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Around The Bend October 2010

Shaquala Williams with Diana Tydlacka, Wessendorff Middle School principal.

LAMAR CISD STUDENT RANKS EIGHTH IN REGION IN MATH GAME. Wessendorff Middle School student Shaquala Williams finished eighth in the region in the Tabula Digita Summer Math Challenge. Competing via the Internet against students across the nation between June 14 and Aug. 13, Shaquala accumulated 101,756 points.

She began playing DimensionM — a collection of video games designed to improve math skills — at Seguin Elementary during the spring semester.


FORMER UH COACH SPEAKS AT ROTARY CLUB MEETING. Legendary college football Hall of Fame and University of Houston Coach Bill Yeoman and his wife, A.J., were the special guests at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Fort Bend. Coach Yeoman related stories about coaching with some of the greatest coaches and football players of the 20th century including Bear Bryant, Duffy Daugherty, Glen Davis and Warren McVea.

Eighty-two-year-old Yeoman was the head football coach at the University of Houston from 1962-1986. During his 25-year tenure, he became the coach with the most wins in school history, compiling an overall record of 160-108-8. He also played a prominent role in the racial integration of collegiate athletics in the south by being the first coach in the state of Texas to sign a black player.


CATWALK ON CITY WALK. Sugar Land Town Square recently hosted Catwalk on City Walk Fashion Show.  Retailers from Town Square donated fashions for the show. (From left): Emcee for the night, radio personality Michele Fisher, kicked off the show by announcing that $6,500 was raised for the Fort Bend Women’s Center. An Albert Luiz Salon & Spa donated the time and services of eight stylists to help prep models for the show.  A model wearing a dress provided by Wardrobe – the Boutique struts down the runway.  Her furry friend is sporting a tuxedo coat from a Dog’s Life! Luxury Dog Boutique.


Lone Star Exchange Club members volunteer at Payless Shoe as part of the Walk with Pride shoe program.

LONE STAR EXCHANGE CLUB PARTICIPATES IN WALK WITH PRIDE. The Lone Star Exchange Club of Richmond took part in its first community service project since forming earlier this summer. The Lone Star Exchangites volunteered at the Payless store in Brazos Town Center where they escorted, measured and fitted approximately 250 of nearly 1,000 children countywide who received a pair of brand new shoes to start the school year off on the ‘right foot’.

The “Walk with Pride” shoe program donates a new pair of school shoes for school age children from area low income families.


(L-R) Linda Shultz, Parks Youth Ranch; Shelia Goods; and Mike Bergen and Vy Dong, Industrial Info Resources, at the check presentation for Parks Youth Ranch.

INDUSTRIAL INFO RESOURCES BECOMES DONOR FOR PARKS YOUTH RANCH. Sugar Land/Fort Bend County-based Industrial Info Resources presented Parks Youth Ranch with a check for $7,500, thus becoming a Capital Campaign “Ranch Baron.” After meeting with Linda Shultz and Parks Youth Ranch advisory board member Mary Favre, and learning about the mission of Parks Youth Ranch and the ongoing capital campaign, Industrial Info Resources pledged the donation.

Mike Bergen, vice president of marketing, said, “Supporting outreach projects, like The Parks Youth Ranch, are important for our society. It gives youth a second chance to structure their lives for a better education, emotional stability and spiritual well-being. An organization like this puts youth on a proper course to do great things for their community.”

Construction on the much needed Fred and Mable R. Parks Youth Ranch is nearing completion and is scheduled to open this fall.*


(L-R) Olivia DeLagarza, Tanya Harrison, Rosenberg Lowe’s manager Sandra Brewer, Mary Green and Rosenberg Mayor Joe Gurecky.

LOWE’S VOLUNTEERS BREAK GROUND ON FORT BEND HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HOUSE. Lowe’s employees broke ground on a Fort Bend Habitat for Humanity House. Lowe’s, a national partner with Habitat for Humanity since 2003, provided Fort Bend Habitat for Humanity a $30,000 grant to build the house.

The home will be built as part of Habitat for Humanity’s effort to eliminate poverty housing and provide simple, decent affordable housing built in partnership with homeowners, volunteers and sponsors.

“We are so pleased to have volunteers from the community and Lowe’s working side-by-side with our partner family,” said Sharon D. Heldt, executive director of Fort Bend Habitat for Humanity. “Their hard work and dedication is making a positive difference for this family and so many others, and their generosity will not be forgotten.”

The home on Avenue F will add to the more than 53 Fort Bend Habitat for Humanity houses built in Fort Bend County.


(L-R) Exchange Club of Fort Bend members John Healey, Brenda Mullinex, Chip Smith, Bill Leavitt and Phil Klosowsky with Judge Robert J. Kern.

EXCHANGE CLUB OF FORT BEND DONATES BEARS. The Exchange Club of Fort Bend donated bears to the 387th District Court of Fort Bend County. The bears are to given to children who are going through adoptions in that court.


2010 Halford Helper’s see the movie Cats and Dogs.

HALFORD’S HELPERS SPEND THE DAY WITH THE ORTHODONTIST. The orthodontic office of Dr. Dennis Halford hosted Halford’s Helpers, a unique summer camp Dr. Halford and his staff extend as an invitation to their young patients to come in and spend part of the day in their orthodontic office. The helpers wear their custom-designed T-shirts as they participate in various activities such as greeting patients and learning orthodontic terminology. Then, midway through the session everyone breaks for snacks. For  added fun, we choose former Halford Helpers to be coordinators, similar to a camp counselor. Returning this year by popular demand was Jennifer Kott.

