Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Eyes on H-E-B: Retired school employees flip burgers for kids’ books

H-E-B Retired School Employees members work at a hamburger luncheon.
H-E-B Retired School Employees members work at a hamburger luncheon.

First-graders in 20 H-E-B elementary schools and all secondary ESL (English as a Second Language) students got a treat recently when they each received a book of their own to keep courtesy of the H-E-B Retired School Employees organization.

As part of the Children’s Book Project, a statewide effort of the Texas Retired Teachers Association to promote literacy, the local RSE group raised money last fall in a Burgers for Books fundraising event to enable them to purchase the books.

The club’s members pre-sold tickets for the hamburger luncheon and later assembled and distributed the delicious meals at a convenient drive-through area at the Pay May Center in Bedford. Outback Steakhouse provided the food.

As a result of these efforts, around $9,000 was raised so that 1,800 first-graders and more than 500 secondary ESL students received the books to take home.

"We served over 1,500 burgers with the help of 65-70 volunteers and the good people from Outback Steakhouse," said RSE President Jerry Longwell. “This is the 11th year that Outback Steakhouse and RSE have worked jointly on this project for the school community."

To learn more about the organization, visit localunits.org/HEBRSE or contact Pat Reinecker at 817-283-1460.

Euless calls for Volunteer of the Year nominations

Euless is inviting residents to sing the praises of individuals and businesses who have gone above and beyond in serving their community through volunteer service. Nominations are now being accepted for Volunteer, Business and Youth of the Year. They are due by Jan. 29.

Betsy Deck, assistant to the city manager, said the awards program seeks to recognize all volunteer service, particularly those folks who volunteer in the municipal program. The winners are honored along with all volunteers at an awards luncheon each year. Set for Feb. 22, this marks the 12th year for the awards event.

“The Volunteer of the Year awards is one of my favorite events that we do. It’s a time when we can celebrate our volunteers and thank them for their time and energy that they willingly donate,” said Deck.

According to Deck, several volunteers work nearly the equivalent of a full-time job. “They do it because they love to help, and we want to be sure to thank them for their service.”

The Euless volunteer program — now about 600 strong — was established 20 years ago and last year donated more than 1,200 hours of service that translates into around $28,000 of payroll savings for the city.

Nominations can be submitted online and should include a 100-word explanation of why the individual or business is worthy of special recognition. Visit www.eulesstx.gov/voy to submit your nomination. Contact Deck at 817-685-1821 with questions.

Keller Women’s Club welcomes new members

Ladies in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford area who want to get involved in the community, form new friendships and enjoy networking opportunities are invited to check out membership in the Greater Keller Women’s Club.

The club was founded in 1989 and has an exemplary record of service to the community. Membership is open to anyone, and there are no residential or age requirements or restrictions. The club’s mission is to “further the common goal and general welfare of the people of the community and to provide a means for members to pursue mutual interests and participate in the community.”

Beth Murray has been a member since 2009 and decided to join the organization soon after she moved to the area.

“I found it hard to get out and meet people outside of work,” Murray said. “Since joining the club, I have not only found an amazing group of women that I have become friends with, I have also found a purpose greater than any I have ever had, philanthropically speaking.”

Murray has served on the fundraising committee every year since she joined as well as serving on the grant and scholarship committees. “GKWC gives me the opportunity to give back to my community and really feel in touch,” she said.

Dues are $40 annually, $20 for members over age 65; members over age 70 pay no dues. Members who join after Feb. 1 will get a nice break because after paying their initial dues, no dues will be collected from them until May 2017. GKWC meetings are held both evenings and daytime in various locations.

Contact membership vice president Caroline Sherman at membership@gkwc.org to make inquiries, or go directly to www.GKWC.org to sign up.

Events at a glance

▪ Spring Youth Baseball League registration is open. Spring registration for A and AA ends on Feb. 14 and registration for AAA/Major ends Jan. 31. All divisions will be organized according to the age of each player as of April 30. Register players individually for the A League by visiting the Euless Family Life Center, 300 W. Midway Drive. Register AA or AAA teams online at www.parksattexasstar.com. For questions, send an email to pats@eulesstx.gov.

▪ The Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra concert is Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Irving Arts Center. The show will feature clarinetist Brent Buemi, performing Copland’s Concerto for clarinet and orchestra as well as Korean guest conductor Jin Hyoun Baek. Make reservations at www.lascolinassymphony.org or call 972-252-4800.

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