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Scene in the Bend: Cari Middaugh
October 2017

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Dear Readers,

I write this with both a heavy heart and an overwhelming happiness and love for our community. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, I have never been more proud of this great place that we call home. Even though I am not a native Texan, I have great pride in saying that I AM a Texan and a Houstonian! My family was fortunate to have sustained no damage — aside from frayed nerves — but our hearts go out to those who are now cleaning up, rebuilding and starting over. I wanted to dedicate part of this month’s column to the heroes in our community who have selflessly spent hours and days helping in so many ways. They have been rescuing, cleaning, cooking, demolishing, rebuilding, donating, providing child care, a place to stay and a hug to whomever was in need. Please join me in thanking them for all of their hard work. #texasstrong #houstonstrong #fortbendstrong!


Our Community Salutes-Fort Bend

Friends, neighbors and civic leaders joined Our Community Salutes – Fort Bend at Safari Texas Ranch for a BBQ dinner and recognition celebration in May to honor enlisting seniors and their parents. Board President Donna Worstell explains the mission of the organization: “At a time when other graduating seniors have chosen to pursue college or vocational degrees, these graduates are choosing to commit to service of their country. It is because of their decision that others are free and able to make their own choices. We are proud of these young men and women and we want to be the first to say ‘Thank You’!”

Speaking to the new recruits were several current and former military including Congressman Pete Olson (who along with his wife, Nancy Olson, served as Honorary Chairs for the event), Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert, Colonel Robert Sholly, Army (ret.), and LTC Myles B. Caggins III.


1) Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert and his wife, Pat Hebert

2) Sugar Land City Councilwoman Bridget Yeung, Arlene Rolsen and Betty Baitland

3) Donna Worstell with Master of Ceremonies for the event, Khambrel Marshall, KPRC Severe Weather Team and anchor of Houston Newsmakers.

4) Liz Furman, Bridget Yeung and Donna Worstell

5) Congressman Pete Olson and Marine Recruit Brian Manning

6) Congressman Pete and Nancy Olson

Photos Courtesy of Mary Favre and Liz Furman



Fort Bend Junior Service League Sustainers

The Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) – Sustainers held the New Member Informational at Fernando’s Latin Cuisine. in July. The event was a great success. Prospective Sustainer members were provided an opportunity to learn about the league, volunteer opportunities and league requirements. Since its inception in January 2001, FBJSL has raised over $3.71 million and given grants to 68 agencies throughout Fort Bend County.

Each year the FBJSL members donate more than 10,000 service hours to the Fort Bend Community. FBJSL is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, to developing the potential of women and to improving the Fort Bend County community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable as well as providing an atmosphere of friendliness, goodwill and camaraderie for all members. For additional information visit FBJSL.org.


1) June Steele; FBJSL Sustainer Vice President, Tracey Shaw and Susan Sateen

2) Cindy Dempster, FBJSL Sustainer President with Fernando Echeverria, owner of Fernando’s Restaurant

3) Dona Mercudel with Mary Favre

4) Nancy Malke and AJ Bez

5) Karen Overton, Ruchira Paul and Barbara Horden and Marion Pope

6) Jessica Kij

7) Mary Favre, Cindy Dempster, Jessica Kij, Zeenat Mitha, Liz Furman and Elsa Maxey

8) (Front row:) Elsa Maxey, Liz Furman, Zeenat Mitha, Jessica Kij, Barbara Horned, Ruchira Paul and Pat Houck Second Row: AJ Bez , Nancy Malke, Sandy Kelly, Kyle Kapche, Aarti Jain and Marge Connoly; (Back row: )Mary Favre, Susan Chevalier, June Joseph-Steele, Susan Sateen, Tracey Shaw, Lynn Halford, Dee Hinkle, Dona Mercedes, Marion Pope, Carol Greisser and Mari Greisser

Photos courtesy of Mary Favre and Liz Furman



Hurricane Harvey Relief and Clean Up

Friends, neighbors, strangers and community members all came together as one collective family after Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on our beloved community last month. This is a small example of the massive effort throughout Fort Bend County that so many were involved with in order to feed, clothe, and offer many types of assistance to those who were affected by this terrible storm. Thank you to Sienna Strong/Hope Advocates, the Ridge Point High School Football Team and students as well as the Dulles High School Football Team and Cheer Squad and Keller Williams Southwest for all of your help and submitting these awesome photos!

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Scene in the Bend: Cari Middaugh

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