Clear Lake Chatter – ALBA to celebrate 30 years

February 1st, 2019

Circle Saturday, Feb. 9 on your calendar. That’s when Assistance League of the Bay Area will celebrate its 25th anniversary as a chapter and 30th year of service to the community.

And, the community is invited to attend this year’s Superhero Birthday Bash, which will be held at Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook from 6 to 11 p.m. Feb. 9, in memory of Stuart Wing Williams and to celebrate all the Assistance League Superheroes – past, present and future.

Chairman Jill Williams and Vice Chairman Peggy Heinrich are heading up the team of volunteers putting on the Bay Area’s Superhero Birthday Bash with attendees encouraged to dress as their favorite superhero.

Other ALBA members assisting them with arrangements for the evening include Mavis Irvan, Gail Ashby, Sarah Foulds, Badiha Nassar, Jill Smitherman, Sandra Sellers, Katy Bastedo, Roseann Carothers, Kim Barker, Cindy Senger-Lewis, Georgia Piwonka and Kathleen Courville.

Music for dancing will be provided by Password.

One of the highlights of the evening will come during the Reverse Raffle when the third to last ticket wins a $500 gift card from Frank’s & Son Jewelers, the second to last wins a $1,000 gift card from Lewis Jewelers and the final ticket drawn wins a Superhero Golf Cart, partially sponsored by Texas Golf Carts.

Can’t wait to see that? Better get a raffle ticket, which are $100 each. But hurry. Only 300 will be sold.

All proceeds benefit the six philanthropic programs including Operation School Bell, Operation Cinderella, Operation Support Our Schools, Assault Survivor Kits, Ready for Work and Community Outreach.

Tickets to the event are $125 and may be purchased online at the website www.

Bay Oaks Women elect new officers

SUSAN McCOY has been re-elected president of the Bay Oaks Country Club Women’s Association for 2019. Other new officers who’ll serve with her are Vice Presidents Cheri Burke and Sue Laabs, Secretary Chris Howland and Treasurer Amy Roppolo with Past President Jodi Schnabel as advisor to the president.

Pam Clary will return as special events chairman, Sue Broughton as historian, Jordan Quillen as communications chairman, Mary Alys Cherry as public relations chairman, and Cassandra Brown as Bay Oaks liaison.

Other board members include Holiday Market Chairman Allyson Jackson, Hospitality Co-Chairmen Terri Steinkamp and Suzanne Leatherman, Membership Co-Chairmen Darla McKitrick and Susan Franklin, Registration Co-Chairmen Cindy Zook and Sharon Dillard, and Publicity Co-Chairmen Eileen Hult and Jodi Schnabel.

Pasadena mayor keynotes January BayTran luncheon

NEWLY ELECTED Pasadena Mayor Jeff Wagner was off to a good start after his election in July 2017, learning his new job and enjoying it when, about a month later, along came Hurricane Harvey.

But rather than wring their hands, he and other Pasadena officials got right to work trying to help people, he explained during his keynote address at the Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership’s Jan. 17 luncheon.

“We accepted Harvey with open arms, and by that I mean all the emergency rooms in the area were shut down. All the airports were shut down. And, we said to one another, ‘how can we help people?’”

The answer was obvious, he told BayTran members at the luncheon at the Hobby Marriott on the Gulf Freeway – open an emergency room, which they did. It was believed to be the only working ER in Harris County, he said, and besides helping some 150 people, they even delivered a baby.

When life returned somewhat to normal, Mayor Wagner turned his thoughts to giving Pasadena a new face – even having the city buy a dilapidated building that had been vacant for 30 years and was giving the city an ugly look and needed to be torn down.

Most recently he has been working to upgrade Rickey Road, Pasadena Boulevard and Red Bluff Road – working with Harris County on sharing some of the costs. And, best of all, his city applied to FEMA for a $105 million grant to rebuild some of the city streets, and it was approved.

“Now who can say they got money from FEMA?” he smiled as he continued his overview of life in Pasadena.

