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Boys and Girls Country News Volume 39, Issue 1, Winter 2010

Inside... Pages 2-3 Message from the Executive Director You're Invited to A Vision for Children! The Honor Roll Plus: Shakespeare at Boys and Girls Country!

What's New?

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009 was a year of changes...a new Executive Director...the new Student Life Center...new graduates... and new kids. We are grateful to our friends -- old and new! -- who helped us through the changes...and through a challenging year. Between the economy and the cancellation of our Spring Festival, we needed all the help we could get, and you came through...but that's nothing new! The New Student Life Center!

A New College Graduate!

Page 4 Heritage Award Dinner Page 5 Wrapping Up Christmas! Pages 6-8 Memorials and Honorariums New Furnishings! Page 9 We Honor Friends of Children Page 10 Wishes You Can Help Fulfill Spring Festival 2010: You're Invited!

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aniel graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in business administration, and is now pursuing a career in restaurant management. Congratulations, Daniel! We are proud of you!

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view from the top! We gathered in front of our new Student Life Center to welcome the New Year! Thank you to all of you who watch over us every day! (And, special thanks to Scott Davis for flying over us to take the picture!) New Shoes for the New Year!

Details on back!

New Kids...of All Kinds!

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ason and all of our children received new shoes thanks to the 2009 Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids Program, a grass roots campaign to deliver $1.2 million in free shoes to children of families in need. Thank you, Payless, for helping us put our best foot forward!

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rittani, one of many new kids who joined our family this past year, with another "new kid" born at the start of the year!


Message from the Executive Director There’s a number of Human Resource articles that suggest it takes a full year to really begin to master a new job. Part of the issue is, “To everything, there is a season”. As I cross the 6-month anniversary line on my calendar, I’m thinking I’ll have to be here that full year before I get to the point where I no longer feel like the new guy! Every day here is different! I was just getting a good feeling for what happens during the summer when the school year started. On that first school day, the kids mysteriously disappeared very early in the morning and then, depending on outside activities, did not return till later in the evening. I truly missed seeing them, as I had become accustomed to the daily group time at the 8:30AM opening of the summer program and for the campus-wide lunch, every day! It was personally harder for me to continue to build relationships with the kids once school started because they were so busy! I looked forward to Sunday nights because that was the (only) meeting time where we could get the Normative Leadership Council together. These are our Campus youth leaders, selected by kids and staff and they are an amazing group of nearly a dozen kids. They sponsored our “Thrilloween” event and sponsored our 1st Annual Boys and Girls Country Blood Drive on January 4th (hosting 30+ donors). All of us believe that few things are more important than instilling in our children the desire to help and serve others. With the school year came re-organization of the Education Lab and the tutoring and homework schedules. For the first time ever, in our new Student Life Center, we were able to offer an “Internet Café” and roomy tutoring workplaces, all in one spot. As the residential and educational staff partnered in our Mission, the bumps in the road mostly disappeared, and we began to see improvement in the kids’ progress reports and grades and a blooming of their own academic confidence. Seeing that kind of progress is better than a paycheck! The kids soon learned that there was a candy dish on my desk and that it was pretty easy to get to. On busy days the candy quickly disappeared, but I told the kids not to worry, I had a special drawer where more of the good stuff was kept. One day, one of the boys stopped in to visit and eyed the candy dish that was less than full. He looked me straight in the eye and said, “Let’s open the secret drawer and get the GOOD stuff out." Nearly every day I come in early in the morning and sign letters and write notes to our donors. Several times a week I call our donors to personally tell them how much I appreciate their sacrifices to help our kids. To date, the smallest donation I’ve seen was $7 and the largest donation was several hundreds of thousands of dollars. I pretty much believe that the person who donated the $7 sacrificed as much for that donation as the person who donated the largest gift. I should also state, the donation that took me most by surprise was a gift of “1 swine and 1 lamb”. One of the other special highlights of the year was attending the Heritage Award Dinner, honoring Penny and Paul Loyd. After I did my little speech in front of the 1,000+ attendees, I called up Rebekkah, one of our young ladies who very articulately shared her life and her time at Boys and Girls Country. In her speech, she shared how she wanted to attend Baylor, a private, Christian College, well out of our price range. The morning after the dinner I checked my voice mail and there was a call from a gentleman who attended the dinner and is also on the Board of Regents for Baylor. He simply offered his encouragement to Rebekkah and told us he’d make sure their Admissions staff would reach out to her. I’m not sure anyone outside of our family here will ever know how happy that made her! Just when I thought I’ve seen it all and would settle into a routine, the Holiday blessings from all of our donors started to arrive. Some donations came on motorcycles, delivered by the “High Rollers”, some came in groups delivered by the likes of the Hoo-Hoo’s, and some came in the trunks of family sedans as one family shared their blessings with our family here. I won’t soon forget the looks and

You’re invited to take a tour of our Home and learn more about the children we serve – and how your support helps us to raise them. Bring only an open heart and a friend. We’d like to host at least ten people at each of our upcoming sessions:

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A Vision for Children Saturday, March 6 Saturday, April 10 10:00-11:00 am.

