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(L-R): Paula Grigsby, regent of the Heritage Trails DAR chapter; Sandy Maxwell, recipient of the DAR Community Service Award; and Elizabeth Jones, corresponding secretary of the Heritage Trails DAR chapter.

(L-R): Paula Grigsby, regent of the Heritage Trails DAR chapter; Sandy Maxwell, recipient of the DAR Community Service Award; and Elizabeth Jones, corresponding secretary of the Heritage Trails DAR chapter.

THE HERITAGE TRAILS CHAPTER, NSDAR COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD

During the recent Luncheon and Awards ceremony of the Heritage Trails DAR chapter held at The Woodlands Country Club, Sandy Maxwell was awarded the DAR Community Service Award for her outstanding volunteer efforts in the Harris County and Montgomery County communities.

Sandy is a volunteer at TOMAGWA Healthcare Ministries Clinic in Tomball and the SOS Food Bank in Magnolia. Her outstanding commitment to community service and volunteerism exemplifies the qualities that every volunteer should possess. She is caring to patients and their families. One example is that Sandy purchases and brings in animal crackers to pass out to children who must wait quite a lengthy time in the waiting room for their vaccinations. These children, for the most part, are impoverished, and are very happy to receive a treat. She
personally comforts children while parents are talking to doctors.

As well, she volunteers at the SOS Food Bank in Magnolia where she assists those in need with a loving nature. She also asks fellow volunteers from other ministries to bring bags to the Food Bank.

“Sandy reaches out and assist financially needy people so effectively because of her loving and unassuming nature. She is passionate about helping those who are less fortunate and this humanitarian passion simply shines through in everything she does. She is committed, caring and one of the most benevolent women I have ever known” said Elizabeth Jones, fellow volunteer at TOMAGWA.

“The Heritage Trails Chapter, NSDAR was proud to present the 2017 DAR Community Service Award to Sandy Maxwell, who richly deserves this prestigious honor,” said Paula Grigsby, regent of the Heritage Trails DAR chapter.

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The 2017-2018 JLTW Board of Directors.

The 2017-2018 JLTW Board of Directors.

JUNIOR LEAGUE OF THE WOODLANDS APPOINTS NEW MEMBERS TO BOARD

Junior League of The Woodlands (JLTW)has elected 10 accomplished individuals to serve on the 2017-2018 Junior League Board of Directors.

Laura Bomer, 2017-2018 President of Junior League of The Woodlands, announced the recent appointments of Jennifer Colerick, President-Elect; Linda Martens, Sustaining Advisor; Kathryne Pruitt, Communications VP; Tiffany Hustmyre, Community VP; Robyn Hicks, Finance VP; Allison Tinker, Membership VP; Kim Wende, Adminis­trative Secretary; Katie Schonert, Treasurer/Finance Chair; and Endira Hawkins, Advisory Plann­ing­/Bylaws Chair.

“These outstanding ladies were selected because of their long standing commitment to our community, passion for serving others and desire to fulfill the mission of our league,” said Bomer.

The new Junior League Board of Directors paid special thanks to outgoing board members Bobbi Jo Miller, Carol Durkee, Sarah Paul, Julie Sanchez, Angela Strong, Allison Judge, Jamie Hollis, and Kim Willing. The new board members will bring years of service on various committees and expertise in a wide variety of fields to the already seasoned Junior League Board.

Junior League of The Woodlands had a very successful 2016-2017 year. In May, JLTW welcomed 69 new members to its ranks, awarded over $80,000 in grants totaling over $225,000 in annual gifts and programming given back to the community, and honored many important and deserving members and projects. This year, the new board members bring a new budget, fresh ideas and inspiration as the League gears up for another amazing year of service.

JLTW is committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. For more information please visit jlthewoodlands.org.

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Uchechukwu Oguchi

Uchechukwu Oguchi

COOPER STUDENT A TEXAS DELEGATE TO 2017 CONGRESS OF FUTURE MEDICAL LEADERS

Uchechukwu Oguchi, a rising junior at The John Cooper School, was a Delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders at The University of Massachusetts in Lowell, Massachusetts on June 25-27. The Congress is an honors-only program for students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields.

During the three-day Congress, Oguchi joined students from around the country to hear from keynote speakers and break into group activities aimed at enhancing their aspirations to become physicians and medical scientists. They heard Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science winners talk about leading medical research, witnessed stories told by patients who are living medical miracles, heard from fellow teen medical science prodigies, and learned about cutting-edge advances and the future in medicine and medical technology.

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Survivors and caregivers enjoy a Valentine's Day High Tea at Canopy.

Survivors and caregivers enjoy a Valentine’s Day High Tea at Canopy.

MEMORIAL HERMANN IN THE PINK OF HEALTH COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES 2016 ALLOCATIONS

Memorial Hermann’s In The Pink of Health Committee, an impassioned group of women who work to fight breast and ovarian cancers through education, early detection, and outreach, is pleased to announce the allocation of $650,000 to local organizations dedicated to cancer survivorship and women’s health issues.

