Clear Lake Chatter: Assistance League Passes Out Awards

August 1st, 2018

Assistance League officers for 2018 line up for their installation at the luncheon at South Shore Harbour Country Club. They are, from left, Assisteens Coordinator Valerie Piercy, Treasurer Sandra Kelver, President Sarah Foulds and Secretary Betty Stoub. President-elect Lisa Holbrook was unable to attend.

ASSISTANCE LEAGUE members gathered at South Shore Harbour Country Club this year for their annual meeting, which includes the installation of officers and presentation of awards to their hard-working members.

And, after many long hours of service to the Bay Area community, outgoing President Ann Marie Doolin installed new President Sarah Foulds and the other new officers who will lead the organization as it celebrates its 30th anniversary.

Other new officers include President-elect Lisa Holbrook, Treasurer Sandra Kelver, Secretary Betty Stoub, Vice Presidents Karen Douglas, Brooks Cima, Kim Barker and Cathy Wolfe, Marketing Chairman Sharon Klumb, Strategic Planning Chairman Marie Keener, Education Chairman Mavis Irvan and Assisteens Coordinator Valerie Piercy.

The year-end luncheon is also a time to honor some of the hardest working members. Winner of the Sue Brady Award was Kathleen Courville with Marie Keener presented the Sue Holstein Award and Yvonne Perrin, Mary Pergande and Betty Suagee winners of the ABCD Award.

Merrill Crawford was named recipient of the H.O.P.E. Award, the Paul Mitchell Academy won the Glass Slipper Award and Sandra Sellers received the Ada Edwards Laughlin Award.

New Clear Lake Panhellenic officers line up for a photo at their year-end luncheon at the Bay Area Museum. They are, from right, President D’Lisa Johnston, 1st Vice President Cheryl Williams, 2nd Vice President Kathryn Vernau, 3rd Vice President Greta Mae, Secretary Darla McKitrick, Treasurer Kim Barker, Corporation Karen Douglass and Parliamentarian Michelle Richardson. Photo by Jill Reason

C.L.Panhellenic gets new officers
D’LISA JOHNSTON is the new president of Clear Lake Area Panhellenic, which held its year-end luncheon at Bay Area Museum in Clear Lake Park.
Others elected to serve with her include First Vice President Cheryl Williams, Second Vice President Kathryn Vernau, Third Vice President Greta Mae, Secretary Darla McKitrick, Treasurer Kim Barker, Corporation Karen Douglass and Parliamentarian Michelle Richardson.

Also, Sally Jordan was honored with the Citation Award.

But the announcement of the scholarship winners got the biggest smiles from the recipients. Jacy Murdock, Karissa Murdock, Madeleine Pomes and Amie Le were the lucky winners of $8,000 college scholarships.

Bay Area Museum Guild officers get together for a photo after being installed at their May luncheon at the home of Carole Murphy. They are, from left, standing, Co-President Carole Murphy, First Vice Presidents Louise Russell and Gail Devens, Recording Secretary Lois Costin and Corresponding Secretary Sally Jordan; seated, Parliamentarian Kandy Johnson and Co-President Ava Galt. Brandie Corrao and Diana Dornak were unable to attend.

Museum Guild installs officers
BAY AREA Museum Guild members who re-elected Co-Presidents Ava Galt and Carole Murphy to serve another term gathered for their installation at the Guild’s May luncheon at Carole’s lovely Brook Forest home.

Elected to serve with her are First Vice Presidents Gail Devins and Louise Russell; Second Vice President Brandie Corrao, Recording Secretary Lois Costin, Corresponding Secretary Sally Jordan, Treasurer Diana Dornak and Parliamentarian Kandy Johnson,
Others in the luncheon crowd you might have spotted included Cindy Kuenneke, Sandi Allbritton, Barb Spencer, Nina McGlashan, Jan Larson, Donnie Johnson, Angie Weinman, Pat Biddle, Elizabeth Quigley, Terri Monnett and Peggy Clause.

 

EDUCATION is growing all around the Bay Area, Clear Lake Area Chamber members learned at their June luncheon. More students and more buildings.

Speakers were Dr. Greg Smith, superintendent of the Clear Creek School District, Dr. Laurel Williamson, deputy chancellor and president of San Jacinto College; and Dr. Mark Shermis, UHCL dean of education – each of whom have new buildings going up.

Clear Creek ISD, Dr. Smith said, is currently rebuilding League City Elementary and completing construction of a new school, Florence Campbell Elementary, also in League City, with money from the $487 million bond passed in 2017. Work on both should be completed next year. And, while building, they are working to improve school safety.

“The climate in our schools is strong and healthy. Our focus today is on teaching kids how to have kind hearts, not just smart minds. It is simply not enough to teach and assess…We must model and teach a set of core values of caring, respect, trustworthiness and citizenship.”

That’s the good news. But he also had some not-so-good news: Along with thousands of families in recovery mode, the school district is still feeling the effects of Harvey, “with more than $19 million in damages to our facilities, and we have not received reimbursements yet on those damages.With little or no funding. . .from the Legislature, we are facing a significant budget deficit for the 2018-19 school year” and are hopeful the district can negotiate a tax swap with the school board to keep operating at optimal level.

 

New SJC Buildings
Over at San Jacinto College, which was recently named a Top Five Community College nationally by the Aspen Institute for Community College Excellence, three new buildings are going up and some nine older buildings are being renovated with money from its recent $425 million bond package, Dr. Williamson told the chamber crowd at the Nassau Bay Hilton.

The Center for Industrial Technology, which focuses on welding, pipefitting, diesel, electrical technology, plus heating, air conditioning and refrigeration, opened on the North Campus in March 2017, she said, while the Center for Petrochemical, Energy and Technology on the Central Campus and the Center for Engineering and Technology on the South Campus are both expected to open next spring.

And, for many local industries that have jobs to fill and the 42,000 students San Jac serves annually, the sooner, the better.

 

New UHCL facilities
Dr. Shermis also had some good news for the crowd. The UHCL College of Education dean said the new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Classroom Building was opening this fall and the university is working with Clear Creek ISD on STEM classes at both the university and the school district.

