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Posts published in “Day: July 23, 2009


Serving the Community for 61 Years • “Biggest Little Club in District 5890”


On November 24, 1948, the Dayton Rotary Club sponsored the chartering of a new club in Highlands. The first president was Ralph McFarland.

While early details about the club have been lost, what is known is the relationship between the club and the business community has always been strong. In the absence of an incorporated government, the club often took a leadership role in the community. Business leaders of yesterday and today make up the president’s roll. Jim Carrell, who served as president from 1971-72, later went on to be a District Governor.

During the early 70’s the club went through a period of transition, where newer members began to interact with other chapters to learn how to operate properly. Members became more active in the community, with their first major fundraiser in 1971. The Rotary raised an unheard of $2,400 for the volunteer fire department.

Rotary has continued putting the community first and worked towards its betterment. Its success in raising funds for community projects earned it the reputation among the 57 Houston clubs as the “Biggest Little Club in District 5890.”

In November 1998, the club celebrated its 50th anniversary with a banquet attended by 150 present and past members, district and national officials, visiting Rotarians and friends.

In 2006, District 5890 awarded the club president, Steve Miller, “President of the Year” among the district’s 57 clubs, because of the outstanding work the club did on Hurricane relief, and other accomplishments. In recent years, the club has been a leader in the Houston District, achieving 100% Paul Harris Fellows in 2007. Membership increased to 25, winning a President’s Citation. Donations to the Rotary Foundation of $355 per member made the club #2 in the World.


Ralph McFarland, 1948-50; Ray Martin, 1950-51; A.J. Smith, 1951-52; Albert Franta, 1952-32; George Bower, 1953-54; Jeff Tanner, 1954-55; Bonnie P. Hopper, 1955-56; Dr. W.L. Herndon, 1956-57; Harry K. Johnson, Jr., and Larry Jacobs, 1957-58; W.E. Hendrickson, 1958-59; Derwin Walker, 1959-60; Jim Ezell, 1960-61; Charlie Ramsey, 1961-62; Glen Walker and Jim Brazzil, 1962-63; Jim Brazzil, 1963-64; J.C. Johnson, 1964-65; Alton Neatherlin, 1965-66; John Heger, 1966-67; James L. Creel, 1967-68; M.L. Bishop, 1968-69; Bill Morgan, 1969-70; Roy Loggins, 1970-71; Jim Carrell, 1971-72; Chester Stasney, 1972-73; Louis Stephens, 1973-74; Harold Kail, 1974-75; Mike McAlister, 1975-76; Walter Haynie, 1976-77; Ellard Lambert, 1977-78; Bobby Zahn, 1978-79; Dr. Joe Ed Sutton, 1979-80; J.E. Bird, 1980-81; Bennie Wotipka, 1981-82; Gary Smith and Bennie Wotipka, 1982-83; David Brown, 1983-84; John Butler, 1984-85; Charlie Powell, 1985-86; Jack Lindsay, 1986-87; Dr. Larry White, 1987-1988; Doc Craig, 1988-89; Dr. Steven Scannell, 1989-90; Lynn Sorrells, 1990-91; Charlie Farrar, 1991-92; Mike Robinson, 1992-93; C.R. “Dickie” Woods, 1993-94; Raymond Gonzalez, 1994-95; Richard Robinson, 1995-96; Jay Burger, 1996-97; Tim O’Bier, 1997-98; Gilbert Hoffman, 1998-99; Weston Cotten, 1999-2000; Charlie Ward, 2000-2001; Beverly Culbreath (in absentia-deceased), 2001-2002; Weston Cotten, 2001-2002; Joe Hausberger, 2002-2003; Jesse Guillen, 2003-2004; Joe Hausberger, 2003-2004; Patricia Scott, 2004-2005; Stephen Miller, 2005-2006; Johnny Gaeke, 2006-2007, Charlie Ward 2007-2008, Patricia Scott 2008-2009.

Click here for Highlands Rotary Club photos!

Those Summer Daze…

Finished reading an eBook this weekend, a first for me and enjoyed it so much, I ordered another eBook to download. An eBook is read over the computer once downloaded for a nominal fee.

The program to read the eBook was free so I am good to go. The particular book just finished was LONG HORN II by Dusty Rhodes. AMAZON.COM has the book for $35.95 + S & H and it is a paperback edition, used at that.

The eBook was purchased for $5.50 with the only drawback being it must be read over this computer and one cannot go lie down to read and catch a snooze. It cannot be copied, printed, transferred or forwarded. Like the Vegas theme, “What you read here, stays here”.