“We say it time and time again, but our community should be praised. The families and companies that support our mission are so incredibly giving. Through their generosity we are able to make a positive and lasting impact on our friends and neighbors battling cancer,” said committee co-chairs Cheryl Brady and Tiffany McClung.

While the bulk of the funds were raised at the group’s annual luncheon, Pink Pals, a year-around community fundraising program that enables individuals or groups to join the fight against breast and ovarian cancer in their own way, also made a significant financial impact.

Beneficiaries of the 2016 funds include:

  • $225,000 to Canopy, a cancer survivorship center on the campus of Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital
  • $84,000 to purchase Savi Scout, a new technology that helps radiologists and surgeons more accurately locate and remove a tumor in the breast
  • $68,000 to Interfaith Community Clinic to provide mammograms for underserved women and support breast cancer education and outreach
  • $60,200 in reserve funds for emergency needs
  • $50,000 to The Rose for breast screening, diagnostics, and treatment for any woman regardless of her age
  • $50,000 in seed money for the 2017 Memorial Hermann In the Pink of Health luncheon scheduled for Sept. 29, 2017
  • $40,000 for educational materials provided to survivors via the oncology nurse navigator at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands
  • $31,500 to the Judith L. Robinson Foundation to assist in their mission to increase awareness of ovarian cancer and its symptoms
  • $25,000 Legacy Grant
  • $16,000 to further Pink Pals’ outreach efforts, plus Breast Care Center updates

“Canopy has become a home away from home for cancer survivors and their families. It’s a place where they can regroup, reflect and recharge,” said Amanda Poole, coordinator at Canopy. “Thanks to supporters like Memorial Hermann In the Pink of Health, we’re able to build upon our mission to be a safe haven for our guests and support them along each step in their journey.”

Founded in 2001, Memorial Hermann In the Pink of Health has raised nearly $5 million through the annual luncheon and ancillary programs like Pink Pals. The money has been reinvested into the greater Montgomery County area to fund cutting-edge technology, programs and services for breast and ovarian cancer patients and survivors, and most recently to open Canopy, a free survivorship center for all cancer survivors (and their caregivers) regardless of where they are receiving treatment.

For more information on how to get involved or to sponsor or purchase a table for the 17th Annual In the Pink of Health Luncheon, visit inthepinkofhealth.org or call 713-897-PINK (7465).

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GLADE ARTS FOUNDATION GRAND OPENING IN NOVEMBER

Glade Arts Foundation, a nonprofit organization (pending), has announced the opening of the first fine arts center in The Woodlands.

The launch event, set to take place in November at 2000 Woodlands Parkway, will introduce a cultural platform presenting collections ranging from Pablo Picasso to today’s most acclaimed artists.

Glade Arts Foundation will unveil the museum exhibition spaces and educational and cultural community programs in the landmark building that housed the former Woodlands Information Center. The center’s backyard park by the pond will serve as a platform for public art installations and various large-scale, site-specific commissions.

The museum space will host thematic exhibitions of established and emerging artists, including a permanent curated collection of world-renowned artist David Adickes. Exhibitions will include fine art paintings, sculpture, photography, installations, performance and multimedia, and a special section highlighting visionary design and fashion.

As part of its contribution to Montgomery County’s cultural and historical legacy, Glade Arts Foundation will distinguish itself through educational programs for students of all ages and abilities, fine art scholarships and grants, dedicated exhibit halls for local and international artists, as well as through public engagement and support of art events and publications.

Glade Arts Foundation will serve as a cluster of international art, cultural education and all-around innovation, continuing the rich activity of one of its most visible founders, gallerist and collector Dragos Tapu, who successfully established Glade Gallery, the first contemporary fine art gallery in The Woodlands in 2015. For more information, visit gladeartsfoundation.org.

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Josh and Kristina Neal with baby Jaxon.

Josh and Kristina Neal with baby Jaxon.

FIRST BABY BORN AT HOUSTON METHODIST THE WOODLANDS

The Childbirth Center at Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital proudly welcomed the hospital’s first baby on June 26.

Jaxon Neal was born at 9:22 a.m. He weighed 8 lbs., 6 oz. and was 20 inches long.

The proud parents, Josh and Kristina Neal, were thrilled to be the first to deliver a baby in the brand-new hospital.

“Everything was beyond our expectations,” said Kristina. “The staff has been perfect. Every single staff member we have met has been kind, genuine and wonderful, and you can tell they truly care about us and our family.”

“After Kristina attended the hospital’s open house, she was able to put some faces to the people who would be caring for her and see the facility. She loved the facility and people,” Josh said. “It actually lived up to the hype. As soon as we walked in, the facility was amazing; everybody has been so kind and generous.”

Debbie Sukin, CEO of Houston Methodist The Woodlands, presented Jaxon with a “First Baby” onesie, commemorating the special day. To learn more or to find a physician, call 936-270-3333.

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Demme Durrett

Demme Durrett

WOODLANDS COMMUNITY EVENT USED AS NATIONAL EXAMPLE

John Cooper ’15 graduate Demme Durrett was recently invited to speak in Washington D.C. about her community event for human rights education. The event, the Human Rights Walk and Festival, has taken place in The Woodlands at Town Green Park annually since 2011 and will continue with the seventh installment this Dec. 9.