The 121,575-square-foot building, being built at a cost of $65.7 million is one of two under construction on the Clear Lake campus.

UHCL also is building a new $38.2 million Recreation and Wellness Center that will serve as the home for the Exercise and Health Sciences program and Fitness and Human Performance program, as well as a host of general instruction classrooms and recreational activities for students, faculty and staff.

A new $24 million Health Sciences and Classroom Building is also expected to open in the spring on UHCL’s Pearland campus, Dr. Shermis said.
Chamber Chairman Bryan Bogle welcomed the crowd and introduced special guests and Dr. Peter Wuenschel, chamber Education Division chairman, provided the invocation.

Clear Lake Chatter: Parties Keep Bay Area in a Happy Mood

January 1st, 2018

Ava Galt, Bay Area Museum Guild co-president, from left, and Nina McGlashan welcome new Guild member Kathy Riggle.

BAY AREA MUSEUM Guild officials were all in a partying mood as their annual holiday party got underway at the museum in Clear Lake Park where Co-Presidents Carole Murphy and Ava Galt welcomed Robert and Nina McGlashan, Frank Perez and Priscilla Ennis, Peter and Pam Culpepper Cronk, Anita Fogtman and Jerry and Peggy Clause to come right in and join the fun.

First Vice President Jan Larson, who came with her husband, Gib, quickly invited them to sample the array of refreshments, along with new arrivals Pat Biddle and her husband, Ron Kahl, Emmeline Dodd and Gene Hollier, David and Cindy Kuenneke, Sharon Ferguson and new members Todd and Kathy Riggle, Neldon and Lois Costin and Donnie Johnson.

Others joining the celebration included Tony Galt, Gail and Don Devens, Sandi Allbritton, Louise Russell and Keith and Sally Jordan.

Clear Lake Panhellenic President Michelle Richardson, right, joins hostess Barbara Dickey and Co-Chairmen Judie Ferguson and Sue Ellen Jennings, from left, as they prepare to welcome the arriving crowd to their annual Christmas Party.

Panhellenic party draws happy crowd
EARLIER THAT DAY, Clear Lake Area Panhellenic members gathered for their annual Christmas Party at Barbara Dickey’s Bay Oaks home in Clear Lake with Co-Hostesses Sue Ellen Jennings and Judie Ferguson assisting and the Clear Lake Soundwaves choir providing entertainment.

Besides the beautiful music, some 60 members enjoyed a wonderful buffet lunch provided by board members Michelle Richardson, D’Lisa Johnston, Katheryn Vernau, Greta Mee, Darla McKitrick, Lisa O’Brien and Jill Reason. Another highlight of the day was raffling off five items to raise funds for their scholarship to be presented in the spring.

Among those enjoying it all you might have spotted Suzie Rogers, Priscilla Ennis, Kathy Wiley, Jo Cat Bruce, Karen McCorkle, Ondie Lyon, Judy Raiford, Kay Lee Benoit and Jo Nell Hunter, to name a few.

Vicki Buxton, right, chairman of the Houston Symphony League Bay Area Holiday Party, goes over final details for the event with hostess Carole Murphy.

Symphony League ready to celebrate
THE INVITATION went out and nearly a hundred Houston Symphony League Bay Area members and their guests arrived at Carole Murphy’s Brook Forest home in Clear Lake, ready to celebrate the season and enjoy each other’s company.

With Co-Chairman Vicki Buxton assisting, they quickly welcomed Stephen and Mariglen Glenn, Nina and Bob McGlashan, Jim and Aggie Moore, Glenda and Gene Toole, Anita and Bill Knoles, Kathleen Kearns, Deanna Lamorux, Dr. Horacio Guzman and his wife, Julia, Don and Judy Young, Eva Koll, Myra Barber, Sally Watt, Gillian Ford and Lew and Joan Wade.

They had hardly had time to say hello when in walked former Nassau Bay Mayor Don Matter, who now serves on city council, and his wife, Sherri; Janet and Jim Greenwood, Alice Steele, Vicki Buxton and Jim Hall, Pam and Matthew Vining, Betty Geehan, Louise and John Russell, Dana Puddy, Bobbie and Mike Munze, Jane Lackow, Jerry and Mary Ann Brown, Martha Mc Williams, Jean Raffeto, Gayle Nelson and Bobbie and Mike Munze and many more, ready to enjoy a delightful evening.a delightful evening.

Kathy Tamer, right, stops to talk with Yvonne Perrin, left, and Elaine Rister as she mingles with the crowd at the Assistance League Holiday Open House.

Assistance League hosts Open House
ASSISTANCE LEAGUE of the Bay Area members held their annual Holiday Open House Dec. 12 at the home of Cecilia Dismukes in Kemah’s Waterford Oaks.

Planned to perfection by Social Chairman Susan McCoy and Vice Chairman Arlis Miles, not a detail was missed. The venue was beautifully decorated, the sweet and savory snacks a delight to everyone’s palette, and a festive environment allowed for great conversation and visiting with both long-time and new friends.

In addition to lots of members taking a break from helping the area’s needy, many chapter supporters and partners could be found in the crowd. Many volunteered to prepare favorite recipes from both of the league’s award-winning cookbooks, Settings on the Dock of the Bay and Setting Sunrise to Sunset.

Clusters of people, such as Yvonne Perrin, Lisa Holbrook, Priscilla Magnuson, Badiha Nassar, Sandra Sellers, Barbara Weitenhagen and Elaine Rister, were found at a variety of locations, inside and out. Whether munching on treats inside, surrounded by lights, trees, and wreaths, or enjoying the beautiful view of the lake, it was a pleasure for all who attended, including Kathy Tamer, Sandra Kelver, Sarah Foulds, Linda Kelly, Ann Hammond, Jean Simms, Annette Snow Falks, Sharon Dillard and President Ann-Marie Doolin.

Clear Lake Chatter: They’re leading the way for 2017-18

July 1st, 2017

Elected Assistance League chairmen for the coming year, from left, Strategic Planning, Marie Keener; Assisteens Coordinator Karen Douglass; Marketing, Lisa Holbrook; and Education, Mavis Irvan stop for a photo at the May luncheon.

