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Around Town October 2017


(L-R): Janisue Rigel (a National Chair for the National Society United States Daughters of 1812) and Dean Bass (recipient of the History Award from the National Society United States Daughters of 1812).

(L-R): Janisue Rigel (a National Chair for the National Society United States Daughters of 1812) and Dean Bass (recipient of the History Award from the National Society United States Daughters of 1812).

DEAN BASS OF SPIRIT OF TEXAS BANK RECEIVES NATIONAL HISTORY AWARD

Janisue Rigel, a National Chair for the National Society United States Daughters of 1812, recently presented the prestigious National Society United States Daughters of 1812 History Award to Dean Bass,CEO, Spirit of Texas Bank.

Bass is dedicated to promoting Texas and National History and is an outstanding community leader and benefactor. He has given tirelessly of his time and resources to promote Texas history, not only in the state of Texas, but throughout the nation.

“Dean Bass is such a worthy recipient of the History Award, and I am honored to present it to him on behalf of the National Society United States Daughters of 1812,” said Rigel.

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(Seated, l-r): Pat Williams, Honorary Regent; Paula Grigsby, Regent 2016-2018; Pat Spackey, Honorary Regent; (standing): Susan Garrison; Maureen Pack, Chapter Historian; Gail Johnson; Pegi Ivancevich, Chapter Chaplain; Elizabeth Jones, Chapter Corresponding Secretary; Susan Ashley; Becky Feaster; Roselane Polnick; and Mary Thompson.

(Seated, l-r): Pat Williams, Honorary Regent; Paula Grigsby, Regent 2016-2018; Pat Spackey, Honorary Regent; (standing): Susan Garrison; Maureen Pack, Chapter Historian; Gail Johnson; Pegi Ivancevich, Chapter Chaplain; Elizabeth Jones, Chapter Corresponding Secretary; Susan Ashley; Becky Feaster; Roselane Polnick; and Mary Thompson.

HERITAGE TRAILS CHAPTER, NSDAR MEMBERS ATTEND DISTRICT 5 WORKSHOP

During the recent TXDAR District 5 Workshop held in Houston, members of the Heritage Trails DAR chapter prepared for the upcoming year of meetings, special events and volunteer efforts of the Texas Society Daughters of the American Revolution by attending and learning what is happening in the 2017-2018 term.

The District 5 Workshop each year is a great way to kick off the DAR term and the workshop was attended by all of the DAR chapters in District 5. The Heritage Trails DAR chapter is proud to be one of the many chapters in the district and all over Texas who are dedicated to promoting patriotism and honoring God, home and country.

The objectives of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution are “to perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved American Independence, to promote the development of an enlightened public and to foster patriotic citizenship.”
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The Woodlands Township Chairman of the Board of Directors Gordy Bunch addresses a gathering at the Central Station of The Woodlands Fire Department for the Patriot Day of Remembrance on Sept. 11.

The Woodlands Township Chairman of the Board of Directors Gordy Bunch addresses a gathering at the Central Station of The Woodlands Fire Department for the Patriot Day of Remembrance on Sept. 11.

THE WOODLANDS HOLDS PATRIOT DAY OF REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY

The Woodlands Township and Board of Directors hosted a special ceremony on Sept. 11 honoring the many brave men and women who tragically lost their lives during the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The ceremony was held at The Woodlands Central Fire Station. Fire Chief Alan B. Benson welcomed the attendees and introduced The Woodlands Fire Department Honor Guard for the Presentation of Colors. Steve Vaughn, fire department chaplain, offered the invocation. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, Caroline Freeman performed the national anthem.

Benson also recognized local officials including County Judge Craig Doyal, Todd Stephens of Congressman Kevin Brady’s Office, and Township Directors John McMullan, Ann Snyder, Laura Fillault, Gordy Bunch, Bruce Rieser, Brian Boniface and John Anthony Brown.

Bunch then spoke about the lasting impact that the events of Sept. 11 left upon the United States and its citizens. Bunch then recognized Kerri Welch, a current resident of The Woodlands, who had reported for jury duty in the City Hall area of downtown Manhattan on that fateful morning.