Everyone is welcome!

You do not need to RSVP, but if you would like for us to know you’re coming, please visit our website at www.boysandgirlscountry.org and click on "Register Now". You can also find future Vision for Children dates on the site under “Events”.


the smiles on the faces of the kids as the items from their “wish lists” showed up in their laps at their family Christmas celebrations. This also included our College and Career kids who said they were so touched that everyone still cared about them. Another special time for me is getting to visit and interact with the founders of our program. The occasional note and phone call exchanged with Mrs. Robinson is a thrill for me, and her perspective from day one till today is always illuminating. I live in the Lake Lane Property on the 2920 Campus and that home was built by the first Executive Director, Jack Brewer and his lovely wife Carolyn. I visit with them at least once a week and Jack still has that razor sharp focus on what’s best for the kids here. Last week we received a donation from a family that has supported us dating back to the late 1960’s so I gave them a call. It turns out their father, who has since passed away, heard Jack speak back then and offered to help him start our Campus. They told me their contribution to us is in their father’s memory, “Our father was so passionate about this home and we applaud your loving care of these children.” From Jack to Dr. Bearden, to Ms. Shirley to me, our newly acquired saying is “same road, different horse”…..it’s always been about the kids. So, settle into the routine? I don’t think so! Just as each child I’ve met here is totally different and totally individualized, so is each day.

Lou Palma Executive Director

Something theatrical this way comes! It's Macbeth! With the help of our friends at Main Street Theater, we told the gory tale with plenty of sound and fury...and special effects! The incredible cast included A.J., Amber S., Billy, Debra, Desmin, and Diondre, along with guest actor Mr. Jonathan Gonzalez. We are grateful to our friends at Main Street Theater, especially acting teachers Alison Corriell and Caroline Turner, and our friends at CASE, the Cooperative for After-School Enrichment, who sponsored the project. CASE After School Initiative is funded in part by Houston Endowment, Inc.

Double, double toil and trouble... Our students went through plenty of "toil and trouble" to make the Honor Roll last semester! Congratulations to all. We are proud of you! 1st Semester 1st Semester 1st Semester A Honor Roll A and B Honor Roll A and B Honor Roll (cont'd) Allea Alex John Ashton Amber W. Kamry Brianna Ashleigh Kiewan Debra Audrey Kim Ethan Christina LaTasha Kaleigh Crystal Lyndon Luke Helen Mekde Meadow Hunter Michael Rebekkah Jacob Sherry Jared Taylor Jean Paul Xavier Jocelyn

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Heritage Award Dinner We honored friends Paul and Penny Loyd for their love and dedication to our children at the 2009 Heritage Award Dinner, with entertainer Dennis Miller. The proceeds of the event helped to provide for our children's care...and we are deeply grateful to all of you who made the evening a success!

Thank You to Our Generous Underwriters! Emerald Gatewood Family Foundation Penny and Paul Loyd New Directions

Platinum Kelly Gene Cook, Sr. Charitable Foundation NaDean and Rodney Eads Loyd Family Foundation El Paso Corporation/ J. R. and Susan Sult Helen and Bob Howard/ Carolyn and Jack Little Megan and John Lovoi Karen and Tim Nagle Reuhl Family Foundation Seahawk Drilling

Gold Administaff Bowers Foundation Ernst & Young LLP FMC Technologies Katherine and Scott Galloway/ Shirley Wright and Dennis Alexander Marathon Oil Corporation Mirand Card Services Mirand Response Systems Noble Corporation Sharon and Michael Talbert/ Betty and John Hrncir Woodforest National Bank

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Silver The Aimone and Purcell Families Leslie Alexander and The Houston Rockets Jeff and Ericka Bagwell/Sten Gustafson and Sofia AdroguĂŠ/ Deutsche Bank Barclays Capital Heidi and Shane Battier Carrizo Oil & Gas/ Chip Johnson Continental Airlines Patrick Cox/Cara Bradshaw/ TaxMasters/ Katie and A.J. Brass Credit Suisse Deloitte Devon Energy Corporation Kirk Edwards Foundation Clayton and Sheldon Erikson A Friend of Boys and Girls Country Grant Thornton LLP David Greenberg/ Donna and Tony Vallone Nancy & Paul Hinch/Leslie & Tom Hix/Claudia & Jan Rask/ Connie & Tommy Wright KPMG LLP Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP/Mike Rutledge Sheila Lyon Interiors Morgan Stanley/Brian and Elisabeth McCabe National Oilwell Varco Larry and Brenda Petru Family Pride International Rowan Companies The Schulte Family Chuck and Rita Scianna Peggy and Carl Sewell, Sewell Automotive Companies Shell Southwestern Energy Company

