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Around Town March 2017


(Back row, l-r): John Beard, Larry Blackburn, Janisue Rigel, John C. Meredith, John Kenton Thompson, J. Davis Morton,and Larry Stevens; (kneeling): Doug Collings and T. Scott Hebert.

(Back row, l-r): John Beard, Larry Blackburn, Janisue Rigel, John C. Meredith, John Kenton Thompson, J. Davis Morton,and Larry Stevens; (kneeling): Doug Collings and T. Scott Hebert.

THE UNITED STATES DAUGHTERS OF 1812 CELEBRATES 125TH ANNIVERSARY OF NATIONAL SOCIETY

The United States Daughters of 1812, Thomas Bay chapter celebrated a “Founder’s Day” Open House hosted by Janisue Rigel and Davena Rigel-Liepman to honor the Lineage Society’s 125th Anniversary. Rigel, president of the Thomas Bay chapter presented the prestigeous Spirit of 1812 Award to the Color Guard members who opened the ceremonies.

The Spirit of 1812 Medals are awarded to individuals with a distinguished record of study, promotion and dedication to the preservation of the history of people, places and events of the War of 1812. The USD National History Award was presented to Barbara and Larry Stevens. Previous Thomas Bay Chapter members who are recent recipients of the USD 1812 National History award were in attendance to celebrate with the Stevens: Dianne Kebodeaux, Davena Rigel-Liepman, Pat Spackey and Gail Utley.

Rigel, who holds National, State and Chapter positions in the United States Daughters of 1812 and numerous lineage organizations, was presented with a special Medal from the Marine Corps by TXSSAR President John Beard. Rigel is also the recent recipient of the Martha Washing­ton Medal and the Liberty Medal, presented to her by the Texas Sons of the American Revolution’s past State President, Larry Stevens. The Liberty Medal is the highest award a DAR member may receive for her work during her term. Rigel is a member of the Heritage Trails Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

The celebration commemorated the 125th Anniversary of the National Society United States Daughters of 1812. The Society was founded on Jan. 8, 1892 by Flora Adams Darling, who was also its first president. The Society’s purposes are to promote patriotism and to increase knowledge of the history of the American people.

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Local celebrity Gerald Irons visited the Level III Richard Rivas, MD Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and is shown with twins Mario (left) and Lorena Urdaneta.

Local celebrity Gerald Irons visited the Level III Richard Rivas, MD Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and is shown with twins Mario (left) and Lorena Urdaneta.

FORMER NFL LINEBACKER AND WOODLANDS AREA LEADER VISITS NICU DURING SUPER BOWL WEEK

Local NFL celebrity and active community member Gerald Irons Irons spent some time during Super Bowl week spreading cheer at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. Irons is a 10-year NFL veteran linebacker with the Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders. Irons visited two preemie twins born on Jan. 20 – Mario and Lorena Urdaneta. Both were born at just 25 weeks, with Mario weighing in at 2 lbs. and Lorena at 1 lb., 11 oz. Irons is also a member of the Hospital’s Advisory Council.

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(L-R): Tiffany McClung and Cheryl Brady will co-chair the Memorial Hermann In the Pink of Health Committee, which includes the annual In the Pink of Health Luncheon and other fundraising initiatives.

(L-R): Tiffany McClung and Cheryl Brady will co-chair the Memorial Hermann In the Pink of Health Committee, which includes the annual In the Pink of Health Luncheon and other fundraising initiatives.

MEMORIAL HERMANN ANNOUNCES IN THE PINK OF HEALTH COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRS

Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital is pleased to announce that Cheryl Brady and Tiffany McClung will serve a two-year term as co-chairs of the Memorial Hermann In the Pink of Health Committee (ITP).

Brady and McClung have both served on the committee for the past two years and are already preparing for this year’s festivities, including the luncheon – the committee’s headline event that raises hundreds of thousands of dollars annually – and other community fundraising initiatives that support free mammograms; cancer education; Canopy, Memorial Hermann’s free cancer survivorship center; and more.

