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Around Town July 2016

(L-R): Gabrielle Hadyka (newly elected president national), Anne Swofford (immediate past president Texas Society SDA), Janisue Rigel (president,of the Texas Society SDA), Geni Holmes (vice president), Gail Utley (chaplain), Ashley Naumann (secretary), Cindy Broderick (treasurer), Karen Kurth Hall (historian) and Ora Jane Johnson (parliamentarian).

(L-R): Gabrielle Hadyka (newly elected president national), Anne Swofford (immediate past president Texas Society SDA), Janisue Rigel (president,of the Texas Society SDA), Geni Holmes (vice president), Gail Utley (chaplain), Ashley Naumann (secretary), Cindy Broderick (treasurer), Karen Kurth Hall (historian) and Ora Jane Johnson (parliamentarian).


During the recent annual meeting of the Texas Society Southern Dames of America (SDA), held in New Braunfels, Janisue Rigel, who resides in The Woodlands and serves as president of the local East Texas Chapter SDA, was elected as president of the Texas Society Southern Dames of America. Four of the new State officers reside in Montgomery County and Harris County and are Geni Holmes, Gail Utley, Ashley Naumann, and Cindy Broderick.

Jaye Hendon, a member of the local East Texas SDA Chapter, performed the installation service following the luncheon and state meeting at McAdoo’s Restaurant in New Braunfels. The State competitive Creative Arts Contest, led by Elaine Collings, state chair for the Creative Arts Committee, awarded prizes for the “Best in State.” The winners for Recent Crafts are Carolyn Jamail (first place); Elaine Collings (second place); and Cindy Broderick and Barbara Webb (tie for third place). In the Oldies but Goodies Category, the winners are Karen Kurth Hall (first place); Gail Utley (second place) and Elaine Collings (third place). There were 32 outstanding entries judged by past state officers Anne Swofford and Crystal Moore.

The purpose of the SDA is to support Eye Programs through contributions to opthalmic research and assisting the blind by providing aid to the visually handicapped and providing large print books to nursing homes, donating used eye glasses and cases, obtaining signatures for eye donors, supporting seeing eye dog programs and the National Beep Ball Association. A second purpose is to advance knowledge of Southern art, history, literature, music and creative arts. For more information, email janisue@aol.com or call 281-292-4766.




Montgomery County Food Bank (MCFB) hosted its 6th Annual Golfing In The Woods Golf Tournament on May 9 at Panther Trail Golf Course. The golf tournament raised $64,075 to benefit the food-insecure children, seniors and other individuals throughout the county with its various community programs.

Eighteen holes of tournament play were lined with various sponsors and vendors offering food and games for the golfers, including a Closest to the Pin contest, Longest Drive contest and the opportunity to win a car on the 16th hole. A Super Ticket of mulligans and trick shots was offered to add to the fun beyond the lunch and trophies were awarded after play. Golfers were encouraged to bid on various signed sports memorabilia during the awards ceremony, all to further benefit the Food Bank.

The $64,075 raised supplies 224,262 meals for those in need in Montgomery County. To put this in perspective, however, an additional $37.5 million is needed to meet the food needs of people in the region. Food Bank events such as Golfing in the Woods each spring, Shootout Hunger in August and the Food For Life Gala in October all contribute to the continuing mission to end hunger but the need for consistent donor generosity is essential. For more information, to book a tour, volunteer or become a part of the Sustainer’s Club, visit mcfoodbank.org.

Created by a group of volunteers in 1985 to serve disadvantaged families in Mont­gomery County, MCFB distributed nearly 8.1 million pounds of food which represents 6.75 million meals in 2015 to those in need.

As the county has grown, so has the need for the MCFB’s assistance. At conception MCFB was a door-to-door operation run out of car trunks. The nonprofit now distributes more than 6.6 million meals to more than 35,000 unduplicated low-income children, adults and seniors per year and works with 52 partner agencies throughout the county.


Participants in the EDP Partners Day of Service.

Participants in the EDP Partners Day of Service.


The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership (EDP) held its 2nd Annual Day of Service benefitting The Montgomery County Food Bank (MCFB) on May 5 by participating in the Food Bank’s “Sort to Support Challenge.” The Challenge is a fun, team building competition that gives back to the community. This is a unique twist on the typical food bank volunteering experience incorporating sorting food, random quiz questions and friendly competition. The goal of “Sort to Support” is to be the team that receives the highest sorting score based on time, number of team members and amount of food sorted. The three EDP teams sorted 11,000 pounds of food in under four hours, which is enough food to serve 9,000 meals.

EDP CEO Gil Staley says, “With nearly 50 business leaders participating in our day of service, we made a large contribution to feeding the hungry in Montgomery County. Everyone agreed that they left with a strong sense of fulfillment and pride in a job well done.”

EDP Partners & companies represented in this Day of Service were Bayside Printing, Calvetti Ferguson, Dupuis & Polozola, LLC, Entergy Texas, ExxonMobil Corporation, Frost Bank, Linscomb & Williams, Lone Star Family Health Center, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Strike USA, Stringer Executive Search, The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce, Waste Connections and Zenith Real Estate.


(L-R): Mary Kathryn D’Agostino, Dr. Stephen Head, Linda Head and Jenny Coyle.

(L-R): Mary Kathryn D’Agostino, Dr. Stephen Head, Linda Head and Jenny Coyle.


The Woodlands Celebration of Excellence has announced Dr. Stephen Head and his wife Linda have been selected as the Honorary Co-Chairs for the 2016 gala. Head is the Chancellor of Lone Star College Systems and Linda is the Associate Vice Chancellor, Workforce Education and Corporate Partnerships.

“We are honored that Chancellor Head and his wife Linda have agreed to serve as the honorary co-chairs for this event that recognizes outstanding volunteers who through their leadership go above and beyond to make The Woodlands the unique, loving and caring community we all adore. The Heads are excellent role models of servant leaders and Interfaith is grateful to have their support,” said Missy Herndon, president and CEO of Interfaith of The Woodlands.

Pro­ceeds from the gala benefit Interfaith of The Woodlands.

“Linda and I are excited to be named the honorary chairs of the Hometown Heroes Celebration. We are so proud to be a part of an event that brings the community together to recognize and honor selfless volunteers who lead by example while benefitting the many community programs and services of Interfaith of The Woodlands,” shared Head.

The 2016 Hometown Hero honorees will be inducted into the Hometown Heroes Hall of Fame during the gala. The event, presented by Woodforest National Bank, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 1. The “Night in the Orient” themed event, co-chaired by Jenny Coyle and Mary Kathryn D’Agostino, will be held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center beginning at 6 p.m.

Nomination forms for the 2016 Hometown Heroes are available in The Villager newspaper; at Interfaith of The Woodlands, located at 4242 Interfaith Way; or at woodlandsinterfaith.org. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, Aug. 5 by 5 p.m. For more information, email mjamaluddin@woodlandsinterfaith.org or call 832-615-8230.








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