Silver (cont'd) Stephen and Leticia Trauber in honor of Penny and Paul Loyd Loraine and Scott Wegmann Wood Group

Bronze Amegy Bank of Texas Andrews Kurth LLP Jana and Scott Arnoldy/ Triten Corporation Bank of America Merrill Lynch Gilbert and Kay Bazan Bracewell & Giuliani LLP Martha and John Braniff The Brock Group The Caldwell Companies/ The Oakmont Group CCS Presentation Systems The Roger Clemens Foundation Sylvie and Gary Crum Ryan and Keri DesAutels Ronnie and Lynn Deyo DuprĂŠ Interests, LLC Enbridge Energy ENGlobal Corporation Fountain Energy Company A Friend of Boys and Girls Country (3) Friends of Boys and Girls Country Frontier Oil Corporation Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Randy B. Hale/ Rock Hill Capital Group Sara and Phil Hawk Smith and Christine Howland/ Nisseki Chemical IBC Bank/ Craig and Elizabeth Bunk Key Energy Services The Limbacher and Moorhead Families Lockton Marine & Energy

Bronze (cont'd) Carolyn and Steve Mafrige/ Elaine and Dick Petranek McGriff, Seibels & Williams Means Knaus Partners, L.P./ Lange Mechanical Services Methodist Willowbrook Hospital Midway Foundation Navigant Consulting LLC Northside Lexus & Westside Lexus Greg and Cynthia Pappas (2) Patterson & Sheridan, LLP Robert and Shirley Phillips Family Foundation Porter & Hedges, L.L.P. RBC Capital Markets RBK Services, LLC RDC/Cytex Plastics Steve Retzloff Rig Net Matthew P. and Elizabeth Rotan The Roten Family Fayez Sarofim & Co. Dick Scott SG Americas Securities, LLC Skadden Randy and Sandy Stilley Tidewater Inc. Jim and Leigh Tomforde/ Insurance Alliance Vaughan Nelson Investment Management Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. Walter Oil & Gas Corporation Charitable Fund Kim and Chuck Watson Wells Fargo Securities Wortham Insurance & Risk Management


Wrapping Up Christmas! Christmas is past...but the love and holiday magic you brought to campus will stay with us throughout the year! Thank you to everyone who made Christmas possible at Boys and Girls Country! Kim Alexander Allegiance Bank Texas AVEVA Biker Ministry BJ Services Boy Scout Troop #1014 Boy Scout Troop #533 Stephen and Cynthia Brown Robert Browning Society Patty Cammarata Copperfield Church Credit Union Acceptance Company Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union Cypress Belles – National Charity League Cypress Creek Christian Church Cypress Creek Christian Church – Craft Crowd Cypress Creek Christian Church – Discover Class Cypress Creek High School Young Democrats Cypress Ranch High School – FCA Club David Weekley Homes East Texas Precast Co. Emmanuel Episcopal Church

Enchanted Valley Subdivision Fairfield Baptist Church – Beacon’s Class Fairfield Women’s Club First Baptist Church Cypress – ABC Bible Study Class Renate Fleisch William Garrison Wendy Gray Girl Scout Troop #16022 Girl Scout Troop #15296 Goldman Sachs Grace Presbyterian Church – Home Improvement Class Gremillion Design Works, Inc. Houston Aldine Lions Club Houston Embroidery Guild Houston Hoo-Hoo Club Pandora Hernandez IBC Bank

Jersey Village Baptist Church Jersey Village Baptist Church – Anchor Sunday School Class Jersey Village Baptist Church – The Joy Sunday School Class Jim C. Harris & Company, LLP. Karen Harris Nancy James Langham Creek YMCA Madrugadores Men’s Breakfast Club McVaugh “Christmas is for Kids” Gathering The Metropolitan Baptist Church – The Growing Covenant Sunday School Class

Millicent Moehlman Tara Morrison Joe and Niki Munoz Mustang Engineering, L.P. Virginia Neely Northwest Women’s Club Timothy and Mary O’Connor Pattison Elementary Bill Penley Ben and Elizabeth Pickrel Potpourri Club Process Technical Services Raveneaux Ladies Golf Association Katie Roark Donna Roth Carol Rovell San Jacinto High Rollers