Brady and her husband, John, have lived in The Woodlands for 10 years with their two children. She is a CPA with an accounting degree from Texas A&M University. While not currently practicing, she was previously employed at PricewaterhouseCoopers L.L.P. with a specialty in auditing oil & gas companies. In addition to her work with ITP, Brady has served in board positions for the National Charity League, The Academy of Science & Technology, College Park High School Golf Team, Coulson Tough PTO, and as a member of National Charity Roundtable.

McClung and her husband, Justin, have lived in The Woodlands for 16 years with their two children. She currently works in client relations with their real estate company, The McClung Group. Also a graduate of Texas A&M University, McClung earned a degree in Business Manage­ment and had a long career in technology and medical sales. She has served on the host committee for the Montgomery County Food Bank Gala and on the Galatas PTO for the past five years.

Founded in 2001, In the Pink of Health has raised nearly $5 million through the annual luncheon and ancillary programs that has been reinvested into Montgomery County. For more information or to become a sponsor, email inthepink@memorialhermann.org or call 713-897-PINK (7465).

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Township Chairman of the Board Gordy Bunch addresses the crowd at the annual Arbor Day celebration.

Township Chairman of the Board Gordy Bunch addresses the crowd at the annual Arbor Day celebration.

TOWNSHIP CHAIRMAN PROMOTES ANNUAL ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION

The Woodlands Township Chairman of the Board Gordy Bunch talked about the importance of planting trees at the Arbor Day celebration. The annual event hosted by The Woodlands Development Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Howard Hughes Corporation, was held Saturday, Jan. 28, at its new location – Hughes Landing on Lake Woodlands.

“The Woodlands is known throughout the world for our trees,” said Bunch from the main stage at the event. “We appreciate everyone here today who came to get seedlings and will be planting these seedlings to continue this great tradition in The Woodlands.”

The Woodlands has celebrated Arbor Day for 41 years, making it one of the longest traditions in the community.

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(L to R): Jaye Hendon; Pat Spackey; Judy Schulenberger (Regent of the Tejas DAR Chapter, and Geni Holmes (Vice Regent of the Tejas DAR chapter.

(L to R): Jaye Hendon; Pat Spackey; Judy Schulenberger (Regent of the Tejas DAR Chapter, and Geni Holmes (Vice Regent of the Tejas DAR chapter.

TXDAR FLAG COMMITTEE PRESENTS PROGRAMS ON TEXAS FLAG HISTORY

Pat Spackey, State Chair of the TXDAR Texas Flag Committee and Jaye Hendon, State Vice Chair of the TXDAR Texas Flag Committee presented a recent program to the members of the Tejas Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

The TXDAR Texas Flag Committee was established as a new state committee in 2012 under the Administration of Pamela Rouse Wright. The purpose of the committee is to educate Texas DAR members on the History and protocol of the Texas Flag. Spackey was selected to chair the committee because she is a descendant of Montgomery County Patriot, Dr. Charles B. Stewart, who designed the Texas Flag and first Seal of Texas, served as the first Secretary of State, the first signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and was a member of three Texas Legislatures.

In addition to speaking to DAR chapter members, Spackey and Hendon have presented their program to the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Judge Nathaniel Hart Davis chapter, who sponsors the Charles B. Stewart chapter of the Children of the Republic of Texas and to numerous school children, Lineage organizations, churches and civic organizations. The women volunteer and speak on the Texas Flag at local fundraising events and dedication ceremonies encouraging all to learn the history and heritage of our beloved Texas Flag.

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(Front row, l-r): Shelly Lane; Betty Edwards (DRT President General); Barbara Stevens (DRT First Vice President General); Coyla Holmes; Back Row, Standing: L to R: Carol Hicks; Pat Spackey, Carolyn Walker; Suzi Reese; Virginia Murray Deanna Mathieson; Larry Foerster; Julia Bullock; Paula Dossett; Elaine Collings; and Maureen Chegin.

