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Around the Bend November 2010

Fort Bend Baptist Academy geography teacher Jill Ebarb, a cancer survivor, was the honorary team captain for the game.

FBBA SUPPORTS AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY. Fort Bend Baptist Academy started a new tradition at its opening scrimmage this year: Relay for Life – Battle at the Bend. As the Eagles squared off against Cypress Christian for gridiron action, fans from both teams donated more than $2,800 to benefit the American Cancer Society. Head football coach Bruce Lane was eager to partner with the Cancer Society as a way to benefit the community and kick off another successful football season.

Though he has been involved in similar events at his previous school in Georgia, Lane stated, “This year’s event raised more money for cancer than any other event I have been involved with at a school.”

Plans are already under way to host a basketball event to benefit a community charity.


YOGIS FILL THE PLAZA OF SUGAR LAND TOWN SQUARE. Awakened Yoga Studio held a free yoga class and filled the plaza of Sugar Land Town Square with yogis on Labor Day. Yogis of all ages, including children, were present at this free event practicing sun salutations and other yoga poses in the plaza. The class was led by Grace Kubecka of Awakened Yoga Studio.

Awakened Yoga Studio, along with over 50 other Houston area studios, held free classes on Labor Day as a way for people of all ages and fitness levels to try yoga for the first time or try a different style of yoga along with family and friends. This is Houston’s fifth annual event celebrating National Yoga Month.


FBJSL members Stephanie Martin, Lindsey Kirk and Laura Thompson sell popcorn and drinks at Movies under the Moon presented by Minute Maid.

FBJSL VOLUNTEERS MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN A DAY. This year, Fort Bend Junior Service League announced its new “Difference in a Day” program, which will provide FBJSL volunteers to assist other organizations with one-day projects to help address needs in the community.

“Our new Difference in a Day program will enable the league to expand its reach and provide hands-on volunteer service to Fort Bend neighbors in need. This program provides opportunities to partner with organizations where we do not regularly place volunteers, and we have received an overwhelmingly positive response so far,” said FBJSL President Pam Spencer.

Charitable organizations interested in partnering with FBJSL through the Difference in a Day program should contact committee chair Megan Harraman at mharraman@­comcast.net. Organizations will complete a brief application that will be considered by the Difference in a Day committee. The application is also available online at www.fb­jsl.com.

The league plans to provide volunteer assistance for two projects in the fall and at least two additional projects in spring 2011.


Auxiliary members pose in front of the new SWAT van with members of the Missouri City Police Department.

Fundraising Efforts Help Fight Crime With Purchase of SWAT Van. Members of the Missouri City Police and Fire Auxiliary saw first-hand the rewards of their continuing hard work and fundraising efforts at a special presentation during a board meeting at Fun-Tiki Family Entertainment Center. Several members of the Missouri City Police Department showcased a new van for the East Fort Bend Regional SWAT Team that was purchased through a state-funded grant and $8,000 the auxiliary donated to the department last year.


(L-R) Ashley Quintana, Roxanne Johnson, Jeannette Guerrero, Lovenia Prichett-Large and Raquel Rodriguez collect school supplies.

WHITNEY BANK EMPLOYEES HOLD SUPPLIES DRIVE. Employees at Whitney National Bank in Rosenberg collected school supplies for the Fort Bend Rainbow Room’s annual School Supply Drive.



Friends and family, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren gathered to join in the celebration of the marriage of Juanita Marie Decker and C. Joseph “Bud” Zeiner on Sept. 25 at Eagles Trace in Houston.

The ceremony was officiated by Minister L. D. Golike. Tiena Bothamley served as Matron of Honor, and Phil “Slim” Hollowell served as the Best Man. The great-grandchildren of the bride Mya and Marliegh Armentor served as flower girls and Connor and Cameron Smith served as the ring bearers. Pianist David Jackson provided music, and Jo Pyle, and Pam and Eric Nelson from Illinois, the daughter and son-in-law of the bride, sang. Sons of the groom, Bill Zeiner of Sugar Land and Bob Zeiner of Jacksonville, Fla., participated in the wedding. The groom’s daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Peter Brazzale, from Connecticut also attended the wedding. A reception was held at the home of the bride’s daughter, Vicki and Tim Armentor in Katy, where Taylor Nelson, granddaughter of the bride, performed a dance presentation.

The couple celebrated their honeymoon on a 21-day cruise around the Islands of Hawaii, during which time the bride celebrated her 83rd birthday and the groom celebrated his 90th birthday. The couple resides at Eagles Trace.


(L-R) At the Food Drive benefiting East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry are: Pam Spencer, FBJSL president; Sarah Boyd, FBJSL treasurer and EFBHNM placement lead; Connie Esposito, EFBHNM community outreach coordinator; and Cyndi Cook, FBJSL member.

FBJSL EXTENDS DEADLINE FOR EVENT BENEFICIARY APPLICANTS. The Fort Bend Junior Service League has extended the deadline for charitable organizations interested in applying to become a 2011-12 FBJSL event beneficiary. Event Beneficiary applications must be received by the FBJSL Beneficiary Review Committee on or before Jan. 7, 2011. The Event Beneficiary application and accompanying instructions can be found on FBJSL’s website at www.fbjsl.com.