Second Baptist Church Second Baptist Church – Encouragers Sunday School Class Second Baptist Church – The Found Class Shell International Sim-Tex Southend Optimists St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church St. Francis Episcopal Church St. John Lutheran Church St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Stein Mart Gene and Joan Swang Technip Texas Quarter Horse Association Shereen Thomas Total Recreation Products Enrique Van Santen Rosemarie Waiand Marilyn M. Wardenburg Woodlands Securities Corporation Your Community Magazine

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In Memory Of Received September 12, 2009 - January 15, 2010 Henry Ford Abel, Sr. Board of Directors & Management of Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union Mildred Akers Marvin & Mary Jo Boswell Francis H. Allen Cris & Margie Criswell Vernon Allman Jake & Rose Jacobson Dawson Attaway Carolyn Beall Jack & Carolyn Brewer Shirley Savage Robert Loell Avary Betty Avary Hazel Bankston Cecil & Shirley Bishop Charles Benge Nelma Cowser & family Lynn & Paul Dempsey Henry F. & Anne Marie Frigon Ron & Pamela Matthews Louise Benge Nelma Cowser & family Charles “Chuck” Berry George & Caroline Polk Elizabeth Berry Dick Berry Lola Black Martha B. Bookman John & Irma Blackshear Debbie & Paul Blackshear Edna Earl Bland James R. Gattis Margie Boehms Ross & Margie Foster Joan Brittain Louise & Terry Riggle Dan & Fay Brummett Elizabeth & Marshall Brown Sandra Chance Alta Bransgrove Carol & Herbert Zieben Paul Edward Coalson Cal & Millie Reed Stella Cobb Paul & Debbie Blackshear Agnes Coe A.A. Brautigam “Bobbie” Collens Edgar & Carolyn Reeves Our Parents Tom & Carol Brown Paralee Schoener Cole Ray & Betty Gipson

Freddy Crain Lenore Dunwoody Dorothy Criner Donna Rider Doris Crowder Jake & Rose Jacobson George Curb Marvin & Mary Jo Boswell Glen Darnell Eleanor Evans Gordon & Iris Morris Mother of Richard Devies Leonard & Margaret Bedell Richard Draper Doris O’Reilly Mrs. Carrie Edmonds Family of Mrs. C.D. Thomas Marjorie Edwards Charles Edwards Ike Eichelberger Betty & Bill Beard O.E. Eichelherger Jean & Kirk Pipkin Milton & Naomi Ellisor Nancy Bohler Buddy Ellisor Susan A. Long David Woodson Evans Woody & Pat Evans Eugenia Farroni Lenore Walker Larry Flack Beacon Class – Second Baptist Church Harold Flynn Paula Avinger Harding Frankel Bunny Halvorson Tom K. Fulton Mr. & Mrs. Joe Harper Howard Futrell Kristi Avoli-Camann Eugene E. Gardner Benjamin & Aileen Kirkham Kelley Garza Paula McHam Mr. Jesse Gooch Bill & Dianne Lami Irene Gray Jim & Ruby Bloodworth Thomas Green Don & Belle Dawson Doris O’Reilly Lila Griesbach Rose & Jake Jacobson Carl & Betty-Jean Tongberg Mr. & Mrs. Lamar Hamilton Kathleen Cole

Timmy Hansen Linda Owens Mother of Susan Hargett Reed & Janet Wood Emil “Rocky” Lamont Harris JoAnn & Pat Harris Paul Harris Shirley Wright & Dennis Alexander Charlie & Patsy Hauck Debbie & Paul Blackshear Bob Haug Karen Haug Russ & Kara Haug Tiffany Haug Jeryl & Vicki Mohn Mohn Family Jeremy & Kristy Mohn Scottie Hayes Virginia Crowson David B. Hendricks II David Hendricks Dr. Clyde Hesse Wanda Peddie & family Frank J. Hoffart Debbie Ann Hoffart Roy C. Hohl Stanley & June Brown John Hugghins Nan & Brick Thompson Elsie Anna Jine Marilyn Jehle Margaret Johnston George & Caroline Polk Robert Doyle Kelley Betty & Bill Beard Leonard & Margaret Bedell Jack & Carolyn Brewer Ralph & Noelene Birkelo James & Shirley Cazalot Fair & Mary Alice Colvin Alice P. Craig El Paso Woody & Pat Evans Sue Haggard Richard & Peggy Hess Gordon & Beatrice King Rocky & Helen Lee Tom & Jane Liles Jack & Carolyn Little Janette McDonald Denise & Ted Moore Ruth & Van Penrod Jean & Kirk Pipkin Jim & Ernestine Robertson Leon & LaClaire Skaggs Larry & Kathleen Soape Ken & Morna Wall