(Front row, l-r): Shelly Lane; Betty Edwards (DRT President General); Barbara Stevens (DRT First Vice President General); Coyla Holmes; Back Row, Standing: L to R: Carol Hicks; Pat Spackey, Carolyn Walker; Suzi Reese; Virginia Murray Deanna Mathieson; Larry Foerster; Julia Bullock; Paula Dossett; Elaine Collings; and Maureen Chegin.

THE JUDGE NATHANIEL HART DAVIS CHAPTER, DRT HOSTS DISTRICT SIX WORKSHOP

Members of the Judge Nathaniel Hart Davis Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) chapter were hosts for the Daughters of the Republic of Texas District Six Workshop held at First Baptist Church Conroe in October. On Friday evening, the DRT Board of Management and Judge Nathaniel Hart Davis members gathered at the Lone Star Monument and Historical Flag Park, where Pat and Ted Spackey presented a program on the Flag Park and its future plans. The Park, dedicated on April 21, 2011, was the vision of Artist Craig Campbell with main sponsor Dean Bass of Spirit of Texas Bank. Following the presentation the visitors were treated to a reception in the home of member Carol Hicks.

The Saturday workshop was filled with history as attendees learned about Montgomery County from speaker Larry Foerster, chairman of the Montgomery County Historical Commission. Coyla Holmes, District Six representative, presided at the meeting and Toby Powell, Mayor of Conroe greeted the crowd as the workshop opened. The Pledges to the U.S. and Texas Flag were led by Andrew and Emily Mathieson, members of the Charles B. Stewart Chapter, Children of the Republic of Texas. Shelly Lane, president of the Davis DRT chapter, thanked all of the DRT chapters in District Six and the Board of Management for their inspiration in leading the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.

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(L-R): Director Bruce Rieser, Vice Chairman John McMullan, Director John Anthony Brown, Chairman Gordy Bunch, award recipient Christie Taillon, Director Brian Boniface, award recipient Jim Goldmeyer, award recipient Anthony Fasone, Treasurer Ann Snyder and Secretary Laura Fillault.

(L-R): Director Bruce Rieser, Vice Chairman John McMullan, Director John Anthony Brown, Chairman Gordy Bunch, award recipient Christie Taillon, Director Brian Boniface, award recipient Jim Goldmeyer, award recipient Anthony Fasone, Treasurer Ann Snyder and Secretary Laura Fillault.

VOLUNTEERS HONORED FOR THEIR SPIRIT OF SERVICE

The Township honored more than 200 volunteers at a special Volunteer Recognition event on Jan. 25, including Volunteer of the Year awards for the Township’s departments of Covenant Administration, Parks and Recreation and Neighborhood Watch.

The Township Chairman of the Board of Directors Gordy Bunch said, “We are truly fortunate to live in such a special community. Of the many things that make The Woodlands such a wonderful place to live are the residents who go above and beyond to improve our community. This includes the many residents who regularly serve selflessly to enhance the quality of life for all of us. For them, we are truly grateful.”

Volunteer of the Year awards went to Jim Goldmeyer for Covenant Administration, Anthony Fasone for the Parks and Recreation department, and the 2016 Capstone Coordinators, who include Lorri Attaya, Cleo Barry, Pam Blakeslee, Meredith Bouchey, Frank Bryant, Tom Buffa, Hugh Celestino, Laura Celestino, Grayson Fitch, Kristi Fitch, Carol Fritsche, Jodi Goodell, Elisa Lombardi, Tracy Morris, Ann Olson Perry, Natalie Porter, Christie Taillon, Jill Tresaugue and Deanna Wittman for Neighborhood Watch.

Also receiving recognition were members of the CERT: The Woodlands Community Emergency Response Team Committee, Development Standards Committee, the Law Enforcement Advisory Council, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Council, the Residential Design Review Committees, The Woodlands Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors and Marketing Committee and all eight of the Village Associations.

