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(L to R): Elizabeth Jones, Gail Johnson, Darrian Chaney, Desirae Deeton, Kathryn Lewis, Collin Page, Megan Proulx, Abigail Purdes and Ronee Schneider.

(L to R): Elizabeth Jones, Gail Johnson, Darrian Chaney, Desirae Deeton, Kathryn Lewis, Collin Page, Megan Proulx, Abigail Purdes and Ronee Schneider.

HERITAGE TRAILS CHAPTER, NSDAR, PRESENTS DAR GOOD CITIZENS AWARDS

During the recent DAR Good Citizens meeting held at the Cypresswood Country Club, the Heritage Trails DAR chapter presented its annual awards to outstanding high school seniors. The students were selected because of their outstanding qualities of leadership, citizenship, and service to their community. The awards were presented to the students by Ronee Schneider, regent of the Heritage Trails DAR chapter and Gail Johnson, chair of the Heritage Trails DAR Good Citizens committee with the help of Elizabeth Jones of the DAR chapter’s Good Citizens committee.

As each student was presented with their award, they gave a speech about their future plans and their involvement in high school. The students receiving the awards were: Darrian Chaney (Westfield High School); Desirae Deeton (Wunsche High School); Kathryn Lewis (Providence Classical School); Collin Page (Klein Collins High School); Megan Proulx (Spring High School); Abigail Purdes (Klein Oak High School). Students receiving the award who were unable to attend were:   Megan Dobbs (Rosehill Christian) and Aaliyah Robertson (Dekaney High School).

The DAR Good Citizen program is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship and is open to all high school seniors in public or private schools. Each winner was presented with the DAR Good Citizens pin, certificate, wallet recognition card and a monetary reward. For information about membership, contact registrar Becky Feaster at RLFbaskets@comcast.net.

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(L-R): Dr. Craig Livingston, professor of history at Lone Star College-Montgomery; Earl Becker, a client of Camp Hope (with his service dog, Rusty); Kelsey Ryland, LSC-Montgomery student and member of the college's Military History Club; Jeff Fiore, LSC-Montgomery student and Military History Club member; and David Maulsby, executive director of PTSD Foundation of America – Camp Hope.

(L-R): Dr. Craig Livingston, professor of history at Lone Star College-Montgomery; Earl Becker, a client of Camp Hope (with his service dog, Rusty); Kelsey Ryland, LSC-Montgomery student and member of the college’s Military History Club; Jeff Fiore, LSC-Montgomery student and Military History Club member; and David Maulsby, executive director of PTSD Foundation of America – Camp Hope.

LSC-MONTGOMERY MILITARY HISTORY CLUB RAISES FUNDS FOR CAMP HOPE

The Military History Club, a student organization at Lone Star College-Montgomery, recently raised more than $400 with its “Race to the Sea” fun run, commemorating an event from World War I. The funds were presented to the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Foundation of America’s Camp Hope, which is dedicated to combatting PTSD in the military community, giving back to those who have given of themselves so selflessly, and increasing public awareness of PTSD.

For more information about the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Foundation of America, visit ptsdusa.org. For more information about the LSC-Montgomery Military History Club, contact Dr. Livingston at craig.livingston@lonestar.edu.

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Dr. Ann K. Snyder

Dr. Ann K. Snyder

Susan Vreeland-Wendt

Susan Vreeland-Wendt

WOODLANDS WATERWAY ARTS COUNCIL WELCOMES FOUR NEW MEMBERS

Four new Woodlands Waterway Arts Council (WWAC) board members bring extensive experience and expertise to the growing non-profit organization that supports the visual and performing arts in Montgomery County. WWAC Council President Cindy Hardin announced the appointment of Bev Earl, John Feuerstein, Dr. Ann K. Snyder and Susan Vreeland-Wendt.

