Welcome, everyone, to Out and About – here to catch you up on what’s happening in the Lake Houston area!
There are two seasons in the Galapagos – the wet season and the dry season. We happen to be here during the dry season and it’s difficult to imagine that this beautifully barren landscape will be green and lush and rainforest-like in a few months’ time. The landscape is almost eerily extraterrestrial, with precarious hikes on desolate fields of dark and sharp lava rocks. Until, of course, you turn around and see a passel of sea lions lounging around or a massive pile of black and red marine iguanas that blend so well into the rocks. But I think the most impressive experience is getting so close to all the wildlife. Birds don’t just fly off when you walk right up to them. You have to move off a path because the gargantuan land tortoise will probably walk over you if you don’t. I was so captivated by giant rays skating their wings across my toes repeatedly (not even kidding, I think it was a good half hour) that I totally forgot to take a single picture. It has been an amazing experience.
Happy retirement to Donna Ullrich, Humble High School principal and a 1983 Kingwood High School graduate whose children are also Humble ISD graduates. She earned a bachelor’s degree in life earth sciences at Sam Houston State University and later pursued her master’s degree in educational leadership at Stephen F. Austin University. She has had a 30-year career in education which includes time at Spring, Sheldon and Splendora ISDs in addition to her five years with Humble ISD.
In other retirement news – Rick Hatcher of the Greater East Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce is winding down his retirement tour. The Chamber’s monthly luncheon was packed with well-wishers including Darryal and Connie Chandler Millie Garrison, Kelly Paull, Tracy Erwin, Allison McCrady, Judy Cox, Juanita Zapata, Carol Nagel and Tracy Erwin. One of the last stops of the tour was the Chamber’s Breakfast Connections at HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood. Listening to Boudreaux jokes were Michele Dykstra, Devon Alexander, Lagala Doran, Claire King, Rachel Enriquez, Linda Robertson, Grizz Adams, Bill Hildebrandt, Bobbi Bodenhamer, Keith Pinkston, Norma Dolan, Rodney Youngblood, Myra Bruns, Renee Flores, Ross Davis, Craig McLain, and Karla Hatcher.
Houston City Council Member Dave Martin’s event at LaGriglia was absolutely packed full of supporters, movers and shakers. Mayor Sylvester Turner gave Dave a rousing introduction to an audience that included Jess Fields, Council Member David Robinson, Jim Dannenbaum, Tom Morin, Colette Vallot, Cindy Clifford, Jeffrey Nielsen, Darryl Carter, Pat Strong, Sue Davis, Jordan McGinty and Jeff Syptak.
Best birthday wishes from the Tribune team to Edna Broad, mother of Tribune correspondent Tom Broad, celebrating her 90th birthday on July 19. You may have met her because she’s attended several “In The Pink of Health” luncheons always held in October. Tom and John Denton made the 20-hour trip to Alliance in western Nebraska where family and friends gathered at the stately Alliance Country Club to “party on.” It was quite the gathering with Tom, his brother, Tim Broad, and sisters Teri Dugan and Lynn Galbraith, who planned the bash. sister Lynn had heard about Edna Valley Wine, so Tom and John dropped by the ever-resourceful Kingwood HEB to pick up a four-pack of the Chardonnay. John also brought along not one, but two HEB watermelons because western Nebraskans just can’t procure the mouth-watering variety that we’re all used to. Edna’s sisters, Aggie Kunzman, Judy Rodell and Muggie Nelson were there to celebrate along with brother, Don Dillon. As the emcee, Tom paid tribute to his mom with these words, “She walks three miles a day. She works at the Catholic Church two days a week. She spends Thursdays cleaning her house. She has a very active social life. Our friends tell us how lucky we are to have our mother with us - and they’re right!”
Nominations are now being accepted for the Lights of Pink which will be awarded at the annual In The Pink Of Health luncheon at the IAH Marriott Oct. 20. The Lights of Pink Committee celebrates the dedication, hard work and outstanding accomplishments of just some of the exceptional people who are helping cancer patients, cancer survivors, and the dedicated caregivers and fundraisers. We hope that these awards will encourage those still in the fight and inspire the next generation of cancer warriors. Nomination forms and information about the luncheon and the mission of the Northeast Hospital Foundation are available at northeasthospitalfoundation.org