For more information, call 281-210-3800, or visit thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov.

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(L-R): Noemi Gonzalez, Market Street; Lauren Trice, Director of the Will Herndon Research Fund; Dana Pritchard, The Woodlands Car Club; Missy, Will and Wayne Herndon.

(L-R): Noemi Gonzalez, Market Street; Lauren Trice, Director of the Will Herndon Research Fund; Dana Pritchard, The Woodlands Car Club; Missy, Will and Wayne Herndon.

CHANGE FOR CHARITY PROGRAM DONATES MORE THAN $4,500 TO THE WILL HERNDON RESEARCH FUND

As part of its Change for Charity initiative, Market Street recently donated more than $4,500 to the Will Herndon Research Fund. The funds were raised by Market Street patrons during the fourth quarter of 2016 and will assist the organization, works to raise awareness and funds to accelerate the research to find a cure for Juvenile Batten Disease.

Since the program’s inception, Market Street patrons have raised more than $120,000 for local charities. Four Montgomery County organizations are selected each year to receive a percentage of the funds collected from Market Street’s 68 parking meters during a three-month period.

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(L-R): Karen Kurth Hall, Becky Feaster, and Janisue Rigel, President of the Thomas Bay Chapter US Daughters of 1812.

(L-R): Karen Kurth Hall, Becky Feaster, and Janisue Rigel, President of the Thomas Bay Chapter US Daughters of 1812.

THE UNITED STATES DAUGHTERS OF 1812, THOMAS BAY CHAPTER PRESENTS NATIONAL AWARDS

During the recent meeting of The United States Daughters of 1812, Thomas Bay Chapter, President Janisue Rigel presented the United States Daughters of 1812 National History Award to two members of the chapter, Karen Kurth Hall and Becky Feaster. The National History Award is an award and pin to honor individuals or organizations who have promoted the history of the War of 1812 and the United States Daughters of 1812 in outstanding ways. Following the ceremony, Rigel asked for all members who have received the award in previous years to please stand and be recognized. The chapter members in attendance were: Lady Dalton, Margie Malone, Davena Rigel-Liepman, Dianne Taylor-Kebodeaux, Pat Spackey, Barbara Stevens and Gail Utley.

The United States Daughters of 1812 preserves U.S. history and teaches future generations the heroic deeds of brave Americans who molded this government of the United States and saved it from foes between the close of the American Revolution and the close of the War of 1812. For information on the Thomas Bay Chapter, email Rigel at janisue@aol.com.

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Students were able to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for discovery at the fair.

Students were able to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for discovery at the fair.

EFTA SCI://TECH ELEMENTARY SCIENCE FESTIVAL

The 2017 Sci://Tech Elementary Science Festival took place Saturday, February 4 at the Lone Star Convention and Expo Center in Conroe. The festival is one of many events that makes up the four-week-long Sci://Tech Exposition which is organized by the Education for Tomorrow Alliance (EfTA).

During the Huntsman Elementary Science Festival, Conroe ISD elementary schools hosted interactive booths where students were able to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for discovery. Those present also had the opportunity to watch students and student teams participate in a Math Bowl, Forensics Demonstration, Robotics Demonstration, and PBK Sci.Math.e.Lon in which they shared their knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and math.

The festival was preceded by the Anadarko Senior High Science Bowl, the Technical Writing Competition, the CB&I Junior High Science Fair, and the Chevron Phillips Senior High Science Fair.

“The goal of EfTA is to connect business and education in Montgomery County. The is put into practice during the many events of the Science Exposition,” stated CISD Coordinator of Science Sheryl Hime. “Over one hundred members of the business community served as judges, supporting the efforts of students participating in the science fair. Community members also work with our CISD educators in the creation and logistics of events such as the High School and Junior High School Engineering Design Competitions. We are fortunate to have such strong support from the community and EfTA.”

Additional information on Sci://Tech and the events can be found at efta-us.org/events/2017-sci-tech-exposition.


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