Our oldest boy by 9 minutes and his clan are down from Pennsylvania. They head back up and across the Mason Dixon Line tomorrow, none too soon for the cats. Must admit the boy has become a good cook over the years and gladly turned the cooking over to him while he was home. Reckon we’ll be eating leftovers for a week after they leave.

Grandkids sure are nice and fun loving to have. Some good, some bad and folks say you reap what you sow. The reason kids today are such picky eater is because the parents ask them if they want some of this, that and the other to eat. Prepare the kids a plate and expect them to eat. If they do not, do not reward them with cookies and ice cream. GOOD GRIEF!!!

That is old school maybe but I am sure there are some of you who will agree with me. Took the granddaughters (7 & 12) to Wal-Mart the other morning @ 0600; advised them to stick close to me because somebody might get them and they be making tamales for the rest of their lives. Do not have to worry about the girls running around whooping and hollering like some you see in the stores. Reckon you could say that is why little brother got left behind because I too would whoop and holler too if I had to tag along with two girls in the girl’s britches department.

These kids do not know how good they have it. All they did while in Texas sure beats sitting outside in a swing shelling beans and peas, shucking corn and putting stuff up, canning and all. That may be productive and it sure beats watching SQUARE BOB WET PANTS or the Nick channel. Guess that is why they are at their great aunt’s house swimming in the concrete pond and not in the creek outback.

Drew alumnus Provost to speak at Barrett Homecoming Banquet

BARRETT STATION — All former Charles R. Drew alumni, Crosby High School alumni, current and former residents, family and friends of Barrett Station and neighboring communities are being invited to an annual homecoming reunion banquet that is being hosted by the Barrett Station Civic League.

This year, Georgia Provost, Charles R. Drew alumnus, has been selected as the guest speaker.

If there is a legend in Houston, Texas it is certainly the professional photography of Georgia Provost and Provost & Associates. Professionalism and high quality are the hallmark of her work. The studios of Provost & Associates contain photographs that show the rich culture and history of not only Houston, but Texas, Louisiana and all parts in between. Her photographic firm has been chronicling the Houston community and many communities with portraits and photographs for 61 years.

Provost is a motivational speaker and a community activist who has participated in the cultural, educational, humanitarian, political and religious/ spiritual sectors of Houston life. She is a champion for the youth of Houston-Harris County. She is the consummate community volunteer and a part of the dynamic fundraising team of Helfman and Provost.

For over twenty-five years, she and Alan Helfman, General Manager of River Oaks Chrysler Jeep, can usually be found working to raise money for youth and charitable organizations.

Georgia is the executive director of the Youth for Christ Foundation and the Texas Southern University Bayou Bend Alumni & Ex-Students Association Inc., (Friends & Supporters). In 1998, she established the T. F. Freeman Ministers and Laity Summit and the Male Chorus Gospel Extravaganza called “A Gathering of Black Men”, which raised funds for the International Championship TSU Debate Team coached by Dr. T. F. Freeman. Georgia carries a level of certainty with her that is a valuable commodity in a society that has been labeled as corrupted.

Provost is a proud graduate of Charles R. Drew High School and Texas Southern University and was inducted into the “Wall of Honors” at the TSU School of Technology. She pursued advanced studies at the University of Houston and is a graduate of Winona National School of Professional Photography. Provost’s faith and identity as a catholic and a black woman are at the core of everything she is and does. She is an active member of the Our Mother of Mercy Parish, serving as coordinator of the Civil Rights Education Classes; president of PICC and a member of the Pastoral Council. Youth is her game, developing Christian values, leadership and common sense among youth.

She has been honored with numerous awards, including five “Business Woman of the Year” and six “Youth Leadership” awards. It is evident that she truly lives her philosophy of life; “Faith combined with hard work equals success, doing all things with love.”

A woman of valor and courage, Provost is a native of Lafayette, Louisiana, the widow of the late Herbert J. Provost, TSU’s International Championship Collegiate Tennis coach, and she is the mother of Jerome, also a professional photographer. Surely, the residents of Barrett Station will be honored by the presence of one of the community’s own successful products, Georgia Provost, on the evening of July 24, at the Barrett Station Community Center – 808-1/2 Magnolia.

Come and hear this great speaker, beginning at 7 p.m.! For information regarding purchase of tickets (@ $30/each), contact Melody Fontenot – league president, at [281] 328-2289; or the vice president, Katie Reed Roberson – [281] 328-5937; or Willie B. Goodlow. Proceeds from this event will be used for the award of scholarships to the community’s youth.

