By Mary Alys Cherry
CITY OFFICIALS turned out in force when the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership hosted its annual State of the Counties Address by the Galveston and Harris county judges at Lakewood Yacht Club.
Among those representing almost all the cities around the lake were Mayors Johnny Isbell of Pasadena, Glenn Royal of Seabrook, Bob Cummins of Kemah, Mark Denman of Nassau Bay and Tim Paulissen of League City, Mayors Pro-tem Carl Joiner of Kemah, Richard Sowrey of Clear Lake Shores and Einar Goerland of Taylor Lake Village, plus Councilmembers Dave Martin of Houston, Steve Rockey of Friendswood, Amanda Booren of Clear Lake Shores, Doug North of Webster, Gary Johnson and Robert Llorente of Seabrook, Wanda Zimmer of Kemah, Bob Warters of Nassau Bay and Wally Deats of Dickinson.
Others BAHEP President Bob Mitchell welcomed included City Managers Kelly Templin of Seabrook and Rick Beverlin of Kemah, Port Commissioner John Kennedy and Harris County Tax Assessor Mike Sullivan.
Galveston County Commissioner Ken Clark introduced County Judge Mark Henry while Harris County Judge Ed Emmett was introduced by Commissioner Jack Morman.
Both judges talked about big road projects in their counties – Judge Henry about work almost done on FM 646 and Judge Emmett about Highway 146, which he called the most important corridor in the area. “We’ve got to be sure we have the infrastructure,” he said, urging all to stay focused on 146, while Judge Henry updated the crowd on the proposed Ike Dike and how his county had lowered the tax rate for the past three years.
Star-studded crowd attends space gala
SPACE AND AVIATION pioneers were in the spotlight when the Frontiers of Flight Museum honored them at a black-tie gala at the museum at Love Field in Dallas.
And what a star-studded evening it turned out to be.
Eleven remarkable astronauts, representing 12,799+ hours and 533+ days of space flight experience — Alan Bean, Gene Cernan, Eileen Collins, Frank Culbertson, Walt Cunningham, Fred Haise, Tom Henricks, Mike Lopez-Alegria, Jim Lovell, Tom Stafford, and Mary Ellen Weber — joined in celebration at the 2013 Gala with former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Congressman Sam Johnson and Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst to honor Congressman Ralph Hall and the U.S. Space Program.
Congressman Hall, who represents the 4th District of Texas and has long been a friend of NASA, was presented the George E. Haddaway Award for Achievement in Aviation in recognition of his dedicated advocacy of science, space and aviation as a member and chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
Col. Walter Cunningham, pilot on the Apollo 7 Mission and author of The All-American Boys, and his wife, Dot, served as the honorary chairmen of the gala. Dot played a critical role over four years in obtaining the loan of the Apollo 7 to The Frontiers of Flight Museum from the National Air and Space Museum.
“It was quite an evening, bringing back a flood of memories of early NASA missions conducted at Wallops Island, Virginia and later Cape Canaveral,” Taylor Lake Village resident Gene Horton said afterwards. He was there with his son, American Airlines President Tom Horton.
Chamber honors Its new chairman
CLEAR LAKE Area Chamber members lit up the red carpet as they arrived at Space Center Houston for their 51st annual Chairman’s Ball honoring Chairman Mike Furin and a night of fun and frivolity.
While the night belonged to Mike and his wife, Tracie, chamber members also were introduced to their new chairman, Gulf Coast Federal Credit Union Vice President Jamieson Mackay, who came with his wife, Laura, and their new directors.
Serving on the board this coming year are Mike Cornett, Maureen Davidson, Terri Divine, Teresa Ehrman, Glenn Ellis, Charlie Felts, Brian Freedman, Chris Gregg, Gary Harshbarger, Carl Joiner, Carol Keough, Jennifer McKnight, Gayle Nelson, Gail Payne, Chris Premont, Kevin Venable and Dawn Wilkes.
Among the many Chamber President Cindy Harreld and Chamber Vice President Sherrie Sweeney welcomed were State Sen. Larry Taylor, former Chamber Chairman Joe Mayer, up here from Florida, League City Mayor Tim Paulissen, Nassau Bay and Webster City Attorney Dick Gregg Jr. and his wife, Lynette; Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership President Barbara Koslov, Clear Creek ISD Trustee Dee Scott, Aerosys President John Martinec, BayTran Chairman Karen Coglianese and Space Center Houston President Richard Allen and his wife, Lori.