ASSISTANCE LEAGUE outgoing President Dee Cover passed the gavel to incoming President Ann-Marie Doolin as she was installed, along with President-elect Sarah Foulds at the philanthropic organization’s annual meeting and installation luncheon at Bay Oaks Country Club.

Others who’ll serve with them are Vice Presidents Katy Bastedo, Cathy Miller-Thornton, Jill Smitherman and Ellen Lancaster; Secretary Cathy Wolfe, Treasurer Barbara Weitenhagen, plus Assisteens Coordinator Karen Douglas, Education Chairman Mavis Irvan, Marketing Chairman Lisa Holbrook and Strategic Planning Chairman Marie Keener with Ann Hammond as parliamentarian.

Gail Ashby is the recipient of this year’s Sue Brady Award — an honor presented for leadership and exceptional service to Assistance League goals while Jill Williams was given the Sue Holstein Award — an honor presented to any member who has continued to support Assistance League over the years and is a positive voice in organization — a body of work award.Brooks Cima, Beverly Braden and Gail Ashby are this year’s recipients of the A.B.C.D. Award, given to members who go above and beyond the call of duty — members who do not know the meaning of the word hours.

In later updating the membership on ALBA’s accomplishments, Dee noted that the annual Ball of the Wild gala in April netted more than $91,000 to help with their philanthropic activities.

Symphony League Vice Presidents Ann Morgan, Patience Myers, Jim Moore, Glenda Toole and Carol Wilson, from left, share a light moment at the May installation luncheon at Lakewood Yacht Club as they begin preparing for the coming year.

Symphony League taps Martha McWilliams
HOUSTON SYMPHONY League Bay Area members have chosen Martha McWilliams to lead their organization in the coming year. She was installed, along with the other officers, at the league’s annual May installation luncheon in the Lakewood Yacht Club ballroom.

Nina McGlashan, a former vice president, was installed as the League’s president-elect and six vice presidents – Glenda Toole, finance; Jim Moore, education; Ann Morgan, membership; Carol Wilson, programs; Patience Myers, development; and Graciela Kavulla, communications were elected to assist in planning activities.

Other elected officers include Recording Secretary Jane Lackow, Corresponding Secretary Alice Steele and Nominations Chairman Carole Murphy.
Afterwards, the crowd was entertained by a group of jazz musicians — Glenn Taylor, piano; Michael Gorman, bass and Keith Credo, tenor sax and clarinet – who presented a selection of jazz standards, including “All of Me,” “Take the ‘A’ Train,” “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” and New Orleans favorites like “When the Saints Go Marching In” and “Basin Street Blues.”

 

A number of past Panhellenic presidents were in the crowd at the May luncheon including, from left, front row, Judie Ferguson, Dana Brown, Ruth Beecher, Diane Overman, Pat McAllister, Peggy Clause; back row, Kay Lee Benoit, Jill Reason, Jennie Hampton, Ondi Lyon, Laurie Vaughn, Barbara Dickey, Hazel Harron and Kim Barker.

C.L. Panhellenic installs new officers
CLEAR LAKE AREA Panhellenic’s new president for the coming year is Michelle Richardson, who was installed at the sorority alumnae organization’s May luncheon.

Others who’ll serve with her are First Vice President D’Lisa Johnston, Second Vice President Kathryn Vernau, Third Vice President Greta Mee, Treasurer Lisa O’Brien, Corporation Kay Lee Benoit  with Past President Jill Reason taking the job of parliamentarian.

Besides the installation of officers, another highlight was the presentation of college scholarships to several lucky young ladies — Micaela Torres, La Porte High School; Nazneen Ibtehaj, Clear Springs High School; Avery Wood, Clear Creek High School; Lily Cao and Juliana Bozeman, Clear Springs High School.

Many marveled at the large number of past presidents in the crowd besides Jill – Judie Ferguson, Dana Brown, Ruth Beecher, Diane Overman, Kay Lee Benoit, Jennie Hampton, Ondi Lyon, Laurie Vaughn, Kim Barker, Pat McAllister, Peggy Clause and Barbara Dickey.

Bay Area Museum Guild officers and committee chairmen for 2017 are Directory Chairman Sandi Albritton, Parliamentarian Sally Jordan, First Vice President Jan Larsen, Co-President Carole Murphy, Corresponding Secretary Louise Russell, Hospitality Chairman Nancy Sanders, Treasurer Diana Dornak and Recording Secretary Gayle Nelson.

Museum Guild gets new co-presidents
BAY AREA MUSEUM Guild has not one but two presidents for the 2017-18 season – Co-Presidents Ava Galt and Carole Murphy.

Others elected to help lead the organization are First Vice President Jan Larsen, Second Vice President Brandie Corrao, Corresponding Secretary Louise Russell, Recording Secretary Gayle Nelson, Treasurer Diana Dornak and Parliamentarian Sally Jordan.

Among others playing major roles will be Directory Chairman Sandi Albritton and Hospitality Chairman Terri Monette with Mary Ann Baxter and Charles Smitherman serving as directors of the museum.

Clear Lake Chatter: Party Time in the Bay Area

January 1st, 2016

Hostess Elaine Rister, center, thanks Suzanne Stephens, right, for chairing the Assistance League Holiday Open House at her Bay Oaks home in Clear Lake.

Hostess Elaine Rister, center, thanks Suzanne Stephens, right, for chairing the Assistance League Holiday Open House at her Bay Oaks home in Clear Lake.

IF YOU LIKE to party, the Bay Area is the place to be in December. It starts the first of the month and only lets up when word gets out that shopping days are numbered and that the reindeer are already practicing with Rudolph up at the North Pole.

In between, it’s run, run, run from party to party and catching up on everyone you haven’t seen in awhile. It began early for the Clear Creek Education Foundation, which launched its annual fundraising campaign with a breakfast hosted by Executive Director Kaci Hanson at Lakewood Yacht Club, where H.E.B Regional President Scott McClelland was the keynote speaker. Do I need tell you the crowd was disappointed he did not bring J.J. Watt?

