Welcome, everyone, to Out and About – here to catch you up on what’s happening in the Lake Houston area!
A “tip of Our Tribune cap” to the very deserving recipients of the Lake Houston Chamber’s recent Awards Extravaganza at the Overlook in Atascocita Jan. 24. Outgoing Chair Sam Schrade turned his gavel over to Terry Vaughn. Humble icon Michael Carr received the Dr. Haden McKay M.D. Citizen of the Year award. Be sure to read Tribune Correspondent Tom Broad’s lovely profile of Carr as well as his summary of the Awards Extravaganza at OurTribune.com. Also honored were Chris Johnsen of Johnsen Law who received the Chairman’s Award, Deborah Rose-Miller of Rose Realty who received the Rising Star award and the soon-to-retire Dr. Katherine Persson of Lone Star Kingwood who received the Spirit of the Chamber award. Schrade praised the outgoing chamber board members, Humble Mayor Merle Aaron, Carole Brady with HomeAid-Houston, Mark Micheletti of Berkeley Eye Center, Brandi Muse of Primrose School of Summerwood, Diana VanHorn of Edward Jones, and Pete Serna of Serna Insurance Agency. Vaughn welcomed the incoming members of the board: Adam McAlpine of McAlpine Interests, Dru Gutierrez of Harris County MUD, Danny Sawyer of Plains State Bank and Millie Garrison of Humble Area Assistance Ministries. The chamber’s 2020 is off to a grand start.
The Kingwood Area Republican Women kicked off the new year with a forum for the three guys running for Harris County Sheriff: Paul Day, Randy Rush and Joe Danna. New President Chris Parker welcomed a large group to Kingwood Country Club including Betty Newton, Jen Sitton, Janet and Dan Huberty, Kaaren Cambio, Alice Rekeweg, M’Liss Painter, Lanelle Johnston, Janie Branham and Marilyn Harkrider. The ladies are planning for a bedazzling, blinged out Mardi Gras soiree Feb. 22. Laissez les bons temps rouler!
It was a sea of glittering purple and gold gowns at the Hyatt Downtown, where hundreds of guests gathered to honor the 2019 FamilyTime Women of Achievement. Liz Fagan, Dan and Janet Huberty, Dave Martin, Rob and Laila Marmerstein, Nancy and Kenny Shortsleeve, Scott and Tracy Brady, Devon and Chad Alexander, Linda and David Prator, Emmy and Greg Lee, Diane Blanco, Twila Carter, Beth Higgins, Christine Zenker, Terry and Mitzi Vaughn, Mark Mitchell, Mark Micheletti, Kaaren Cambio, Dan and Tara Crenshaw, Brandon Creighton, Casey Christman, Eric Velasquez, Michelle Wilson, Mark and Marie Linabury, Wilson and Stephanie Calvert, Millie and Wayne Garrison, Kelly and Rick Paull, Karen Fennel, Gwendolyn and Dave Crawford, Laryssa Korduba, Tracy Hobson, Danny and Geralyn Sullivan, Pat Serna, Michele Dykstra, Katie and Kurtz Stowers, Liz Stemm, Sean Goltz, Savannah Bartlett, Mike Swokowski, Patricial Billings, Kathy Neal, Letty Monjo, Evan Green, Kimberley Spurlock, Lagala Doran, Charles and Kyle Campbell and so many more mingled, ate, danced and furiously bid on the many fabulous items up for grabs on the bid board. Many were surprised and stunned at the news that Judy Cox, executive director, is retiring. But Judy says she is very much looking forward to a long cruise and catching up on reading. It was a full, fun and celebratory night for everyone. Congratulations to the year’s Women of Achievement – The Arts, Andi Lewis; Education, Gudrun Opperman; Business, Melissa Lonier; Entrepreneur, Sheloncio Daniel; Visionary, Elizabeth Fagen; Women’s Advocate, Nadine Patterson; Medical, Lisa Milliken; Human Services, Debbie Hughes; Special Recognition, Drue DaSilva; Homemaker, Annette Isbell; Volunteer, Kelly Paull; Community Activist, Jessica Beemer; the Spirit of FamilyTime, Kyle Campbell.
Saturday, Feb. 1, saw a great tradition unfold in the community – the “sign blitz” for State. Rep. Dan Huberty. Dan is running for re-election to District 127. Theo Christman put out a beautiful spread of breakfast sandwiches and coffee. Jason Parker and his daughter brought Girl Scout cookies to sell to Dan’s volunteers. The Branham family – David, Janie and their twins, came to load up the car TWICE and took on the most sign deliveries. Gayle and Don Sampley are always some of Dan’s biggest supporters. Jim Hartung and David Otis are two of Dan’s besties and took a bunch of signs to deliver. The Hubertys even had several good friends from Austin who drove down just to help out. The perfect weather and blue skies definitely helped.
Birthday greetings for my fellow February babies – Mark Linabury, Cristie Herring, Wendy Alexander, almost the entire Isbell family, but mainly Annette Isbell. Happy birthday, dear friends. Also a special anniversary shoutout to Mark and Marie Linabury!