On Sunday, June 11, Durrett gave a presentation about the success of her annual community events at the United Nations Association of the United States of America’s (UNA-USA) annual Leadership Summit; UNA-USA trains and mobilizes Americans who support the vital work of the UN.

As a result of the Human Rights Walk and Festival’s continued success, UNA-USA has decided to utilize Durrett as a consultant in drafting a plan for similar events to be replicated across the country. Upon completion, the 100-plus events will take place on the same day across the country to honor the 70th anniversary of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which will be celebrated next year.

Durrett began the Human Rights Walk and Festival as a project for her Girl Scout Gold Award, to educate people on their human rights and as a way to arm the community against injustices both here and abroad, and create more peace and tolerance in the world. However, the outstanding support from the community behind this event has led her to continue the event in The Woodlands as well as to start new events in Houston and New York City.

HumanRightsWalk.org is the website for the annual event and includes video on the Story of Human Rights and other information about the topic. Corporate underwriting opportunities, sponsorships and vendors are currently being sought for this year’s event.

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(L-R): Bryan and Heather Kramer with their son, Nate Kramer, as he receives the DAR American History Essay Contest award from Heritage Trails DAR chapter Regent Paula Grigsby.

(L-R): Bryan and Heather Kramer with their son, Nate Kramer, as he receives the DAR American History Essay Contest award from Heritage Trails DAR chapter Regent Paula Grigsby.

STUDENT RECEIVES HERITAGE TRAILS CHAPTER AMERICAN HISTORY ESSAY AWARD

Nate Kramer has received the DAR American History Essay Contest award from Heritage Trails DAR chapter. The ceremonies took place at The Woodlands Country Club during the Heritage Trails DAR chapter’s annual Luncheon and awards presentations. Nate is homeschooled and was inspired to write his award winning essay on “Jamestown: First American Metropolis,” while in Jamestown on a family vacation.

Nate is on The Woodlands Swim Team and Marlins Swim Team. He is a member of the Atascocita Trails Chapter Children of the American Revolution and is state co-chair of the public relations committee for The Texas Children of the American Revolution (TSCAR). His future goals are to swim professionally and to attend law school.

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(L-R): Tiffany Robinson, Woodlands Marathon coordinator; Chief Matthew Rodrigue, Montgomery County Precinct 3 Constable’s Office and Children’s Safe Harbor board member; and Willie Fowlkes, Woodlands Marathon race director.

(L-R): Tiffany Robinson, Woodlands Marathon coordinator; Chief Matthew Rodrigue, Montgomery County Precinct 3 Constable’s Office and Children’s Safe Harbor board member; and Willie Fowlkes, Woodlands Marathon race director.

CHILDREN’S SAFE HARBOR THE HIGHLIGHT CHARITY OF THE 2017 WOODLANDS MARATHON

Children’s Safe Harbor was the Highlight Charity recipient of the 2017 Woodlands Marathon held March 4. In addition to $1,000 donated overall by The Woodlands Marathon, an additional $11,417 raised by Reason2Race team pages to benefit Children’s Safe Harbor resulted in a total of more than $12,000 to benefit the children’s advocacy center that serves children ages 2 to 18 who have the courage to battle sexual abuse or severe physical abuse.

Children’s Safe Harbor board members Kelsi Walker and Chief Matthew Rodrigue of Montgomery County Precinct 3 Constable’s Office spearheaded the endeavor with The Woodlands Marathon.

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(L-R): Ted Spackey, Pat Spackey and Paula Grigsby.

(L-R): Ted Spackey, Pat Spackey and Paula Grigsby.

PAT SPACKEY HONORED BY HERITAGE TRAILS CHAPTER, NATIONAL SOCIETY DAR

During the recent Luncheon and Awards ceremony for the Heritage Trails Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Regent Paula Grigsby presented Pat Spackey with the Women in American History Award and Medal from the DAR chapter.

The Women in American History Award is presented to individuals who are outstanding leaders in their community and the nation through volunteer historical efforts. Spackey is a history re-enactor portraying Julia Stewart, wife of Charles B. Stewart, Montgomery County Patriot who designed the Texas Flag and first Seal of Texas and was the first secretary of State, signed the Texas Declaration of Indepen­dence, and served to three Texas Legislatures.

Spackey is the great, great, great granddaughter of Charles B. Stewart and a descendant of W.W. Shepperd, the founder of the town of Montgomery. In addition to re-enacting and sharing the story of the Texas Flag, Spackey holds chapter and state offices in numerous lineage organizations, such as the Daughters of the American Revolution, Daugnters of the Republic of Texas,United States Daughters of 1812, Southern Dames of American, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Woodlands Rose chapter, Order of the Confederate Rose, The Montgomery Historical Society, Montgomery County Genealogical and History Society, and the Texas Heritage Society. She is a Friend of the Heritage Museum of Montgomery County and the Charles B. Stewart Library and volunteers numerous hours in the community. Spackey is the State Chair for the TXDAR Texas Flag committee, which promotes the history of the Texas Flag throughout the state.

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