Assistance League members Kathy Panneton, Shirley Lang and Marie Keener, from left, look for a recipe in the League cookbook during Holiday Open House.

Assistance League members Kathy Panneton, Shirley Lang and Marie Keener, from left, look for a recipe in the League cookbook during Holiday Open House.

Next stop was at UH-Clear Lake’s annual holiday reception hosted by President Bill Staples and his wife, Darlene, at Bay Oaks Country Club and then the Johnson Space Center Director’s Holiday Party, hosted by JSC Director Dr. Ellen Ochoa in Building Nine. Later you might have spotted many members of the business community at the holiday receptions hosted by the League City and Clear Lake Chambers and by Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership.

And this year we enjoyed beautiful spring-like weather.

THE BAY AREA Museum Guild kicked off probably the busiest week of the month with its annual Holiday Open House, where you could have bumped into Linda and Einar Goerland, Pat and Wendell Wilson, Mary Ann Shallberg, Peggy and Jerry Clause, Anita Fogtman, Cindy and David Kuenneke, Ava and Tony Galt, Sue Broughton, Frank Perez, Gloria Wong, Nina and Robert McGlashan, Jan Larson and Lewis and Joan Wade.

Jan Larsen, Pat Biddle and Ava Galt, from left, were on hand to welcome the crowd to the Bay Area Museum Guild Holiday Open House at the museum in Clear Lake Park.

Jan Larsen, Pat Biddle and Ava Galt, from left, were on hand to welcome the crowd to the Bay Area Museum Guild Holiday Open House at the museum in Clear Lake Park.

Some of the others in the crowd included Justine and Patrick Powell, Buck Rogers, Barbara and Frank Spencer, Rose Merle and Leo Symmank, Kimberly Barker, Shirley and Hubert Brasseaux, Pat Biddle and her husband, Ronald Kahl, and his daughter Diane, Michelle Krueger, Liz DeLeon, Annette Dwyer and Pat Monks, Laraine Eggers, Sarah Foulds, Nancy Poffenberger and Stephen Vega.

ASSISTANCE LEAGUE members were out in force the next day as Elaine Rister hosted the annual Holiday Open House at her Bay Oaks home, with Suzanne Stephens as chairman and Melanie Lovuola as co-chairman.

Among the crowd were President Peggy Clause,  Barbara Weitenhagen, Atiya Abouleish, Cathy Wolfe, Vicki Tallman, Shirley Lang, Christina Deane, Marie Keener, Sandra Sellers, Lisa Holbrook, Sharon Dillard, Beverly Braden and Kathy Panneton.

Hostess Carole Murphy and Houston Symphony League Bay Area President Jim Moore prepare to welcome the crowd to the group’s Holiday Brunch at the Murphy home in Brook Forest.

Hostess Carole Murphy and Houston Symphony League Bay Area President Jim Moore prepare to welcome the crowd to the group’s Holiday Brunch at the Murphy home in Brook Forest.

Looking around, you might also have spotted Yvonne Perrin, Joan Burt, Judy Raiford, Suzie Rogers, Pam Culpepper, Amy Wortham, Ginger Darnell, Cathy Wolfe, Brunella Altemus, Hillary Graham, Mary Vaughn, Marie Keener, Belinda Scheunch, Shirley Lang, Becky Richey, Georgia Piwonka, Melanie Lovuola, Jean Simms, Badiha Nassar, Arlis Miles and Betty Walcott.

CLEAR LAKE Panhellenic hostess Kim Krist joined Panhellenic President Kay Lee Benoit in welcoming the crowd to Kim’s Bay Oaks home in Clear Lake for their annual Holiday Brunch, which before long was overflowing with members, including Judie Ferguson, Dana Brown, Karen McCorkle, Judy Raiford, Kathy Arnold, Peggy Clause, Barbara Dickey and Diane Overman.

Judge Holly Williamson was in the crowd, as were Emmeline Dodd, Ruth Beecher, Monica Gibbs, Jo Nell Hunter, Sheree Frede, Kathy Atkins, Jill Reason, Ellen King, Karen Weber, Sue Ellen Jennings, Kim Barker, Laurie Vaughn, Sue Broughton and dozens more – all enjoying swapping holiday stories with one another or making plans to get together in the new year.

Houston Symphony League Bay Area members Bill and Sherry Straight, Betty Geehan and Bill and Anita Knowles, from left, enjoy the gorgeous weather out on the patio at their annual Holiday Brunch.

Houston Symphony League Bay Area members Bill and Sherry Straight, Betty Geehan and Bill and Anita Knowles, from left, enjoy the gorgeous weather out on the patio at their annual Holiday Brunch.

HOUSTON SYMPHONY League Bay Area President Jim Moore joined hostess Carole Murphy in welcoming members to the annual holiday party at Carole’s Brook Forest home.

And, it wasn’t long before her home was overflowing out onto the beautiful inviting back patio, where all were enjoying the delightful spring-like weather – including Bill and Sherry Straight, Betty Geehan and Bill and Anita Knowles, Joan Wade, Vicki Buxton, Jane Lackow and Glenda Toole.

WHILE ALL THIS was going on, there was much, much more. The wee set was partying at the Museum Guild’s Toyland Fantasy at Bay Oaks Country Club in Clear Lake, at Breakfast With the Sugar Plum Fairy hosted by Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre at South Shore Harbour Resort and at the Seabrook Rotary’s annual Breakfast With Santa.

Vicki Buxton, Jane Lackow and Glenda Toole, from left, ready plans for the Houston Symphony League Bay Area’s annual Home Tour while enjoying the group’s Holiday Brunch.

Vicki Buxton, Jane Lackow and Glenda Toole, from left, ready plans for the Houston Symphony League Bay Area’s annual Home Tour while enjoying the group’s Holiday Brunch.

Moms also were getting in a lot of early shopping at the Bay Area Turning Point Holiday Market over at NASA’s Gilruth Center, the Bay Oaks Women’s Association Holiday Market at the country club, the Lakewood Yacht Club Ladies Association Feliz Navidad holiday market at the yacht club, the Velvet Stocking at the Webster Civic Center and the various markets hosted by area churches.

