It was “standing room only” last week at the Humble City Council meeting, with many there anticipating awards for participation in last month’s Christmas parade. The awards were numerous, the occasion festive and the recognitions of the various people and organizations well deserved.
Mayor Merle Aaron explained the combined efforts by the many people recognized were what made the holiday Christmas spirit last year especially well received after three months of recovery from Hurricane Harvey. Gwen Key, chairperson of the Humble Beautification Committee, conducted the presentation and asked Aaron to join her in making the presentations.
“We had a very successful parade again this year. We had 80 participants and nine different categories, so we would like to say thank you to everybody and provide them with these recognitions. The overall theme of the parade that took place on Dec. 5 was ‘A Star Spangled Christmas,’ she said.
“I want to start off by saying a very special thank you to our Grand Marshal, Tom Morgan. He joined the Marines in 1942 and 50 years later he joined the sheriff’s department. He is actually the oldest commissioned peace officer in the state of Texas. He is still patrolling the Ship Channel and with the Lake Patrol. He is very active in our community and with that I want to say we are very grateful for your service,” Key said.
Morgan stood up in his crisp Marine sergeant’s uniform to be recognized. As he did, he received a loud and extended standing ovation from everyone in the room. Aaron presented a plaque of appreciation. Morgan showed both his humor and appreciation when he said, “I’ve been under the weather it seems like for the last two or three weeks but I’m getting better…” He paused and then, with a big smile on his face and a laugh in his voice, said: “…I’m 97 now and I’ll make 100!”
Morgan was also presented a signed game ball from the Houston Texans football team honoring Houston’s Hometown Heroes. The inscription on the football said: “This game ball is presented to Tom Morgan in salute to an American Hero.” As he accepted it his humor again emerged when he laughingly commented that he thought they had lost that particular game.
Aaron and Key then presented appreciation plaques to each organization recognized for their contribution for the making the parade a success. The awards were as follows: Corporate /Franchise business float: Supercuts; Locally owned business float: Rockstar Capital Management; Motor Vehicle float: Humble Family Skate Center; Children’s Community Organization Float: Cub Scout Pack 39 New Caney; School Float: Atascocita FFA; Adult Group: Knights of Columbus; School Group: Define Dance and Arts Studio; Children’s Group: Texas Academy of Dance and Twirl; and Adult Community Organization Float: The Village Learning Center.
Appreciation plaques went to Citizens’ Police Academy Alumni Association; Humble High School Marching Band; Humble High School JROTC; Atascocita High School Marine JROTC; Atascocita High School Madrigals; and Humble High School Madrigals.
In other business, the council received presentations from two organizations about their respective functions, mission and current activity. The Texas Recovering Together Program is a Harris County Center-based program to assist with counseling services associated with recovery from Hurricane Harvey. The group is still available to provide services at any time to people in need of assistance due to the hurricane. The Humble Independent School District Future Farmers of America explained who they are and their plans regarding the Humble Livestock Show.