After the reading of the Proclamation signifying the event in The Woodlands, The Fireman’s Prayer was read and the firefighters in attendance took part in The Ringing of the Bell. The 200-year-old tradition honors the life of fallen firefighters. After the bell rings three times, the firemen’s gloved fingers hold the bell to silence the ringing. At the final toll of the bell, it is left untouched to ring out in honor of the fallen.

At 7:48 a.m., the moment when the first plane struck the Twin Towers, the group observed a moment of silence and reflection. Bunch then closed the ceremony with an encouragement to the group to remember those lost while continuing to think of those still in conflict as a result of Sept. 11.

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

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MEMORIAL HERMANN IN THE PINK OF HEALTH DONATION ASSISTS CANCER PATIENTS

The Memorial Hermann In the Pink of Health committee today announced it will donate $25,000 to cancer patients impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Since its inception, Memorial Hermann In the Pink of Health has been committed to reinvesting its fundraising dollars back into the community. In 2017 alone, $650,000 was used to purchase state-of-the-art technology and educational resources. Funds also were distributed to nonprofit organizations like The Rose, Interfaith Community Clinic, and Judy’s Mission.

This year, $25,000 was earmarked to assist individuals battling cancer who have experienced unforeseen circumstances. True to the organization’s mission of assisting cancer survivors in the community, those funds will be distributed to patients battling cancer who have been personally impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

“All of us on the In the Pink of Health committee are heartbroken over the devastation Hurricane Harvey has inflicted on our area, but we are so proud of how our community has gathered together to help one another,” said Memorial Hermann In the Pink of Health co-chairs Tiffany McClung and Cheryl Brady. “Fighting cancer is tough enough and our committee stands ready to make the road a bit easier for those negatively burdened by the storm.”

If you or someone you know is fighting cancer in Montgomery County and has been affected by Hurricane Harvey, send a detailed message to amanda.poole@memorialhermann.org as soon as possible to be considered for assistance.

The annual Memorial Hermann In the Pink of Health Luncheon will continue as scheduled on Sept. 29 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott and Convention Center.

“We have a mission to help uninsured and underinsured women in Montgomery County and the surrounding areas, and these women still need us,” added the co-chairs. “The people who find support at Canopy, our cancer survivorship center, still need that support. In addition, our amazing sponsors, all with such hearts to serve women battling breast and ovarian cancer, have continued to support our luncheon and we owe it to them to trudge forward for the community we serve. The luncheon will be a beautiful way to continue to give back abundantly to the community we love!”

To learn more about the luncheon or to purchase a table, visit inthepinkofhealth.org.

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GLADE ARTS FOUNDATION HOSTS RENOVATION CEREMONY FOR NEW FINE ARTS CULTURAL CENTER

The Glade Arts Foundation hosted a renovation ceremony, accompanied by executives from The Howard Hughes Corporatio and The Woodlands Township, for a new, fine arts cultural center in The Woodlands on Aug. 22. The ceremony was complimented by a champagne toast and beam signing.

Expected to open in November 2017, the center 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.

Glade Arts Foundation is a nonprofit organization, providing a unique and accessible fine arts experience with programs focused on art education, scholarships, community-based public art projects and a curated museum-like exhibit center. The Foundation leased approximately 7,900 square feet for the fine arts cultural center from The Howard Hughes Corporation.

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LOCAL PHYSICAL THERAPIST PENS BOOK ON HOW TO WALK PAIN-FREE IN HIGH HEELS

World-renowned fashion designer Christian Louboutin was once quoted as saying, “High heels are pleasure with pain.” Many would agree as they force their feet into stilettos and before the end of the day, those four-inch heels are tossed to the side as toes are left pulsating in pain.

Gigi Siton, who has a doctorate in physical therapy, believes otherwise. An award-winning holistic physical therapist, she recently wrote The Sexy Art of High Heel Walking, a comprehensive guide filled with tips to stomp out the pain associated with donning these fashion accessories. Siton is founder of the Holistic Physical Therapy clinic in Spring.

Readers will discover how to walk in high heels with grace and confidence without injury, tips on choosing the right shoe, how to maintain a proper posture when standing and walking in high heels, and more.

Siton says, “It’s like learning how to ride a bike. Once you’ve learned the art and science of high heel walking, you will never forget it. While high heeled shoes are beautiful and glamorous, many women suffer foot, back and ankle injuries while wearing them.”