And, Interfaith Caring Ministries, celebrating its 30th anniversary, held its biggest fundraiser of the year – the 22nd annual Festival of Trees Gala and Big Band Swing Night at South Shore Harbour Resort with dinner, several guest speakers, a wine pull and live and silent auctions.

Closing out a busy year, many were planning New Year’s Eve parties. Big ones include those at Lakewood and Houston Yacht Clubs and Bay Oaks Country Club for members and their guests. South Shore Harbour Resort is also planning a big New Year’s Eve Wine Dinner with the public invited.

Then we’ll all kick back for a few days and catch our breath.

Clear Lake Chatter

July 1st, 2015

Well, dahling, come and join us, Kathleen Courville says while offering a welcoming smile to Assistance League members arriving for “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” at Bay Oaks Country Club.

Well, dahling, come and join us, Kathleen Courville says while offering a welcoming smile to Assistance League members arriving for “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” at Bay Oaks Country Club.

Assistance League ends year with snazzy brunch

WELL, DAHLINGS, if you missed the Assistance League’s May luncheon, you missed one of the snazziest events of the spring – “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

Ladies in little black dresses, white gloves and hats combined with little blue Tiffany boxes, and dainty flowers and desserts everywhere you looked – all of which added up to a great morning for some of the hardest working volunteers in our community.

A number won awards with Carol Latimer the recipient of the Sue Holstein Award and Kim Barker  taking home the Sue Brady Award and also winning an ABCD Award along with Katy Bastedo and Valerie Piercy. The Glass Slipper Award went to the St. Bernadette Catholic Church Christian Action Committee.

New Assistance League officers get together for a photo op as a new year begins. They are, from left, Secretary Ginger Darnell, President Peggy Clause, President-elect Dee Cover, Treasurer Jane Sweeney and Parliamentarian Sharon Dillard.

New Assistance League officers get together for a photo op as a new year begins. They are, from left, Secretary Ginger Darnell, President Peggy Clause, President-elect Dee Cover, Treasurer Jane Sweeney and Parliamentarian Sharon Dillard.

Outgoing President Brunella Altemus used candy bars and some well-chosen words to introduce and install each new officer for 2015-16. They are President Peggy Clause, President-elect Dee Cover, Vice Presidents Ann Marie Doolin, Sara Foulds, Carol Latimer and Gail Ashby, Secretary Ginger Darnell¸Treasurer Jane Sweeney and Parliamentarian Sharon Dillard.

Lisa Holbrook was elected Assisteens coordinator, Arlis Miles as education chairman, Ronda Wegman as marketing chairman and Ann Hammond as strategic planning chairman. All are looking forward to another busy, busy year of helping the not-so-fortunate in our Bay Area community.

 

Citation Award winners Jill Reason, left, and Ellen King wear big smiles after receiving their Clear Lake Panhellenic awards at this year’s May luncheon.

Citation Award winners Jill Reason, left, and Ellen King wear big smiles after receiving their Clear Lake Panhellenic awards at this year’s May luncheon.

Clear Lake Panhellenic gets ready for new year

A FEW DAYS later, Clear Lake Area Panhellenic was also busy preparing for the coming year and awarding scholarships to some deserving area high school graduates.

Kay Lee Benoit  is Panhellenic’s new president, serving with First Vice President Jill Reason, Second Vice President Ellen King, Treasurer Michelle Richardson, Secretary Cheryl Williams, Jo Cat Bruce, Corporation, and Parliamentarian Kim Barker.

Some of the biggest smiles of the day were worn by Ellen King and Jill Reason, both winners of the Citation Award.

Along with the winners of $8,000 college scholarships — Natalie Barringer, Camille Camavata, Megan Conley, Michelle Tran and Alice Yau.

A distinguished panel of astronauts shared stories about their time in space at Space Center Houston’s inaugural Galaxy Gala. The panel included, from left, astronaut Mark Kelly, former astronaut and now director of Johnson Space Center Ellen Ochoa, and astronaut Gene Cernan, who was the last man to walk on the moon. Former CNN anchor Miles O’Brien, right, was master of ceremonies and led the panel discussion.

A distinguished panel of astronauts shared stories about their time in space at Space Center Houston’s inaugural Galaxy Gala. The panel included, from left, astronaut Mark Kelly, former astronaut and now director of Johnson Space Center Ellen Ochoa, and astronaut Gene Cernan, who was the last man to walk on the moon. Former CNN anchor Miles O’Brien, right, was master of ceremonies and led the panel discussion.

Space Gala nets over $1 million

SPACE CENTER Houston’s hugely successful Galaxy Gala raised more than $1 million for the Manned Space Flight Education Foundation with Alice and Keith Mosing chairing the inaugural event.

Developer Fred Griffin. left, a Manned Space Flight Education Foundation board member, and his assistant, Heather Waters, meet award-winning actor Gary Sinise at Space Center Houston’s inaugural Galaxy Gala.

Developer Fred Griffin. left, a Manned Space Flight Education Foundation board member, and his assistant, Heather Waters, meet award-winning actor Gary Sinise at Space Center Houston’s inaugural Galaxy Gala.

The pre-gala area showed historic films about the space program and displayed artifacts from Space Center Houston, an educationally focused, nonprofit space museum. Included in the exhibit were space suits, items brought back from several space missions and the presidential podium from which John Kennedy made his historic speech announcing the goal of landing a man on the moon.

As guests entered the main dining area, huge screens from corner to corner gave them the sensation of floating in zero gravity. Countdown to start the evening filled the room with the roar of the blast off from a rocket launch. Sending everyone into orbit, a message from astronaut Terry Virts Jr., currently aboard the International Space Station, greeted the 700 guests. A special treat was Gena and Chuck Norris’ introduction of the gala co-chairs.

NASA Associate Administrator for and astronaut John Grunsfeld, center, is inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Shaking his hand is Dan Brandenstein, chairman of the board of directors for the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, as former NASA astronaut Steve Hawley looks on.