“I am grateful to have such involved and experienced community leaders joining us to further the mission of The Woodlands Waterway Arts Council,” Hardin said. “Each new member brings a wealth of experience, expertise and talent to our organization.” The new board members join current WWAC board members: Cindy Hardin, President; Amy Lecocq, Vice-President; Deb Spiess, Secretary; Mike Bass, Treasurer; Richard Burket; Elissa Fletcher; Sonya Hillman; Kimberly Lacayo; Jerry MacDonald; Joe Michels; Cindy Moss; Theresa Nassif and Nick Wolda.

Bev Earl is the owner of Corporate Incentives, Inc. a full service promotional products company in South Montgomery County. A longtime Woodlands resident, Earl is a past Chairman of the Board of the South Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce and has served on the Interfaith Board of Directors and Interfaith Child Development Center School Board. Her many accolades include being named Volunteer of the Year by Montgomery County United Way, a Hometown Hero for The Woodlands and Woman of Distinction by Interfaith of the Woodlands. Earl also works on Operation Phantom Support and National Community Neuroscience Foundation.

John Feuerstein is Manager of Business Services for Hunting Energy Services, a global products and services company serving the oil and gas industry. An avid proponent of the arts, Feuerstein Coordinates and manages the annual Hunting Art Prize competition, one of the largest painting and drawing art competitions in the country that is open to Texas artists who are 18 years of age and older. A Woodlands resident for many years, Feuerstein has been an active community volunteer for many years through Habitat for Humanity Montgomery County and with St. Anthony’s Bread Food Pantry. Feuerstein travels extensively for work and brings with him a passion for art of all kinds.

Dr. Ann K. Snyder is President and CEO of Interfaith of the Woodlands and the Interfaith Community Clinic. Dr. Snyder served on the Conroe Independent School District Board for 15 years and two terms as President of the Board and is a Past Chairman of The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce.   Currently, Snyder serves on CHI St. Luke’s- The Woodlands Board, Grand Island Foundation, CISD Education Foundation, Education for Tomorrow Alliance Board and also is on a variety of advisory and committee-level capacities. Dr. Snyder has been the recipient of numerous accolades and honors; among them as a Hometown Hero of The Woodlands, Montgomery County Woman of Distinction, South Montgomery County People of the Year, Rotary International Service Above Self Award, The Woodlands Chamber Citizen of the Year and has received awards from local chapters of Rotary, Junior League and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Conroe ISD named an elementary school in Snyder’s honor that opened last fall.

Susan Vreeland-Wendt recently retired from a 30-year career in marketing at The Woodlands Development Company. She now devotes her time to marketing consulting for select clients and volunteering opportunities. Vreeland-Wendt has been involved in The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival since its inception, serving on the Festival Committee and now as a WWAC board member. She also assists Habitat for Humanity Montgomery County with public relations, and was a member of the 2014 Distribution Committee for the Montgomery County Community Foundation. A Hometown Hero of The Woodlands, Vreeland-Wendt has served as a board member for The Woodlands Community Association, and in volunteer capacities for Interfaith, Montgomery County United Way, New Danville and The Friendship Center.

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(L-R): Randy Reid, Catherine Giegerich, Mary Hersey, Josh Urban, Julie Martineau, Dr. William Parks, Justin Kendrick and Edmund Lee.

(L-R): Randy Reid, Catherine Giegerich, Mary Hersey, Josh Urban, Julie Martineau, Dr. William Parks, Justin Kendrick and Edmund Lee.

MEMORIAL HERMANN THE WOODLANDS DONATES MORE THAN $100K TO MCUW

Julie Martineau, President, Montgomery County United Way, was presented with a check from Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital representing $100,872 which was raised during their 2014 United Way Campaign.

Memorial Hermann The Woodlands, long-time advocates and supporters of the work of Montgomery County United Way, once again served as a Pacesetter company producing outstanding results with support from leadership and the efforts of their UW campaign co-chairs.

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Artists Jackie Impey, Joella Guaraglia-Wheeler, Shae Skidmore, Carolina Dalmas and Kim Wallace display their doors at the “Special Reveal” during the Montgomery County Habitat for Humanity Gala Kick-Off Party.

