Around The Bend January 2017
3RD STREET ART PARK RIBBON CUTTING AND ART BENCH DEDICATION
Members of the community joined Rosenberg Arts Alliance and Historic Downtown Rosenberg for their 3rd Street Art Park ribbon cutting and art bench dedication. The 3rd Street Art Park includes sculptures and painted murals spread across the 3rd Street buildings crafted by local artists, Lee Groff and Cisco Tucker Kolkmeier, for all to enjoy. Attendees of the ceremony enjoyed the beautiful display of art benches peppered throughout downtown Rosenberg, each painted with a dedication to loved ones, leaders within the community or simply dedicated to add to the area’s beauty. Paintings on the 15 art benches include work from artists Paul Sanchez, Katie Barcak, Sue Syverston, Barb White, Kathy Golden, Karen Sabrsula, Sue Zelko, Diane Miller and Orlando Reyna. More information is at facebook.com/Rosenberg-Cultural-District.
CHILD ADVOCATES OF FORT BEND RECOGNIZES VOLUNTEERS
Shirley Brown and Mary Allen were recently recognized at the Child Advocates of Fort Bend’s Case Closing Celebration for serving as CASA Volunteers to seven children who had been in the foster care system for 11 years, the second longest case in Child Advocates of Fort Bend’s 25-year history serving children.
Allen stated that her husband would often comment during those years, “You may not know today what impact you are making, but be certain that as these children grow up and move on, they will remember you and the difference you made in their lives. It might have been one thing … or many, but these children would not be where they are today if not for you serving as their CASA Volunteer.”
Brown added, “When I retired from teaching, I wanted to stay involved with children so I became a CASA Volunteer. Little did I know that I would be involved in these children’s lives for so many years. Mary and I have been there with them through their challenges and celebrating their triumphs. My work as a CASA Volunteer has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have had.”
Darling Homes hosted the dinner reception in one of its Avalon at Riverstone model homes. The Case Closing Celebrations are held each spring and fall to recognized CASA volunteers whose cases closed during that period. Other CASA Volunteers who were honored at the event included Karen Adams, Michelle Atkinson, Charlyn Auzenne, Keith Bauman, Joan Davidson, Lou Ann Davis, Ginny Ellsworth, Vanessa Forse, Kasaundra Hall, Pat Hogue, Karen Jordin, Denise Kellogg, Casey Kipp, Rhonda Kuykendall, Melanie Mai, Erika McKay, Letha Hensley, Sue Lockwood, Sandra Pradia, Susana Salazar, Lee Semones, Pat Somers, Jackie Townsend, Beth Ann Wanosik and Charley Weiss.
EXCHANGE CLUB OF FORT BEND 8TH ANNUAL DUCK GOLF CLASSIC
The Exchange Club of Fort Bend held its eighth Annual Golf Tournament, Auction and Dinner on Oct. 17. Twenty-eight teams participated in the one-day, fun-filled event held at the Pecan Grove Country Club in Richmond.
Following the tournament, a BBQ dinner including a silent and live auction was held in the Club’s ballroom. The program, led by Sam Dick and John Healey, included acknowledgment of the tournament sponsors followed by a live auction, led by auctioneer James Patterson. The first place team award was presented to the Viaciosky Team —James Viaclovsky, Larry Valerian, Leon Viaclovsky and Steve Smith.
The Club thanks the sponsors, donors, players and volunteers who helped make this tournament a success. With their help the Club was able to raise $45,000 to support its efforts in the prevention of child abuse along with supporting other charitable organization in the Fort Bend County community.
Members of the Exchange Club of Fort Bend sponsor a variety of activities to improve the community in the areas of Youth, Community Service, Americanism and Child Abuse Prevention, its national project. The Exchange Club of Fort Bend meets weekly on Wednesdays at 11:45 a.m. at Sweetwater Country Club. For more information, call 713-503-7326 or visit fortbendexchange.org.
PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS TOUR EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER
On Oct. 11, a group of students from Shady Oaks Primary School in Richmond had the opportunity to tour the 62-year-old Fort Bend County Emergency Operations Center. Students and staff learned all about the role of emergency management in their community and steps their families could take to make their homes and neighborhoods safer.
“We really enjoy having these student groups come through,” says Alan Spears, deputy emergency management coordinator for Fort Bend County, “Maybe something they see today will spark their interest in a career of public service in emergency management, or at least they will have a better understanding of the work being done and can be less afraid of disasters.”
As the students and teachers moved through the building, each stop raised new questions, and staff at the Office of Emergency Management were happy to answer questions, demonstrate technology, and tell stories about the building and disaster responses. The visitors were able to learn about planning for catastrophic incidents, acquiring funds for equipment and training for responders, and community outreach.
Students were sent back to school with bags of preparedness tools including flashlights, whistles, coloring pages, and information on safety for their families in a disaster.
For information or to schedule a tour of the Fort Bend County EOC, call 281-342-6185 or email oem@FortBendCountyTX.gov.
COUNTY JUDGE ROBERT HEBERT HONORS J.C. WHITTEN
During Commissioners Court on Nov. 8, County Judge Robert Hebert presented J.C. Whitten with a proclamation in recognition of his tireless contribution to Fort Bend County. Whitten began his work with the County in 1998 working in the Commissioner Precinct 3’s office, worked under Judge Jim Adolphus as the Manager of Administrative Services, as well as under Judge Bob Hebert as Special Projects Manager. During the last 17 years, Whitten has served as a County representative on the Texana Regional Center Board of Directors. Currently, Whitten serves as a consultant to the County’s Juvenile Probation department on a part-time basis.
Judge Hebert said, “It was a pleasure to honor J.C. Whitten for his long service to the Fort Bend community.”
CHILD ADVOCATES AND ITS PARTNERS CELEBRATE NATIONAL ADOPTION DAY
The Honorable Ron Pope, The Honorable Brenda Mullinix, and The Honorable Judge David Perwin finalized 15 adoptions including the adoptions of three children from the foster care system on Friday in celebration of National Adoption Day. The Fort Bend County 328th, 387th, and 505th District Courts joined courts across the country in opening their doors on National Adoption Day to complete adoptions and celebrate all families who adopt.
“This year’s National Adoption Day was a wonderful celebration,” said Metoyer Martin, CASA program director and chair of the event. “It is always great to see the attorneys, CPS, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers and judges all work together to finalize the adoptions and ultimately give these children safe, permanent and loving homes.”
In Fort Bend County, the District Courts, Child Advocates of Fort Bend (CAFB) and its partner agencies: Texas Department of Family Protective Services, Fort Bend Bar Association, Fort Bend County Attorney’s Office, Fort Bend Lawyers Care, the Fort Bend Court Team for Maltreated Infants and Toddlers, H.E.B., Bikers Against Child Abuse and the Rosenberg Exchange Club worked together to celebrate the joys of adoption and encourage more families and individuals to give children permanent homes through adoption.
HOSPITAL VOLUNTEER AUXILIARY RECEIVES GRANT
The Polly Ryon Hospital Auxiliary, OakBend Medical Center’s group of volunteers, has been given a $2,500 grant from the JS Greene Memorial Foundation. The unrestricted grant was given in honor of Betty Humphry, a longtime hospital volunteer.
For the years 2015-2016, the volunteers have devoted 12,633 hours to the hospital. Since 2002, they have donated over $545,000 to the hospital to be used for various projects. This money was been raised through gift shop sales, craft sales, bake sales, and popcorn and pickle sales. This organization is always looking to expand. To volunteer, call 281-633-4015.