As is tradition with members of the Rotary Club of Humble Intercontinental, bets were made on the big game of the season between the University of Texas and Texas A&M. The wagers, as always, go to benefit the community, while the losers must serve lunch to the winners. Aggies were seated at a table in the center of the room at the Humble Civic Center Jan.30, as the Longhorns served them hot dogs with all the trimmings. The money raised, totaling more than $3,500, was given to the Al Moore Foundation. Dr. Alford Moore Fine Arts Grants were established in 2002 as a way to honor Moore upon his retirement from the Humble ISD board of trustees, where he served for more than 25 years. Moore presented a check to the Humble ISD Education Foundation in the amount of $2,475. A check for $450 was given to the Jack Fields Sr. Foundation, while $655 went to the Rotary Foundation. Moore put in $1,000 of his own money toward the cause. The speaker at the weekly meeting was Justin Roche of General Growth Properties Inc. GGP owns Deerbrook Mall, where Roche is general manager. Roche informed the group about the history of the mall and spoke of recent and future new stores. He explained that Deerbrook Mall was built in 1984, and later remodeled in 2003. It now includes more than 150 stores, restaurants and kiosks, and Roche said that community involvement is a priority for him and his company. The mall supports the Rotary's annual Spaghetti Supper; the Humble Area Chamber of Commerce, where Roche serves on the board of directors; Habitat for Humanity; and also contracts with the Humble Police Department to heighten mall security. “We want to be a good partner here in the Humble area ... it is your mall,” said Roche. Shoppers can expect a new Circuit City to be opening very soon at the mall, on the second level of the former Mervyn's store. The recently added Steve & Barry's now occupies the first level. Roche passed around a sheet on which Rotarians and guests could offer their best guesses as to the total number of parking spaces at the mall. The person who came closest to the correct number, 6,380, won a $50 mall gift certificate. Philippe Cras, Rotary president, announced that the date for the annual Spaghetti Supper has been set for March 14 at the Humble Civic Center. PHOTO: Rotarian Dr. Al Moore presents a check to Karen Perkins of Humble ISD to benefit the district's Education Foundation. Photo by John Yakoub

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