Artists Jackie Impey, Joella Guaraglia-Wheeler, Shae Skidmore, Carolina Dalmas and Kim Wallace display their doors at the “Special Reveal” during the Montgomery County Habitat for Humanity Gala Kick-Off Party.

PAINTED DOORS HERALDS THE UPCOMING HABITAT FOR HUMANITY 2015 GALA

Painted doors are popping up in displays all around South Montgomery County heralding the upcoming 2015 Building Hope Gala, “An Evening at Downton Abbey” set for Saturday, April 18 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel. Inspired by how Habitat for Humanity transforms lives by making the dream of home ownership a reality for deserving, low-income families, area artists have turned plain, salvaged doors into beautiful works of art with the support of The Woodlands Art League. A total of eight doors will be auctioned off at the Gala to raise funds for Habitat’s mission.

Similar to the Cow Parade that was held in Houston in 2001, these original painted doors are currently ‘on parade’ at locations throughout South Montgomery County. The parade began with three of the doors on display at the Gala Kick-Off Party held at The Wood­lands BMW on Jan. 28. The doors set the room abuzz with excitement, as they were part of the evening’s “special reveal.” Each of the displayed doors received a pre-Gala opening bid at that event.

Next, six of the doors were displayed at three Anadarko Petroleum Corporation buildings in The Woodlands, and currently doors can be seen at five Woodforest National Bank locations in The Woodlands and Conroe. Other upcoming display locations include St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, The Woodlands United Methodist Church and Strike, LLC among others.

The artists participating in this year’s Doors Project include artists Jackie Impey, Carolina Dalmas, Kim Wallace and Chris McBee of The Woodlands; Shae and Shirley Skidmore of Cypress; and Joella Guaraglia-Wheeler of Spring. Each of the artists is well known in the area for their unique, creative talents, having received numerous accolades for their art. Additionally, one door is the creative collaboration of art students from McCullough Junior High School in The Woodlands, under the direction of art teacher Cindy Moss.

“I have greatly enjoyed working with the talented artists participating in the Doors Project again this year,” said Shelly Sauer, Doors Project Chairperson. “They have selflessly spent many hours creating beautiful artwork for the benefit of Montgomery County Habitat for Humanity. The doors truly are pieces of fine art that would look wonderful in a home or corporate setting.”

The public is encouraged to see the doors on display in the community or at hfhmctx.org. Read about the artists and the inspiration behind their pieces. For more information about Habitat for Humanity, the Doors Project and the upcoming Gala, contact Isabel McDanel at Isabel@hfhmctx.org.

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Kiki Koymarianos (Keller Williams Realty), Glenda Minshew (Plan Ahead Events the Woodlands) and Carol Gooch (MCABW).

Kiki Koymarianos (Keller Williams Realty), Glenda Minshew (Plan Ahead Events the Woodlands) and Carol Gooch (MCABW).

WISE CONFERENCE BENEFITS AREA NONPROFITS

The women’s organizations of The Woodlands met Wednesday, Oct.15 for the benefit of helping themselves, helping each other and helping some essential causes, at the second annual WISE Conference, an acronym for “Women Inspiring Supporting Empowering.”

The three women’s organizations — the Business Women’s Forum, the Montgomery County Association of Business Women (MCABW), and the WOAMTEC (Women on a Mission to Earn a Commission) chapters of Cypress, Conroe, Magnolia, Spring, and The Woodlands — were instrumental in filling the ballroom at The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center, with 400 in attendance.

The WISE Conference committee is comprised of members from these organizations to ensure that their respective objectives or met. In truth, most are members of two, and in some cases, all three organizations, which all belong to the Montgomery County Women’s Council of Organizations. In a county where several municipalities are in close proximity to each other, it’s just wise to be affiliated with all the resources at your disposal for the purpose of marketing your business.

Organizing the conference for the second year was the owner and Director of Events, Glenda Minshew, of Plan Ahead Events – The Woodlands. Minshew assembled a marquee of influential speakers who not only shared their success stories, but the methodologies they used to achieve success.