Robert Doyle Kelley (con'td) Rhonda & Howard Westerman Hunter White Marie & Buster Kern Margaret Faye Dunwoody Alicia Kirkland William Conover II Betty Jean Knox Richard & Donna Knox & family Kay Krampitz Frank Krampitz Mrs. Roberta Kurtz Jean Robinson Vicki Ann LaBonte Kristi Avoli-Camann Cloris Lamberson Beacon Class – Second Baptist Church Cecil & Shirley Bishop Don & Betty Landis Ken & Kristina Evans Janice Lane Lenore Walker Renee Lawson Ruth & Charles Pulido Clyde Leggett Ross & Margie Foster Luby LeNorman T. Carroll & Sybil Strange Robert Levison Don & Belle Dawson Carroll Lewis Willie & Orca Willhelm Billie C. Lowery Evva Lowery Edgar & Carolyn Reeves Jimmy Dale May Kingwood Park Band Boosters Shirley Savage Lee Ann McCullough Jean & Charlie Meeks Randal B. McDonald Leonard & Margaret Bedell Peggy Coe McKinney A.A. Brautigam Don McLaughlin Paul & Judy Benson Tillman & Margaret Cooley Barton Cox Alice Dewitt Larry & Joyce Holt Frank & Kathleen Kern John & Marlene Krueger Marie V. Melchiori Kevin Meyer Stuart & B.A. Moncrieff

Don McLaughlin (cont'd) Sidge & Bob Peacock Elaine & Dick Petranek Ben Reubenstein Stan Reubenstein John & Jenny Russell Joseph F. Meyer III Gerry States Christian Mohn Dennis & Nelda Carlile Karen Haug Russ & Kara Haug Tiffany Haug Ron & Debbie Huffman Jeryl & Vicki Mohn Iris & Michael Zielinski Mohn Family Jean H. Mote Clyde & Roxann Mote Janet Mott Violet Bowdoin & family Linda Moulton Jean & Charlie Meeks James Nance, Sr. Jean Robinson Wilma Norris The family of Mrs. C.D. Thomas Alton Oliver Ray & Betty Gipson Nan Oxford Martha B. Bookman Angelo Padilla Bob & Pat Wahl Plato Pappas Mr. & Mrs. Nick Cassimatis Herbert C. Parker Michael Caudill Clay Everitt Mother of Susan BorgesPasini Tom & Patsy Patterson Mary Rose Vallone Patronella Mike & Cindy Gatewood Jack Patton Mike & Stephanie Patton Tom Peacock Jean & Kirk Pipkin Julius Pechal Mike & Stephanie Patton Mrs. E. Pekmezaris Tessie Pappas Robert I. Pender Mr. & Mrs. George Mitchell

Includes gift(s) made to the Boys and Girls Country Endowment Fund

You can make your next tribute gift securely online at www.boysandgirlscountry.org. ....Click on "Donate Now"

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In Memory Of Received September 12, 2009 - January 15, 2010 Elijah Edward Petty Pauline Price Doug Rampy Cliff & Sharon Rampy Alleta Rau Tom & Patsy Patterson Giles Rawls Jim & Pat Ingram Arthur & Johnnie Palmer Cal & Millie Reed Earl E. Rayburn Diana & Gordon Niedermeier Marvin Reinold Shirley & William Darsey Ruth Reneau Bob & Pat Wahl Joe Hunter Reynolds Louise Bean Appel Patrice M. Barron Jack & Carolyn Brewer Joe & Martha Burt John & Shirley Buvens Dorothy Campbell Cape Cod Village Club, Inc. Eugene Cernan Erminie & David Chapman Jerry & Mary Conner P.M. & Jeanne Cordell Thomas Cordell Mr. & Mrs. Marshall Crawford Cris & Margie Criswell Don & Belle Dawson Harold Finnegan Murray & Teresa Fogler Gibson & Martha Gayle Jenna Guest & family Gospel Truth Class – Second Baptist Church Gary Guest Lisa & Troy Hagemeister Natalee & Eric Hail Kathy Herzogenrath Frank & Anna Lee Higgins Mildred Holeman

Joe Hunter Reynolds (cont'd) Houston Racquet Club John & Frances Hunter Patti James Sherwood & Edith Jones Devon Kirk Ron & Ella Lassiter Jack & Susan Lapin Ray & Nancy Lister Jack & Carolyn Little Margolis, Phipps & Wright, P.C. Thomas McDade Mr. & Mrs. J. Robert Melanson William & Leslie Miller William C. & Wilma Moore Doris O’Reilly Ed & Cookie Peeler Jean & Kirk Pipkin Linda & Richard Porter Paul & Nancy Pressler Nancy Redding John & Hallie Jo Reesing Linda & Roger Reynolds Claudia Rosenthal Henry & Anne Ross Steve & Olga Sackett Jane Schoen A.R. & Marilyn Schwartz Bob & Gail Scruggs Mary Scruggs Edward & Ethel Shannon Shirvanian Family Mr. & Mrs. Leroy Smith Sherry & Jim Smith Tom & Fran Snodgrass Betty Stone George & Annette Strake Morton Susman Anita, Sandy, Karen & Johnny Sutherland R. & P. Thomas The Thursday Breakfast Club

New Computer Desks! Our old computer desks were falling apart...and needed to be replaced. We are grateful to our friends in the community, including the Kiwanis Foundation of Houston, for helping us purchase new, solid wood desks and chairs that will last for years to come! Taylor, Raina, Helen, Amber, Ginger, Crystal, Suzie, and Sherry with one of the new computer desks!

