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Around Town November 2017


The Woodlands Township Board of Directors (l-r): Secretary Laura Fillault, Treasurer Ann Snyder, Chairman Gordy Bunch, Bruce Rieser and John Anthony Brown.

The Woodlands Township Board of Directors (l-r): Secretary Laura Fillault, Treasurer Ann Snyder, Chairman Gordy Bunch, Bruce Rieser and John Anthony Brown.

THE WOODLANDS HOLDS FIRST RESPONDERS DAY CEREMONY

The Woodlands Township and Board of Directors hosted a special ceremony on Sept. 11 in Town Green Park to honor first responders for their service and dedication to the community.

The ceremony began with the Raising of the Flag by The Woodlands Fire Department and the Presentation of Colors by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard. Chaplain Mike Evans of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office offered the invocation before the national anthem was performed by Jocelyn Hicks.

Chairman of the Board Gordy Bunch welcomed the group and offered remarks, thanking the multiple agencies that support and protect the community. “I want to acknowledge that today is 9/11, and as many are acutely aware, this is the day that our country was attacked by terrorists,” he said. “Today’s acknowledgment is to recognize the sacrifices and risks that the first responders take on our behalf on a daily basis. We only have to look back a few weeks ago to Hurricane Harvey, or 15 months ago to the flooding we experienced here, to see how our first responders go out there during a time of need and risk their lives for all of us. Today is just a small way to say thank you for the sacrifices that they make every day.”

After the reading of the Proclamation by Township Director Laura Fillault, Bunch introduced The Wood­lands Fire Chief Alan B. Benson, who spoke about the loss of so many first responders during 9/11.

Following Chief Benson, bagpiper Richard Kean played “Amazing Grace.” Bunch then recognized the Township Board of Directors, Team Rubicon and the Montgomery County Hospital District. Bunch also encouraged residents to support members of The Woodlands Fire Department who lost their homes during Hurricane Harvey, while they were performing high-water rescues within the community.

The ceremony concluded with a 21 gun salute by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard. For more information , call 281-210-3800 or visit thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov.

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(L-R): Allison and Michael Wortley, Habitat Board; Cole Pate, president and COO of Strike and Habitat Board, and Megan Pate; Barbara Smith, Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County’s executive director; Larry Abston, VP of Corporate Audit for Anadarko Petroleum Company and Habitat board secretary; Lisa and Fred Koetting, CEO andpresident of Schulte Building Systems; Patricia Brown, Conroe regional president of Woodforest National Bank and Habitat board president; and Isabel Jones, Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County’s director of development.

(L-R): Allison and Michael Wortley, Habitat Board; Cole Pate, president and COO of Strike and Habitat Board, and Megan Pate; Barbara Smith, Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County’s executive director; Larry Abston, VP of Corporate Audit for Anadarko Petroleum Company and Habitat board secretary; Lisa and Fred Koetting, CEO andpresident of Schulte Building Systems; Patricia Brown, Conroe regional president of Woodforest National Bank and Habitat board president; and Isabel Jones, Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County’s director of development.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY UNVEILS DONOR WALL AT “RESTORE”

Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County recently hosted a reception to unveil the new donor wall featured at its ReStore home improvement resale shop. The wall showcases colorful plaques with the names of the generous donors who have supported the new and expanded nonprofit home improvement resale store and donation center. Officially named “ReStore at the Woodforest Center” the new facility opened in February of 2016 at 9407 S.H. 242 in Conroe.

During the reception, Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County’s Executive Director Barbara Smith said, “We are so grateful for the commitment and vision of these individuals and organizations that has allowed us to construct a brand new ReStore at a prime location. Since its opening, ReStore has successfully generated important sustainable funding which in turn enhances Habitat for Humanity’s ability to build strong and safe homes and provide families with a life changing opportunity. We are extremely thankful for our donors.”

The donors recognized on the wall include: Pacesetters -Anadarko Petroleum Company and Woodforest National Bank; Cornerstone – Larry J. Abston, Lisa and Fred Koetting, Schulte Building Systems, Inc., Strike, Allison and Michael Wortley; Benefactor – Barbara and Stephen Crain, Megan and Cole Pate, SLI Group, Inc.; Patron – Colleen and Stephen Brown, Patricia and Travis Brown, Nikki and Eric Hird, Gail and Chris Osborne Family, Waste Management; Friends – Cyndi and Ron Brandt, Chevron Corporation, ConocoPhillips, Dominion Foundation, Duferco Steel, Huntsman, Suzanne and Dennis Millet, Brenda and John Mizell, Diane and Hal Novak, Sharon and Steven Primeau, Revenew International, In Memory of Tammy Roberts, Barbara and Michael Smith, Wells Fargo Bank.

Visit HabitatMCTX.org for more information.

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This year’s conference offered three $1,000 scholarships to local women who merited the award.

This year’s conference offered three $1,000 scholarships to local women who merited the award.

THREE LOCAL WOMEN WIN SCHOLARSHIPS AT THE 5TH ANNUAL WISE CONFERENCE

The Wise Conference 2017 took place Sept. 27 at Lone Star Corporate College. The event is designed to inspire and empower women in a fun, upbeat networking environment and cater to business professionals with a desire to learn more about work-life balance with the help of motivational speakers and educational demonstrations. Co-founders Carol Gooch and Kiki Koymarianos started the conference in 2012.

The conference offered three $1,000 scholarships to local women based on the recipients’ personal vision and community service, and their desire to further their careers through education, expand their business, or start a new one.