NASA Associate Administrator for and astronaut John Grunsfeld, center, is inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Shaking his hand is Dan Brandenstein, chairman of the board of directors for the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, as former NASA astronaut Steve Hawley looks on.

President and CEO of Space Center Houston Richard Allen Jr. applauded the leadership for the evening and the impact the funds will have on the nonprofit’s largest and most ambitious exhibit ever built. Opening later this year, the new exhibit, “Independence Plaza,” will feature a high-fidelity space shuttle replica, the Independence, mounted on the historic NASA 905 shuttle carrier aircraft. Only at Space Center Houston will visitors be able to go inside both the shuttle and the airplane. Most importantly, the shuttle complex and surrounding exhibits will expand and enhance Space Center Houston’s award-winning educational programs that motivate students to pursue careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

The evening featured a top-flight keynote panel including astronaut Ellen Ochoa, the first Hispanic woman to go into space and director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center; astronaut Gene Cernan, who flew three historic space missions and was the last man to walk on the moon; and astronaut Mark Kelly, shuttle commander and husband of former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords of Arizona.

Space Center Houston President and CEO Richard Allen Jr. applauded the supporters and donors who helped raised more than $1 million for the new exhibit, “Independence Plaza,” opening later this year.

Space Center Houston President and CEO Richard Allen Jr. applauded the supporters and donors who helped raised more than $1 million for the new exhibit, “Independence Plaza,” opening later this year.

Award-winning science journalist and former CNN correspondent and anchor Miles O’Brien was master of ceremonies and led the panel discussion. The audience gave a standing ovation to these distinguished speakers.

Guests filled the dance floor and grooved under the stars to the sounds of the Lt. Dan Band led by award-winning actor Gary Sinise, who starred in the film “Apollo 13.” People stood in front of the stage and sang while cell phone cameras flashed throughout the night to capture the fun.

Star-studded guests included Jo Lynn and Gregg Falgout, Susie and Pat Cunningham, Betsy and Fred Griffin, Kim and Dan Tutcher, Jeanne and Richard Filip, Martha and James Madget, Paula McCann Harris, Cyndy and Thomas Roberts, Leslie and Adam Schneider, Mo and Ric Campo, Bobbie and John Nau, John Poindexter, Winell Herron, Ileana and Michael Trevino, Debbie and John Daugherty, Yvonne and Walter Johnson, Trini Mendenhall and Kyla and Ron Kapche.

They took time to remember

May 1st, 2015

Friends such as Lou and Alice Marinos, right, and attorney Dick DeGuerin, left, gather around attorney Dick Gregg Jr. during Tribute Party at Tommy’s in memory of Gregg’s wife, Lynette Mason Gregg.

Friends such as Lou and Alice Marinos, right, and attorney Dick DeGuerin, left, gather around attorney Dick Gregg Jr. during Tribute Party at Tommy’s in memory of Gregg’s wife, Lynette Mason Gregg.

FOLKS ARE STILL talking about “Take Time to Dance,” the wonderful tribute to the late Lynette Mason Gregg, who added so much to the cultural life of the Bay Area with the addition of her Royal Academy of Fine Arts and the Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre.

She not only touched the lives of many dancers, she actually changed the face of the arts in the area. The retrospective tribute performance of dance featured a wide variety of favorite pieces from BAHBT’s history, as well as new pieces choreographed in her honor.

After the Saturday evening performance, many, including Lynette’s daughter, Vanessa Handrick Garner, gathered at Tommy’s for the Encore! Reception, which included the presentation of the Jete’ Society Award to sisters, Allison and Laura Henning, who had roles in the weekend tribute and were selected by Lynette for the award before her death.

Vanessa Handrick Garner, center, is happy to see Jete’ Award winners, Laura, left, and Alison Henning, as they arrive at the party at Tommy’s after performing in the Tribute to Handrick’s mother, the late Lynette Mason Gregg.

Vanessa Handrick Garner, center, is happy to see Jete’ Award winners, Laura, left, and Alison Henning, as they arrive at the party at Tommy’s after performing in the Tribute to Handrick’s mother, the late Lynette Mason Gregg.

Faces in the crowd at the party included Lynette’s husband, well known Bay Area attorney Dick Gregg Jr., Houston attorney Dick DeGuerin, Friendswood attorney Alton Todd and his wife, Nari; Lou and Alice Marinos, Judy Harper, Broadway actor Kevin Cahoon,  Jill Reason, Tim Kopra, Todd Zerecheck, Darrick McCally, Michael Bickham, Lort St. George, Kim Steele, Lenny Matuszewski and Sherre and Norman Frede and a host of others.

Ploss family hosts Easter egg hunt

WHILE EASTER is a religious holiday, it is also a time for dressing up our little children and sending them off on Easter egg hunts after church.

One that has become a tradition in League City is hosted each year by Jack and Margaret Ploss along with their son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Pam Ploss, for their Creekside Estates neighbors.

Among the dozens enjoying the always fun event we spotted Sadye and Sam Meineke and their family laughing as children skipped about looking for eggs and giving the Easter Bunny a big hug.

Jack and Margaret Ploss, right, Creekside Estates Easter Egg Hunt hosts, and their son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Pam Ploss, are pleased with both the weather and the crowd turnout for their annual event.

Jack and Margaret Ploss, right, Creekside Estates Easter Egg Hunt hosts, and their son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Pam Ploss, are pleased with both the weather and the crowd turnout for their annual event.

Assistance League has The Right Stuff

AFTER MANY long hours of work helping our community, Assistance League members headed to Space Center Houston April 11 to celebrate another successful year at The Right Stuff Gala.

And, celebrate they did with most everyone having a great time at the always-fun event.

Gala Chairman Katy Bastedo and Co-Chairman Perri Fox and their husbands, Bill and Nelson, joined President Brunella Altemus and her husband, Steve, in welcoming the arriving crowd that included Tom and Ann Marie Doolin, Malcolm and Susan Franklin, Valerie and Jim Staples, Doreen and Art Nall, Lisa and Steve Poulos, Chipwadia Poonam and Paul and Pam Hill.

