The Greater East Montgomery County Chamber Gala was another one for the books as the Kingwood Country Club played host for a casino night. Lots of prizes for winning hands were on display, from beautiful handmade wood carvings to enough liquor for an insta-bar. One of the most popular prizes, a George Foreman original painting, was won by none other than Gina Remmes who worked that blackjack table like a Vegas pro to get enough tickets which ultimately paid off (pun totally intended). Board members Christian Shank, Darryal Chandler, Jim Carranza, Mark Linabury, Pam Dickson, Darrin Rankin, Jon Unterreiner, Sheila Hebert, Mike McLennan, James Alexander, Tamara Paul, Margie Taylor and Lori Wilson made sure everyone was having a great time. Denise Krieger,  Marie Linabury and I started off with cocktails and cheese, followed by a barbecue buffet, where we ran into Danell Fields,  Sharon Lewis with her daughter Shelby, Linda Hollibaugh, Phil and Luvia Hollibaugh and Stan Hollibaugh of Servicemaster before venturing onto the casino floor. Blowing on dice, checking on chips and putting on their best poker faces were Christina Remmes, Danny and Geralyn Sullivan, Greg Mielke, Connie Chandler, Pam McNair, Terry and Mitzi Vaughn, Chad and Devon Alexander, Wayne and Millie Garrison and Michelle Dykstra.  

The Lifetime Fitness-Kingwood “Hydro Fit” class has truly become a club within a club. Not only do they meet every month for lunch (sometimes healthy, sometimes not) around the Humble -Kingwood area, they also love to celebrate any holiday right after an hour of working out in the water. This past Monday, after an hour of vigorous exercise, the class enjoyed freshly squeezed orange juice, a king cake and a crab, shrimp and cornbread “Mardi Gras” casserole provided by Karen Boughton, our own food editor and a member of the class since 2001. A few of the swimmers enjoying the festivities were Donna Hunter, Susan Burroughs. Marsha Jordan, Sally Kullman, Barbara O’Hara, Melva Taylor, Kathy Remkes, Annie Poort, Susan Lastrapes, Mike Brookins, Tina Stanford, Marsha Block, Glenda Carwile, Sue Pilko, Jackie Costanza and Ginny Gilbert.

It was back to the ‘80s at the “totally awesome” PTAs Founders’ Day Luncheon hosted by the Humble ISD Council of PTAs at The Overlook. The annual event raises money for the council and there were lots of fanny packs, scrunchies, shoulder pads, dancewear, side ponytails and leggings at the festive event. Nearly 200 enthusiastic PTA members attended, including the luncheon committee of Francesca Newman, chairman, Steve Brack (honored with the council’s Community Business award for his generous photography,) Michele Cazares, Laura Clarke, Tabitha Collins, Dan DiGregorio, Lara Durand, Amanda Harper, Jayden Harper, Haylee Huffman, Veronica Pena Laijas, Marilyn Mann, Christina Spears, Socorro Umrysh and Helen Vine. The council also gave a lovely and truly special recognition to Scott Goddard with Humble ISD Transportation Department. Christy Richardson gave a moving speech about Goddard taking such good care of her daughter. PTA presidents and officers who attended included: Taylor Renninger, Sara Rushing, Jamie Pazmino, Sharla Barker, Tracy Temple, Cat Riggle, Jen Sitton, Christina Montes, Lindy Schuch, Reannon Gentry, Sarah Rijkeboer, Amy Schulze, Shantell Phillips, Carlos and Jennifer Morris, Alyisa Landry, Candy Todash, Toni Rock, Donna Porter and Nolan Correa. Here’s a big shout out to the PTA members in Humble ISD who make such a huge difference in the lives of every student! You all rock!

Here’s another milestone anniversary that is very close to my heart. This year, The Tribune celebrates its 10th anniversary as a local, family-owned newspaper dedicated to everything about our community. Cynthia and Larry Shiflet, Wilson Calvert, Patsy Oliver, Bryan Kimbro, Jackson Hyler, Sarah Mertins, Kate Ebbs, Sharon Thames, Cheryl Donatto, Ricardo Gonzalez Jr., Hector Espinosa, Fernanda Rangel, Lawrence Kuslich, Colette Marshall, Jackie Crawford, Derise Bunn, Lam Nguyen, Bruce Olson, Jacqueline Havelka, Macie Harper, Trilla Cook, Erich Eisenach, Susan McFarland, Glenn Sattell, Tom Broad, John Crone, Natasha Rodrigues, Karen Boughton, Tom Broad, David Dickson, Dixie Frantz, Diane Blanco, Aaron Clevenson and Buddy Hicks work tirelessly to make sure it brings you information important to you, to highlight our local businesses, to advocate for our local charities, and to foster our sense of community. I am both honored and privileged to be part of this wonderful family.

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