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Joe Hunter Reynolds (cont'd) Jack & Dotty Tompkins Carol Touchy John & Odile Tyler Wallace Vernon Bass Wallace Ware Jackson Lee & Chambers Dick Richards Russell & Leanna Hyde Steve & Connie Kitson Leslie Sparacino Mr. T.A. Robinson, Jr. William & Janet Head Martha Rogers Fair & Mary Alice Colvin Dr. Billy Roland Dr. Arlys Bing Sue Rupple Laura Ryan Joseph Scardino Willie & Orca Willhelm Lee Roy Scheffe Louise Sutton Madeline Schiel Gary & Kathy Friedel Petrina C. Schlinke Edgar & Carolyn Reeves Johnie Schulte Robert Humphrey Elaine & Dick Petranek George & Caroline Polk Barbara & Robert Smith Shirley Wright & Dennis Alexander

George Sigler Martha B. Bookman Daniel Skelton J.E. & Anne Everson Wayne & Joan Smith Kevin & Karen Thomas R.A. Smothers Jack & Carolyn Brewer Melese Sparks Ray & Betty Gipson Lauren M. Spleth Ron & Becky Howard Rita Spleth Mary Steele Jack & Carolyn Brewer Richard Britten Chasco Constructors Bonnie & Ray Corbett Virginia Hohmann Groda & William Groda John & Beverly Linney Michael & Lisa Mahady Ann Miller Ken & Morna Wall Shirley Wright & Dennis Alexander Edward Robert Stone Ross & Shirley Anderson Betty & Bill Beard Cecil & Shirley Bishop Marvin & Mary Jo Boswell Fair & Mary Alice Colvin Woody & Pat Evans Tom & Jane Liles Jack & Carolyn Little Ruth & Van Penrod

Edward Robert Stone (cont'd) Gail & Colleen Ratterree Cal & Millie Reed Jim & Ernestine Robertson Patrick (Buddy) Swayze The Sparacino Family Fred Taylor, Jr. Edgar & Carolyn Reeves France Tomek Hazel & Albert Tomchesson Cole Y. Townley, Jr. Julia & Charles Ferrell Helen Uelcy A.A. Brautigam George Vlahalcos Tessie Pappas Shirley Volentine Family of Mrs. C.D. Thomas Ava Ward Tessie Pappas Tom Weichman Terry Edwards Barbara Wenger Don & Belle Dawson Garnett Walter White Doris O’Reilly Golda White Elaine & Dick Petranek Jimmy White Ryan & Joanne Pittman Scott Wylie Tom & Patsy Patterson


In Honor Of Received September 12, 2009 - January 15, 2010 Mr. & Mrs. John Adams Judy & Chris Job Wanda Adams Leonard & Margaret Bedell Dale & Gail Adcock – 50th Wedding Anniversary Alice & Dennis O’Geary Tom & Patsy Patterson Dennis Alexander Chris Quillen The Alford Family Tara Morrison & family Linda & Les Allison Carol & Tommy Harper Darlene Andrews Edgar & Carolyn Reeves Jacel Angel Edgar & Carolyn Reeves The Armands Family Tara Morrison & family Wayne & Audrey Arnett William Campbell Charlie & Nan Austin Ollie & Margaret Brown Avon Duson Mary V. & Tom Engelking Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Minter John & Lynn Avoli Kristi Avoli-Camann Mr. & Mrs. Rodney Barry Judy & Chris Job Drs. Gloria & Wiley Biles Charles & Jo Canton Dale & Jan Wagner Debbie Blackshear – Happy Boss’s Day Janet Doyle Jason, Cynthia, Brooke & Brandon Blackshear Debbie & Paul Blackshear J.P., Jolene, Mackenzie & Jackson Blackshear Debbie & Paul Blackshear Boys & Girls Country staff & kids Pam Domingue John Braniff Joan E.H. Lyons J. Carter Breed & family Carol Gunn Mr. & Mrs. Sean Brennan Richard Hankamer Nancy Brennan Tommy Brennan Tommy & Nancy Brennan Neat & Bryan Grubbs Judy & Chris Job Betsy McCurry Jack & Carolyn Brewer Thomas & Marney Kepner