(L-R) Chayo Huff, Tracey Shaw, Gena Ricklefsen, Yvonne Ramsey, Lori Platt and Dawn Carden from the Lone Star Exchange Club of Richmond during a tour of Child Advocates of Fort Bend.

LONE STAR EXCHANGE CLUB TAKES VOICES OF A CHILD TOUR. The Lone Star Exchange Club of Richmond visited Child Advocates of Fort Bend to learn more about them through their “Voices of a Child Tour.”

Ruthanne Mefford, executive director, opened by informing Exchangites that Child Advocates of Fort Bend has provided a voice for more than 8,000 children since 1991. Last year, Child Advocates of Fort Bend served more than 1,300 children, which is up 30 percent from the previous year, and all the indicators for this year are indicating another 30 percent increase on top of that. Members were also given a tour of the facilities.


(L-R, back row) Debbie Mark, Chris Owens, Jacki Breckon, Cynthia von Tesmar; (middle row) Elizabeth Alexander, Doc Mark, Erica Noyes; (front row) Stefani Fitzgerald and Nancy Piazza.

STARS AUXILIARY KICKS OFF GIRLFRIENDS GIGGLE WITH PAMPERED FEET. The Fort Bend County Women’s Center and its STARS Auxiliary have begun planning the 6th Annual Girlfriends Giggle. The event will take place on Thursday, Feb. 24, at Fluor Corporation’s “Diva Den” from 6:30-11 p.m.

Girlfriends Giggle is a grown up girls’ pajama party, where guests celebrate female friendships with local food and drinks, dancing, shopping and indulgences such as massages and manicures.

Last year, the event raised nearly $100,000 for the benefit of the Women’s Center. In the past 28 years, the center has assisted more than 28,000 women and children victims of domestic and sexual violence.


(L-R) Doug Brinkley, Sugar Land chief of police, with Roy Wiffin, Fort Bend Rotary Club president.

SUGAR LAND CHIEF OF POLICE SPEAKS AT ROTARY CLUB. Sugar Land Police Chief Doug Brinkley was Fort Bend Rotary Club’s speaker for its inaugural meeting at a new location, the Hilton Garden Inn on Highway 6. Chief Brinkley engaged and surprised the group by discreetly having an officer walk around each vehicle in the parking lot making notes about personal items visible inside the vehicle.

Club members were surprised when Brinkley asked who drove a particular vehicle and then proceeded to tell them what personal items were left in plain view for a criminal to see. Chief Brinkley also talked about other safety tips and ePolicing, a program any Sugar Land resident can sign-up for to receive daily e-mail reports regarding an occurrence in neighborhoods. To learn more about ePolicing or to sign up go to www.sugarlandtx.­gov/police/epolicing/index.asp.


S.O.S. PROGRAM HELPS FORT BEND COUNTY STUDENTS. East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry helped hundreds of families in the community through the Supply our Students (aka S.O.S.) program. Packets of school supplies were given out to 450 pre-k through 12th-grade students attending Fort Bend County schools. Many children also received back packs.

In its 10th year, the S.O.S. program began at Christ United Methodist Church as a way to give new school supplies to children who otherwise would not receive them.


Volunteers are needed to assist in the city of Sugar Land’s Municipal Court garden.

GARDEN PROVIDES VEGETABLES FOR AREA FOOD BANKS. Each Saturday morning and two afternoons a week, youth perform community service hours by tending a garden and raising food to donate to local food pantries.

Started in October of 2000, the garden serves as an avenue for kids to learn from their mistakes by performing community service in place of paying fines for Class “C” misdemeanor offenses. This year alone, more than 1,035 pounds of fresh vegetables have been donated to local families in need through area food banks.

The youth are supervised by the Municipal Court’s community service worker coordinator. Adult volunteers with gardening experience assist by showing the youth how to garden. Volunteers from the Fort Bend County Master Gardeners and local garden clubs also help the youth.

Volunteers, 21 years and over, with a love for gardening and a desire to work with youth are needed to help on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to noon. Volunteers must register with the city by completing an application. Applications are available online at www.sugarlandtx.gov/programs/serve_sugarland/index.asp.


Assistant Chief Mike Youngblood, firefighters Joe Klein and Gus Maldonado, Division Chief of Training & Education Jaime Ponce De Leon and Chief Sander during the award presentation award for Fittest Crew of 2010.

FIREFIGHTERS HONORED AT AWARDS PRESENTATION. Missouri City Fire & Rescue Service honored firefighters’ selfless service to others, bravery in the line of duty, and physical fitness during the 2010 Awards Presentation dinner. During the ceremony, Chief Russell Sander saluted the city’s crews for their hard work and dedication and recognized the exemplary service of the honorees.

Peter Ondrusko earned the Rookie of the Year award. He joined the department in May of 2009 and became known as a person who supports the team and for his positive, “can-do” attitude. He became very active in the department’s Recruitment Committee, making several presentations at fire academies.

Frank Luu earned the Firefighter of the Year award. He is actively involved in the Fire House Clown Program, the department’s Honor Guard, and has represented the department in several events over the past year.” Luu was also commended for obtaining his Paramedic and Advanced Diver certifications during the past year.

Lt. Sam Scott earned the Officer of the Year award, recognizing him not only for his duties as an officer, but for his dedication in maintaining the department’s Self Contained Breathing Apparatus and his passion for training.

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