With 30 years of physical therapy experience, Siton, a resident of The Woodlands, has taught everyone from airline stewardesses and models to prom-going teenagers and women recovering from foot injuries the finer points of parading in pumps. Her book is available on Amazon.

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(L-R): Carter Wimberly, Judy’s Mission board vice president and luncheon co-chair; Amanda McMahan, Judy’s Mission advisory committee member and luncheon co-chair; Tookie McMahan, luncheon co-chair; Dr. Anil Sood, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center; Aimee Friend, Judy’s Mission executive director; Cindy Winton, Judy’s Mission board president.

(L-R): Carter Wimberly, Judy’s Mission board vice president and luncheon co-chair; Amanda McMahan, Judy’s Mission advisory committee member and luncheon co-chair; Tookie McMahan, luncheon co-chair; Dr. Anil Sood, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center; Aimee Friend, Judy’s Mission executive director; Cindy Winton, Judy’s Mission board president.

JUDY’S MISSION PRESENTS $30,000 DONATION TO MD ANDERSON CANCER CENTER

Judy’s Mission Ovarian Cancer Foundation presented a $30,000 check to The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center on Aug. 10. The donation supports research studies currently under way focused on identifying potential new biomarkers that can be highly reliable in detecting ovarian cancer in its earlier stages and possibly lead to a new set of therapies to improve the immunologic response in ovarian cancer treatment.

The check was presented to Dr. Anil Sood, co-director of the Blanton-Davis Ovarian Cancer Research Program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center by Aimee Friend, executive director of Judy’s Mission and Cindy Winton, president of Judy’s Mission as well as the organization’s annual luncheon chairs Tookie McMahan, Amanda McMahan and Carter Wimberly.

The donation was funded through proceeds from the Second Annual Judy’s Mission Possible Luncheon held in May.

Pamela Soliman, MD, MPH at MD Anderson Cancer Center, was honored at the luncheon for her work on behalf of Judy’s Mission, the compassion she brings to her patients, and her efforts in the field of research.

Risk of ovarian cancer increases for women over 50, those who have a family history of the disease, women who have inherited mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes, women of Northern European and/or Ashkenazi Jewish heritage, and women who have never been pregnant. For more information, visit judysmission.org.

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LOCAL AUTHOR RECEIVES “BOOK OF THE YEAR” NATIONAL WRITING AWARD

Kathryn Lane, author and creator of the popular Nikki Garcia Thriller series, recently received two prestigious national awards for her debut novel, Waking Up in Medellin. At the recent The Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award ceremony, Lane took home the honors for both Best Adult Suspense and Best Fiction Book of the Year.

Hundreds of entries to the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Awards went through multiple rounds of judging that are performed by a collective of industry peers, such as writers, editors, agents and reviewers. Winners were announced at the annual Killer National Writers’ Conference.

“Receiving the Best Book award truly overwhelmed me,” said Lane. “The entire convention was extraordinary; one highlight I thoroughly enjoyed was the Short Story panel, a great lineup of authors that included Jenean McBrearty, Paula Benson, Warren Moore, Debra H. Goldstein, and Robert Mangeot.”

Lane and her novel were also recently winners for the National Association of Book Entrepreneurs (NABE) Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards. She is also a finalist for the RONE (Reward of Novel Excellence) Awards are presented by InD’tale Magazine, where winners will be announced later this year.

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Local student receives a school supply kit from Interfaith of The Woodlands.

Local student receives a school supply kit from Interfaith of The Woodlands.

INTERFAITH PROVIDES SCHOOL SUPPLIES TO CISD STUDENTS

With the start of the 2017-2018 school year, Interfaith of The Woodlands distributed more than 2,000 school and grade-specific school supply kits to local CISD families as part of Interfaith’s Kits4Kidz program. In addition to the required school supply kits, children also received a new backpack and a voucher for a back-to-school outfit to use at the Interfaith Hand Me Up Shop. Interfaith’s Back-To-School program ensures every child has the tools they need for a successful school year.

This is the 33rd year that Interfaith has been providing school supplies to area students. As many as 35 local schools have students that use Interfaith’s Kits4Kidz for their school supplies. “I have been receiving school supplies for my children through Interfaith’s Kits4Kidz program for the past 4 years. I am so grateful that my kids and I have a place like Interfaith that takes care of our school supplies because it can get very expensive at this time of the year,” shared an Interfaith client.