Benefactors for this year’s conference include the Montgomery County Emergency Assistance, a nonprofit that assists families in times of crisis, and Dress For Success, also a nonprofit, that helps prepare disadvantaged women for the job market.

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(L to R: ) LMC Chairman of the Board James Stilwell, Members of the hospital CEO panel: David Argueta, Debra Sukin, Melinda Stephenson, Josh Urban, Matt Davis, Linda Nelson and LMC board member Melissa Young.

(L to R: ) LMC Chairman of the Board James Stilwell, Members of the hospital CEO panel: David Argueta, Debra Sukin, Melinda Stephenson, Josh Urban, Matt Davis, Linda Nelson and LMC board member Melissa Young.

LEADERSHIP MONTGOMERY COUNTY CLASS OF 2015 LEARNS ABOUT HEALTH CARE ISSUES

The Leadership Montgomery County (LMC) Class of 2015 recently explored healthcare in Montgomery County at their Healthcare Session, sponsored by Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital.

Session Director Linda Nelson welcomed the class to the session and gave an overview of the day’s events before Walter Wilkerson, Jr., MD presented the history of healthcare in Montgomery County.

Freddy Warner presented the class with legislative healthcare updates both on a local and national level. The class then got a look into the issues facing hospital CEOs in Montgomery County with the CEO panel, consisting of David Argueta of CHI St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital, Matt Davis of Conroe Regional Medical Center, Melinda Stephenson of Kingwood Medical Center, Debra Sukin of Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital, and Josh Urban of Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. Each CEO spoke on a different topic, giving insight to real concerns and issues they face.

The LMC class learned about the role healthcare centers play in the community from Dr. Ann Snyder of Interfaith Community Clinic, Cindy Sunday Powell of Pregnancy Assistance Center North, and Dr. Stephen McKernan of Lone Star Family Health Center.

The class toured Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, including the TIRR Inpatient Unit. Class members were able to see neuro patients receiving cutting edge therapy. The class also toured the OR where Dr. Blevins, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon demonstrated the hospital’s new MAKO robot used for partial knee or hip arthroplasty.

The class then heard from Evan Roberson of Tri-County Services, Randy Johnson of Montgomery County Hospital District, and Dr. Michael Bublewicz of Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital ER. The day ended with Leadership Series facilitated by LMC alumni.

Leadership Montgomery County is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to developing and enhancing current and future leaders of Montgomery County. The mission of LMC is to prepare emerging and existing leaders to understand local issues, grow their leadership skills and connect with others to better serve Montgomery County.

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THE WOODLANDS’ RICHIE CHAMPION COMPETES AT HSLR

In 2013, when Richie Champion rode in his first HoustonRodeo event, he was thrilled just to be a competitor in the ranks of the top bareback riders in the world.

This year, Champion is a million-dollar cowboy, having pocketed $1.1 million in the largest one-day payout in rodeo history last year at The American. This year’s HLSR performances also come on the heels of his first National Finals Rodeo and his first top-five finish in the world standings. Champion said, “I was just having fun – just a guy at the rodeo. Now it’s my business, my career, and I’m learning to treat it like business.”

After winning the HLSR SuperSeries I on March 5 and moving on to the semi-finals in mid-March, Champion will no doubt continue to make his hometown friends and family very proud of his accomplishments.

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The Conroe ISD Transition Fair was well attended and informative.

The Conroe ISD Transition Fair was well attended and informative.

CONROE ISD PARENT RESOURCE CENTER HOSTS TRANSITION FAIR

The Conroe ISD Department of Special Education Services Parent Resource Center hosted the 11th Annual Resource and Transition Fair on Thursday, March 5 at College Park High School. Over 400 parents and students were able to meet with the experts to help prepare for the transition from high school to college and/or the work force. Approximately 75 vendors from colleges, vocational certificate programs, local daily job training sites, residential communities, estate planning/guardianship, and vocation agencies all were in attendance.

In addition, students and parents had the opportunity to connect with community agency support and learn about recreational and social opportunities for all ages. For more information on Conroe ISD’s Parent Resource Center, visit specialedu.conroeisd.net/parent.


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