As the temperatures plummet and Houstonians take cover, hoping that the great freeze of 2021 will not revisit, we are also beginning to see a light at the end of the long pandemic tunnel.

I happened to be lunching at Amedeo’s when I spied a group in the private dining room. The In the Pink of Health Committee met to celebrate a fantastic win and the start of a new year. Casey Christman will be co-chairing the event with Megan Waldrop and eager to host an in-person event at the Marriott as in years gone by. I believe I caught Theo Christman, Millie Garrison, Devon Alexander, Kelly Paull, Fran Linton, and last year’s chair Carol Prince, Tim Baker, Roger Brown from Humble ISD and Matthew Woodard.

I hope that everyone purchased tickets to the Humble Rodeo this year. I was lucky enough to be the guest of a good friend who has box seats and enjoyed the BBQ Cook-Off. Such a fun event for such a great cause. Proceeds benefit the Humble ISD Education Foundation. On Friday, Feb. 4 Bag of Donuts, a sassy New Orleans quartet/party band, took the stage. This quartet has been performing for over 30 years. The group covers songs in a style they have branded as “super pop” — any song popular from any era. Their flashy style is a mix of ostentatiousness, audience participation and theatrics. Saturday Feb. 5 featured Aaron Watson. Over the last 20 years, Watson has achieved success built on songwriting, touring and self-released albums. His unconventional Texas spirit and strong work ethic are the qualities that made him a star. 

Larkin LeSeur deserves a crown! The director of career technology and education for Humble ISD put on a magnificent barbecue and auction for the more than 300 students in the FFA and 4-H programs who raised and showed their animals last week during the Humble Rodeo and Barbecue Cookoff. The Humble Civic Center, scene for the Livestock Sale and Buyers' Barbecue, was welcoming and lovely with outstanding table decorations featuring tiered trays of celebratory cupcakes, each topped with a glittering 75, denoting the 75th anniversary of the event.  Each attendee received gifts from the livestock committee..a first…of a special 75th anniversary ball cap, key chain, koozie and special cup.  Keepsakes!  Country music had toes tapping and the students escorted attendees to tables, served soft drinks and cleared tables.  Rodeo honoree Lynette Calfee was gorgeous as she spoke from the podium and held a huge bouquet of yellow flowers. Her husband, Byron, and her family stood by her side as she received two standing ovations.  Boot wearing and smiling were Kathy Lemman, Pam McNair, Tim Baker, Roy Hearnsberger, Al Taska, Norman Funderburk, Jess and Varda Fields, David Langenberg, Deborah Rose Miller, Bobby Panzarella, Wyatt Watkins. Danny Contreras, Jason and Lindsay Stuebe, Chris Parker, Ken and Ruthie Kirchhofer, Ken Theis, Liz Fagen, Robert and Jen Sitton, Jimmy Nykaza, David Pierce, Nancy Morrison, Norman Funderburk, Kaaren Cambio, Mark Arnold, Bruce and Kathy Davidson, Casey Christman, the full gang from Skeros Furniture, Marques Holmes, Paula Settle and Cynthia Calvert. Livestock sales topped $      .  Woo Hoo!

The golden anniversary is one of the most celebrated anniversaries and the James Tull Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution gathered at Humble Methodist Church Feb. 5 to honor their own golden date. On Feb. 1, 1972, a group of loyal citizens and history lovers formally organized the chapter. Last Saturday, four of the original founders were honored with a celebratory tea. Pat Ford, Nancy Coker, Georgia Fields and Mary Lea Layton Taylor were the special honorees at the event with special guest Marcy Carter-Lovick, state regent.  Jane Thomas, chapter president, welcomed more than 50 women to the lovely event where most were wearing special gold fascinators or hats. Bonnie Gardner of Top Hat Catering set a gracious table with finger sandwiches, fruit and lovely DAR tea cakes - a feast for the ladies including Diane Slaughter, Artie Dehart, Tonya Allen, Sharon Taylor, Connie Grubbs, Joanna Luce, Lavonne Cole, Kathleen Matthews, Gretchen Wood, Libby Sievertson, Linda Rhodes, Susan Ware and Catherine Watters. Special guests were Humble Mayor Norman Funderburk and his wife, Kathy. The mayor gave a moving presentation to the group. The DAR is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America's future through better education for children.
The Kingwood Area Republican Women’s January general meeting was held at Chimichurri’s South American Grill. Special guest speakers were State Sen. Brandon Creighton and State Rep. Dan Huberty, with the 86th legislative update. Chimichurri’s had a packed back patio for the monthly luncheon. Janie Branham auctioned off some amazing Mardi Gras items to create excitement for the Feb. 25 KARW event honoring Dan Huberty. In attendance were Judy Cox, Judge Laryssa Korduba, Janet Huberty, Chris Parker, Linda Prator and Cheryl Austin, all listening intently to Sen. Creighton and Rep. Huberty.

The Lake Houston Ladies Club is a social organization that meets from September through May for a luncheon on the third Tuesday of the month. With a focus on the New Year, they welcomed Tamara Paul, a local attorney, who discussed estate planning and probate, wills, trusts and powers of attorney.

Danny and Michael Sullivan of Sullivan’s Advanced Paint and Body Shop hosted an after-hours for the Lake Houston Partnership. On the menu was prime rib cooked to perfection. Seen at the event were: Janet Huberty, Fall Creek Chick-fil-A owners Dwayne and Erica Johnston, CPA dynamic duo Nick and Emily Stander, Gru Gutierrez, Kaaren Cambio from Dan Crenshaw’s office and Camp Bow Wow’s representative Jennifer.

Speaking of Congressman Dan Crenshaw — he hosted a meet and greet at Tin Roof BBQ which I was unable to attend. However, I heard it was standing room only. Kingwood Area Republican Women attended in full force with current president Joyce Chambers and former presidents Chris Parker and Janie Branham heading the PAC. Steve and Tammi Kusner were there along with Cheryl and Tony Austin, Ellen Johnson and son Ben Johnson, Alice Rekeweg and many other supporters.

Eileen and Jack Alexander celebrated 45 years of marriage at the Clubs of Kingwood, joined by great and longtime friends Mary Kay and Rick Denham and Chad and Devon Alexander. The club’s Steak on the Lake Night was sold out — and I feel fortunate to have reserved my table well in advance along with Tim and Pola Lavin, B Ray and Sharon Mize, Lisa and Jason Stults and Michelle and Troy Ford. The “guys,” Wayne Garrison, Piersen Garrison and Phillip Garrison, along with brother-in-law Todd Crandel were enjoying their steak sans les dames (without ladies).

Enjoy the cooler temperatures as summer will be here before we know it. Until next time …

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