Judge Holly Williamson and her husband, Dr. Danny Williamson were in the crowd, as were Ron, Barbara and Erin Weitenhagen, Jim and Jane Sweeney, Terri and Michael Divine, Eric and Susan Buschhorn, Matthew and Lori Johnson and Rich and Patty Lewis.

Hope Award winner Curt Tallman receives congratulations from Assistance League President Brunella Altemus, right, and Vice President Ann Marie Doolin during the presentation at the League Gala.

Hope Award winner Curt Tallman receives congratulations from Assistance League President Brunella Altemus, right, and Vice President Ann Marie Doolin during the presentation at the League Gala.

John and Becky Gay had Mike and Kathy Reeves, Pam and Peter and Pam Culpepper Cronk, Diane and Deed Vest and Angie and Matthew Weinman as their dinner partners while Drs. John Nassar, Henry Muniz and Howard Dillard and their wives, Badiha, Joy and Sharon, sat with Annette Dwyer Monks and her daughter, Demerie, and George Rahbany and Sharon Michaels.

Looking around, you might have spotted Doug and Carol Latimer, Lisa Holbrook, Kim Barker, Teresa Vencil, Mike and Kathleen Courville, Raleigh and Rita Johnson, Sandra Sellers, Linda and Einar Goerland, John and Georgia Piwonka, Melanie Lovuola, Kathy Panneton, Sandy Vail, Ann Hammond, Kathy Scalf, Rick and Jill Lammers, Karen McCorkle, Mary and Dr. Terry Williams and Libby and Cesar Escalante.

Dr. John Jennings, 65th president of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, with his wife, Sue Ellen, and their daughters, Allison Poston and Amy Kershner, from left, and Beth McDaniel, right, arrives at Bay Oaks Country Club to address the Women’s Association.

Dr. John Jennings, 65th president of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, with his wife, Sue Ellen, and their daughters, Allison Poston and Amy Kershner, from left, and Beth McDaniel, right, arrives at Bay Oaks Country Club to address the Women’s Association.

Some of the others in the partying crowd were Richard and Traci Dvorak, Richard and Jennifer Simmons, Stan and Cindy Senger Lewis, Curt and Vicki Tallman, Jennie Hampton, Drs. Gerry and Cindy Castille, Jeff and Ronda Wegman, Gary and Sally Wigginton, Donna James and Marie and Mike Keener, to name a few.

Coasting Around. . . .

FRIENDSWOOD’S Mariglyn and Stephen Glenn and former Clear Lake residents Jo Lynn and Gregg Falgout, who now live in Houston, have been named to the Host Committee for the 2015 Houston Symphony Ball, coming up May 2 . . . .Second Chance Pets will host its Furry & Fabulous Soiree Oct. 15 at DiAmici Upscale Events, 2300 NASA Parkway in Seabrook, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and will include dinner, silent and live auctions and complimentary valet parking. Tickets go on sale July 15 with a discounted price of $50 per seat until Aug. 31. . . .

Assistance League clothes over 1,600 needy students

November 13th, 2014

A young Operation School Bell recipient shows off one of her new t-shirts and a hygiene kit. Each child received 4 shirts, 2 pairs of jeans, socks, underwear, hygiene kit, and gift certificate to Payless Shoes for new school shoes.

A young Operation School Bell recipient shows off one of her new t-shirts and a hygiene kit. Each child received 4 shirts, 2 pairs of jeans, socks, underwear, hygiene kit, and gift certificate to Payless Shoes for new school shoes.

Some 1,600 needy Bay Area students got their school year off to a positive start, thanks to the work of the Assistance League of the Bay Area, which provided them with new school outfits, hygiene kits and vouchers for new shoes.

This was accomplished through the League’s national signature program called Operation School Bell during the month of August and the beginning of September.

Assistance League serves children from the Clear Creek, Dickinson, Friendswood and La Porte school districts and Bay Area Charter Schools, working closely with school administrators, nurses and counselors to ensure children with the greatest need receive assistance.

“We took our show on the road to La Porte and to Dickinson,” said Operation School Bell Chairman Cindy Senger Lewis. “We clothed almost 400 children at each location.”  All other children were clothed at the Assistance League’s Resale Shop in Webster.

Children from pre-kindergarten through high school received 2 pair of jeans, 4 shirts, underwear, socks, a hygiene kit and a gift card to Payless Shoes for a new pair of shoes appropriate to the child’s age and school requirements.

Senger-Lewis credits the Assistance League’s loyal volunteers, as well as the following outside partners for making the La Porte and Dickinson off-site dressing days a success: DuPont, Frost Bank, HK Transit, Ineos, La Porte Rotary, Lighthouse Christian Ministries, M.I. Lewis, Morgan Stanley, Sun Chemical and Target.

“This philanthropic program touches more families than any other program we have,” League President Brunella Altemus said. “We are so thrilled to see our inventory fly off the shelves and into a child’s life! It has been shown that children who don’t have to worry about their clothes or hygiene feel confident about their appearance and can concentrate on learning – not just fitting in,” Altemus added.         “Once a student can focus on learning, enthusiasm builds, success in the classroom improves, and students are more apt to stay in school.”

League President Brunella Altemus tells members that almost 800 children were clothed this year at off-site dressing locations in Dickinson and La Porte.

League President Brunella Altemus tells members that almost 800 children were clothed this year at off-site dressing locations in Dickinson and La Porte.

Assistance League budgeted well over $100,000 this year to clothe children in need.  The program will continue throughout the majority of the school year as funds allow.  Assistance League relies solely upon referrals from its partner schools to identify children for the program.  Families looking for assistance are advised to contact their child’s school.

Operation School Bell funding is primarily raised through the League’s award-winning Resale Shop (100 E. NASA Parkway, Suite 80) and its annual fundraiser, a gala event in April.  Other generous funding has come from grants such as those received from Boeing Employees Community Fund, Target and Lunar Rendezvous, as well as private and community donations.

Interested individuals or civic groups may find more information on the Assistance League website at www.bayarea.assistanceleague.org.