“It is truly an honor to serve these children and provide them with the basic necessities so they are able to begin the school year on the same level as their peers. We are very thankful for the many Interfaith volunteers and donors who played an integral role in the success of this program,” said Missy Herndon, president and CEO of Interfaith of The Woodlands. In addition to the complete school supply kits, Interfaith also served an additional 700 children during late distribution by handing out mis­cel­l­a­neous school supplies and a new backpack to other qualified children in our area.

Interfaith of The Woodlands is a nonprofit social service agency providing numerous programs and services to meet the needs of The Woodlands and surrounding area. For more information or to become a volunteer, visit woodlandsinterfaith.org or call 281-367-1230.

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Gertie Wiesinger Spencer was presented the 2017 Visionary Award by former County Judge Alan B. Sadler.

Gertie Wiesinger Spencer was presented the 2017 Visionary Award by former County Judge Alan B. Sadler.

GERTIE WIESINGER SPENCER HONORED WITH VISIONARY AWARD

The Greater Conroe Arts Alliance honored longtime Montgomery County resident, Gertie Wiesinger Spencer, with the 2017 Visionary Award on August 12 at the Montie Awards in Conroe.

Spencer had a vision for Montgomery County/Conroe to have a place where the history of the County and City would be accessible for generations to come. She stayed with the vision that has culminated in a vital resource for the preservation of the County’s history and people – The Heritage Museum of Montgomery County.

Spencer was born in Conroe and is a fourth generation resident of Montgomery County. She is retired from the banking industry. In fact, she was one of the first females to hold the title of vice president in a county filled with male bank executives. She was active in the Conroe Chamber where she served as Treasurer and was honored as “(Wo)Man of the Year.”

She was also Diplomat of the Year several years for the Greater Conroe Chamber of Commerce. She is retired director of the Heritage Museum of Montgo­m­ery County, a position she held for over 15 years. Upon her retirement, Mayor Tommy Metcalf and the Conroe City Council honored her by declaring Aug. 12, 2005 “Gertie Spencer Day” in Conroe. She is past chairman of the Montgomery County Historical Commission where she served for over 20 years while employed at the Heritage Museum. She currently serves on the board of the Montgomery County Historical Commission.

Spencer and her husband, James, who passed away in 2015, were married 56 years and have three children and five grandchildren.

Family members who accompanied Spencer on this evening were her son Randy Spencer,
daughter Jaime Davis and granddaughter Keri Houston. The award was presented by former County Judge Alan B. Sadler.

Previous Visionary Awards given by the GCAA were awarded to Susie Pokorski (2012), Dr. Aline Arnold (2013), Jay Ross Martin(2014), Ann Lee (2015) and Mary Curtis Taylor (2016).

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MC-CARES MOVES TO NEXT STAGE OF DISASTER RECOVERY

The MC-CARES (Montgomery County Community Assistance Recovery Efforts and Services) is a collaborative team of nonprofit organizations, local congregations and county agencies created to respond and help citizens of Mont­gomery County to recover from disasters.

Since Montgomery County has been added to the Presidential Disaster Declaration the team has worked tirelessly to help the thousands of people that have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey. National relief organizations have been stretched thin with the overwhelming recovery efforts taking place in Houston leaving local nonprofits, congregations and civic organizations to fulfill the need.

As Montgomery County residents transition into recover efforts, local assistance agencies will be their source of support as they work to rebuild. The most pressing needs at this time are monetary donations, gift cards and gas cards in order to provide basic needs assistance to their clients in the weeks and months ahead.

Assistance agencies are in place throughout the county to service distinct assistance zones. Assistance agencies are as follows:

North, Central, West Montgomery County:

  • Crisis Assistance Center – 1022 McCall Ave. Conroe, 936-539-1096, cac-mctx.org;

East Montgomery County:

  • Mission Northeast – 22098 Loop 494 New Caney, 281-354-1200, missionne.org;

South Montgomery County:

To support a local assistance agency, contact them correctly or donate online via their website.

MC-CARES (mc-cares.org) is in direct communication with Montgomery County’s Office of Emergency Management and Montgomery County disaster response representatives to continue to meet ongoing needs. Visit the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management (mctxoem.org) for up-to-date shelter openings.


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