The 25th annual Halford’s Helpers event was celebrated with food and fun at Sugar Land’s AMC Theatre.


PROJECT 10,000 FEET. Martial artists are often barefoot. But, they are barefoot by choice. They believe that no one should go without shoes. Their mission is to collect 10,000 gently used or new shoes. All types of shoes such as dress shoes for underprivileged women and men trying to apply for a job to better their lives. Or, tennis shoes for kids who needs shoes to attend school. 10,000 feet. 5,000 pairs of shoes. It’s a huge goal.

To date, members of Sugar Land TaeKwonDo have collected enough shoes to cover 3,478 feet. The students of the academy also raised almost $1,000 by putting on a silent auction. The donations from that event are being used to buy more shoes.

The Fort Bend Community can help in reaching this goal. Project 10,000 Feet: Collecting Shoes for Those In Need Starting with Our Fort Bend County Neighbors Project is a Martial Artists on a Mission project. Members of the Tiger Rock Martial Arts International franchise in Sugar Land strive to improve their lives and the lives of as many people they touch by living the tenets of TaeKwonDo. They adhere to the philosophy that to whom much is given, much is expected. If they are going to be given the honor of being called Black Belts, if they are going to be role models to many students both young and old, they must give back.

Kindness is the ultimate act of self-defense. Join them or start your own mission. Give back to a world that’s given so much to you.

For more information,contact Kim or Rick Ellis, 3169 Hwy. 6, Sugar Land; 281-491-4949 or info@martialartistsonamission.com.


Exchange members Phil Klosowsky, Barb Piazzo, Dorothy Nall and Mike Reichek.

EXCHANGE CLUB OF FORT BEND HOSTS SENIOR BIRTHDAY PARTY. The Exchange Club of Fort Bend held its monthly Senior Birthday by serving cake and ice cream to approximately 75 residents at Sugar Land Senior Living Facility (formerly Sugar Land Oaks). On the last Friday of each month, the Exchange Club of Fort Bend conducts a birthday celebration during the lunch hour for residents whose birthday comes during the month. The project is chaired by John Healey.


(L-R, front row) Robin Alston, Jenn Marker, Pam Spencer, Shayne Newell, Shannon Bloesch; (back row) Richard Hogan, Kolbe Curtice, Bill Rohrbach, Bob Brown, Pat Somers, Mike McGrath, Jim Kij and Mark Eyring.

FRED AND MABEL R. PARKS YOUTH RANCH SELECTED AS BENEFICIARY FOR CHARITY BALL . The Fort Bend Junior Service League and presenting sponsor Sterling McCall announced that The Fred and Mabel R. Parks Youth Ranch has been selected as the beneficiary for the League’s 2011 Charity Ball, which is scheduled for March 2011. Proceeds from the 2011 Charity Ball will be used to convert an existing barn into a recreation center.

“We are thrilled to have been chosen the beneficiary of the Fort Bend Junior Service League Charity Ball. Not only will we be able to renovate our barn into a recreation center, but we will benefit from the exposure that will come from being the focus of the Charity Ball,” said Linda Shultz, executive director of Fred and Mabel R. Parks Youth Ranch.


FBTSL members Morgan Glass and Candice Minter lend a hand at the Rainbow Room’s Back to School Supply Drive.

FBTSL MEMBERS ASSIST WITH RAINBOW ROOM’S BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE. Members of the Fort Bend Teen Service League, a mentoring project of the Fort Bend Junior Service League, participated in their first volunteer event of the new league year by providing assistance at the Rainbow Room’s Back to School Supply Drive.

During the drive, the girls prepared orders for school supplies and uniforms for children in Children’s Protective Service custody, as requested by caseworkers. This year, the Rainbow Room provided school supplies to approximately 300 children in CPS custody.


IMPERIAL THEATRE TO OPEN IN SUGAR LAND. Imperial Performing Arts announced the upcoming opening of Sugar Land’s first professional performing arts space, The Imperial Theatre, in Sugar Land Town Square, for the 2010-11 season. The theater is located next door to Z Gallerie.

Sugar Land Mayor James Thompson, along with his wife Gay Thompson (who serve together on IPA’s advisory board), said, “We are excited about Imperial Performing Arts. IPA will bring entertainment, education, and social and cultural development to us all.  We are honored to participate in and enjoy the benefits of their success.”

The theater will be 5,446 square feet and will be fully equipped for professional performances, and includes a box office, private teaching and rehearsal studios, a main stage performance area, lobby space for pre-event cocktails and refreshments served by Sugar Land’s finest restaurants, and ample facilities for performers and patrons.

The 2010-11 season will include professional productions of opera, theater and concerts, film screenings, and arts education activities, and will feature local and national professional performing artists.

The inaugural production is Steel Magnolias with evening and matinee performances set for Oct. 14-30.


Delores Stoker receives the Texana HEROES Award from Dianne Wilson, Texana board chair.

TEXANA BOARD HONORED FOR VOLUNTEERING. Delores Stoker, Texana Center’s safety coordinator, was honored by the Texana board of trustees with a HEROES Award. Stoker was nominated for her continuous effort to volunteer her own time to Texana.

“Delores is a remarkable person with a huge heart. We are very lucky to have her at Texana” said George Patterson, chief executive officer.

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