Panhellenic style show to mark its 30th year

October 1st, 2014

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Debby Reichert, from left, model coordinator for Clear Lake Panhellenic’s Fall Fashion Show Oct. 24, talks about plans for the event with Decorating Committee members Jill Reason, Michelle Richardson and Ellen King while at the Panhellenic Fall Friendship Tea.

Panhellenic style show to mark its 30th year

Nothing brings out the ladies or gets their attention quite like a fashion show luncheon and one of the Bay Area’s biggest is coming up this month – Clear Lake Panhellenic’s 30th annual fall fashion extravaganza, “Flashback 1964: 50 Years of Style.”

It’s on the calendar for Friday, Oct. 24, at South Shore Harbour Resort. Beginning at 10:30 a.m., guests will gather for a champagne reception to salute Panhellenic’s 50 years of service to the Clear Lake community.

Besides the fashion show, under the direction of Lenny Matuszewski and Panhellenic members showing off fashions by Dillard’s at Baybrook, there also will be a live and silent auction and raffle opportunities.

Judge Holly Williamson is chairman of the event with Sandy Records as co-chairman and Connie Zieba, Kathryn Vernau, Greta Mee, Laurie Vaughn, Debby Reichert, Claire Peters, Katy Wiley, Diane Overman, Lisa O’Brien, Sue Broughton, Barbara Dickey, Kelli Baliker, Judy Raiford, Michelle Richadson, Jill Reason, Ellen King and Jennie Hampton as their top lieutenants.

Many made plans for the event as they gathered Sept. 7 to kick off Clear Lake’s social season at Panhellenic’s annual Fall Friendship Tea at the home of Jenny Frantz.

Fashion show proceeds benefit the Crawford-Zbanek Scholarship Foundation, which awards scholarships to women from local high schools attending Texas universities. The profits also fund the Reba Crawford Scholarship for adult women returning to college. Additionally, money is sent to many local high schools so girls can attend Texas Bluebonnet Girls’ State. Over $440,000 has been distributed to area women.

Reservations are $100 for a runway seat and $75 for general seating.   For information on seating, e-mail Kelli Baliker at clearlakeareapanhel@gmail.com or call her at 281-488-3943. Make your reservation check out to C-Z Scholarship Foundation and mail to P.O. Box 58355, Webster, Texas  77598-8355. Seating is limited, so make your reservations early.

Bay Oaks Women’s Association Secretary Sue Broughton, left, and Past President Janet Greenwood, right, are happy to see new mom Jennifer Simmons, also a past president, as they enjoy the Fall Fashion Show Luncheon.

Bay Oaks Women’s Association Secretary Sue Broughton, left, and Past President Janet Greenwood, right, are happy to see new mom Jennifer Simmons, also a past president, as they enjoy the Fall Fashion Show Luncheon.

Bay Oaks Women kick off season

Many got a look at the latest styles Sept. 9 when Bay Oaks Country Club Women’s Association members kicked off the season with their annual Fall Fashion Show Luncheon.

Among the smiling faces we spotted were Jacque Daley, Lucille Terraso and her daughter, Gia Warner, Mary Callier, Melissa McKinnie, Sue Ellen Jennings, Marilyn Lunney, Jo Nell Hunter, Carol Bobo, Jennie Hampton, Diane Konick, Kay Lee Benoit, Courtney Atchley, Judy Ferguson, Danette Spriggs, Joan Wade and Jennifer Simmons.

As they were all abuzz over the upcoming style show, Hospitality Chairman Carlene Langford and President Annette Dwyer were busy welcoming Mary Smith, Diane Overman, Chris Howland, Amy Schweers, Rita Johnson, Betsy Salbilla, Karen Reed, Erin Melillo, Nan Kimball, Nancy Sanders, Sharon Phelps,Lisa Ramsey, Sue Laabs, Betty Woodhouse, Sandy Lantz and Bobbie Moutz while Sharon Dillard, Eileen Hult, Sharon Christman and Ruth Beecher signed them in.

BOWA Vice Presidents Becky Hensley and Cambry Rogers chaired the event which included fall fashions from six area boutiques — Back Bay Boutique, Casanova’s Downfall, Melinda’s Boutique/Grand Central Station, The Clothes Horse, Adelaide’s and Christina Marie’s – modeled by a number of pretty models, including Lelia Sprague, Grace Cameron, Veronica Hernandez, Mary Colombo,  Jennifer Simmons, Lea Bodie and her daughter, Olivia.

Prospective new members of the Assistance League, from left, Cheryl Widner, Valerie Staples, Doreen Nall and Sharon Shung, get together for a photo during reception in their honor at the home of New Member Chairman Jill Williams Lammers.

Prospective new members of the Assistance League, from left, Cheryl Widner, Valerie Staples, Doreen Nall and Sharon Shung, get together for a photo during reception in their honor at the home of New Member Chairman Jill Williams Lammers.

ALBA welcomes new members

Assistance League members welcomed four new prospective members when Jill Williams Lammers hosted a reception at her Bay Oaks home.

Jill, who is the new  member chairman, and Peggy Heinrich, her co-chairman, joined President Brunella Altemus and President-elect Peggy Clause in welcoming everyone to the event.

Former CL resident on Best Dressed List

While many Bay Area residents are among Texas’ Best Dressed, none have ever made the International Best Dressed List – that is until a famous former resident did.

She is Her Royal Highness Princess Mary of Denmark, who attended Clear Lake City Elementary School years ago when her father, John Dalgleish Donaldson, came here from Australia to work at the Johnson Space Center.

The princess, nee Mary Elizabeth Donaldson, is married to Prince Frederick of Denmark and lives in Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen. They have four children including 3-year-old twins.

Good Skipper Luncheon Oct. 3

Boys & Girls Harbor will host its Good Skipper Luncheon at noon Friday, Oct. 3, at Lakewood Yacht Club to honor the 2014 “Good Skippers” — Keels & Wheels Chairman Bob Fuller and Co-Chairman Paul Merryman. Tickets for the luncheon are $75 per person or $600 for a table of eight guests. For more information contact the Harbor Director of Development and Communications Richard Gruen at 713-688-6262, ext. 301.