble City Council Member Norman Funderburk; Humble City Manager Darrell Boeske and City Secretary Jason Stuebe. From the Northeast Hospital Authority were: Roy Hearnsberger; Tim Baker; Mary Lea Layton Taylor and Dr. Barbara Reischmann; Former Northeast Administrator Syble Missildine; Dr. and Mrs. Angel Munoz; FamilyTime Executive Director Judy Cox; Corinn Price; Nancy Shortsleeve; Jessica Beemer from Dave Martin’s office; Duane and Erica Johnston (who brought two more Chick-fil-A coffee cups to complete Tom’s set); The Memorial Hermann Northeast “Partners in Caring” Team; Lake Houston Chamber President Jenna Armstrong along with Chris O’Dell, Stephanie Johnson and Colleen Merritt; Greater East Montgomery Chamber President Rick Hatcher along with Angela Egbert and Delilah Lewis; Jennifer Summer; Brent Sipe and Jerry Bernard from New Caney ISD. I’m pretty sure that between traveling and taking a little time off for himself, we’ll still be seeing Tom around.