Gene Norman on hurricanes

Gene Norman of KHOU-TV spoke at the Crosby/Huffman Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on July 16 and recapped coverage of Hurricane Ike.

While everyone that was here has vivid memories of the back side of the eyewall of the storm, Norman reminded us with video and photographic reports. The eye of Ike crossed over this area and that the back of the storm was far more powerful than the front. The Saffir-Simpson Scale that indicated the intensity of winds and tidal surge of hurricanes will from now on indicate wind intensity only, Ike showed the tidal surge of a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of no more than 95 m.p.h. Norman explained that while plants seem to show twisted winds, “While there were isolated twisting winds, there were no tornado signatures.”

National Weather Service Forecast Office recap of Hurricane Ike by Scott Overpeck said, “The reflectively data from the NWS Houston/Galveston radar showed that Hurricane Ike had several small vortices within its eye wall structure. Velocity data and storm relative velocity maps did not indicate any strong areas of rotation within these vortices. It is possible that as Hurricane Ike made landfall that these vortices did produce brief tornadoes that were too small and weak for the radar to detect rotation. The NWS Houston/Galveston did not issue any tornado warnings until 446PM CDT 13 September 2008 as a line of storms was moving through Liberty County associated with a front wrapping around Hurricane Ike. There were no tornadoes reported with the storms.”

“While the NWS Houston/Galveston received public reports of brief tornadoes during Ike weeks later, there was no way to confirm these reports. Ike caused extensive wind damage across southeast Texas which would mask any tornado damage. One would not be able to distinguish between hurricane wind damage and tornado damage. In summary, while there may have been brief tornadic circulations, radar data and storm damage could not confirm that Hurricane Ike caused any tornadoes in Southeast Texas.”

Norman forecast that it is unlikely many hurricanes will appear this season, although he warns that all we need is one “and you will be talking about it for years to come.” In an El Nino season, hurricanes are scarce because “waters of the Equatorial Pacific are warming allowing the Jet Streams to sink down across the Atlantic producing wind sheer.” Also there has been no three year hurricane seasons in Southeast Texas since the 1940’s.

The three components of being ready are make a plan, build a kit, and stay informed. The plan should include a decision “Should I stay or should I go,” water stock of a gallon of water per person for up to two weeks, nonperishable food stockade, get a generator.

Tough economic times? Area thrift shop thrives

CROSBY — Located at 944 Church Street in Crosby, Churches United in Caring (called C.U.I.C. by its volunteer workers, shoppers, and donors) provides an excellent resource for those seeking to use their money wisely, hoping to make each dollar stretch as far as possible.

The Thrift Shop, open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. has a wide variety of items that can be purchased for cents on the dollar-value of the purchase: furniture, large and small appliances, clothing and shoes for men, women, and children, toys, linens, craft items, collectibles, housewares, luggage, books and tapes, ladies’ jewelry. New merchandise appears on racks and shelves each day. Donations of items to be sold come into C.U.I.C. from individuals in the community and from businesses as well.

Because C.U.I.C. is a 501©(3) non-profit organization, contributions of money and used and new potential merchandise are tax-deductible. Crews of volunteers from area churches sort and price items that are donated and put them out for sale in the Thrift Shop.

Proceeds from the Thrift Shop provide 80+% of the budget for the facility’s operation and for funds for the Assistance Center and Food Pantry adjacent to the Thrift Shop. That Center serves clients in need in the Barrett, Crosby, and Huffman communities. The Assistance Center interviews clients on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 AM to 11:30. Amazingly, C.U.I.C. has been in operation since 1983 and continues to grow.

More than 100 volunteers run the Thrift Shop, Assistance Center, and Food Pantry, all under the C.U.I.C. Board that meets monthly. While many of us are experiencing tough economic times, C.U.I.C.’s THRIFT SHOP offers all a chance to furnish a room, dress in attractive clothing, or find a great book to read for a very reasonable price. For more information, call C.U.I.C. between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at 281-328-3178.

Pony Champs

The Highlands 14U Pony All Star Team went undefeated to win the District #3 Tournament at the NASA Pony Field on July 10-11, 2009. The team defeated North Shore in a tight 9-8 victory in the championship game. Pictured on the front row from left to right: Theron Stockwell, Michael Armenta, Chase Ball, Derrick Bonin, Kole Wooster Pictured on the middle row: Manager Mike Rushing, Zack Woodard, Connor Sollock, Brigham Rushing, Taylor Wooster, Ryan Lopez, Cameron Salmon Pictured on the back row: Coach Joe Holloway, Coach Tracy Stockwell. Not pictured: John Pantoja.