Welcome, everyone, to Out and About – here to catch you up on what’s happening in the Lake Houston area!
Here we are a third of the way through 2017 already. Has everyone had their fill of all the fun activities at the Houston Rodeo? I hope you all partied like the Irish for St. Patrick’s Day and enjoyed some green beer and corned beef. Or at least started your taxes – whatever floats your boat.
Speaking of boats – I am so excited for Christopher and Jill Curran who are enjoying some fun in the sun in Florida while checking on the building progress of their gorgeous Catalina sailing yacht. What name will they pick, I wonder?
The Humble Intercontinental Rotary celebrated its Rotary Youth Exchange families, students and counselors recently at an appreciation dinner at the Humble Civic Center. Susan Brodbeck, you are an amazing and tireless champion for this program. Among the celebrants were Eric Liu, Jean Love, Sandra Barbarella-Liu, Gary Gillen, Mindi Snyder, Alan and Stacy Brevard, Bill Palko, Mike Strobel and Judy Harwell. If you’ve never hosted an exchange student before, do give it a thought. We did it a couple of times and our son also participated. It was an incredibly enriching experience for both sides.
In other Rotary news, they also recently helped celebrate the 49th wedding anniversary of long-time Rotary family members Oran and Gloria Bain with a pretty spectacular black and white party. Seen cutting a rug from tunes spun by DJ KDub (Mark Linabury) were Philippe Cras, Rick and Kelly Paull, Wayne and Millie Garrison, Janna Watson and Chris Elliott, Alan Derby, German Morales, Graham Sharp, Ernest Hauser and Nancy Jo Derby. Congratulations, Oran and Gloria!
Special shoutout to 21st birthday girl Lexa Garrison! I remember when you were knee-high to a grasshopper!
The Humble ISD Education Foundation has a busy calendar this month, what with their gala coming up this first week in April. This year’s theme is Fun in the Sun, so I’m guessing a whole lot of flip flops, beach hats and giant sunglasses will be employed to round out costumes. First up, though, was the appreciation reception for all the volunteers and sponsors who worked incredibly hard throughout the year to bring the Humble BBQ Cook Off and Rodeo to fruition. Bodie Wagener, Ric Halbrook, Lynette Calfee, Larry Buford, Robert Comstock, Diana Quiroz, Heather Pena, Greg Mielke, Kelly Paull, Boo Odom, Lisa Doughty, Dave Welch and dozens of others enjoyed fajitas and some exceptional banana pudding at The Overlook while checking out some fantastic action shots from the rodeo.
The Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce honored the men and women who protect and serve our neighborhoods at the Peace Officers and Firefighters of the Year luncheon presented by The Light of the World Christian Fellowship with guest speaker Dan Harris, vice division captain of the Houston Police Department. The room was full of people who heard the stories of bravery, compassion and service, including Christine O’Dell, Katie Woodard, Britney Samperi, Carole Brady, James Alexander, Corinn Price, Tom Broad, Hayley Merrill, Anita Cooper, Morgan McGrath, Connie Chandler, David Escobar and LynAnn Centofani.
In my line of work, I am privileged to have been part of many, many happy wedding days, calmed down scores of brides and bridegrooms, wrangled up countless bridal parties, cut thousands of slices of cake, and seen even more wedding photos. Francie Baltazar of Fireheart Photography truly does take remarkable and unique wedding photographs to mark such momentous occasions. Congratulations to Francie for winning the Platinum Medal from Professional Photographers of America International Photographic Competition as well as winning the grand prize from the Kodak Gallery Elite Awards. She is now also one of 18 selected from the United States to be entered into the World Photographic Cup. Fantastic achievement, Francie!
Congratulations also go to Covenant Preparatory School seniors Josh Vinal and Darryl Jean-Louis and sophomore Devon Harge, who have all been named to the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools All-State Teams. Go Knights!
A few great events for even greater causes coming up that you need to add to your calendars if you haven’t already:
The FamilyTime 6th Annual Mothers Are Jewels Luncheon is set for April 20th at The Overlook, featuring speakers Justice of the Peace Laryssa Korduba; Scott Brady of Joiner Architects; and Dorothy Alspaugh of Alspaugh’s Sterling Events and Dorothy May’s. This is always a heart-warming event with tributes to mothers, some great shopping just in time for Mother’s Day, and some fabulous raffle prizes.
Get your fascinators dusted in time for the Mad Hatters luncheon benefiting the Kingwood Fillies at the Kingwood Country Club on April 6 which features a hat competition as well as a fashion show from Annette Wood’s W Collection.
“Eat Crawfish, Save Lives” by the Humble Rotary is always a great family outing, so make sure you get your tickets for the April 29 event at the Humble Civic Center.
I hope to see you guys Out and About!