School may be out for summer vacation, but caring volunteers from the area are still on duty to ensure the continued success of H-E-B schools. New officers and board members for the H-E-B ISD Education Foundation became official last month at the group’s annual meeting.
Officers elected are Alicia McGlinchey, chairwoman, and Brent McIlvain of Edward Jones Investments, past chair. Other officers are Bedford Mayor Jim Griffin, Debbie Paganelli of Texas Health H-E-B, Christy Horne of Christen Horne Properties, and H-E-B Superintendent Steve Chapman.
The foundation, established in 1995, raises money and awards grants to support the H-E-B school district’s education initiatives. Members also host a spring awards banquet to recognize outstanding high school seniors from L.D. Bell, Trinity, and KEYS and this year expanded to include the new programs offered through the Gene A. Buinger Career and Technical Education Academy.
Ten new members were welcomed to the board of directors to serve three-year terms: Chris Brown, Cantey Hanger LLP; Jeff Burnett, First Baptist Church Hurst; Margaret Collins, H-E-B ISD Council of PTAs; Mike Collins, city of Euless; Garry Hamilton, community volunteer; Jeff Jones, city of Hurst; Georgia Kidwell, community volunteer; Rochelle Ross, A Simplified Space; Aubrey Slaybough, Huckabee; and Lisa Theisen, community volunteer.
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Notably, Hamilton rejoins the board after serving as the founding president of the HEB ISD Education Foundation in 1995.
“We are excited to bring our new directors on board to continue to build on our mission to raise and award private funds and community resources to benefit the H-E-B ISD’s commitment to excellence in education,” said McGlinchey. “They bring a wealth and diversity of experience that will help us continue to support the success of our students and staff. The future is bright for the foundation.”
The foundation has awarded nearly $644,000 in grants to classrooms and campuses, funding a diverse array of needs identified by educators. In the 2014-15 academic year, it awarded 19 grant awards totaling $55,845.
100 Years Later: Replay of 1915 Bedford School Grand Opening
Some things — like ice cream — are good through the ages. A review of old newspapers found a story recounting: “On July 24, 1915 an Ice Cream Social was held to celebrate the grand opening of Old Bedford School.”
No need to fiddle with a good plan, so history will repeat itself in a replay of that event on the same date — 100 years later — to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the venerable structure on Friday.
“The Old Bedford School has such a rich history and is a big part of Bedford. The fact that it is turning 100 years old is definitely cause for celebration,” said spokeswoman Natalie Foster.
Live music from the Metro Praise Youth Orchestra will add to the festivities, and an area with fun activities and games will keep the kiddos happy. Guests will also enjoy tours of the school.
“While you are there, make sure to purchase a donation brick. All proceeds will go to the OBS centennial project and will be engraved. These bricks will be placed in the sidewalk around the school and they make excellent wedding, birthday or anniversary gifts,” Foster said.
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No shortage of high achievers in the H-E-B area. Two shout outs are in order: one for Tarrant County Commissioner Gary Fickes’ staff in Hurst and another for resident Marsha Hinds.
Fickes recently received the 2015 Achievement Award for Human Services from the National Association of Counties in recognition for developing the Empowering Seniors Health & Wellness Expo.
The award to Precinct 3 was one of only two presented in the entire state. The award program “recognizes the creative spirit of county government programs [and] applauds counties’ outstanding efforts to strengthen services and deliver results for residents across the United States.”
“This type of innovation keeps Tarrant County moving forward,” Fickes wrote in a news statement. “Empowering Seniors grows in strides from year to year, and we are fortunate to have the support of our wonderful sponsors, exhibitors and volunteers that work together and bring this service to so many citizens of Northeast Tarrant County.”
The seventh annual Empowering Seniors event is set for Oct. 2 and will again offer free health screenings and seminars and flu shots. For more information on becoming a sponsor, exhibitor or volunteer, visit www.empoweringseniors.com.
On a different front, the Northeast Tarrant Lions Club recently handed the club’s highest honor to Marsha Hinds. She received the prestigious Melvin Jones Fellows Award given each year to honor a Lion for outstanding membership and service. Hinds was a charter member of the club when it formed in 2011 and has served in key roles and initiatives through the years.
“The Melvin Jones award is a very prestigious award given only to Lion members who display the highest of Lions standards in the area of humanitarian services,” said club President Pat Hannah. “Marsha's commitment to serving our community through the NE Tarrant Club is greatly appreciated.”
The NE Tarrant Lions meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at Hwy 55 Burger in Bedford. First Tuesday meeting is at noon and the third Tuesday meetings are at 7 p.m. To inquire about membership, contact Hannah at 817-995-9084. Learn more at www.NETarrantLions.org or check out their Facebook page.
All In For Kids
Spots are still open for the eighth annual Bill McKissick Memorial Charity Poker Tournament set for Sunday at Creative Memories at 555 W. Bedford Euless Road in Hurst.
Hosted by the Saturday and Wednesday Night Poker Leagues of H-E-B, this year’s tournament will benefit the Spirit of Hope Foundation that serves less fortunate and abused children by providing school supplies, clothes, shoes and toys. They host various camps and events for the kids as a respite from crisis situations and everyday life struggles.
The poker tournament was named in honor of one of the founders of the Saturday Night Poker League, Bill McKissick. After a distinguished military career during the Vietnam War, he then worked as a Fort Worth sheriff’s deputy for many years before retiring to a job in security at Bell Helicopter before he passed away in 2008.
Poker League member Brack Whitley said the tournament has always chosen a charity that serves children as the beneficiary of the event proceeds. The tournaments have raised around $65,000 since it began eight years ago. Whitley said a thorough research and selection process is used to select the annual beneficiary.
The Poker League has around 60 members. Anyone interested in how to join can contact Don Whitley at 817-268-7771.
The entry fee for the poker tournament is a $50 buy-in with $25 rebuys through the sixth level of play. The grand prize winner will get a $1,500 seat at the River Poker Tournament at Winstar World Casino. To sign up for the poker tournament, contact Laura Therminy at 817-939-9830 or email email@example.com.
Events at a glance
▪ Mid-Cities Genealogical Society will meet Aug. 6 at the Mary Lib Salah Euless Public Library for an ice cream social and election of officers. The library is at 201 N. Ector Drive. A social hour begins at 6:30 p.m. and guests are welcome. To add to the fun, bring your favorite topping. To inquire, contact Evelynn Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
▪ Hurst Senior Dance is Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Senior Activities Center, at 847 Pipeline Road. The band is Classic Country, playing country oldies perfect for dancing the two-step. The venue has a lovely large wood dance floor that encourages everyone to dance, said activities director Linda Provence. “The Metroplex aged 55 and up is welcome to come, make new friends, and dance the night away.”
Cost is $5 per person including light refreshments. To inquire, contact Provence at 817-788-7717.
▪ Free MasterWorks Concerts hosted by the Northeast Arts Council are coming up soon.
▪ Christopher McGuire, classical guitar musician, will perform Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Hurst Public Library, 901 Precinct Line Road.
▪ Havana NRG will perform Friday at 7 p.m. at the Bear Creek Amphitheater, 1951 Bear Creek Parkway in Euless.
▪ Chaney will perform Aug. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Bedford Park Athletic Complex, 3200 Meadow Park Dr.
▪ Jim Gill will perform Aug. 7 at 12:15 p.m. at the Hurst Public Library, 901 Precinct Line Road.