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Reg Brockwell – Birthday Jennifer Brockwell Wayne & Michele Brown Robert Brown Lisa, Dennis & Scott Buffaloe Jack & Carolyn Brewer Ethan Burk Victor & Cathy Burk Larry & Ann Casey Ralph & Deb Cunningham Craig Cordola Joseph Rafferty Bill Coskey Kathy & Robert Lindauer L.C. Courtney Edgar & Carolyn Reeves Patricia Curtiss – 93rd Birthday N. Gayle Sauer Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union – Board of Directors, Management Team & Employees Debbie Blackshear Greg Dalton Judith Klein The Honorable John Davis Leonard &Maragaret Bedell Don & Penny Dillard Ralph & Deb Cunningham Dan & Jan Duncan Ralph & Deb Cunningham The Donor of the $100,000 Challenge Betty & Raymond Latham Tom Flanagan Joseph Rafferty Orville & Pat Fleetwood Tom & Jane Liles Emily Frazelle Sheryl Callahan Suzannah Frazelle Sheryl Callahan Jim & Nancy Gaertner Edgar & Carolyn Reeves Jody Graham Joseph Rafferty Sten Gustafson Jonathan & Marita Fairbanks Matt & Rosemary Schatzman Russell Hamley Leonard & Maragaret Bedell Jack Hartsoe Leslie Sparacino The Heerensperger Family Tara Morrison & family Judy & Mickey Herrmann Eleanor Evans Andy & Jan Hunzicker Mike & Judy Bruner

John & Judy Hutchison Milton & Mickie Huebner Chance & Vi Janac Edgar & Carolyn Reeves Lynn & Joan Johnson – 50th Wedding Anniversary Paul & Debbie Blackshear Mr. & Mrs. George Jumonville Judy & Chris Job The Korfins Family Tara Morrison & family Ray & Betty Latham Ken & Nancy Chickering Sydney Lewis – Birthday Francesca London Tom & Jane Liles Sally & Shane Steffen Jack & Carolyn Little Jon & Carey Hall Jim & Pam Little The Liu Family Tara Morrison & family Arliss & Peggy Mallory Edgar & Carolyn Reeves Dorthey Manhart Leonard & Margaret Bedell Jonell Marshall Ralph & Deb Cunningham Andrew & Lla Martinez Mika & Neal Spears Bill & Virginia Mathews William Mathews Marie McDermott Leonard & Margaret Bedell Janette McDonald Leonard Bedell Karen McLaughlin Sidge & Bob Peacock Jim & Pam McVaugh Alisa Santasiero & friends Scott Miller Randy & Merry Zator Thelma Mooney Edgar & Carolyn Reeves Deric Muhammed Leonard & Margaret Bedell Katie Naiser Mom & Dad Jimmy Pappas Mr. & Mrs. C.S. Arrington Barbara & Chris Catechis Scott & Pamm Coleman Kelly & Joseph Fischer Lesil Gessner & David Mytchak Virgil & Peggy Haney Eric & Susan Kern Peter & Constance Koinis Spiro & Harriet Pappas Julie Peak & David Hightower

Barbara & Herb Ward Stephanie Williams The Patronella Family Tara Morrison & family Tom & Patsy Patterson Gail & Sidney Adcock Betty Hicks The Popatia Family Tara Morrison & family Robert G. Phillips Brad Graves Beth Pitts Staff of Decker Prairie Elementary School Gerry, Terri, Judy Plumb Mary Lou Plumb Taj & Jenny Popatia Tara Morrison & family Gigi Ragan Staff of Decker Prairie Elementary School Gay & Scott Ramsey William Mathews Mrs. Earl Rayburn Diana & Gordon Niedermeier Employees of Regional Water Corporation Regional Water Corporation The Honorable Tom Reid Leonard & Margaret Bedell Mr. & Mrs. Tommy Rice Judy & Chris Job Jean Robinson William & Janet Head

Linda Rodekohr Otho & Marjorie Ishee Elizabeth Scott Marilyn Hensley Mr. & Mrs. William Hunter Simmons Janette McDonald Monika Simpson Gary Simpson Ed & Marty Smith Ralph & Deb Cunningham Mr. R.A. Smothers Jack & Carolyn Brewer Gene & Ruth Sollock Edgar & Carolyn Reeves Steve Stephens Rochelle & Alan Jacobson Teresa Sullivan Staff of Decker Prairie Elementary School Bill & Ruby Vest Carrie Gracey Bernard Walling Courtney Brezina Don & Vivian White David & Nancy Wieting Tracey Wickersham – Happy Boss’s Day Janet Doyle Lisa & Jim Wiygul William Mathews Shirley Wright Jake & Rose Jacobson Charlotte McQueen Chris Quillen

Laundry Day! Rhonda tackles a load of laundry with one of the new washer and dryer sets purchased with help from our friends at the Houston Junior Woman's Club, the Kiwanis Foundation of Houston, and The Robert W. & Pearl Wallis Knox Foundation. Thank you!