This year’s scholarships were awarded to Rita Wiltz, Karlie LeBlanc and Cassandra Pennington. The total scholarship package was $1,755 for each winner, and each package contained $1,000 from WISE; a 45-minute individual coaching session and an AFC Power Strategy Group professional development starter kit from Angela F. Carter; a one-year membership to Business Women Forum; a one-year membership to Montgomery County Association of Business Women; a six-month membership to WOAMTEC (Women on a Mission to Earn Commission); and a 45-minute Network Etiquette Coaching Session and the book Network Etiquette, Dazzle Don’t Frazzle, from Zircon Consulting.

Wiltz said, “My scholarship will be used to enroll in trainings that will enhance my career and to travel to a business conference.” LeBlanc said, “My vision is to grow my barn and continue to instill confidence in people through horsemanship. I will do some minor upgrades to the facility to make the farm a safer and happier place and allow some children the opportunity to ride at my facility that may not have been able to afford riding lessons.” Pennington will apply to the nursing program at Lone Star College in January.

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(L-R): Mary Rogers, Sherron Hunt, Georgi Mochizuki and Kathleen Gilliam.

(L-R): Mary Rogers, Sherron Hunt, Georgi Mochizuki and Kathleen Gilliam.

CYPRESS-WOODLANDS JUNIOR FORUM HOSTS FORUM FRIENDS LUNCHEON

More than 100 seniors attended the recent Cypress-Woodlands Junior Forum (CWJF) Forum Friends luncheon for a south of the border, fiesta-inspired feast of chicken taco salad, fresh fruit, corn bread and tres leches cake for dessert. The attendees enjoyed games of bingo and the sounds of Tino and Jose’, known as “The Rock ‘n’ Roll Mariachis.” The music was so infectious the crowd could not stay seated for long and soon they were all up and dancing. The CWJF volunteers did an exceptional job of making sure the seniors had a great time. CWJF hosts Forum Friends luncheons throughout the year at four different area locations.

CWJF is an organization of women dedicated to providing volunteer services, leadership and philanthropy to enrich the communities in North Harris and South Montgomery Counties. CWJF partners with agencies, schools and corporations to fulfill identified needs in education, interaction with an aging population and support for people with disabilities.

For more information, call 281-379-1391 or visit cwjuniorforum.org.

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(L-R): Genme Sealy, Jim Armstrong, Paula Grigsby (regent, Heritage Trails Chapter, NSDAR), Chris Rohling, Ronnie Blake and Julie Rohling (first vice regent, Heritage Trails Chapter, NSDAR).

(L-R): Genme Sealy, Jim Armstrong, Paula Grigsby (regent, Heritage Trails Chapter, NSDAR), Chris Rohling, Ronnie Blake and Julie Rohling (first vice regent, Heritage Trails Chapter, NSDAR).

HOUSTON POLICE HONOR GUARD PRESENTATION AT HERITAGE TRAILS CHAPTER, NSDAR

The Heritage Trails Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution began a new term of meetings, luncheons and special events with an informative program given by the Houston Police Honor Guard. The Guard provides the Police Depart­ment with a specially trained ceremonial team to render honor and instill pride. The primary role of the Honor Guard is to provide funeral honors for fallen officers and other civil servants, as well as display and escort the American Flag, Texas Flag and Police Department Flag at official functions.

At the meeting, Paula Grigsby, Regent of the Heritage Trails Chapter, presented the Honor Guard with a donation of money raised through a special fundraiser.

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Members of the Major General Patrick Cleburne’s 7th Texas Infantry Camp, Sons of the Confederate Veterans and The Woodlands Rose chapter, Order of the Confederate Rose, at the seventh annual Texian Heritage Festival.

Members of the Major General Patrick Cleburne’s 7th Texas Infantry Camp, Sons of the Confederate Veterans and The Woodlands Rose chapter, Order of the Confederate Rose, at the seventh annual Texian Heritage Festival.

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Members of the Judge Nathaniel Hart Davis DRT chapter and the Charles B. Stewart CRT chapter (l-r):Ted Spackey, Pat Spackey, Deanna Mathieson, Emily Mathieson, Paula Dossett, Brandon Mathieson and Andrew Mathieson.

HISTORIC GROUPS VOLUNTEER AT THE TEXIAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL

Members of the Major General Patrick Cleburne’s 7th Texas Infantry Camp, Sons of the Confederate Veterans and The Woodlands Rose chapter, Order of the Confederate Rose, provided re-enactments and shared information about their organizations during the seventh annual Texian Heritage Festival. As well, members of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Judge Nathaniel Hart Davis chapter; Sons of the Republic of Texas, Lone Star Chapter; and the Children of the Republic of Texas, Charles B. Stewart chapter volunteered at the History event. After expenses, The Texian Heritage Festival proceeds benefitted three local nonprofits.

The Montgomery Historical Society and Fernland Historical Park were the recipients of $2,000 each and the main charity, Caiden’s Hope, was the recipient of $10,000. Caiden’s Hope is a Woodlands-based charity that provides hotel and travel accommodations for the families while their infants are cared for in neonatal intensive care units across the country. Proceeds from the 2017 event will also benefit these nonprofit organization.

The Texian Heritage Festival takes families back to the 1800s with demonstrations and presentations of what it was like to live in that era. For more information, email Renee Kernan at fiddleedee3@yahoo.com.


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