Welcome, everyone, to Out and About – here to catch you up on what’s happening in the Lake Houston area!
Does everybody else’s central air go from cool to heat and back to cool in a 24-hour span? Gotta love our predictably unpredictable weather. The other day, we left Kingwood to meet a new client and it was sunny and humid, arrived in Pasadena an hour later in pouring rain and got back an hour after that to find Kingwood breezy and freezing cold. Whiplash weather I call it. I am, though, taking advantage of the bouts of coolness and loving every minute of it, indulging in honeycrisp apple cider, spiked coffees and warm baked goods whenever I can.
Community leaders gathered recently at Turner Stadium to kick off the Humble Area Assistance Ministries 2019 Season of Sharing. HAAM provides Thanksgiving dinners to hundreds of local families and then three weeks later, the Empty Stocking Community-wide Toy Drive distributes brand new toys to more than 3,500 children. Individuals, families, businesses, groups and associations, and Sunday school classes are asked to donate new toys to Empty Stocking. Many area businesses are collecting the toys and you can always drop them off at the HAAM offices located at 1302 First Street in Humble.
Congratulations to all Play for the Pink 2019 Winners! Both Edward Jones teams (Team 1-Don Gaddy, Bryan McNeill, Chris D’Camp and Rick Newman and Team 2-Trey Hill, Michael Hill, Nicolas Stobaugh and Gregg French) tied for first place, so I’m not really sure who gets bragging rights. Longest Drive goes to Mike Pituch while Bryan McNeill got Closest to the Pin. A special pink congratulations to our very first Putt for the Pink Winner, Penny Hill.
The In the Pink of Health Luncheon was a rip-roaring success with beautiful tables thanks to Tracy Monk and Robin Martinez, some truly fabulous bid board and raffle items, a delicious lunch and the last minute addition of Mark Linabury, who took over emcee duties from Julia Morales as she was performing her duties as Field Reporter for the Astros in New York. Toni Schau was honored for her work with Project Mammogram and Natalie Gaskamp, this year’s keynote speaker, was nothing short of inspirational.
Congratulations also go to this year’s Lights of Pink honorees: Camp For All, Pam McNair (The Mint Bank), Linda Sue Laird, Dr. Ortega and Annette Isbell. Co-chairs Cynthia Calvert and Tom Broad mingled, greeted guests and enjoyed the fruits of their labor. Among the guests were Janet Huberty, Diane Blanco, Dave Martin, Robert Scarfo, Tracy Hobson, John Denton, Connie Chandler, Millie Garrison, Susan Byers and her mom-in-law, Barbara Byers, Kelly Paull, Jennifer Carney, Erica Johnston, Emmy Lee, Ginger Bertrand and Kathy Adkins.
The Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce recently honored nine firefighters and peace officers and three departments for their extraordinary service to our community. Each of the honorees also received proclamations from U.S. Congressman Dan Crenshaw, State Sen. Brandon Creighton, State Rep. Dan Huberty and Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Cagle. Congratulations to Ignacio Rodriguez, in-charge paramedic and field training officer with Atascocita Fire and EMS; Michael Murphy, firefighter and paramedic for the City of Humble Fire Department; Jonathan Morales, Harris County Constable Precinct 4 sergeant; Michael Hines, Harris County Sheriff’s deputy; Freda Moore, Humble ISD Police senior officer; Courtney Howard, Humble Police officer; David T. Saganek, Lone Star College Kingwood Police officer; Randy “Skeeter” Crowder, Montgomery County Constable deputy; and Jacob Rutherford, Splendora Police corporal as well as evidence technician, fleet manager, firearms instructor, field training officer and sex offender compliance verification officer.
The Humble City Council convened to welcome and officially honor the recently appointed, newest member of the city council, Charles Cunningham, Jr. He has served in many capacities for many years, including the Humble ISD Board of Trustees since 2007, Northshire HOA Board of Directors since 2008 and HAAM Director since 2017. Congratulations, Charles!
Jack Fields hosted a 50-year reunion of some of the high school football players he played with from Humble, Klein and Liberty in the fall of 1969. They enjoyed barbecue from David Welch’s Firecraft Barbecue and watched some old game films that Jack had converted to DVDs so that they could take a memento home with them. Enjoying this blast from the past were Herman Moreaux, Klein HS; Jay Arnold, Liberty HS; LaGrande Davis, Klein HS, Mike Smith, Liberty; Mike Carr, Humble HS; Tommy Kaiser, Klein; David Mearns, Liberty; David Snellings, Humble; Norman Funderburk, Humble; and Steve O’Neill, Humble.
Kingwood Area Alumnae Panhellenic Association welcomes these bright young ladies. At Texas Tech University: from Kingwood Park High School – Shelby Rollo. At the University of Arkansas: from Kingwood High School – Madison Bennett at Delta Gamma, Holland Donaldson at Zeta Tau Alpha, Katie Glas at Alpha Chi Omega, Regan Studer and Colleen Zisk at Alpha Delta Pi, and Tatum Webb at Kappa Kappa Gamma; from Kingwood Park High School – Hannah Babin at Delta Gamma and Claire Slaughter at Delta Delta Delta. At Texas Christian University: from Kingwood High School – Grace Bercher at Sigma Kappa and Parker Roach at Zeta Tau Alpha. At the University of North Texas: from St Agnes Academy – Hannah Watkins at Chi Omega. Congratulations, ladies!
I’ll see you Out and About!