Friends of Children

At the start of the year, we honored Friends of Children who went many, many extra miles for our children in 2009. Recipients (for each category) included (from left to right, starting at top left): Second Baptist Church (Church), accepted by Margo Womac, Director of Ministry Network, with representatives of some of the Sunday School classes who support us, including Woody Evans of the Beacon Class, Carolyn Brock of the Encouragers Class, Jan Goehring of the Reel Life Class, and Ashley Hollis of the Found Class; The Hamill Foundation (Foundation), accepted by Tom Brown, Grants Director; The Methodist Hospital (Community Partner), accepted by Cathy Easter, Vice President of Operations; Daniel T. L. Tan, M. D. (Professional Services), who provides clinical services to our children; Sim-Tex, L.P. (Corporation), accepted by Chuck Scianna, President, and his wife Rita; ArtBridge Houston (Nonprofit Friend), accepted by Beverly Bentley, Executive Director of ArtBridge, and Lynette Burns, a board member of ArtBridge and our own Boys and Girls Country volunteer; and the American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE) (Club/Civic Group), accepted by Steve Hayes, George Hanst, Iven Bermudez, and Rusty Ritz. Thank you for being a friend!

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NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION U.S. POSTAGE

PAID PERMIT NO. 11163 HOUSTON, TEXAS

Boys and Girls Country of Houston, Inc. 18806 Roberts Road Hockley, Texas 77447 Address Service Requested

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Saturday, May 1st • 10:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. • Free Admission!

WISH LIST

Our Education Department Needs: Flash Drives Graphing Calculators (Texas Instruments) Award Certificates & Prizes (stickers, trinkets, bookmarks, small toys, etc.) Stamps and Inkpads Our Clothing Closet Needs: In all sizes, except where indicated: Girls’ and Boys’ Black No-Show Socks Boys’ and Men’s Boxers and Boxer Briefs Boys’ (all sizes) and Men’s (size S, M) Undershirts Girls’ Training Bras and Women’s Bras (size C & D) Girls’ (all sizes) and Women’s (size 8 & 9) Hipster Panties Girls’ and Boys’ Tennis Shoes & Casual Shoes; Girls’ Dress Shoes Our Commissary Needs: Taco Mix White Sugar and Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce Mayonnaise Cake Frosting Laundry Soap Dish Soap Salad Dressing Tea Spices Our Cottages Need: Large Cutting Boards (plastic or glass) Cereal Bowls (Corelle, "Winter Frost" design) Measuring Cups and Spoons Kitchen Utensils (potato peeler, baking spatula, metal spatula, tongs, wire whisk) Serving Utensils Our Maintenance Department Needs: New or slightly used conventional stoves (white, electric, 2 large & 2 small burners) New under counter ice machines (white) New or slightly used dishwashers (white) Full list at www.boysandgirlscountry.org Click on "Donate" and "Fill a Wish List"

Enjoy brand new booths...

...including the Wii booth...

...and horseshoe pitching!

Last year's Spring Festival had to be canceled, but we are ready to bring back our most beloved campus event...and with your help, it will be better than ever! Come to the 34th annual Spring Festival on Saturday, May 1st and enjoy a day of celebration...with rides and games for kids of all ages, great food and entertainment, and incredible auction items and drawing prizes! Visit us at www.boysandgirlscountry.org for details in the coming weeks!

Be a Sponsor! And speaking of horseshoes... ...here's how you can pitch in! Be a sponsor or volunteer and help make Spring Festival happen! Lend a Hand! As an individual or with a group, you can make Spring Festival happen by selling raffle tickets, collecting auction items, posting flyers, staffing a booth, helping at the auction, or performing on stage! To volunteer, contact Darla Guerra at 281-351-4976 ext. 243 or email her at darla.guerra@boysandgirlscountry.org.

$50,000 Title Sponsor $25,000 Presenting Sponsor $15,000 Sustaining Sponsor $10,000 Supporting Sponsor $ 5,000 Partner $ 2,500 Friend $ 1,500 Buddy $ 5,000 Zone Sponsor $100-$1,000 Booth Sponsor To sponsor or for more information, please contact George O'Neal at 281351-4976 extension 225 or by email at george.oneal@boysandgirlscountry.org

Winter 2010 Newsletter  

Spring Festival preview, plus a recap of Christmas and the Heritage Award Dinner

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