BayTran President Theresa Rodriguez, and Chairman David Hamilton joined Treasurer Karen Coglianese in welcoming the crowd that also included BayTran Vice Chairman Bob Robinson, who brought his grandson, Anthony Robinson.

Several elected officials were in the audience including State Rep. Dennis Paul, Mayors Thom Kolpulski of Seabrook, Tom Reid of Pearland and Michel Bechetl of Morgan’s Point, along with Seabrook Mayor Pro-tem Natalie Picha.

Welcome Neighbors elect new officers

SOME OF THE busiest club officers these days are those who head the Bay Area Welcome Neighbors Club, which meets each month at Bay Oaks Country Club with nearly overflow crowds.

Becky Rickey is president of the group this year with Suzanne Lamminen and Catherine Jennische serving as vice presidents, Alice Swift as secretary and Madeline Rogers as treasurer.

This month they will welcome Lt. Col. Don Houk from the Living History Museum providing a first person presentation of one of the most famous World War II generals, James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle, and his famous raid on Tokyo at their Feb. 21 luncheon meeting. To attend, email Nancy Guthrie at [email protected]

90 years old and still golfing

A ROOMFUL of old friends were on hand to help Charles Smitherman celebrate his 90th birthday in late December, and all were no doubt surprised to learn how he keeps a busy schedule and is out playing golf every chance he gets.

Besides his birthday celebration, it was also a chance for him and his wife, Joy, to get together with all their kids – Carol Smitherman Anglin, John and Jill Smitherman and Paul and Valerie Riddle — and grandkids and long-time friends.

Carnevale di Venezia Charity Ball on the horizon

January 1st, 2018

Gala Committee members meet to plan the Feb. 9 annual benefit gala. They are, from left, seated, Sharon Dillard, Co-Chairman Badiha Nassau,  Peggy Clause, Chairman Kathleen Courville and Sharon Guizzino Klumb; back row, Cecilia Dismukes, Mavis Irvan, Cathy Wolfe, Cindy Senger Lewis, Valerie Pierce, Sandra Lewis, Kim Barker, Traci Dvorak and Katy Bastedo. Photo by J. Pamela Photography

Carnevale di Venezia Charity Ball, presented by Assistance League of the Bay Area, is on the horizon, and like the sun, is rising fast.

In just five short weeks, attendees will gather at Waters Edge on NASA Parkway in El Lago, on Friday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. to experience an unforgettable evening of entertainment, delicious food, and an inaugural reverse raffle, coupled with a spectacular view of Clear Lake, Chairman Kathleen Courville says.

The raffle, with only 300 tickets available at $100 each, will offer prizes valued at over $8,000. There will be three major prizes along with opportunities to win as the evening unfolds. The final prize will be $5,000 in gold nuggets.

Second and third prizes graciously donated to the chapter, are a $1,000 shopping spree at Lewis Jewelers and a $700 contemporary wall clock by Frank & Son Jewelers respectively. Winners of the raffle do not need to be present the evening of the ball.

Tickets to the event, which are $125 each and limited to 200, may be picked up at the Assistance League’s award-winning Resale Shop, 100 E. NASA Parkway, Suite 80 in Webster or purchased online at

Event underwriting and sponsorship packages are available ranging from $100 to $5,000 and may include tickets, as well as invitation, event, program, or website recognition. For information, contact Cathy Wolfe at [email protected].

The community is invited to join Assistance League members as they offer numerous ways for those who can, to help those who need it most. Carnevale di Venezia is an event not to be missed!” the chairman added. Others assisting her and Co-Chairman Badiha Nassar with arrangements include Kim Barker, Misty Killebrew, Cecilia Dismukes, Peggy Clause, Cindy Senger Lewis, Jill Williams, Sharon Dillard, Cathy Wolfe, Valerie Piercy, Peggy Heinrich, Mavis Irvan, Sandra Sellers, Traci Dvorak, Katy Bastedo and Sharon Guzzino Klumb.

Assistance League of the Bay Area volunteers are transforming the lives of children and adults through community programs. To learn more about their work, visit, or connect with them on Facebook, @AssistanceLeagueBayArea.

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